Irish Superbikes: Nikki Coates bags four-timer at Bishopscourt

Nikki Coates leads Ryan Rainey at Bishopscourt.
Nikki Coates leads Ryan Rainey at Bishopscourt.

Nikki Coates was unstoppable as the Antrim rider romped to a scintillating four-timer at the Temple Club’s Irish Superbike meeting at Bishopscourt on Saturday.

Coates roared to a double in the Superbike class at the 1.8-mile course near Downpatrick in Co Down and narrowly held off Robert English on the IFS Yamaha R1 to take the flag in the opener by only a tenth of a second.

English’s team-mate and pole man Ryan Rainey completed the top three, crossing the line 2.3 seconds behind Coates, while Kawasaki-mounted trio Gerard Kinghan, Cody Nally and Mark Glasgow rounded out the top six.

Coates, riding the Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki, wrapped up his Superbike brace by the extended margin of 1.7 seconds in race two as English again clinched the runner-up position.

Randalstown man Kinghan forced his way onto the rostrum in third, 3.5 seconds behind Coates, with Nally fourth and Rainey coming home in fifth place on this occasion on the second of the IFS Yamaha machines.

Glasgow finished sixth to complete the top half dozen, 15.7 seconds back on the race winner.

Coates was equally imperious in the Supersport races on the Kingsbury Kawasaki, holding off Jason Lynn (Walter Bell Suzuki) to win the first race by one second, with Christian Elkin finishing only 0.081s behind Lynn on Bob Wylie’s Triumph in third.

Elkin took the fight to Coates in the second race, but he had enough in hand to prevail after eight laps by 0.8 seconds with Lynn taking a close third, 0.155s behind Elkin.