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Despite the changeable weather conditions, both Gearlink Kawasaki British Supersport riders were able to pick up more valuable championship points on their visit north of the border to Knockhill on Sunday, Chris Martin finishing the shortened race in eighth position and Steven Neate coming home in 10th place.
The two qualifying sessions were run in differing weather conditions, with the faster times being set on a wet but drying track in the second period giving Steven his best qualification of the season in fifth place for a second row start and Chris placed on row four in 13th position.
As the race got underway Steven was unable to capitalise on his starting position and was pushed back to eighth until his teammate relegated him down a place mid race. He dropped down again to 10th and remained in that position until the red flag brought the race to an early end because of rain.
Meanwhile, Chris got away to a good start and soon moved through to take up seventh position. He headed the second group of riders a short distance behind the leaders until Rob Frost on lap 14 out manoeuvred him at the Hairpin. Although he stayed in close formation with the Lincolnshire rider he was unable to make a pass on him before the race was red flagged and subsequently finished his race in eighth position.
Chris Martin: "I had a good start but going into the first corner there was the usual argy bargy going on. I was right behind Steven and we nearly clipped each other. I backed off but a couple of riders went past me so I had to get my head down and start to pick my way back through. I had a bit of a battle with Frosty but unluckily the red flag came out so I didn’t get the chance to get back past him and finish how I wanted to."
Steven Neate: "I am a little bit disappointed that I dropped a few places in the race from my qualifying position but on the whole I am a lot happier. I was quick in the warm-up and the damp conditions in the qualifying seemed to suit me. But the race was dry and I didn’t quite have the pace I had in the wet. I finished a lot higher in the results and feel very positive."

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