Motorcycling: Harworth’s Hipwell battles through pain

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Harworth’s CDH Racing with rider Dean Hipwell travelled to their home circuit of Cadwell Park on August Bank Holiday for the eighth round of the British Supersport Championship, writes Roy Cross.

Having replaced the main engine of the Globalnet Telecoms Triumph after the first free practice session due to a lack of power, the spare engine also showed a lack of power during Saturday afternoon’s session. Despite this, Hipwell was the 11th quickest in the dry second free session.

A few tweaks to the Triumph did improve the power performance by a small margin.

Hipwell put in a good qualifying session - posting his highest starting position of the season to see him in 13th for Sunday afternoon’s sprint race.

Hipwell got off to a good start but was overtaken and placed in 14th. He maintained this position until lap five when second-placed man Alastair Seeley crashed out putting him back up into 13th.

Lap six, however, proved unlucky for Hipwell as he exited the chicane and put the power on too early, crashing and badly bruising his pelvis and leg.

The crash saw Hipwell start from 18th on the grid for Bank Holiday Monday’s main event.

Hipwell dropped back into 21st by the end of the first lap, he then moved into 20th and further up the placing following a couple of crashes.

He overtook Tommy Dale on lap six and started to pull away, and with three other riders in front also crashing, Hipwell was now up into 15th.

Unable to close the gap to the group in front of him, he maintained this position for the remaining ten laps of the race.

Physically drained at the end, Hipwell now has two weeks to recover before the next round at Donington Park.

See more motorcycling news in this week’s Doncaster Free Press’ “Your Sport” section.

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