Just over a week after he finished in second place in the Senior TT, Conor was back on board the Team Blackhorse Yamaha and he took the R1 to 10th place to move up to 11th place overall in the Championship table, with seven rounds still remaining.
Having missed the previous round at Thruxton due to his TT commitments, Conor was keen to get his short circuit season up and running again and with a time of 1m08.430s he placed a strong ninth after first qualifying. Hopes of improving further in the second session were dashed when a rain shower hit the Norfolk venue so Conor headed up the third row of the grid for the 18-lap race, his best qualifying performance of the year so far.
A strong start saw Conor maintain his ninth and although he slipped back to tenth on lap four, he had climbed up to 8th just two laps later. Embroiled in a terrific dice with Sam Warren, Alex Gault, James Hillier and Marshall Neill, positions were changing not only on each lap but also at each corner.
Briefly being pushed to the back of the pack, Conor battled hard and snatched tenth at the chequered flag, just three tenths of a second adrift of 8th place.
Talking afterwards Conor said, "Having been at the TT for a fortnight, it's been good to come back to the short circuits and be on the pace straightaway although I am a little disappointed not have finished a bit higher. Qualifying went well and I was confident of finishing in the top 8 but I was losing out a little on top speed and with two long straights here at Snetterton, it proved to be our un-doing. I was all over the other riders in the corners but they were able to gap me a little bit on the straights so it was a little frustrating.
Nevertheless, it was another top ten finish and we've now proved that we can run inside the top ten, week in week out. The results at the TT have definitely boosted my confidence and I want to really get stuck into these Superstock rounds now and get myself up into the top six.
The team are working brilliantly so I'll keep giving it 100% and ride as hard as possible to get the results I feel we deserve and are capable of."
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