BSB - round 3

Chris Walker (Suzuki) scored a well-deserved and hard-fought third-place podium finish in the opening race at the third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari won both races at the 2.13-mile-long circuit.

'Stalker', starting from fifth on the grid, battled his way up to second before settling down for a race long duel for the final podium place in the opening race. Last lap heroics saw him take third and Rizla Suzuki's first podium of 2007. In race two he was again fighting for the podium but the race was stopped after just 13 of the 20-laps and declared a result with Walker in fourth.

Cal Crutchlow ran off at Becketts in the opening race, relegating himself to 14th before fighting back to 11th. In the second race he ran off and found himself in 14th again before fighting back to seventh when the race was stopped.

The next British Superbike round is at Oulton Park next weekend for the fourth round of the Championship with Superbike racing on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th.

Chris Walker : "The first race was ace. My Rizla Suzuki crew deserved the podium more than I did because they have worked so hard. This morning they tried something new on my bike - a geometry change - which worked a treat and we were right on the pace. For the second race we stiffened the fork springs to give more braking power - it was better and I was a fair bit quicker. The problem was with more stopping power as I continuously out-braked myself. It's been a positive weekend and now I'm off to Mondello in Ireland for a track day to learn the circuit before racing at Oulton Park next weekend."

Cal Crutchlow : "In the first race I was behind Tommy Hill and I used his braking markers. The problem was my Rizla Suzuki was a lot quicker than his bike and I ran straight on at 120mph. I rejoined but couldn't get any higher than 11th. In the second race I ran off at the opening corner as I had to pick my bike up to avoid the riders in front of me. I rejoined quickly and was in seventh fighting for fifth when the red flag came out on lap 14. I was comfortable and biding my time to pass the guys in front but the race was stopped early. My lap times were competitive and that gives me loads of encouragement. We are making progress and Oulton Park next weekend is one of my favourite circuits - bring it on!"

British Superbike Race 1 Result
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 28m49.500
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +5.800
3. Chris Walker (Suzuki) +8.760
4. Leon Camier (Honda) +8.847
5. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +16.073
6. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +16.347
7. Tom Sykes (Honda) +18.012
8. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +22.181
9. Karl Harris (Honda) +26.095
10. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) +28.048
11. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +28.212

British Superbike Race 2 Result
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 18m37.312
2. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +2.450
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +11.758
4. Chris Walker (Suzuki) +12.597
5. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +16.336
6. Tom Sykes (Honda) +16.966
7. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +17.590
8. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +21.227
9. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) +21.603
10. Tommy Bridewell (Suzuki) +31.640

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Positions
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 131pts
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 99pts
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 85pts
4. Leon Camier (Honda) 80pts
5. Leon Haslam (Ducati) 64pts
6. Tom Sykes (Honda) 59pts
7. Chris Walker (Suzuki) 55pts
8. Shane Byrne (Honda) 45pts
9. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) 41pts
10. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 37pts
12. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) 26pts

2007 BSB calendar

Round 1. Brands Hatch GP April 7/8/9
Round 2. Thruxton April 13/14/15
Round 3. Silverstone April 27/28/29
Round 4. Oulton Park May 5/6/7
Round 5. Snetterton May 18/19/20
Round 6. Mondello Park June 15/16/17
Round 7. Knockhill June 29/30/1
Round 8. Oulton Park July 13/14/15
Round 9. Mallory Park July 20/21/22
Round 10. Croft August 10/11/12
Round 11. Cadwell Park August 25/26/27
Round 12. Donington Park September 21/22/23
Round 13. Brands Hatch Indy October 12/13/14

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