Round two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship was another positive meeting for Ryan Vickers with the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki rider taking three top ten finishes at Knockhill.
What made those statistics the more impressive was that it was his first time at the Scottish circuit on a Superbike and with sixth, seventh and ninth place finishes the outcome, he’s now moved up to ninth in the title standings, just outside the all-important top eight Showdown places.
“It’s been a good weekend and I’m really happy with how it’s gone and the results I’ve achieved,” said Vickers. “It was my first time here on a Superbike and it’s a difficult place with a 47s lap but the work we’ve done so far this season paid dividends and we had the consistency we wanted this weekend.”
Vickers had demonstrated his pace at the season opener at Oulton but his progress there was halted slightly with tyre problems seeing his pace slacken in the final third. That wasn’t the case at Knockhill and in the final race he was only four seconds adrift of race winner Danny Buchan.
“We didn’t have the tyre trouble we had at Oulton and my lap times were strong all the way until the end of each race which shows the progress we’ve made. It’s not the easiest track on a Superbike but my times were as quick as anyone’s and had it not been for a couple of average starts, the results could have been even better.”
“We learnt a lot with the bike again and to be only four seconds away from the race winner shows that we’re improving and making strides forward all the time and three top ten finishes is what we want at this stage of the season. Every circuit’s different but the aim is to keep the momentum going at the next round and try and bridge the gap to the leaders.”