British Supersports star Rory Skinner returned to the top step of the podium during a 15-lap feature race at Cheshire’s Oulton Park, which saw him pushed all the way by Tysers Yamaha team-mate Brad Jones.
The sports ambassador for Watermans finished a close second to Jones in Saturday’s 12-lap sprint race, with Skinner, 18, and his team making some radical suspension changes to their Yamaha YZF-R6 overnight, which immediately resulted in them setting their fastest lap times of the weekend in the warm-up session.
After making a relatively steady start from third on the grid, Rory, from Perth, slotted in behind his team-mate and moved into the lead at the end of lap two.
Rory ran every single lap in the 1:38 bracket and crossed the line just 0.303 seconds ahead of his team-mate – the biggest gap between them in the whole race – to steal his seventh race win of the campaign and extend his series lead over second-placed Jones to 73 points with four races remaining.
Bradley Perie took the final podium slot, 14 seconds behind the Tysers Yamaha duo, after winning a thrilling seven-way battle.
“Those were two brilliant races with Brad,” Rory said. “We’ve been a little slower to get up to speed this weekend, as Oulton Park is a unique and challenging track and this was my first time here on a Yamaha.
“We didn’t quite find the set-up to take it to Brad on Saturday, but we made some big changes to the bike for Sunday and I was able to watch the race back and see ways to improve my own lines for feature race.
“The team have done a brilliant job this weekend. Brad pushed me all the way and a double one-two is our best result of the season, which is reward for all their hard work.”
Rory, whose last season was enhanced by his Kawasaki motorcycle, sponsored by our personal injury firm, has made a stunning return to the race tracks following a period of lockdown during the pandemic.
Scott Whyte, Managing Director at Watermans, said: “We are delighted to see the incredible season Rory is having.
“He is an immensely talented young man who is destined for the top and is getting the chance to showcase his talents with a top team. We hope he can continue this incredible form and remain in top spot come the end of the season.”