Morello Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan secured his second Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship with a sensible ride to second place, with his closest rival, Bennetts Suzuki’s Richard Cooper, doing all he could by winning the race.
Buchan pushed his way through to second place in the early laps and from then on the writing was on the wall. Buchan looked comfortable in second place and said afterwards he didn’t want to make any ‘unnecessary risks’ despite feeling he had the pace for the win.
Tyco BMW’s Josh Elliott squeezed past Mission Racing’s Chrissy Rouse on the last lap to take the final podium spot. The championship podium saw Buchan and Cooper joined by third place finisher Michael Rutter.
The British Superbike Championship surely beckons for the double champion but the Essex lad admitted there isn’t a deal in place for him at the moment.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with it. After Saturday’s crash it was a bit of a worry to be honest, I was riding on eggshells for the race today. I knew I had to break clear of the crazy bunch behind in the opening parts of the race and then just follow [Richard] Cooper. The bike was definitely good enough to win but I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” said Buchan, speaking to bikesportnews.com after being presented the championship trophy.
“It’s great to be a two-time champion but the first was probably a better feeling. It hadn’t been done before that’s why but it’s definitely just as exciting. Winning races is brilliant but to win a championship is something else really. It’s a special moment to celebrate with my girlfriend, my baby and all of the team. Hopefully I’ll be back on a Superbike next year. It’s where I want to be but there’s nothing signed yet.”