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Gearlink Kawasaki Supersport's team picked up another fine set of results with Chris Martin scoring a solid fourth place and Steven Neate picking up a further two championship points for 14th place in round seven of the Fuchs/Silkolene British Supersport championship on Sunday.
Qualifying took place in mixed weather conditions with the first session being wet and the final period in the dry. Chris Martin was determined to secure a front row start to Sunday’s 16-lap encounter and he powered the Gearlink Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R through to second place, just a tenth of a second away from pole. Steven Neate had been very strong throughout the wet session but once the track dried out the pace hotted up and he fell back to 15th place to start from row four.
Chris Martin got away to a good start and settled into fourth place during the opening laps before making a pass on Ian Lowry to move up into third. The top four riders pulled away from the pursuing pack and rode in close formation until, with three laps remaining, Chris Martin began to lose ground on the leaders to fall into the clutches of Lowry who re-took third place at Hizzy’s chicane leaving Martin to complete his race in fourth, the same result as his previous visit in May.
Meanwhile Steven Neate didn’t get the best of starts, falling back to 19th in the opening laps. But he soon settled into the race and moved through to claim 14th place at the chequered flag to pick up two championship points.
Martin said: "I got a half-decent start and got away well passing Lowry and catching the leaders. But three or four laps from the end the rear wheel started chattering away on me going round the corners. It was a good result all the same; we have come here today, got a front row start and were up with the leaders. We are knocking on the door so hopefully next time we should be back on top."
"I am a little disappointed because once again I got a bad start," added Neate. "It's something I have really struggled with all year and it’s cost me dearly this weekend, as I had to spend valuable time catching the group ahead who were disputing 10th place. I caught them up quick enough as I was two seconds faster but by the time I got on terms I had used up all my tyre and also had really bad arm pump.

"Those last few laps I was just trying to hang in there really. It’s a bit disappointing as I messed up in qualifying and then the bad start. But we got a couple of points, which is better than nothing I guess."

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