Hucknall rider Cooper in Superbike top ten

SUPER COOPER -- Hucknall rider Richard Cooper in action at Knockhill
SUPER COOPER -- Hucknall rider Richard Cooper in action at Knockhill

Another impressive pair of performances propelled Hucknall rider Richard Cooper (pictured) into the top ten of the 2014 British Superbike Championships.

Cooper (30) posted finishing posotions of 11th and ninth in two hectic 30-lap races at Scotland’s twisty Knockhill circuit.

His performances placed his Kawasaki ZX-10R ahead of a n umber of more experienced riders.

And they continued the excellent Superbike debut season for both Cooper and his team, Anvil Hire TAG Racing, based at Swadlicnote in Derbyshire.

Starting from 15th on the grid in the opening race, Cooper made one of his typically fast starts to move into the top ten and after some exciting tussles, he brought his machine home in 11th.

In the afternoon’s second contest, he had to start from as far back as 17th on the grid, but another outstanding first lap meant he was able to pick off rivals through the race.

Afterwards, Cooper commented: “I can drive home happy after that!

“We dug deep today and pulled out a couple of good results.

“Our only problem is in qualifying, where we are handicapping ourselves.

“The team are working really hard, and we’re finding a good race set-up. But we are struggling to get the best out of the soft tyre in qualifying.

“Even so, we finished ahead of some capable riders in both races and gave a good account of ourselves.”

The Knockhill stage was the fourth round of the prestigious championship, sponsored by MCE Insurance, after previous rounds at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Snetterton.

The championships returns to Brands Hatch over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th July for the fifth round.

Thats is then followed by rounds at Thruxton on 1st, 2nd and 3rd August, Oulton Park on 8th, 9th and 10th August, Cadwell Park on 23rd, 24th and 25th Augustand Donington Park on 4th, 6th and 7th September.

The final three rounds take place in September and October.