ALBERTO Solera is sitting pretty at the top of both the Supertwin and Stocktwin standings after tussling with Joey Thompson and Barry Lee Evans this weekend.
The latter two shared the Supertwin spoils, but inconsistency for Thompson and a missed fourth race for Evans meant neither secured the points lead.
Instead, Solera soared to all four stock-class wins as well as four podiums in the premier twin class, and is now the man to beat on his standard-spec SV.
Thompson had announced his intentions in qualifying as he stuck Paul Jinks’ new SVR19 weapon on pole for Saturday’s races, just ahead of Evans and Ducati-mounted Neil Gregory.
But after grabbing the early advantage and leading the first eight laps, Thompson’s Suzuki suffered a technical problem and gave up the ghost, leaving Evans to take a comfortable win over the Stocktwins of Solera and Ryan Folkes.
It was much the same story for Thompson in race two, who led the first half of the race before the bike bowed out once again and gave Evans an easy win, 10sec clear of Solera and the Krämer of Jacques Foley.
But Thompson was back in the fight on Sunday with Jinks’ repairs at work, leading Evans on the Indy circuit as the two diced for the lead. On the final lap, however, Evans sneaked through and stole the win by 0.242sec as Solera held off the Supertwins of Foley and Jamie Edwards to take an overall podium and complete his Stocktwin hat-trick.
With Evans absent from the final race, it looked to be Thompson’s time and despite Solera keeping him honest and even leading a few late laps, the roads ace held him off to win by 0.155sec as Foley completed the podium.
Solera now holds a one-point lead over Evans at the top of the Supertwin points, with 24 to spare over Folkes in the Stocktwin ranks.
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