Rose continues to bloom

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DONCASTER’S Dean Hipwell and James Rose travelled to Cadwell Park, regarded as their ‘home circuit’ at the Bank Holiday weekend for the latest rounds of their respective British Supersport and Superstock 600 Championships and both finished among the points.

Rose made a good start and had clawed his way up to fifth after lap two. He hung onto the position for the next five laps before being elevated into fourth place on lap seven when team-mate Jake Dixon, who was leading the race, came to grief at the top of the mountain section.

With two laps remaining Rose was still working hard to keep ahead of the two riders behind him with the third placed rider a second ahead.

Second-placed Blackshaw crashed out on the last lap leaving Rose in third place on the Moto-Breakers Yamaha at the chequered flag - two tenths of a second ahead of the fourth placed rider.

Rose picked up sixteen championship points to keep him well in contention for the top spot now being only eight points behind the leader, who could only finish seventh.

Hipwell made a positive start in Saturday morning’s first free practice session in the Supersport Championship, being 15th quickest overall, but the second free session didn’t go nearly as well.

Going well on his eighth lap as he rounded the hairpin, Billy McConnell forced his way up on the inside clipping Hipwell’s Globalnet Telecoms machine. which resulted in the Doncaster rider being brought down. Fortunately it was a slow crash with minimal damage to both rider and machine. But with the session being over it meant that the CDH team did not have sufficient data to set the machine up for Sunday morning’s qualifying and would have to make an educated guess on the final set-up.

Sunday morning’s early qualifying session saw Hipwell finish in a disappointing 20th place on the grid for the qualifying race later.

Hipwell started the main race in 19th place but by the end of lap one found himself in 16th spot in the middle of a group of riders covered by less than two seconds.

Lap two saw him overtake two riders in front and with others in front falling out he was up into 12th - though due to his poor grid position he was nearly four seconds adrift of the Yamaha of Taylor MacKenzie. Hipwell gradually reduced the deficit back over the next three laps, however, and by lap five had overtaken him to take eleventh place.

But that was as good as it got and Hipwell found the seven second gap on the riders in front too much to make up in the remaining ten laps and he had to settle for eleventh place and five championship points.