Double podium finisher Danny Buchan has hailed his strongest start ever to a Bennetts British Superbike season and hopes he can keep the ball rolling for the rest of 2019.
The FS-3 Kawasaki rider battled through the leading pack in race one to come from sixth to the final rostrum spot, before a nearly identical charge in race two this afternoon as he powered from fifth up to another third.
But Buchan has also admitted he didn’t have the speed to run with the pair of dominant Ducatis, the double-winning Be Wiser Ducati of Josh Brookes and runner-up Tommy Bridewell on the Oxford Ducati.
“I’ve been at the front most of the weekend, but qualifying didn’t go to plan for me,” he said. “I put myself in sixth, which made my life hard because I had a few guys to get through before I got to Josh and Tommy, and they just checked out.
“I made a useless start in race two. I started higher up, but I wasn’t close enough and didn’t have the pace to run with Josh and Tommy. Once I got past Christian I just had to manage the gap behind me and get my head down. I just had to try and settle into a rhythm and bring home another podium.
“After race one I had very good pace but in race two they just upped the pace a little and I got stuck behind, I was in about sixth place and I just had to try and fight my way back and it wasn’t enough.
“It’s nice to come away with two podiums and it’s the strongest start I’ve ever had in my British Superbike career. Hopefully we can keep this momentum all the way through the year and be here at the end.”