At Brands Hatch
Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had to give best to his own team-mate Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) at the most recent WSS round in Brno, but in the championship fight Pitt is the clear leader.
Pitt said: "Brands
Hatch is one of my favourite tracks and the atmosphere is always great as well. Our Ten Kate Hondas have improved step by step over the season and the total package feels good at the moment. The Supersport races are very competitive and there are plenty of riders who want to be on the podium this weekend. One of them is sitting next to me in the pit box!"
The Australian rider, World Champion in this class in 2001, has a 32-point margin of advantage over third place rider in the Brno race, Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) with Brands Hatch the first of five remaining WSS rounds.
Brookes said: "I'm very happy to be second in the championship with five rounds remaining. Hopefully this will give me enough time to close in on Andrew who is leading with 32 points. The points I managed to collect in the last round were great, but I wasn't completely satisfied with my race performance. Scoring as many points as possible in every round is the most important thing for us and that's what I want to carry on doing. Brands Hatch will be fun. I like the track and I'm ready to score as many points as I can."
The all-Honda podium at Brno changed the complexion of the championship fight entirely as Yamaha's Broc Parkes was only fourth in that race, which allowed Brookes to overtake him for overall second in the championship standings.
The aforementioned Jonathan Rea, who had a luckless ride in the Suzuka 8hr for Honda, is nonetheless buoyed by his superb WSS Brno win, in what was only his eight World Supersport race. He, like any other long-time BSB rider, has intimate knowledge of Brands Hatch's secrets, a factor he is hoping to exploit to the full in order to bridge the nine-point gap to second place in the championship standings. Rea is currently fifth, on 92 points.
Rea said: "Obviously I'm disappointed to have not finished the Suzuka 8hr race. We were battling for a podium position, which was my ambition going into the race, when I lost the front. Anyway I hope to have my chance again in the future. Brands Hatch is a track I know well from my BSB years and it's a track I really enjoy riding. After my first World Championship victory in Brno I want to add my second win as soon as possible. The fans, friend and family who will come to watch this weekend will be motivating me even more."
One time championship leader Joan Lascorz is now sixth in the rankings, only one point ahead of Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR). Neither of these riders scored points in Brno, and another top Honda rider who was unable to see the chequered flag two weeks ago is Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) who was looking set for a podium finish at one stage.
Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) is out to push himself into the top ten soon, while one-time WSB rookie, and now WSS rookie. Russell Holland (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) continues his stand-in duties for the injured Tommy Hill, having taken a confidence-building seventh place at the Brno race.
The Supersport series has its next round at Donington Park, on September 7th.