Carl Phillips lives up to Dunlop belief with victorious homecoming
Contrasting conditions meant differing results during the Temple Club fourth round of the Irish Superbike championship at Bishopscourt on Saturday. The first half of the programme was held on a dry track while the second half saw competitors face wet conditions.
Lisburn's Carl Phillips, taking advantage of a break in the National Superstock 1000cc championship to showcase his talent on home ground, took the opening Superbike race victory with a comfortable 4.3sec victory over defending Irish champion Nikki Coates, Cody Nally, Alistair Kirk and early leader Mark Glasgow.
Phillips (23) said after his victory on the MD Racing Suzuki: "I need to get more miles on the bike as it is my first season on a Superstock. It is always a pleasure to come back home and race in front of the home spectators. Michael Dunlop supplied me with this Suzuki at the start of the season and basically let me get on with racing it. It is tough in the British series with so many fast riders, but I'm pleased with the way things are going."
Due to the damp conditions, Phillips sat out race two leaving Nally to win the six lap race by just over three seconds from Glasgow, who crossed the finish line a mere six one hundredths ahead of Kirk with Coates and Superbike Cup rider John Matthews a fine sixth.
Glasgow on his Kawasaki now leads the Irish championship by 18 points from Phillips, Charles Stuart and Dan Kneen.
The opening Supersport race was a superb three-rider dice between pole position man Ross Patterson, defending Irish champion Jason Lynn and 20-year old Korie McGreevy.
After six blistering laps it was McGreevy who eventually took the win by a tenth of a second from 21-year old Lynn and another 20-year old, Patterson.
Race two was a completely different story on a damp track with Mark Conlin getting his Triumph home first after six laps, two and three quarter seconds ahead of 19-year old Supersport Cup rider Eunan McGlinchey with Patterson, McGreevy and Lynn relegated to third, fourth and fifth.
McGlinchey, from Aghadowey, is making quite a name for himself in the sport at the moment and he underlined his potential with double victory in the Production Twin class.
Marty Lennon, who had a brilliant ride at the North West 200 a week earlier, was the Supertwin master with two wins, but overall he had to give best to McGlinchey in the concurrently ran races.
In a packed race programme, Stephen McKeown and Johnny Irwin shared the Pre Injection race wins, Mark Camblin and Dean Campbell were the Lightweight Supersport winners, Padraig Graham and Kyle Cross took the Moto3/125GP race wins while 15-year old Sam Laffins dominated both Junior Cup races on his KTM and Cameron Dawson on his 125cc Aprilia won both Young Gun Challenge events.
At a road race in Horice, Czech Republic, Ballynahinch rider Shaun Anderson won the 10-lap Supermono race and finished 12th in the Superbike race on his 750cc Suzuki, the race won by Marek Cernvey who finished 17th in the opening Superbike race at the North West 200.
In the Superbike race yesterday Danny Webb finished fifth and Dan Kneen eighth - all now head to the Isle of Man where practice for the TT commences on Saturday evening.
Maverick Vinales claimed victory in the French Grand Prix to overtake Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi at the top of the MotoGP World Championship.
Rossi, a seven-time champion, led the standings before the race but crashed out on the final lap as he battled with Vinales for the race win.
That left the path clear for the Spanish rider to cross the line in first place while French rookie Johann Zarco followed him home for his first podium finish for the Tech 3 Yamaha team.
Honda's Dani Pedrosa was third while Britain's Cal Crutchlow finished fifth. Vinales now leads the standings with Pedrosa in second place and Rossi has slipped to third in the table. Fourth is reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who crashed out on lap 18 in France.