MOTORCYCLING: Clarke completes test after crash

Aaron Clarke
Aaron Clarke
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Aaron Clarke and Tommy Philp have returned home after a week in Spain to test their new draperRACING Yamaha machines prior to the official British Superbike test later this month.

The two riders, mechanics and team manager Bill Philp headed to Circuit de Calafat – situated an hour south of Barcelona – for a three-day test.

Philp was soon on the pace and flying around the track on his Yamaha R6 Supersport spec machine.

He was keeping pace with all the top 600cc British Supersport riders and ended in a strong position.

Meanwhile, Kirton-based Clarke was out on his Yamaha R6 Superstock 600 bike and going well on day one.

But in his third session, he suffered a high side and crashed. Luckily he was unhurt apart from some nasty bruises and the bike was repaired.

Tommy Philp

Tommy Philp

Clarke completed the test with no further incident and recorded some much faster lap times.

Philp senior said: “Tommy is happy with the way the bike handled and his lap times.

“Aaron lost a bit of confidence after his off but did make some significant improvement.”

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