Buildbase BMW rider Richard Cooper has won the 2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 title after finishing sixth at Silverstone. Heading into the penultimate race, Cooper led MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Danny Buchan by 45.5 points, meaning that the Basildon rider had to win to keep his hopes alive.
He could only manage seventh, handing Cooper the title and the Nottingham rider was ecstatic with his achievement. Cooper also paid tribute to Metzeler whose tyres have assisted him in his success.
“What a fantastic feeling to have won the Championship. The Metzeler K2 tyres have been brilliant. They've done the job, that's for sure. They're very consistent and give excellent feedback – which is all a rider could ask for. Not only that, but we've set a few lap records this year and we've been doing it late in the race where the tyres should theoretically be giving up. I broke the record at Donington Park on the very last lap and late at Snetterton, proving that not only can the tyres do the race distance, but also they can give you everything when you'd expect them to be finished – that's a huge accolade.”
In contrast, Buchan was struggling with the tyres at Silverstone and is now turning his attentions to finishing runner-up in the championship. The 18 year old leads Luke Quigley by 14 points ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch.
“The start went well and I was running up with the front boys but by lap four the tyre went so wrong. The bike felt so soft with the tyre I couldn't turn it and couldn't hold a line. It was spinning up, drifting wide and trying to highside me out of corners. When the other riders came past I wanted to go with them but I would probably have crashed trying to keep up, which was frustrating. I have a 14 point lead on third going into Brands, so I need to concentrate on that positive and make sure I get second in the championship. In my first year in Superstock that's still a huge achievement.”
2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Standings:
|1 (C)||Richard Cooper||BMW||Buildbase BMW Motorrad||4||190.5|
|2||Danny Buchan||Kawasaki||Team Green/MSS Colchester Kawasaki||1||144|
|3||Luke Quigley||BMW||Formwise / Astro Racing||1||130|
|4||Tristan Palmer*||Honda||GBmoto Racing||3||116|
|5||Howie Mainwaring||Kawasaki||MSS Colchester Kawasaki||1||104|
*50 Points Deducted