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Lichfield Superbikes star battles the elements in wet Knockhill weekend

Gary Mason comes under pressure from Simon Andrews

Gary Mason comes under pressure from Simon Andrews

Lichfield British Superbikes star Gary Mason was forced to battle the elements in a dramatic weekend in Scotland.

The Knockhill circuit saw the MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider and team-mate Simon Andrews produce solid performances, despite red flags and tough conditions.

Mason qualified 13th, just a place behind Andrews, but with strong wind and rain the start of the race became a lottery as the first start was abandoned. It took a further two attempts before the race got underway.

However, the weather failed to dampen the Lichfield man’s efforts as he overtook his team-mate and jumped to sixth during the opening laps.

Mason eventually settled into ninth before an epic last lap battle saw him finish in a dead heat with championship hopeful Tommy Hill. With not even the timesheets able to separate the due they were both awarded an eighth place finish.

Race two saw more of the same as the weather saw the red flags come out as the two MSS Colchester Kawasaki riders were among half-a-dozen who went off at the first lap, forcing the race to be halted.

Mason made it back to the garage where a race to get him back out on track began, but it was to no avail as the Knockhill weekend was ended prematurely on safety grounds.

Despite the high drama, it was just another day at the office for the Lichfield rider. He said:

“It’s not been so bad as it might look if you watched it on telly! We were working hard to get the bike working well and I felt like we had a good set-up in the dry so it was disappointing to wake up Sunday and it be like it was. The first race was close and we reeled Tommy [Hill] in nicely and you could see he was having real grip troubles in a straight line. I was gutted to not quite pip him on the line – it couldn’t have been closer!”

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