Rispoli secures first points of the season at Snetterton


James Rispoli bounced back from a tough qualifying session to take his first points of the 2016 MCE British Superbike season at Snetterton.

The American started race one down in 21st place but got off to a flyer on his Anvil Hire Yamaha and was inside the top 10 by the end of the first lap.

Rispoli was embroiled in a battle for 10th spot but began losing rear tyre grip midway through the race and dropped back down the pack.

He was determined to hold on though and fought off the challenges of Filip Backlund and Alastair Seeley to cross the line in 13th position.

A delighted Rispoli said: “It’s been a struggle to be honest , the last few rounds have been tough, and sometimes that’s where people break but we didn’t, we stuck together as a team. For us to finally find some light with the bike is awesome, we have found some form again that we had at Silverstone.

“We found some positives where I can push and start riding this bike. Race one was great, we know some people had misfortune but sometimes that is where the confidence has to come from. We ran in the top eight again right off that front group for 70% of the race, we now have a tyre pressure issue that we didn’t find before because we couldn’t run that pace, so it’s all positive because we are now running that pace. “

Rispoli started the second race further up the grid, in 17th place, and moved up into the top 15 early on. Following a battle with James Ellison, things were looking good once again for the rider until tyre issues struck.

A lack of grip in the latter stages led to the Yamaha man falling back down the order, eventually coming home in 19th position following the red flag.

Commentating on the second race, Rispoli said: “Race two for us again was great. I made some really good moves on some guys and I was running near the top 12 for a good portion of the race.

“I do see a lot of light after this weekend, the team worked well and we will more forward now. It’s not easy here, you can’t give an inch it’s very difficult and to find that light is great for us, and I can’t wait for Thruxton now.” 

Rispoli and the Anvil Hire Yamaha team now have two weeks until the next round of the championship, which takes place on the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.