Both Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki riders Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven scored solid results in their Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park as part of the support package for the World Superbike Championship round.
They were on good form and secured strong results in their qualifying practice.
Fisher was 16th in qualifying and began his campaign from the sixth row of the grid and as the lights went out he began to move forward.
By lap six of 16 he was up into 13th place but towards the end of the race he began to encounter some problems with the Kawasaki and ended up in 17th place at the chequered flag.
But because another machine failed the post-race scrutineering, Fisher was elevated a place up to 16th – just missing out on a points finish.
He said: “It was a bit of a disappointing end to my weekend to get so near to scoring points.
“I had a bit of a battle with an over aggressive rider but that’s racing. I struggled to get past him and then got duffed up as I tried to make a move on the guy in front.
“But it was just one of those things really and then I began to find a few problems with the electronics towards the end of the race which made it a bit loose.
“We enjoyed it, though, and found something with the front end so hopefully with the test at Snetterton and then on to Knockhill we can start chipping away and get closer to the front of the field.”
Meanwhile, Van Leuven was riding really well and qualified directly behind his team-mate on row seven.
It was a bit of a disappointing end to my weekend to get so near to scoring points.Tom Fisher
He crossed the finish line in 18th position but with the disqualification of another rider he scored the best result of the campaign in 17th.
He said: “I am definitely happy with that. I can run the pace but I seem to struggle a bit on the brakes.
“It’s good to be up there with these guys who have a lot more experience in this class.
“Now it’s just a matter of step by step and work on the bike so next time I can attack and get up into the points.”
The next round is at Knockhill on June 26 and there is a British Superbike test at Snetterton on June 15 and 16.