MOTHERWELL rider Deane Brown finished a creditable ninth in the latest round of the British Superbike championship at Knockhill.
Despite crashing in free practice for what was the first race after a four-week break, Deane went into qualifying with high hopes and secured his best qualifying of the year in wet conditions with a second row start in sixth.
Unfortunately it was clear something wasn’t quite right with Deane at the start of the race as he quickly dropped down to 12th due to him being unable to find grip from the rear tyre of his R6 Yamaha.
However he recovered and was able to fight back to claim ninth place at his ‘home’ circuit.
He said afterwards: “The weekend went in the right direction and I have got out of the rut I felt I was in after the last few rounds.
“We proved we have the pace in the wet as I managed to qualify on the second row but now just need to translate that pace into the dry.
“The race on Saturday was disappointing with a small problem having a big effect on both me and the bike. Sunday was a lot better as I managed to stay on the bike whilst others around me didn’t and it was nice to come out on top of the battle I was in to finish ninth.”