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Franco Bourne had an 'up-and-down few days' at Brands Hatch

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British Superstock rider, Franco Bourne, had his second outing on the Honda Racing UK Superbike at Brands Hatch and the young star made decent progress across the weeekend.

After making his British Superbike (BSB) debut at Snetterton last time out Franco Bourne was back on the Superbike once again at Brands Hatch. With the 19-year-old still learning the ropes on a Superbike the wet weather that was thrown at him on Saturday caused a big challenge for the youngster.

However, on Sunday Bourne was able to put together a decent result of 16th place in the final race of the weekend in dry conditions. This result put Bourne just outside of the points as he crossed the line only one second behind Tito Rabat who finished in 15th place.


"It’s been an up-and-down few days," Bourne explained after the two races on Sunday. "Especially with the wet yesterday when I just wanted to bring it home once I saw the oil. In this morning’s race, I got onto the back of the pack and wanted to keep making progress.

"I saw that Tito had made a mistake and was running wide so I tried to make the move on the inside and he closed the door. I had to grab the brake and I tucked the front and took him out and my teammate Tom got caught out with my bike. It was a racing incident and we move on. 

"We ended up starting race two from the back because we hadn't set a lap time in the earlier race and I wanted to make up for it a bit. I made a fairly decent start and went around the outside but it was a bit scrappy, as I am sure it always will be in this class.

"Tom came past me and I just wanted to stick in on the back of him. I think he had a bit more confidence as the crash earlier just knocked me back a bit. I ended up coming through to sixteenth and I come away from the weekend knowing what I need to work on for next time, I’m just one second away from getting a point on the board." 

It is unknown yet if Bourne will be back out on the Superbike next time out at Thruxton as he was only filling in for the injured Andrew Irwin.

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