Stapleford bounces back to keep Supersport title bid on course

Luke Stapeford can clinch the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship title this weekend at Silverstone and he started the opening day on track by topping the sessions.

He is just eight points away from sealing the title and he bounced back from a crash in free practice to be second fastest in each of the sessions.

American James Rispoli, bidding for a first win in the series, began the weekend strongly, heading the morning session by a little more than a third of a second from Profile Racing's Stapleford who slipped off at Farm Corner without injury. 

Kyle Ryde, the nearest challenger to Stapleford in the title stakes, ran back in seventh place on the PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha while Jake Dixon recovered to fifth fastest despite tipping off his Smiths Triumph.

Glenn Irwin, third fastest in the morning session, upped the tempo in the afternoon, charging his Gearlink Kawasaki to the fastest time of the day, half a second up on Rispoli's best, but again Stapleford, who in between times had made his Superbike debut with PBM Kawasaki, was on the pace.

Stapleford, second overall, was pressed by his team-mate Sam Hornsey, consistently on the pace through the day, with Ben Wilson just ahead of Ryde while Dixon ran eighth fastest , just ahead of Joe Francis who is continuing aboard the second Team Traction Control Yamaha.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Silverstone, Free practice one

1: James Rispoli (Team Traction Control Yamaha) 2:09.917
2: Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) +0.362s
3: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.807s
4: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +1.211s
5: Jake Dixon (Smiths Triumph) +1.750s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Silverstone, Free practice two:

1: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) 2:09.487
2: Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) +0.204s
3: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +0.671s
4: Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.832s
5: Kyle Ryde (PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha) +0.928s

The first round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Silverstone (8-10 April) tickets are available by clicking here.

Prior to the first round there are two official UK tests; 29 March at Silverstone and 31 March at Donington Park. Admission is free, with the tests running from 9am-5pm on each day.

Last updated: Friday, October 2, 2015