By Craig Hobbs
The PPR team travelled to the Scottish circuit Knockhill for the fifth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.
The circuit is renowned for ever-changing conditions and over the weekend of June 28 to 30 it was no different, with sun, wind and torrential downpours. Mark Piper looked forward to a comeback weekend but that wasn’t to be as Friday’s practice sessions were overshadowed by clutch issues.
The family team worked hard to get this sorted for Saturday’s qualifying but were then plagued with front end chatter, making the Yamaha R6 tough to ride and handle.
Qualifying in 23rd, the Amesbury racer knew he had a lot of work to do in Sunday’s race. The weekend started dry but Sunday saw heavy downpours, meaning the bike set up they had worked on was useless and a wet set up needed.
Mark lined up on the grid ready, lights out and a great start from the university graduate saw him quickly gain 4 positions in the first lap.
Mark was quick and the bike was feeling great, lapping a second faster he was closing in on the riders ahead until disaster struck. Mark’s visor was fogging up in the wet conditions and forced him to retire from the race.
The weekend may have been one to forget but with a great new sponsor on board, the future is looking positive.
The team welcome onboard Hong’s Precision Industry, an international Chinese company who manufacture metal parts, including car parts. This is great for Mark as the company offers vital funds to help the team advance.
Mark said “It was an absolute disaster but we learnt from it. I’m super excited to have Hong’s onboard who will help us advance. Looking forward to giving them the results they deserve”.
As always the team thank their loyal sponsors for keeping them on track and the great support from their fans.
Picture by Craig Hobbs Photography.