Emotional Josh Elliott dedicates Superstock win to 'flying doctor' John Hinds
British championship leader Josh Elliott dedicated yesterday's Superstock victory at Knockhill in Scotland to Dr John Hinds, who sadly passed away on Saturday after a freak incident at Skerries Road Races.
"Despite extending my lead in the championship, today is tinged with sadness," said young Elliott.
"And for that reason I would like to dedicate my win to Irish motorcycling's 'flying doctor', John Hinds, who tragically lost his life this weekend, providing medical cover at the Skerries road races. He will be sorely missed."
The 21-year-old's win at the Fife venue was his third this season, and with second-placed finishes in the other three meetings this year so far, the Ballinamallard lad has stretched his lead at the top of the table to 37 points.
"It's awesome to win again and with both Alastair and Hudson crashing out, I've been able to gain some good points today," said Elliott, speaking of his main championship rivals Alastair Seeley [Tyco BMW] and Hudson Kennaugh [Trik Moto BMW], who crashed out before half-distance.
Recounting the race, the Fermanagh lad said: "My strategy was to get to the front as soon as possible. I kept calm and tried to be as consistent as possible and it paid off.
"The BMWs were really quick along the straight, but once I knew they were both out, I rode my own race, keeping my eye on the pit board, and brought the bike home.
"We've extended our title lead by a good chunk today and maintaining consistency is what you need to do to win these championships, so we'll keep plugging away."
Carrickfergus racer Glenn Irwin leapt to the top of the British Supersport Championship table after a win and third place in his two races with Gearlink Kawasaki at Knockhill.
The affable Ulsterman said of his weekend: "The other boys have all been able to talk about leading the championship this year and now it's my turn. It's great to be at the top after a strong weekend here at Knockhill, but we're only five rounds in and there's a lot of racing left this season."
Irwin's brother Andrew was also a podium finisher at Knockhill, taking second place in the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc class behind Tarran Mackenzie and one place ahead of championship leader Mason Law.
In the British Superbike class Michael Laverty finally found his podium boots on the Tyco BMW. The Wales-based Toomebridge lad took second place in race one behind double winner and championship leader Shane Byrne, with Josh Brookes third.
Laverty had also led race two for long periods before it was stopped for rain.
Unfortunately he couldn't quite find the same pace in the restart with Stuart Easton taking second place behind his PBM Kawasaki team-mate Byrne, with Josh Brookes again third on the Milwaukee Yamaha.