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Carl's chance to rev up his Superbikes success story


By Roy Harris

Spectacular close racing is expected at Bishopscourt today with Carl Phillips set to shine when the Temple Club host the fourth round of the Irish Superbike short circuit championship.

With no British Superbike action this week, Bishopscourt provides an opportunity for Lisburn rider Phillips to repeat his Mondello Park success of two weeks ago on his Sandown/MD Racing Suzuki, when he raced to three wins for the Michael Dunlop team.

The championship leader is Dan Kneen following his Easter successes, but with his TT commitments, the Isle of Man resident will be a non-starter today and Mark Glasgow, Richie Ryan, Gerard Kinghan and Phillips will look to capitalise on his absence and rack up the points in the two races.

Joining them will be defending Irish Superbike champion Nikki Coates on his first outing of the season, as he is Glenn Irwin's 'spotter' at BSB rounds, and Robert English on the IFS Global Logistics Yamaha he campaigns in the British Superstock 1000cc series.

The Supersport Pro class has been fast and furious so far this season and today should be no exception with Jason Lynn, Ross Patterson and Korie McGreevy, who have all won two races each so far, likely to produce the fireworks. They're joined by the only other winner to date, Aaron Clifford, double winner of the David Wood Memorial Trophy races last September at the Co Down venue.

A full supporting programme of races for Super and Production Twins, Pre Injection, Lightweight 400cc, Moto3/125GP, Young Guns and Junior Cup are scheduled.

Practice commences from 9am with racing from noon.

√at Desertmartin, the very best of British Youth Motocross talent in the UK will battle it out in the third round of the Thor British Youth championship today and tomorrow.

The championships are hotting up in each class, and with local 'wild cards' out to show the cross channel invaders the way around their home track, a superb weekend of action is anticipated.

The current leaders of the various championships are: Open, Howard Wainwright; 125cc, Rossi Beard; 85cc Big Wheel, Dominic Lancett; 85cc Small Wheel, Alfie Jones; and 65cc, Wal Beaney.

Best of the locals? Fin Wilson, Charley Irwin, David Robson, Sam Donnan, Jack Galvin, Ryan Thompson and Reece Ross will be among those looking to accumulate top points.

√Former British Superbike champion Josh Brookes will race a Ryan Farquhar-prepared IEG/KMR Kawasaki in the Lightweight TT scheduled for Wednesday, June 7.

The Australian, who rides the Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT races, last raced on the Island in 2014. He went on to win the BSB series in 2015 before having a difficult season in World Superbikes. He has returned to the British series with Tag Anvil Yamaha, and with no manufacturer ties this allows him to ride any make at the TT.

Brookes will ride the Farquhar machine that Michael Rutter took to first and second at the recent North West 200, as Rutter rides a Paton in this race.

Farquhar said: "Having a rider with Josh Brookes' pedigree is a terrific coup for KMR."

√After the disappointment of Jerez, the French GP was a complete turnaround for EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller on day one, as the Assen 2016 winner again showed his wet weather prowess to finish on top.

Switching to slicks in a drying FP1, Miller was over a second clear in the morning before having another impressive session in the afternoon - but feels he could have gone even faster in the full wet conditions of FP2, not putting in a new tyre.

Miller said: "I am really happy to finish the first day here in Le Mans on top of the timesheets.

"It was the perfect way to bounce back from the disappointment of Jerez and I'm happy because I was fast in all different kinds of conditions out on the track.

"I used the same set of tyres throughout the whole of FP2 and did 24 laps on the Michelin wets and had good pace throughout.

"I'm sure I could have gone faster on a fresh set of rain tyres but didn't really feel the need after I got that banker lap in."

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