a TRIUMPHant british supersport debut – round 2 thruxton

the bsb and bss finally got underway this weekend at thruxton, a fast flowing circuit found in south central uk. it was a great weekend for the factory-backed map embassy racing team. glen richards piloted his 675 to a second place podium position while teammate paul young managed a top 10 finish (9th to be exact).

surprisingly, richards stunned the paddock claiming pole position on the first outing for the 675 in bss.

richards got a great start and lead the field for the first lap. however, steve brogan (hm plant honda) pried the lead from him coming into the chicane at the end of the second lap. throughout the race, the triumph looked unsettled braking into the double apex right-hander. richards then shadowed brogan for several laps until the safety car came out on lap 8 when james webb (padgetts honda) and dennis hobbs (centurion honda) clashed at the chicane. the safety car (a sweet audi r8) was out for a couple laps and then racing resumed with richards taking the lead. brogan answered back and stuck it out until the checkered flag. richards almost stole the win just missing the mark by 0.09 sec.

paul young also had a great start launching him from 12th to 6th on the first lap. he maintained his position until the safety car came out and then leaped into a rostrum position for a brief moment. however, his tires began to fade and young prudently decided to consolidate his 9th place. 

not a bad start for the fledgling team. battling with such a notable squad as hm plant honda (basically factory-backed by hrc) means that the 675 is a force to be reckoned with. this circuit probably favors the rev-happy i-4’s with the high speeds so expect the triumph to be even more competitive on the tight, twisty tracks where drive out of the corners (torque) is more important. 

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