Ryan Vickers scored his career best finish in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship last weekend at Thruxton, finishing in fourth place in two of the three races for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team.
Vickers excelled in the main Q2 session where he posted the third quickest lap to secure his first front row start. However, the Norfolk rider was issued a grid penalty for his delayed reaction to the red flag during free practice the previous day.
Vickers started the opening 15-lap race from sixth on the grid and was initially pushed back to eighth, before moving through the pack to finish fourth and celebrate his best ever Bennetts BSB finish.
In race two, Vickers again started from sixth but he was immediately in the thick of the action and disputing the podium positions. A long lap penalty saw him drop back to fifth but he quickly regrouped and he moved into second on the 17th lap. He was still in third on the final lap and looking good for his first podium but his race cruelly ended when he slid off at Campbell with just half a lap to go.
He bounced back for the final race, which saw wet conditions and, opting for a wet front tyre and an intermediate rear, again advancing forward. The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki rider recorded another fourth place finish to conclude his most successful weekend.
Vickers said: “It was an amazing weekend and the team worked seriously hard both before and during the meeting so it’s great to take my best ever BSB finishes.
“The whole team have belief in me and trust my input and we’re making big steps which I always felt we could and would. I’ve had the capability from the first year but Rome wasn’t built in a day!
“I’ve never stopped learning since I jumped on the Superbike and what’s pleasing about the weekend was that I was fast in all conditions.
“Of course, it would have been great to have taken a podium but there are so many positives to take away and we know we can still improve further so roll on the next round.”