MasterMac Honda aces in the points again as rain brings chaos to Snetterton

July 8, 2024
Race Report

MasterMac Honda riders Charlie Nesbitt and Lee Jackson had a rollercoaster of a weekend in an incident-packed Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting at Snetterton.

Two changeable summer’s days at the Norfolk circuit saw rain showers wreak havoc on the racing, with two of the three Bennetts BSB contests being restarted after conditions became dangerous.

The weather proved to be a leveller in Saturday’s opening race, which saw both MasterMac Honda riders vying for podium finishes.

Jackson initially progressed to third place before a huge slice of bad luck as a technical issue forced him to retire while fourth. After a red flag and a restart, it was Nesbitt who then made it up to third before he became one of several riders to crash out in the dicey conditions.

Sunday brought more downpours and some steady performances from the duo. Nesbitt came home ninth and tenth respectively in the two races, consolidating his ninth place championship standing.

Meanwhile Jackson also added to his championship tally with 11th place in both races - the first of which was an eye-catching result having started from the back of the grid in 25th.

Steve Hicken, team manager, commented:

“The conditions made for a really challenging weekend and Lee and Charlie both showed a lot of skill to get near the front in the worst of the weather on Saturday.
“A podium finish wasn’t to be this time, but they both responded with solid, points-scoring finishes on Sunday and as a team we go away with our heads held high.”

There was also a new addition to the team over the weekend, with Tim Neave riding a MasterMac Honda in the Pirelli National Superstock with Moneybarn Vehicle Finance series. After a stunning performance in qualifying earned him second place on the grid, Neave rode a good race to finish seventh on his debut.

Bennetts BSB returns in two weeks’ time, when MasterMac Honda and the rest of the paddock make their first visit of the season to Brands Hatch in Kent from 19-21 July.

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“We’re excited to start our 25th consecutive season and hopefully spring some surprises along the way"
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- Steve Hicken, Hawk Racing Team Manager