Brands Hatch finale

Michael Robertson at Brands Hatch
Michael Robertson at Brands Hatch

Danderhall motorcycle racer Michael Robertson was hoping to finish the season on a positive note as Brands Hatch was the venue for the final round of the 2015 National Superstock 1000 Championship on Sunday.

Michael took a heavy fall just two weeks ago at Silverstone, which left him battered and bruised.

But now back to full fitness, the main concern was with his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike which had been badly damaged in the crash.

Michael did not want to push too hard in the first of two qualifying sessions but, once satisfied that all was well with the bike, his team fitted new tyres and he took to the track for final qualifying in damp and tricky conditions.

Michael was moving up the lap charts well but, unfortunately, on his final flying lap he was slowed by another rider and ended 14th quickest. A good start and Michael was holding his position and at half race distance he had moved up to 12th and was feeling comfortable with his pace until, three laps from the end, he strayed off the dry line entering Druids corner and, once on the damp part of the track, he had to ease off the brake, losing valuable time which dropped him back to 15th place. He gained one place back before the chequered flag to finish in 14th place. A good result means that Michael finished the season in eighth place in the Championship.