Richard Cooper extends championship lead for Buildbase Suzuki at Donington Park
Richard Cooper extended his National Superstock 1000 Championship lead at Donington Park this weekend, the Buildbase Suzuki rider winning both parts of Saturday’s 100-mile race on his GSX-R1000R, before finishing second in a wet feature race on Sunday.
Cooper – back in short circuit action after his debut at the North West 200 that saw him take a second place finish and the record for fastest ever newcomer – set off from pole and led from start-to-finish in the opening half of the two-part, 100-mile race. Following the mandatory pit stop, he was again in the group at the front in the second half, albeit with his rivals doing their best to halt his charge. Keeping his head, he settled into a rhythm before making a series of passes to get himself back into the lead, taking the win at the chequered flag.
With the rain arriving for Sunday’s 21-lap dash, Cooper again used his experience to remain calm, allowing his rivals to get in front of him in the tricky conditions. With an eye firmly on the championship he kept it safe, but upped his pace as the laps ticked by, passing his main title rivals to finish second – including an impressive move around the outside on the last lap into the chicane – stretching his series lead in the process. More…