The final round of the 2011 British Superbike Championship was brought to a premature end for Australian David Anthony, after a crash in race one meant he was unable to race in the season finale at Brands Hatch.
With good momentum from the previous outings at Donington and Silverstone, Doodson Motorsport racer Anthony started the weekend strongly and continued to make improvements to the bike on the 2.4mile Kent circuit.
After round eight of the championship was staged on the same GP circuit, the championship regulars had the advantage of set-up data and experience around the technical track.
A small crash in the second free practice did little to dampen Anthony’s sprits heading into qualifying, knocking a further second off his time in the 25minuite first phase.
In the first of the weekend’s three races Anthony ended lap one in sixth in the EVO class and was soon embroiled in a scrap with Karl Harris, Scott Smart, and Barry Burrell and getting held up by James Hillier. By the time he had passed the Bournemouth Kawasaki rider on lap ten Harris had pulled a four second gap.
With clear track ahead Anthony dropped down to his qualifying pace and caught Harris within four laps. As the penultimate lap started “Aussie Dave” looked to make his move. However entering Graham Hill bend he lost grip of the front tyre and crashed out of the race.
Both bike and rider landed badly and unfortunately Anthony took a knock to the head. For safety reasons the team made the difficult decision to sit out of the final two races.
Team owner and regular rider Tom Tunstall explained;
“It’s a shame for Dave and the team as he’s been getting stronger and more confident on the bike and we know he has the pace to fight for the podium.”
“Personally it’s been a challenging year with my injuries and I hope to be back on a race bike before Christmas. As a team we’ve learnt a great amount this year. Having the opportunity to work with experienced and professional riders Glenn [Allerton] and Dave [Anthony], has prepared us well for the future.”
“All our focus is now on 2012 and expanding our team to two riders. We are already working hard on options to create the best opportunity and look to start finalising our plans over the coming weeks.”
“The help and support from all our supporters and sponsors has been fantastic and I’m very grateful to everyone whose helped make 2011 happen, especially everyone at the Doodson Broking Group.”
2012 see’s a shift to an “Elite Teams Structure” and new technical rules to give more emphasis on rider ability whilst cutting costs. The changes include a control ECU thus banning electronic rider aids such as traction control. The changes should level the playing field further and create even more spectacular racing.