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Emmett brings first success to ETI

Published: 09 September 2003

Sean Emmett and John Reynolds shared the spoils at Brands Hatch on Sunday, with each taking a race win at round 11 of the British Superbike championship.

Emmett’s win was his first in 15 months and the first BSB race win for the ETI Ducati team. Emmett had struggled all season while riding for Renegade Ducati but since the team sacked him mid season he has continued to improve his performances every race on the ETI bike.

Emmett and Reynolds were the main attraction throughout both races despite Reynolds injuring himself in the morning warm-up session when an oil leak on his bike caused him to hit his knee on the fairing as he struggled to hang on.

The pair battled it out from the start with Reynolds taking the win in the first race and Emmett having to settle for second just 1.8 seconds behind. But Emmett didn’t give up and race two saw him turn the tables, leading Reynolds to the line by 1.6 seconds.

Newly crowned champion Shane Byrne had his hopes dashed of breaking Niall McKenzie’s record of 13 wins in one season with Reynolds and Emmett forcing him to settle for third in both races.

One-off Rizla Suzuki rider Tom Sykes had a disappointing first race after a promising start to the weekend. The 18-year-old Supersport rider qualified in eighth place on the grid but fell in the first race. He was uninjured though and managed a respectable 14th in race two.

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