RICHARD Cooper was keen to put a positive spin on the penultimate round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Silverstone – despite the Oxford TAG Triumph squad being unable to find the best set-up on their new Daytona 675 machines.
Cooper, the team’s top placed rider in the series, narrowly missed out on fifth in Saturday’s sprint race and was seventh in the 12-lap feature race one day later.
Cooper said: “After standing on the rostrum in Assen we came to Silverstone with high hopes.
“It’s another fast circuit that we felt would suit the bike.
“But despite the team working hard to make lots of changes we never really found anything that allowed us to run right at the front.
“It’s been a tough weekend for us but we have to put that behind us and look forward to Brands Hatch, where we finished the season on the podium last year.”
Saturday’s sixth-place finish was Cooper’s sixth of the season, with teammates Scott Smart 13th and Shaun Winfield 25th.
The 12-lap feature race saw the three Oxford TAG Triumph riders running largely in the same positions – aided by the deployment of the safety car in the opening laps.
Cooper was able to hang onto the leading group in the early stages, eventually finishing just over three seconds behind race winner Luke Mossey.
He was originally placed eighth, but was later upgraded to seventh after Alastair Seeley, who had finished on the podium, was penalised after he was deemed to have caused another rider to crash.
Despite suffering a problem with his rear tyre spinning on the rim, Smart improved his finishing position.
Smart battled away with Marshall Neill to take 12th at the flag, with Winfield 22nd.
Fourth rider Sam Hornsey was present at Silverstone but unable to race after snapping a tendon in his thumb in an off-track incident last week.
Smart said: “It’s been a tough weekend and we never really found a set-up to give us the feeling that we wanted from the front end.
“We also had a problem with the tyre spinning on the rim and that caused a bad vibration problem.
“These are not the results we wanted to get so we’ll look to Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks to end the season on a higher note.”