BARRY Teasdale has re-claimed the coveted Ken Redfern trophy after taking two wins and a third at Croft.
And it means that perhaps the heaviest trophy in motorcycle racing has headed back to Blaydon, Tyne and Wear, for a third time after the National Superstock 1000 regular’s strong weekend at his local track.
It was almost a battle that went to the wire, as Teasdale was tied on a win and a third apiece with comeback kid Andrew Tasker going into the third and final race of the weekend.
The annual scrap, which takes place as part of the NEMCRC’s opening round at the Darlington track, was hit with bad weather on Saturday which threw the timetable into chaos.
It was Tasker who proved to be the man to beat early on, as he took the opening win aboard his Team Tasker Kawasaki, ahead of a flying Dominic Herbertson who was out having a play on his BMW.
Teasdale was third, but the roles were reversed in race two, this time with the pair split by the impressive James Cowton who took second on his 600 and went on to win another Laird of Croft title.
So the stage was set for a big showdown as Sunday’s action headed into its final few races, with all to play for.
However, Tasker, who had been forced to jump off his Aprilia at a scary 120mph in a different class due to brake issues two races earlier, decided to sit the final race out.
This left the way clear for Teasdale, who stormed into the lead at the start and led all the way to the flag, only coming under pressure in the final few laps from Cowton, who had once again ridden an astounding race on the little ZX6R.
Teasdale took the win by just half a second, and collected the trophy he’d won previously in both 2013 and 2014.
“It’s been a good weekend, I’m happy with this. It’s a nice reward because we work hard and do everything ourselves,” said the Bob Henderson Racing rider.
“It’s a shame Andrew wasn’t out for the last one because I think it would’ve been a brilliant fight, but James was brilliant there, he did a fantastic job.
“It’s great to win the Ken Redfern again. We love coming to Croft and supporting the track and the local club, and it’s been a good little bit of practice for our National Superstock 1000 season.
“We’re back out this weekend at Brands Hatch so it’ll be nice to go there on a bit of a high after such a good weekend .”
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