Spill ends Dean Hipwell hopes but James Rose blooms

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DONCASTER’S Dean Hipwell is still looking to kick-start his season after a disappointing weekend at Snetterton in the fourth round of the British Supersport Championship.

The Doncaster rider failed to achieve his target of a top-ten finish.

Compared to last year, Hipwell’s times were three seconds a lap slower and even his best qualifying time only earned him 18th place on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s qualifying race in which he finished 15th despite a poor start. On Saturday evening the CDH Racing team altered the Globalnet Telecoms Yamaha machine set-up and gearing in an effort to increase its performance.

Sunday morning’s warm-up session saw Hipwell able to power out of the corners better with this new set-up and things were looking good for the afternoon’s race.

But, after getting a good start, disaster struck as Niall Mackenzie ran into the back of him going into the first corner bringing both riders down and ending their respective interest in the race.

James Rose was also in action at Snetterton, competing in the Superstock 600 Championship aboard the Moto Breakers Yamaha.

Rose had two good qualifying sessions, earning fifth place on the grid for Sunday’s race, which started well for him as he moved up into third by the end of the first lap.

Lap two saw him take the lead, which he retained for the next four laps, as the leader dropped out and he also got past the other rider in front of him.

Rose had to settle for second place despite closing the gap to less than a tenth of a second on the last lap. He finished a comfortable one and a half seconds ahead of third place.

Second place gave him 20 championship points which put him level at the top of the leader board, but first due to the number of times he had been on the podium.