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Great weekend for Ryan as he notches up a treble

By Roy Harris

Richie Ryan led the Mondello Masters Superbike series into the three races at the weekend without winning a race, but the R1 Yamaha mounted 37-year old from Co Kilkenny put those statistics behind him when he won rounds seven, eight and nine on Saturday and Sunday.

On his way to the treble he fended off the challenge of 22-year-old Robert English, last year's Masters Champion, making his first appearance in this year's championship on his IFS Global Logistics Yamaha.

Ryan led all three races from start to finish, taking round seven by three seconds from English with a fastest lap of 76.81mph.

Randalstown rider Gerard Kinghan was eight seconds behind English in third ahead of Mark Glasgow, Charles Stuart and Andrew Murphy.

Yesterday in race two Ryan extended his winning margin over English to four seconds with Luke Johnston third ahead of Stuart, Glasgow and Mark O'Byrne.

In the final race Ryan led from lights to chequered flag, two seconds ahead of English, Peter Moloney and Johnston; Ryan setting the fastest lap of the weekend at 77.28mph.

In the opening Supersport race Maghera's Jason Lynn took the lead on lap five of 12 and hold on to beat Korie McGreevy, who set the fastest lap of 75.98mph, by half a second with Aaron Clifford a further five seconds back in third and Eunan McGlinchey coming from ninth on the grid to finish fourth.

Race two saw only four laps completed before the race was stopped and a result declared giving victory to Lynn ahead of Ross Patterson with McGlinchey in third.

The final Supersport race was a cracker with McGreevy getting the win over Lynn after 14 laps with Patterson in third.

Teenager McGlinchey won all three of the Production Twin races.

Meanwhile at Assen yesterday 38-year old Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP race for over a year when he finished ahead of fellow Italian Danielo Petrucci with Marc Marquez just pipping Briton Cal Crutchlow for third.

This was Rossi's 115th grand prix victory and his 89th in MotoGP and puts him right back in championship contention with just 11 points separating Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales (who crashed yesterday) and Rossi.

John McPhee, riding the British Talent Honda managed by Jeremy McWilliams, finished a magnificent third in the hectic Moto3 race, coming through from nineteenth on the grid.

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