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Farmer shoots up table but no gain for Laverty

Clogher racer Keith Farmer amazingly leads the Metzeler National Superstock 600cc Championship after yesterday's victory at Croft in North Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old was a surprise debut winner at Oulton Park on May Day, but his lights to flag victory yesterday sprung him to the top of the championship table on his privately run Yamaha.

Carrickfergus' Glenn Irwin is 10th in the standings, 31 points behind Farmer after seventh place at Croft.

In the premier MCE Insurance British Superbike class, the nightmare continues for Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) who left the Yorkshire venue with zero points.

After leading race one in tricky conditions, the Toomebridge man slipped back through the field as the drying track destroyed his choice of wet weather tyres.

In race two Laverty crashed out after a coming together with race one winner Jon Kirkham on the opening lap.

HM Plant Honda's Shane Byrne, whose bike expired in race one whilst leading, went on to take the race two victory, leaving the Londoner at the top of the championship standings after three rounds on 95 points.

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American John Hopkins (Samsung Suzuki) is just three points adrift after a double podium weekend with second and third placed finishes.

And Stuart Easton holds third place in the table on 89 points after second place in race two.

Laverty slips to 11th on 35 points, just four ahead of Relentless Suzuki's Josh Brookes who picked up a season best fourth place in race two.

NW200 favourite Alastair Seeley secured fifth and fourth placed finishes in the British Supersport class, but lost ground on championship leader and double winner at Croft, Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki).

  • Casey Stoner claimed his second win of the season in an incident-packed French MotoGP.

Australian Stoner stormed home to victory by more than 14 seconds and move up to second place in the riders' standings.

The news was not so good for Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who suffered a suspected broken collarbone after crashing out following a coming together with Marco Simoncelli.

There was an enthralling battle for second between Italian duo Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, with the latter having to be content with third place albeit his first podium since his move to Ducati.

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line in fourth.

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