Team Suzuki Press Office – September 16.
Richard Cooper closed-in on the National Superstock 1000 Championship lead today, taking victory onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the first of two races at Oulton Park and the 10th round of the series.
Cooper had been consistently-fast in all the weekend’s free practice sessions, the team making some slight adjustments to the settings from the last visit to the Oulton Park circuit; settings which allowed him to find half-a-second in lap-time from the previous visit.
Starting from the front row of the grid for the race, Cooper made a pass for the lead and pulled out a slender, but clear, advantage at the front to take the win. It means he now sits just 10 points off the top of the championship standings with two races to go.
“Today was spot on to be fair. It was a good race, a right race, but we did the job we needed to. To be honest I just stuck to my pace. It wasn’t an easy race, but I stuck to the pace I knew we could run at and a pace I thought would be good enough for the win. My GSX-R1000 has been good from the off. We’ve learned a lot since the last time we were here, so our setup is slightly different from the previous visit, but the changes we’ve made have found us half-a-second in lap time. The same again tomorrow will be just the job.”
Superstock 1000 race one result: 1. Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 2. Danny Buchan, 3. Chrissy Rouse.