Winning return to Southern 100 for Dafabet Devitt Racing

11th July 2019 / Race News Winning return to Southern 100 for Dafabet Devitt Racing

Dafabet Devitt Racing made their return to the Isle of Man this week for the annual Southern 100 road races and substitute rider Dominic Herbertson ensured it was a successful visit once more for the Bristol-based team as he won both of the Supertwin races.

With regular rider Paul Jordan forced to withdraw from the event due to a thumb injury sustained in a recent crash at Anglesey, Herbertson, who previously rode for the team at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix, was drafted to ride the 650cc Kawasaki which Jordan had taken to an excellent fourth place in last month’s Lightweight TT.

With good conditions for the majority of the week around the 4.25-mile Billown circuit, 28-year old Herbertson qualified in a good third place behind Jamie Coward and Rob Hodson with the opening six-lap race taking place on Wednesday evening. Coward set the early pace but when he crashed out at Church Bends on lap three, fortunately without injury, Dominic went head to head with Hodson for the remainder of the race.

There was nothing to choose between the two, with just two tenths of a second separating them at half race distance, but it got even closer in the closing stages as seen by their respective fastest laps, Dominic’s at 103.385mph and Hodson at 103.386mph!

However, it was Dominic who was ahead when it mattered most but as they flashed across the line at the conclusion of the six, hard fought laps it was almost a dead heat as he took the win from the similarly-mounted Hodson by just 0.02s!

Thursday saw the best conditions of the week and, with Coward and his team unable to get the bike repaired in time, the race followed a similar pattern as Dominic and Hodson again fought for supremacy. Just like the previous evening, there was little to choose between the two riders but on the fifth lap, Wigan’s Hodson was forced to retire which allowed Herbertson to have a more comfortable run in to the flag.

The Hexham rider duly took the chequered flag for his second win of the week, his winning margin on this occasion almost twenty seconds as Michael Sweeney and Frenchman Xavier Denis completed the podium in second and third.

Dominic Herbertson: “I was very lucky to race the Dafabet Devitt Racing Supertwin due to the misfortune of Paul's crash at Anglesey and I’m very glad to hear that he’ll be back racing for the team in time for the Ulster GP but, at the same time, I’m delighted to have got the opportunity as the bike is amazing!”

“The chassis, the engine and the braking power blended into an incredible mix – it felt more like a 250 GP bike on steroids! All of the hard work that Ivan Lintin and the team have put into the bike and the years of development really have paid off. Like I say, I’m delighted to have had the opportunity and I'm over the moon to repay the team with a couple of wins.”

Ben Constable, Team Co-owner: “After such a good showing at the TT, it was obviously a shame Paul was unable to take part in the Southern 100 but we were determined to come to the meeting in some capacity as we’ve been coming here every year since 2012 and Dominic stepped in at the last minute. He’d never sat on the bike until first practice on Monday evening but we know he can ride a Twin and he went on to do a superb job in both races with two excellent wins.”

“He had to work hard in both races and Rob pushed him all the way so if he hadn’t have retired in the second race, it would’ve have been another dash to the line! It was great to work with Dom again and also great to come away with two wins so a big thanks to him and also to his regular Davies Motorsport team for loaning him to us for the two races. We’re now looking forward to the Ulster Grand Prix where Paul will be back to full fitness and with us for all of the races.”

The team now turn their attentions to next month’s Ulster Grand Prix with the meeting taking place on August 7-10.

 

Pictures by Stephen Davison – Pacemaker Press International

 

Mike Kerruish Plumbing Supertwins race (6 laps)

1 Dominic Herbertson (Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki)

2 Rob Hodson (Kawasaki)

3 Jonathan Perry (Kawasaki)

4 Xavier Denis (Kawasaki)

5 Dave Moffitt (Kawasaki)

6 Michael Evans (Kawasaki)

 

Ocean Motor Village Supertwins race (6 laps)

1 Dominic Herbertson (Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki)

2 Michael Sweeney (Kawasaki)

3 Xavier Denis (Kawasaki)

4 Michael Evans (Kawasaki)

5 Stephen McKnight (Suzuki)

6 Dave Moffitt (Kawasaki)

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