Howarth rides to 13th as Team Green claim first season points

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WYBERTON’S Team Green/G&S Racing secured their first points finish of the season at Croft over the weekend - with Jono Howarth claiming 13th place in the Superstock 1,000 class.

The weather played its part in the results for G&S riders Howarth and Tom Fisher.

As Howarth secured a points finish, teammate Fisher struggled with set up and tyres to complete the Superstock 600 race in 28th position.

Howarth is now close to full fitness after his injuries from the first round at Brands Hatch.

He began the weekend well, completing the first qualifying session in 11th position.

But as the track dried the pace quickened and he began his race from the head of the sixth row in 21st position.

But he got away to a fantastic start and was soon mixing it with the top 15 riders and enjoying every minute on the track.

The 27-year-old was all set to complete his race in 15th place, but a rider ahead crashed out promoting him to 14th and, on the very last lap, Howarth reeled in Victor Cox to claim 13th place and three championship points – his first of the current campaign.

Howarth said: “We struggled all weekend with rear grip and, for the race, we gambled on a different rear shock spring. I got a good start but still lacked a bit of rear grip and was duffed up by three bikes going into the hairpin which lost me a few places but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“I passed Victor Cox at the hairpin on the last lap and just beat him to the finish line which really pleased me, so roll on Thruxton in two weeks’ time.”

The next round is at Thruxton over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 28-30.

Fisher didn’t have the best passage through free practice and qualifying, although he was circulating within the top 20 in the first session.

But the weather was against him and tyre choice in the damp conditions came into play during qualifying.

One minute it was dry and the next quite damp.

Eventually, Fisher completed his qualifying down in 27th place.