Motorcycle racing

The wet weather conditions followed Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing as they headed to Knockhill.

This time, instead of a wet race as had been the case at Thruxton, it was practice and qualifying that were carried out in the rain before race day dawned dry and sunny.

Not that the wet worried the team’s Superstock 600 star, Deane Brown, who rode superbly to qualify second and start Sunday’s race on the front row of the grid.

Unfortunately he got boxed in on the first lap and was nudged by another rider which quickly knocked him back from third to ninth.

Eventual race winner Keith Farmer left the rest in his wake but Deane got his head down and battled his way back to catch the scrap for second place.

At one stage he got up to fourth and was the fastest rider on the track but in the end he crossed the line in fifth place. This was an improvement of two places on Thruxton and still leaves him second in the championship.

Overall team manager, Robin Appleyard, was pleased with his performance.

“Given that Knockhill is very much a one line track with only really one place to pass, this was a common sense, mature ride by Deane.

He did well to fight his way back into contention after his unfortunate start.”

Meanwhile 125cc rider Ryan Watson from Brechin struggled in the rain and crashed during Friday’s practice which dented his confidence further. He battled away though to eventually qualify 19th.

Sunday’s race was interrupted on lap four after a multi bike crash but from the re-start the young Scot really got going.

His lap times improved consistently and he finished a creditable eleventh.

Afterwards his manager commented: “Ryan really struggled with the Knockhill circuit particularly in the wet.

“He got stuck in, however, and now it’s really all about getting more track time under his belt.

“With this in mind we’ve entered him into a Scottish championship race next Saturday back at Knockhill.”

The team’s Supersport Rider, Jack Kennedy, continues to recuperate at home with a fracture to the base of his back.

It’s a slow process but he hopes to be back racing again by mid August.

Finally Robin would like to thank Deane and Ryan’s Mums for their hospitality and the fantastic food they laid on for all the Team’s guests and sponsors.

The next meeting is in two weeks’ time at Snetterton.