Samsung Honda Primed For Snetterton Challenge


Samsung Honda is targeting further podium success at the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend at Snetterton.

The Norfolk circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the team in the past, and with Alex Lowes‘ six consecutive podium finishes in the first three rounds of the championship and a double rostrum for Ryuichi Kiyonari last time out at Knockhill, expectations are high for this weekend.

Team manager Havier Beltran said: “Snetterton is a round we are all excited about as a team; since the circuit was redeveloped it really is a favourite on the calendar now with riders as well as fans. We had a good test session there last week and all three riders were happy with the direction. We now need to build on that and continue to move forward in both the Superbike and Supersport Championships.

Meanwhile Kiyonari said: “At Knockhill I was much happier, I was able to push and although it wasn’t a win, it was better for me and for the team. I come to Snetterton feeling more confident because we have tested at the track and also because of our improvements we made before Knockhill. Snetterton has been a good track for me before; this was the last track that I won at in this Championship so I’ll be pushing as hard as ever.

Alex Lowes was equally optimistic, and said: “The season has been going well so far and I’m enjoying racing more than ever at the moment. The Samsung Honda guys have all been working hard and we had a positive test last week which means we can arrive for the race ready to go.

Meanwhile in the British Supersport Championship Samsung Honda’s other rider Jason O’Halloran will be keen to take victory at Snetterton, having won her last season. He said: “I am hoping that this weekend we can have two solid races and reward the team for their hard work so far this season. We had a decent test and realistically this should be a good event for us as we want to turn things around after some bad luck at Knockhill.