Top 10 debut for Hucknall race ace Rochard Cooper

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Making his debut with the team, Hucknall’s Richard Cooper charged to two top 10 finishes on a mixed day for the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team at Cadwell Park for the eighth round of the 2015 MCE British Superbike championship.

Under glorious sunshine he achieved the top 10 placings despite having spent little time on the S1000RR since signing with the Hinckley-based squad just last week.

Cooper progressed from 12th on the grid to fight through to finish eighth, setting the seventh fastest lap time to secure a third-row start for the second race.

A strong start saw Cooper fighting for the top six spot, eventually crossing the line in a solid seventh to complete a fair points haul.

The Buildbase BMW team will return to action in two weeks’ time at Oulton Park.

Cooper said: “At the start of the weekend, genuinely, I thought ‘this is going to be difficult’, but what the team have done over three days is chip away bit by bit and that’s something that has given me confidence.

“It’s good to know that the team are there to back me up with a little bit of an idea, whether it’s the right or wrong decision and we’ve come away with two top ten results on our first time out on the bike.

“I think the guys appreciate it and we know it’s just the start of things. We can leave this weekend with a few things to think about and I’m pretty confident we can come back at Oulton Park even stronger.”

Team manager Steve Hicken: “I was really impressed with Richard’s performance this weekend.

“It was all very much in at the deep end and he’s turned up and got two top ten finishes first time out on the bike.

“There’s a lot more to come from both him and the bike so we’re looking forward to the next round.

“Lee’s (Jackson) had another good weekend, each time he’s chipping away and getting stronger and stronger. He set some really impressive lap times today.

“Unfortunately things haven’t been great for Kiyo (Ryuichi Kiyonari), the crash in FP3 knocked us back quite a bit.

“Warm up was really good and we felt good ahead of the race but a mistake at the start made his life quite difficult and then in race two a technical issue ended our race early.

“We did make progress this weekend, quite a lot of progress so we’re confident of further improvement at Oulton.”