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Cock of the North road races – superbike race 1 report

The first northern all comers superbike race at the Cock of the North started in fantastic sunny conditions and saw a full grid take to the track for a full 8 laps worth of racing around the iconic circuit in Scarborough that is Oliver’s Mount. Ryan Farquhar got the hole shot at the start from Dean Harrison with Michael Pearson and Jamie Hamilton close together in 3rd and 4th. By the end of lap 1 Pearson had passed Harrison to take second place with Farquhar still in front but only just in front of Pearson who was flying on his Dawson racing Honda Fireblade. At the end of lap 2 Pearson had hit the front Farquhar was in close proximity in 2nd place with Harrison still near the front in 3rd place on the RC express racing Kawasaki with Jamie Hamilton still in 4th place.

Lap 3 and 4 saw positions not change at the front with Pearson edging away from Farquhar but not by much as the KMR Kawasaki rider battled his way around the circuit to keep with Michael Pearson who now was leading by around 0.501 of a second. Harrison still held third place with Hamilton in fourth, Kiaran Hankin was fifth and Ben Wylie was now up to sixth place on his Per cup coffee company BMW sr1000 superstock bike after passing Mark Lister on the 4th lap. Lap 5 saw Pearson and Farquhar still together and on lap 6 Farquhar was around only 0.281 of a second only behind Pearson who was giving it everything to stay in front of Farquhar.

On lap 6 Dean Harrison stayed in third place Jamie Hamilton was still in fourth place on the second KMR Kawasaki, Kiaran Hankin and Ben Wylie rounded out the top six. Lap 7 saw Pearson up the pace with his fastest lap of the race but still the most successful Irish national road racer of all time Ryan Farquhar was still pushing him all the way in this eight lap race. Harrison was still in third place although by now was a distance back from Pearson and Farquhar at the front. So lap 8 beckoned and Pearson determined to beat Ryan Farquhar around Oliver’s Mount in a straight race between them pulled away slightly before the gap went down again between them.

But in the end Pearson held on to take a brilliant win over Farquhar in second place with Dean Harrison taking third place, Jamie Hamilton took fourth place, Kiaran Hankin was fifth, Ben Wylie was sixth on his BMW with David Hewson, Mick Goodings, Mark Lister and Dave Woolams rounding out the top 10.

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