Northern Ireland’s Josh Elliott has clinched the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 title at Silverstone for the Morello Kawasaki team.
Elliott had been locked in battle with fellow Ulsterman and Tyco BMW rider Alastair Seeley going into the penultimate round of the championship at the Northamptonshire circuit, where the Ballinamallard lad took the runner-up spot to put the outcome beyond doubt.
Seeley, who won the Superstock crown in 2009, had been forced to start from the third row of the grid after qualifying in eighth place but rode an almost perfect race until the final lap, when he dropped down the order to sixth place after a setback as he battled it out for the lead.
Hudson Kennaugh took the win on the Trik-Moto BMW ahead of jubilant Fermanagh rider Elliott, who can now relax heading into the last round of the series at Brands Hatch on October 18 with the title safely secured.
Elliott’s championship success comes hot on the heels of Jonathan Rea’s World Superbike heroics after the Ballyclare rider won the title for Kawasaki at Jerez in Spain in September.
Rea was back in action at Magny-Cours in France on Sunday, where the 28-year-old won both races on the ZX-10R to extend his tally of wins this season to an incredible 14.