Ulster GP: Kneen frustrated after last lap contact

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Dan Kneen was left frustrated after an intense last lap battle with Dean Harrison saw him miss out on victory in the second Superbike race by just 0.1 seconds. 

Once he’d got to grips with the Tyco BMW, which he was riding in place of the injured Ian Hutchinson, Kneen was on the money during Saturday’s races and started on a high with a podium in the Superstock class.

He’d go on to battle with Harrison for third in the feature Superbike race, missing out on the rostrum by just 0.06 seconds. However, a scrap with the Yorkshireman on the final lap of the second big bike race resulted in contact at the hairpin leaving Kneen seething to cross the line second. 


“It wasn’t close, it was bumper cars!” he said after the race. “Coming up through the climb up the top through the cross roads, I’d got the inside and got the slipstream and he was leaning on me! It was a bit… yeah…

“I’m happy with the podium, of course, but I’m a bit annoyed at that move. It’s not right, is it?”  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing