Danny Buchan was the toast of Knockhill with the Synetiq BMW rider elevating himself up the Bennetts British Superbike Championship table with a brace of wins at the Scottish venue.
Having won at Knoockhill in 2019, many expected Buchan to shine and he didn’t disappoint. Round one at Oulton may not have given him the results he wanted but the fourth place he scored there was a good indication of his form and how he’s adapted to the M1000RR, something which he demonstrated in full at the weekend.
It could have been a hat-trick too had he not had a major moment at the hairpin during Saturday’s race which dropped him from first to fourth. He regrouped to take third and now sits in the same place in the early season standings.
“The team gave me a great bike to fight for the wins this weekend although I had a really scary moment coming into the hairpin in the first race when I lost the front,” said Buchan.
“It was more luck than talent that kept me upright and I lost a few places but from mid-race onwards I felt really strong and was looking forward to the longer races on Sunday.”
The longer races certainly saw Buchan come into his own and although he slipped back to fourth in both races, he remained calm and gradually worked his way back to the front, timing his moves on each occasion perfectly.
“I felt strong in the first race on Sunday and after making a good start I could see Christian (Iddon) was making a few mistakes whereas I felt like I was riding at 70-80 per cent. I felt comfortable so after Peter (Hickman) came by and pushed me back to fourth, I got my head back down. It’s nice to give the team two wins and when a bike works well, it makes the job a lot easier.”
It was the TAS Racing team’s first BSB wins since Michael Laverty won at Thruxton in 2016 and no-one was happier than team principal Philip Neill.
“It’s been a long wait and not without effort but winning again does feel really sweet. Knockhill hasn’t been the best circuit for the team but Danny’s always been quick here and it was just a pleasure to watch riders passing people all the time and fighting for the win.
“With a new bike and new riders, there’s been a few changes but it’s clear the new M1000RR has what it takes to succeed and Danny was superb today.”