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Confidence boosting weekend for Hawk
Knockhill - Round 8 - 14th - 16th July


The two Hawk Kawasaki riders Craig Coxhell and Peter Hickman secured some strong results this weekend at round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, 16th July. With Dean Thomas sidelined for the next few meetings due to injury, it was down to the two youngsters in the team to secure some good results.

Coxhell was determined to carry on his recent good form and managed to gain a fantastic sixth and ninth position in the two Superbike races with nineteen-year-old Hickman finishing just outside the points in both races gaining a 17th and 16th finish respectively.

The two riders were consistent throughout the weekend and were adjusting to the newly resurfaced 1.3-mile Scottish Circuit. Riding on-board the Dunlop-shod Kawasaki ZX-10R's the two managed to end Saturday's Qualifying session with Coxhell in 11th and Hickman in 19th position for the two races.

Race one saw Coxhell gain a flying start and he had moved up two places by the end of the first lap. He was locked in a battle with factory Honda rider Karl Harris who he managed to pass on lap five, an electrical problem for current British Champion Lavilla saw him lose out on places whilst he re-set his Ducati, this promoting Coxhell to seventh position. A confident pass on Yamaha rider, Hill left Coxhell to take a strong sixth place for the Hawk Team. In race two he did not gain the start that he did in the first race and got boxed in into the first corner, spending a number of laps trying to pass Honda rider Rutter, this proving difficult at the tight and twisty circuit. A pass on the Stobart rider on lap 25 moved Coxhell to ninth place, unable to catch the riders in front this is where he finished the race.

Hickman struggled during both starts and left himself a lot of work to do. The rookie rider was locked in a battle in the first race with Michael Rutter and Champion Lavilla, a daunting task for the youngster. He held his ground and even managed to re-pass Lavilla into turn one. The two extremely experienced riders managed to get the better of Hickman but also gave him the opportunity to learn from his peers.

Coxhell commented "I enjoyed both races and I'm really happy with my first race result and hope that I can continue to get some more positive results at the remaining rounds. I was finding it very difficult to find good passing places at Knockhill and got stuck behind Rutter in the second race, unable to find a safe place to get through on him. By the time I did I'd left it too late to try and catch Glen in front of me, a few more laps and it would have been possible to make up more positions. We have definitely made progress this weekend and hope that it will last."

Hickman said, "I struggled with both my starts in the races which proved to be a huge disadvantage. I am still learning all the tracks and how a Superbike works on them, I got two finishes, which is the main thing. I do struggle in the heat and the conditions were incredible hot. I'd like to get back in the points at Oulton next weekend and get some strong results there."

Race One Result
Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda
Shane Byrne Suzuki
Leon Haslam Ducati
Jonathan Rea Honda
Michael Laverty Honda
Craig Coxhell Hawk Kawasaki
Karl Harris Honda
Tommy Hill Yamaha
Glen Richards Honda
Scott Smart Suzuki
17th Peter Hickman Hawk Kawasaki

Race Two Result
Shane Byrne Suzuki
Jonathan Rea Honda
Leon Haslam Ducati
Tommy Hill Yamaha
Michael Laverty Honda
Karl Harris Honda
Scott Smart Suzuki
Glen Richards Honda
Craig Coxhell Hawk Kawasaki
Michael Rutter Honda
16th Peter Hickman Hawk Kawasaki
 
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