British Supermoto: Todd bags five from six at Three Sisters

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DAVEY Todd all but dominated the opening round of British Supermoto action as the season kicked off this weekend at Three Sisters.

The road racing ace scored five wins from six as only Jordan Bannon could keep him from a clean sweep.

But in qualifying, it was Chris Hodgson (Automotive Solutions Husqvarna) clinching pole from Todd (HGR Honda) and Bannon (Dave Clarke Racing Husqvarna) as just three hundredths of a second split the first three places.

In the three main A races of the day, Todd sealed a hat-trick of wins, race one by a small margin of just three seconds from Bannon.

The North Yorkshireman took race two by 10.9sec from teammate Jay Smith as Bannon and Hodgson were taken out in the off-road section. Smith pushed Todd in race three before the former was thrown over his machine with a highside down the back straight, leaving Todd to disappear and claim the final win of the day 10.3sec ahead of second-placed Oliver Pope (Trevor Pope Racing).

With Sunday’s schedule for the ACU British Supermoto Championship including a Superpole Shoot-out for the top five qualifying riders as well as a partial reverse grid for the final race of the day, it was anyone’s guess who would be on top.

Setting the early Superpole pace was Richard Sharp (Bathmate Husqvarna) with a 1.15.325 as he looked to have bagged a front row start.

Bannon (11) takes the inside line on Todd (74)

Hodgson, Pope, Smith all took their turns before Todd put in blistering lap of 1:13.647, stealing pole from Richard by just 0.688sec.

The pole-sitter, along with Sharpe, broke away from the chasing pack in Sunday’s opener with Bannon, Pope, Hodgson and Smith chasing. But while entering the off-road section, Pope lost the front, clipping Bannon and causing the Trevor Pope KTM rider to fall. This left the hard-charging Bannon to set his sights on narrowing the gap between himself and Sharpe but as the chequered flag flew it was again HGR Honda rider Todd who claimed victory from Sharpe and Bannon.

In a nail-biter of a race two, Bannon and Todd changed places in less than a bike-length’s gap all race long and while it looked to be anyone’s bet, Bannon used his corner exit speed to hold off Todd and claimed the win by less than half a bike length.

WIth the reverse-grid race three, Bannon started down in eighth spot, with Todd in seventh just ahead as the front row was occupied by Bradley Hardy (HGR), Blakeman (Fat n Fast) and Duncan (Trevor Pope Racing).

As the lights went out, Todd was in no mood to hang around as he rocketed from seventh to second and soon took the lead, opening a significant gap from the chasing riders. And while Bannon, Smith, Hodgson and Sharpe scrapped for rostrum honours, it was Todd with his fifth win of the weekend by 7.582sec ahead of Bannon.

Riders will be back out this weekend at Teesside for round two as Todd looks to maintain his lead of both the National and ACU championships on home turf.

Click here for results from British Supermoto Round 1 at Three Sisters

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