Team Suzuki Press Office – July 23.

Richard Cooper – 1-1 for Superstock 1000 1st

Richard Cooper took another win in the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Brands Hatch onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000, leading today's race from start-to-finish to make it a perfect weekend after qualifying on pole and winning both legs of yesterday's two-part race.

In today's 16-lap affair, he led into turn one off the line and steadily built a comfortable advantage - setting a new lap record along the way - to take another win to bring his championship-challenge back on track. After arriving at Brands Hatch with a 45-point deficit at the top of the standings, he now heads to Thruxton and round seven of the MCE British Superbike championship just 24 points adrift.

Richard Cooper:

"We're in a good run of form which, to be honest, started at Snetterton. We led just about every lap there until it was outside of my control and we started to run low on fuel, and that, plus the bad luck and DNF from Knockhill, is what's put us on the back foot in the championship. But we know our pace is good and I have the confidence, and to be honest the bike just gave me that confidence all weekend. I knew I could control today's race from the start and that we could do the lap times out front on our own, and that was always the plan today. I managed to pull a comfortable lead and to see +3 on the pit board starting the last lap was nice."

Steve Hicken - Team Manager:

"This has been the perfect weekend for us in Superstock. We were winning races from the start of the season and without the little bit of bad luck we could still be leading this championship. But that's all part of racing, and this weekend Cooper's shown what the Bennetts Suzuki can do and that's lead from the front and command races. We're still a way off the championship lead, but we'll keep working hard and keep doing our best and hopefully we can keep chipping away and get ourselves back in contention."

In the two British Superbike races, Sylvain Guintoli suffered from a lack of circuit knowledge and a crash in FP3 that left him sore, while Taylor Mackenzie struggled with the engine braking setup issues the team had been working to resolve. Both riders failed to finish race one, before finishing 17th and 15th respectively in race two.

Hicken added, "It's been difficult again in Superbike; Sylvain's learning a lot of the circuits and then had a get-off on Saturday morning that set us back, while we're still trying to get an engine braking setup right for Taylor. We know Taylor's got the pace and we've seen it, and we're confident that, once we've found a solution in that area, we'll see a big improvement. With Sylvain, we've also got some ideas to try with his setup, and are working with the Yoshimura team, who he is racing with at the Suzuka 8 Hours race, to try and get him comfortable enough to push harder."

Superstock 1000 race 2 result:
1. Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 2. Michael Rutter, 3. Chrissy Rouse.

Superbike race one result: 1. Shane Byrne, 2. Dan Linfoot, 3. Leon Haslam, DNF. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), DNF. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

Superbike race two result: 1. Shane Byrne, 2. James Ellison, 3. Christian Iddon, 15. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 17. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

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