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Northpoint Honda Racing extends Championship Lead - British Supersport Championship
 
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Northpoint Honda Racing extends Championship Lead - British Supersport Championship - June 5th 2005


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    Northpoint Honda Racing Rider Craig Jones extended his lead in the British Supersport Championship as he took a fantastic 3rd place. His team-mate Cal Crutchlow had to sit out on the sidelines after a huge crash on the Saturday left him with ripped ligaments and torn tendons in his left arm.

    Jones who also suffered two crashes during the damp qualifying sessions on Saturday, still managed to qualify his Northpoint Honda onto third on the grid. Feeling very sore and bruised on race day Jones put on a valiant effort to gain the podium spot as he was locked in a fierce battle with main Championship rival Tom Sykes.

    The damp conditions did not stop a bumper crowd appearing to watch the best riders in the country dicing it out against each other. Once again it was Jones that gained the hole-shot of what was set out to be a frantic race. As the four front runners began to leave the chasing pack in the distance Jones got his head down and worked hard to fight off the hounding Sykes.

    Crutchlow made an attempt to ride in the race but after the warm up lap it was decided that he was in too much pain to carry on. He will be seeing doctors and specialists this week in order to try and get his injuries mended before the next race at Knockhill in two weeks time. Speaking with a disappointed Crutchlow he said 'This is the last thing I needed, it was a fairly big high-side that I suffered and I got trapped underneath the bike. I knew I had done some damage instantly as the pain was so intense, originally they thought I might have broken my shoulder blade or my arm. I'm aiming to get things sorted out as soon as possible and hopefully get back on my bike for Knockhill.'

    Jones said 'It's been a tough weekend in general and the weather conditions played a huge part in both Cal and I crashing on the Saturday. Luckily I did no serious damage but I still didn't feel 100% on race day. I'm pleased to have got a podium and gained at few more points over Tom. The bike felt great and the team worked really hard once again to make sure everything ran right.'

    Team Principal Gary Ekerold commented 'It's been a difficult weekend for the team and obviously the crash that Cal sustained was a blow to us all. Craig once again ran at the front and gained another podium and moved us closer to taking the British Supersport title. He worked extremely hard throughout the weekend and if we can continue with this consistency it will help us achieve our main goal. It's unfortunate for Cal as he really was making progress in his riding and was clawing his way up the Championship tables, hopefully the injury won't hinder him to much and we'd like to see him back on the bike as soon as he is fit enough.

    The next round of the Championship is at Knockhill on June 26th.