AMD Motorsport boss Fraser Dykes says he feels ‘vindicated by the hard work’ put in by rider Richard Kerr and his team following a stewards decision that has culminated in it being awarded the 2023 National Superstock Championship title.
Kerr was originally classified as runner-up to Dan Linfoot in the SSTK standings after the Optimum Motorbikes Honda rider built an insurmountable advantage over the competition during the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.
However, when a protest was mounted after the race over the legality of the brake master cylinder on Linfoot’s machine, the results would remain provisional until a meeting of the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board (MCRCB) to determine whether there had been a breach of regulations.
A month on from the Brands Hatch finale, the MCRCB have concluded that Linfoot’s bike didn’t meet regulations, the outcome of which sees him excluded from both races held at Brands Hatch.
With the results revised to reflect this, it thus allows Kerr to leapfrog Linfoot in the overall standings, earning AMD Motorsport the 2023 SSTK title instead.
“I would like to thank the MCRCB for their efforts in resolving this matter quickly and I’m pleased that the outcome has vindicated the hard work put in by Richard and the AMD Motorsport Team,” said team boss Dykes.
“I’d also like to dedicate this title to my late father Albert Munro Dykes, who founded AMD, and to other absent friends.”
Kerr’s title win comes despite a disparity in race-winning spoils with the AMD rider achieving only two wins - one of which as a consequence of his rival’s exclusion - compared with Linfoot’s eight trips to the top of the podium.
However, he was the only rider to score points in each race, a consistency that would allow him to remain in close enough range to Linfoot to take advantage of the late reversal of results.