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Apr 1, 2002

Hislop Wins British Superbike Race At Silverstone

From a press release:<BR><BR>MONSTERMOB DUCATI BRITISH SUPERBIKE TEAM<BR><BR>Round 1 – British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Sunday 31st March/Monday 1st April 2002<BR><BR>Race Report<BR><BR>HIZZY LEADS CHAMPIONSHIP<BR><BR>MonsterMob Ducati rider Steve Hislop grabbed the initiative to lead the MCN British Superbike Championship after the opening round at Silverstone today.<BR><BR>The 40-year-old Isle of Man based Scot followed up a second place in the opening race with a comprehensive victory in race two to lead the 13 round series by 4 points.<BR><BR>Fastest in practice, Hizzy stalked fellow Ducati rider Sean Emmett in race one and was poised to make a move on the penultimate lap but he got a poor run through the backmarkers and had to settle for 2nd.<BR><BR>In the second race, Hislop was determined not to get caught out again and led from the start only for the race to be stopped after 4 laps whilst he held a 4.5 second lead. However, Hislop made no mistakes in the restart and ended up winning by 7.5 seconds at the end of the two part race.<BR><BR>"We made some suspension alterations and they worked fine for race two. This is a great start to the year and I hope to bag more good points at round two" said Hislop.<BR><BR>But it wasn't such good luck for MonsterMob Ducati Supersport rider Stuart Easton who crashed out on the opening lap through no fault of his own.<BR><BR>The 17 year old from Hawick was running towards the front when he was collected by another rider at the hairpin.<BR><BR>"I peeled into the corner and the next thing I knew I was on the floor. My first round jinx has struck again" said Easton.<BR><BR>Nonetheless Team owner Paul Bird was pleased with the start to the season. "We were unlucky in race one but Steve pulled it off in race two. Just so long as we're leading the championship at the end of the year when it matters" said the Penrith businessman.<BR><BR>Race One Result<BR>1. Sean Emmett (Ducati) 30:26.668<BR>2.Steve Hislop (MonsterMob Ducati) 30:27.066<BR>3. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 30:42.080<BR>4.John Reynolds (Suzuki) 30:43.766<BR>5.Shane Byrne (Ducati) 30:45.804<BR>6.Karl Harris (Suzuki) 30:48.490<BR><BR>Race Two Result<BR>1.Steve Hislop (MonsterMob Ducati) 30:23.034<BR>2.John Reynolds (Suzuki) 30:30.733<BR>3. Sean Emmett (Ducati) 30:33.521<BR>4.Michael Rutter (Ducati) 30:34.153<BR>5.Paul Brown (Ducati) 30:41.071<BR>6.Steve Plater (Yamaha) 30:44.742 <BR><BR>Supersport Result<BR>1.Jim Moodie (Yamaha) 26:27.729<BR>2.Scott Smart (Honda) 26:29.880<BR>3.Danny Beaumont (Yamaha) 26:30.374<BR>4.Jimmy Lindstrom (Suzuki) 26:39.109<BR>5.Jeremy Goodall (Suzuki) 26:41.121<BR>6.Ben Wilson (Honda) 26:42.189<BR><BR>British Championship Standings<BR>1. Steve Hislop (MonsterMob Ducati) 45pts<BR>2. Sean Emmett (Ducati) 41pts<BR>3. John Reynolds (Suzuki) 33pts<BR>4. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 26pts<BR>5. Michael Rutter (Ducati) 22pts<BR>6. Paul Brown (Ducati) 19pts<BR>