After a positive last round, the family run PPR Team headed to the circuit at Thruxton for Round 7 of the British Superbikes. Home to the UK’s fastest circuit, Mark Piper was ready to continue and improve from Knockhill’s good form at the circuit.

Fridays practice sessions yielded a great improvement on lap times by more than 1.5s, giving the Amesbury rider his personal best at the track and putting him in 15th position.

On Saturday, and with qualifying looming, the team were ready. Piper headed out on track but couldn’t quite hit the same lap times after a big slide almost threw him off and caused him arm pump for the rest of the session.

On Sunday, conditions were good ahead of the race: Mark had qualified 23rd but his lap times previously showed he had strong pace.

Lights off and the Yamaha R6 took off, throwing up the front wheel, losing a few places, immediately leaving Piper more work to do.

Pushing hard on those in front and continuously swapping positions, the university graduate couldn’t pass and ended the race where he started.

Mark said: “Warm up was great, we were strong, qualifying let us down and affected the race, but we have gained from it.”

The team thanked their loyal sponsors and fans for their support. It’s onwards to Cadwell Park, August 16.

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Report and pictures: Craig Hobbs

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