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Fantastic Fifth For Folkard
Posted by: newsla on May 26, 2014 - 06:15 AM
Fantastic Fifth For Folkard

JAMES Folkard and the Intek Adhesives/SGR Racing Team celebrated a strong fifth place finish in today’s Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship race at Donington Park.


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The Liverpool-based rider stepped-in to ride the team’s Yamaha R6 for Round Three of the series, which was held as part of the support-programme for the World Superbike Championship event at the Leicestershire track.

After a short test at Oulton Park on Wednesday to familiarise himself with the machine, Folkard headed out for first practice in the dry on Friday, learning as much as he could with the threat of rain on Saturday. As the heavens opened on Saturday morning, he took to the track in the wet and quickly shot up the timesheets to fourth, and was only just beaten down to fifth towards the end of Qualifying Two, giving the squad its best qualifying position in the championship to date.

Sunday morning’s race was held in wet conditions, which is exactly what Folkard had been hoping for. As the lights changed he got a strong start but was unsettled after another rider came charging down the inside and sat him up. Despite a difficult first lap, where he dropped down to 11th place, he soon regrouped and began to fight his way through. On Lap Nine he made up two spots to move from eighth to sixth, and then moved to fifth a lap later, a place he was to hold until the chequered flag.

“I’m really happy with that,” he said, “Especially after that start. I got away okay but then someone came charging down the inside of me. I had to move across and somewhere in among it all I bashed handlebars with someone else and before I knew it we were halfway down Craner, there were bikes coming past me and I was a bit unsettled.

“But then I just thought ‘no, come on you can recover from this’ and I just got on with it. It ended up being a really good race. The bike was great, we had a really good pace there and had we got a better start who knows where we’d have finished.

“It’s been brilliant to have the chance to race here again this weekend. It’s been a great chance to get back into racing here at national level and I’m hoping we can perhaps come back to do some more races somewhere down the line, it’s just the financial side which has stopped me so far this year. I’d like to thank Steve for giving me this chance to race this weekend, and I hope I’ve done the team proud.”

Team owner Steve Kinghorn added: I’m ecstatic with this result, I’m so happy I’m actually at a loss at what to say! James has done a fantastic job this weekend and has proved that both he and the bike are competitive. It’s been a really great round.

“From here we are looking to go back to our original plan of helping young riders come up and move forward. The results today show the team is certainly capable of delivering, and I have to take this chance to thank all of our sponsors, including Intek Adhesives, Spotty Dog, A King & Company, EBC, Kais Suspension and Alpha Paints Ltd.

“I would love to keep James on for the remainder of the season but the financial restrictions are stopping us. If James or the team is able to find some backing then we’re sure we could come back and have another shot – he’s definitely quick enough and if he’d not had that problem at the start then I believe he would’ve certainly been on the podium and could’ve maybe even won it.”

SGR Racing will be back in action with Josh Daley in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship and Jake Bayford in the Motul Motostar British Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk next month.

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