Podium finish for Van Leuven

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All three G&S Racing Kawasaki riders completed their respective races at Oulton Park in round two of the Superstock 1000 and 600 championship on Monday - with Dutch rider Kevin Van Leuven securing a points finish to add to his points tally which sees him consolidate eighth place in the Stock 600 championship.

Dominic Usher (left) just missed out on a points finish in the Stock 1000 class while Tom Fisher qualified for and completed his first race on the big Kawasaki.

Van Leuven (right) was on the back foot having to learn his way around the technical Cheshire circuit for the Wyberton-based team.

But throughout free practice and qualifying in the Superstock 600 class he improved his lap times in each session to start the 14-lap race from a sixth-row grid position. He made steady progress throughout the race working his way up to cross the finish line in 12th to pick up a further four championship points, taking his total to 12 and he remains eighth in the rider standings.

Superstock 1000 rookie Fisher improved his lap times in each of the free practice and qualifying sessions, but with 51 riders all challenging for 40 places on the grid the tension was high in the paddock.

Gaining in confidence, he shaved a full one-and-a-half seconds from his lap times from free practice and was delighted to make it onto the starting grid for Monday’s 15-lap affair in just his second outing on the big bike.

Starting from the 13th row, Fisher finished in 31st spot.

Usher, in the Stock 1000 class, improved his lap times in each session of qualifying to begin his campaign from a seventh-row position.

He made good progress throughout and was running in a strong 17th position just moving ahead of Karl Harris to 16th when the red flag halted the race at 14 laps distance.

Once the fallen rider was removed from the results, Usher was awarded 16th place as, even though he had moved ahead of Harris, the result was taken from the previous lap.

The next round is at Snetterton on June 15, but Van Leuven will have a round of the Superstock 600 at Donington Park as part of the support package to the World Superbike round on May 25.