Richard Cooper scooped full points in today’s two-part Pirelli National Superstock 1000 scrap as he beat Taylor Mackenzie and Alex Olsen after a race-long battle.
The Buildbase Suzuki man made perfectly timed moves on the last lap of each of the two 24-lap thrillers to lead the championship.
Former champ Cooper shot out of the gates and grabbed the holeshot at the start of the first race, but Team IMR’s Olsen followed him as the two began to break away from the pack.
But it was disaster for five riders at Becketts just two laps in as Andy Reid, Luke Jones, Tim Neave, Tom Ward and Ashley Beech all hit the deck, with the latter trio all taken to the medical centre.
Olsen continued his assault on Cooper and even shattered the lap record in pursuit, but was denied at almost every opportunity as the pint-sized class veteran held on at the front.
On lap 10, Olsen finally found a way through but had to fight his BMW as it began making shapes, but was handed a small gap a few laps later as Cooper suffered a big moment exiting Woodcote.
The 2011 title-holder regained the lost ground, however, and hit the lead into Maggotts with six laps to go and while Olsen stole the lead back with two to go, Cooper took advantage of what looked like a problem by Olsen to nab the win on the final lap after he and Bathams Racing’s leading man Mackenzie slipped ahead to lock out first and second.
After a 10 minute pit stop, Mackenzie was quickest out of the gates with a lightning start from the middle of the front row, leading Cooper before Olsen slotted into second.
Back in the field, George Stanley and Ben Godfrey got tangled and went down together at Brooklands just before motocross convert Graeme Irwin and former Stock 600 champ Dan Stamper hit the deck at Becketts.
At the front, Mackenzie, Olsen and Cooper had broken away from the pack but the safety car brought action to a crawl on lap eight as Sam Cox lost the front at Becketts and collected Joe Sheldon-Shaw on the way off the circuit.
Mackenzie edged away when racing resumed four laps later, but the leading trio soon stuck back together with Lee Jackson closing the gap in fourth.
Cooper found a way through on Olsen to slot into second and with three laps to go, he slotted ahead of Mackenzie at Brooklands before Mackenzie took the lead back at Woodcote.
But it was Coops who had the last laugh with a decisive final lap move at Brooklands as he held on to take full points ahead of Mackenzie and Olsen.