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Young in the Points Again at Donington Park

Sheffield UK  -  September 9, 2014 - Coming off his recent 12th place finish at Silverstone, Ben Young continued his inspired riding at Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Donington Park by gaining further points in the highly competitive Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship.
 
The Friday free practice was the first time Young was under race conditions at Donington, as the only time previous was a rainy trackday in April.  Along with familiarizing himself with the track, he got up-to-speed quickly ending the session 17thfastest.

The first qualifying proved to be more rewarding as Young passed the chequered flag in 10th position - however by the time the session had concluded, he was put back to 12th.
 
“We made some changes that worked well for Q1 and managed to get our best qualifying result of the season" said Young.
 
The weather proved to be a challenge come Q2, with Young holding off on going out on track until conditions were more predictable:"When I finally went out, I only managed to complete 5 laps before I low-sided at Goddards".
 
Despite putting in a faster lap in Q2, the limited time on track meant Young qualified 21st overall.
 
Race day arrived under clear, cool skies and in front of 30,000 enthusiastic BSB fans, Young got a good start on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10 and got a good run into the first corner.
 
After adjusting to the cool track temperatures Young felt more comfortable and became engaged in a battle with James Egan, Mike Booth and Dave Johnson throughout most of the race.
 
On the penultimate lap, Young was part of a group who were fighting for 14th position, and the last of the championship points. Young and Johnson were leading the pack, but forced each other wide going into turn one, leaving a gap for Egan and Booth to make a challenge.
 
The battle ended on the exit of turn two with Johnson making contact with Booth, who then slid off, narrowly avoiding contact with Young at over 100 mph. This caused a red flag situation which ended the race and in which the results went back a lap meaning Young finished an admirable 14th position. Young stated after the race: “Egan and I didn't feel or see anything! It was mega close and I’m really happy to hear Dave was okay.  I would like to thank the team for giving me a great bike this weekend. I can't wait to get to Silverstone, October 3rd`5th
 
Young will be returning to Canada this week, then heading out to compete in the final AMA Go-Pro Daytona SportBike Championship on board the Tim Hortons (Sudbury)/Team WD-40 Yamaha R6 at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON at New Jersey Motorsport Park.
 
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