Holmes hopes for Lady Luck at Invercargill

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 18/01/2013

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Invercargill motorcycle racer Jeremy Holmes is hoping for Lady Luck to be a bit more friendly when the New Zealand Superbikes arrive in his home town this weekend.

Holmes has had a tough time at the opening two rounds in the highly competitive Supersport series, which supports the Superbikes, suffering a mechanical failure in Christchurch and crashing while in the lead in Timaru.

"The first one I was going for a podium but my bike crapped itself and I had to start from the back of the grid. I got fifth in both races out of 21 riders. Last week in the second race I was leading for most of it but then I took out another guy who was leading in the last lap and the guy who was fourth ended up winning it."

Holmes said the crash in Timaru was nasty but both riders were able to walk away, and then joke about it with each other on Facebook later.

"He took me out in a similar incident at Hampton Downs last year when we were racing for fifth place. He said ‘we've got to stop meeting like this'."

Holmes is now sixth-equal after two rounds, 27 points behind series leader John Ross, and hopes his knowledge of the local conditions will give him a boost during qualification tomorrow and the finals on Sunday.

The abrasive nature of the Teretonga track surface made tyre choice difficult and could catch out visiting riders, Holmes said.

Meanwhile, Australian Robbie Bugden holds a 10-point lead over Craig Shirriffs in the Superbike category after a dominant start to the defence of the title he has won four times.

Bugden won twice in Christchurch and looked set to arrive in Invercargill unbeaten before Shirriffs ended his run with a daring move on the final corner in Timaru.

"That was my plan all along," Shirriffs said on nzsuperbike.com. "I was faster than him there and if I'd passed him anywhere else he would have got me back. I went in a bit hot and ran wide. Robbie said afterwards he thought I wasn't going to make the corner."

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