Alastair Seeley was left to rue a rare blunder as the Mar-Train Racing contender crashed out of Sunday’s British Supersport feature race on the warm-up lap at Snetterton.
It was a major setback for the Carrick rider, who had finished on the podium in second place in Saturday’s 10-lap Sprint race at the Norfolk circuit.
Seeley, last year’s championship runner-up, has now dropped to fourth place in the points standings after the opening three rounds, 31 points behind series leader and Smiths Triumph challenger Billy McConnell.
The 34-year-old appeared to lose the front end of his Yamaha R6 at the Bomb Hole section and his race was over before it started.
The weekend belonged to McConnell’s team-mate Graeme Gowland, who took a dominant double for the Gloucester team, which made a victorious return to the British Supersport class after Lincolnshire rider Gary Johnson gave the team a dream debut victory at the Isle of Man TT.
Gowland took the lead on the opening lap after starting from pole position and was never headed as he went on to wrap up victory by 3.488 seconds from McConnell, with Luke Mossey and Luke Stapleford making it four Triumphs in the top four places.
Another Triumph rider, Luke Jones, had been challenging for the podium places but crashed out on the final lap after a tussle with Stapleford.
Carrick man Glenn Irwin (pictured) put on a brave show as he rode through the pain barrier to finish sixth on the Gearlink Kawasaki.
Irwin fractured his ankle in a football match prior to the Snetterton round and also sustained some ligament damage.
“It’s one of those things,” he said. “I was playing football and went over on my ankle and knew it was broke. To be honest though, I feel pretty good.”
There was disappointment for Eglinton’s David Allingham, who crashed out at the Bomb Hole on lap 12 while leading the Evo race.
McConnell leads the championship with 112 points followed by Gowland (86 points), Irwin (84 points) and Seeley (81 points).
On Saturday, Gowland clinched the win by 0.3 seconds from Seeley, who managed to out-drag McConnell on the run to the line, while Irwin finished a battling fifth behind Luke Jones.
Allingham was 13th overall and headed the Evo class on his Yamaha.