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Can a double six be beaten?

Author: Honda
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 06 2005

Yorkshireman Harris proved his worth as a Superbike competitor on his debut by propelling the Dunlop-shod CBR1000RR Fireblade to two sixth place finishes for sixth position overall at the opening round of the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Sheffield star's initial objective was to be a frontrunner from the outset and having achieved that in the season opener, Harris is now aiming for his first podium finish at Thruxton. Last year's event at the Hampshire circuit saw the talented rider seize a Supersport race win after qualifying in pole position.

Harris heads to round two of the world's premier Superbike series with renewed confidence and a strong determination to reach similar heady heights to those of the past two years.

Karl Harris: "I was really pleased to have had such strong results at Brands Hatch, but I am used to winning, so I won't be truly happy until I finish in the top three. The team has been fantastic in helping me to adjust to the CBR1000RR Fireblade and finding a good set-up. I'm also benefiting from having experience with Dunlop tyres, so overall I have a great package now I just have to use it to best effect."

Thruxton vital statistics

Circuit length:
2.356 miles

Superbike lap record:
S. Hislop 1:15.889

2004 BSB race one result:
1. M. Rutter;
2. J. Reynolds;
3. S. Emmett;
13. R. Kiyonari

2004 BSB race two result:
1. S. Emmett;
2. M. Rutter;
3. G. Lavilla;
8. R. Kiyonari

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