Michael O’Brien tightened his grip on the Reactive Parts MRO Powerbikes series as he splashed to another two wins at Snetterton.
But it certainly wasn’t all plain sailing, as he missed out on any chance of the hat-trick when his bike said enough was enough forcing him out of the last race.
It had been Rick Dickinson who set pole by half a second from O’Brien, and was on course to secure his first win of the campaign in the opening race after a close battle with O’Brien.
Aboard his Motorcycle Race Parts BMW S1000RR, Dickinson stayed with the former champion before hitting the lead on lap seven and immediately pulled away, extending his lead to six seconds in just a couple of laps.
Starting the last lap in the lead, he was denied victory when he crashed out, handing the win and lead back to O’Brien, who made it four in a row after winning all three races at Donington.
Dan Shailer beat Glenn Walsh to second, but Walsh still bagged 25 points in the RaceBuykz.com Clubman 1000 championship.
After setting the fastest lap in race one, Dickinson started the second from pole but this time couldn’t match O’Brien at the front, who raced away from the chasing pack to take win number two.
Peter Baker finished second on the Dodfrey Engineering Kawasaki, with Aiden Patmore third, as Dickinson finished fourth. Clubman spoils went to Mark Bridger in fifth on his Moremoto Yamaha.
Baker, who sits second in the championship chase, caught a break in the final race and clawed back 25 points on O’Brien.
The race was red-flagged on the opening lap after O’Brien’s machine dropped oil on the racing line, meaning the championship leader was forced to sit out the restart.
Baker took the win, while second went to Patmore, with Clubman winner Bridger third.
Despite his DNF in the last race, O’Brien remains in control at the top of the points on 306 ahead of Baker on 213. Patmore is third with 194.
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