YPM Set For Silverstone
The DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club is all set for its second round of the 2014 season, as the riders head to prestigious Silverstone circuit, with racing taking place over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May.
Using the new Wing Complex, the British Motorcycle Racing Club will also become the first motorcycle racing organisation to host a meeting using the International layout of the iconic motorsport venue.
After a dominant display at the opening round, where he took all four wins, Graham Higlett will be looking to extend his championship lead this weekend, as he bids for a second YPM title.
Matt Barber, who was Higlett's nearest challenger at Snetterton, looks set to miss Silverstone, with the university commitments an understandable priority for the degree student. Looking to challenge for race wins at Silverstone will be Doug Edmondson, who was never off the podium at Snetterton, and Lee Finney, who will be looking to kick-start his championship challenge.
Simon Braby also showed his pace at the opening round, and is likely to put up a strong showing at the Northamptonshire venue, along with Andy Davies on his 101 plated TZR250, while Pete Moore will be eager to get back to the form he showed last season and challenge for race wins, after a disappointing showing at Snetterton by his own high standards.
Arriving heading the Clubman class championship standings is Trevor Sharpe, but Paul Whitby and James Sharpe will be looking to try and change that this weekend at Silverstone. All three took Clubman class wins at Snetterton, with James Sharpe taking two, but a DNF for both James Sharpe and Whitby means they have the work to do if they're to overcome Trevor Sharpe at the top of the Clubman standings.
Paul Bowling and John Walker will also be looking to return to their competitive best at Silverstone and open up the fight for top Clubman honours. Unfortunately Kev Higgerty will be absent from proceedings after breaking his back at Snetterton. Len Whalin, a Clubman podium finisher at Snetterton, also looks set to miss the action this weekend.
Snetterton hosted a closely fought battle for top rookie, with Michael Stanley's consistency paying dividend as he came away leading the championship. However, he will have his hands full at Snetterton, with Sacha Gyte and Tim Hall both taking wins in the rookie class at the season opener.
Also looking to return to action at Silverstone will be Kev Marshall. The former 350 rider has swapped to a TZR for 2014, but unfortunately mechanical gremlins plagued his weekend at Snetterton. Also returning to the YPM fold at Snetterton was Martin Pearson, who too has laid his mechanical issues to rest, and will be looking to kick-start his season at Silverstone.
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