It was home advantage for Dunderhall Motorcycle Ace Mick Robertson as the National Superstock 1000 Championship moved on to the Knockhill circuit near Dunfermline, a track Mick knew well although he has less experience on the larger capacity machine.
Mick has had a great season so far with a best result of seventh at Donington Park and he lies eighth in the Championhsip table but Knockhill would be his best chance of a podium finish. At only 1.2 miles long, Knockhill is the shortest circuit on the Championship calendar and with a unique series of twists, turns, drops and climbs, close racing is always guaranteed and with each lap taking less then a minute the fitness and in particular upper body strength of a rider is tested to the limit. Such a twisty circuit with only one short straight across the start/finish line his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike uses just second up to fifth gears and for almost half of the lap Mick uses just third gear and with only two passing opportunities, at Taylors Hairpin named after the late Jock Taylor the 1980 Sidecar World Champion and at Duffers Dip, it is important to protect your line but at the same time take advantage if an opportunity arises.
In free practice Mick rode steady to establish a base setting and his smooth riding style took him to a very impressive third fastest. For the first of two qualifying sessions the team fitted a new set of tyres and Mick again increased his previous lap times to remain third quickest.
Saturday morning an announcement by the organisers that during overnight torrential rain a part of the track suffered severe damage causing the final qualifying session to be cancelled and grid positions will be as of first qualifying meaning Mick would start from the front row of the grid.
Mick made a fantastic start and held his position throughout the 24 gruelling laps to cross the line in second place. A well deserved podium and proof that he can run at the front and that a race win is not far away.