As expected, Round 3 of the 2011 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Croft was a washout.
Rain delayed the start of the Race 1, and once the BSB 18-lap race was underway, HM Plant Honda’s Shane Bryne had some issues; the engine on his CBR1000RR, spilling oil on the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire. This brought out the safety car, causing more delays.
But when the riders were able to compete, it was Jon Kirkham on the Samsung Crescent Suzuki who took the win. He first had to pass a quick MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider, Gary Mason.
Kirkham then battled with his teammate, John Hopper Hopkins, for the lead. Once out front, though, Kirkham showed the power of his Suzuki GSX-R1000, winning by almost three seconds over Hopkins. Mason would finish third in Race 1 of Croft BSB.
In Race 2, Kirkham was hoping for a double win, but crashed with Swan Yamaha’s Michael Laverty, causing a DNF.
Bryne had better luck, and went on to finish almost two seconds ahead of MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Stuart Easton. Hopkins settled for third, relinquishing his lead in the series to Byrne 95-92 points.
2011 Croft British Superbike Results
Race one (18 laps):
1.Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing)
2.John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +2.940s
3.Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +3.715s
4.Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +13.335s
5.Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.699s
6.Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +19.433s
Race two (20 laps):
1.Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda)
2.Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +1.887s
3.John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +2.269s
4.Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +2.461s
5.Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +5.517s
6.Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +6.094s
2011 British Superbike Championship standings:
1.Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 95
2.John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) 92
3. Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 89
4.Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 59
5.Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 57
6.Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) 54