NEW SUZUKI GSX-R1000 TAKES VICTORY AT DONINGTON BSB
Team Suzuki Press Office – April 2. Richard Cooper – 1st SST Sylvain Guintoli – 7th SBK Michael Dunlop – 16th SBK The Bennetts Suzuki team has given the all-new GSX-R1000 its first British championship race win after Richard Cooper took victory in today’s National Superstock 1000 race at the Donington Park British Superbike Championship opening round in the UK. Cooper, who finished second in yesterday’s two-part race, started today from pole position. After leading the way into turn one, he was holding a podium position when the race was red-flagged. Again, starting from pole in the restart, he battled at the front for the full race distance and grabbed the lead when it mattered, with a last-lap pass securing his and the team’s first victory of the season. Richard Cooper: “I’m really happy, and happy for the team, too, as they’ve worked very hard to get us to this point. It looks like Superstock is going to be competitive all year and we’re up against some good riders, but to get a second and a win in our first weekend with a new bike is really good. We still need to improve the bike. It gets out of corners so well and drives forward well, but we need to improve our corner entry. We’ll work on the set-up to try and sort it, and then the bike’s on the money. It’s early days, but it’s a good start and hopefully we can continue like this.” In the MCE British Superbike class the team endured a more challenging weekend: Taylor Mackenzie crashed out of both races – the first after coming through the pack from 22nd on the grid to crash out of 12th, before he lost the front at Goddards halfway through race two while fighting for a top-10 finish.