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Knockhill BSB: Motostar double for Spaniard Rodriguez

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Victor Rodriguez swept the Hel Performance British Motostar action at Knockhill this weekend as he did the double in Scotland.

The GA Competition rider moves up the order in the standings while series leader Brandon Paasch’s advantage drops slightly thanks to a crash on Sunday.

After a brief burnout on the start line in race one, pole-sitter Paasch tucked in behind former Standard class champ Rodriguez, who grabbed the holeshot and immediately began leading a three-rider fight for victory as the pair were joined by Brands Hatch winner Dan Jones.

As the Spaniard held station at the front, a fight ensued for second between Jones and Paasch, which allowed the chasing Scott Swann and Jack Nixon to catch up.

But it was all over for Nixon on lap six as he skittled off at the hairpin, leaving a four-rider train to fight for victory.

Paasch laid a pass on Jones to take over second on lap eight before having a look at Rodriguez, but Jones came straight back at the American two laps later before dumping his City Lifting KTM at the exit of the chicane and putting paid to his winning charge.

But just as the leading trio began to slice through back markers, leading Standard class rider Charlie Farrer flew over the top of his Banks Racing bike and put an end to his hopes of victory, leaving series front-runner Scott Ogden, Cameron Horsman and Harvey Claridge to fight for top honours.

At the front, however, it was victory for Rodriguez as he crossed the line 0.717s clear of Paasch, with IFS rider Swann a further second adrift in third. In the Standard ranks, it was Horsman who emerged with the win just a tenth clear of Ogden and Claridge.

Sunday’s race belonged to Rodriguez as the Spanish rider took the lead from the off while Jones and Paasch tucked into second and third with Nixon and Swann in close contention.

With Rodriguez holding firm at the front, Paasch went down six laps in as he hit the deck on his FPW KTM at Turn 2, leaving Nixon to slot into third. But Nixon then binned his rostrum hopes a few laps later as he, too, hit the gravel.

Meanwhile, Standard class front-runner Ogden pulled into the pits with issues as Claridge took over the lead with Horsman, Farrer and Franco Bourne in tow.

And while Rodriguez was on for a clear victory, red flags were thrown shortly after Nixon’s accident and a result was declared after lap 14 with Swann and Josh Whatley completing the podium behind Rodriguez.

Claridge crossed the line first of the Standard runners with new championship leader Horsman second and Bourne getting the better of Farrer for third.

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