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In perfect conditions at the start of the weekend it was P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport rider Dennis Hobbs leading the way. Following a superb double victory at Knockhill last time out, the #25 rider took his third pole position of the season in qualifying ahead of an impressive Jonathan Railton on an 848 machine and Rob Guiver who scored well at the opening Brands Hatch round back in April.

It was, however, to be Hobbs' team-mate and current championship leader Leon Morris leading the way early on, leaping from the second row into top spot on lap one. He couldn't hold on to the position though, as first Hobbs and then reigning champion Marty Nutt made their way past. Hobbs held on to take his third consecutive Ducati TriOptions Cup win to close to within 14 points of the championship lead.

Race two saw Morris make another superb start from the second row, and this time he was able to hold on to his lead for the duration. Despite pressure from Hobbs and later in the race Guiver, Morris kept his cool to take his fourth win of the year and regain some ground at the top of the standings.

Morris said: "In race one when I was leading I made quite a few mistakes - the bike set-up wasn't quite right especially on corner entry and I couldn't keep the guys behind me. Race two was better, I was looking at my pit board hoping to see a gap open up but it never happened! I desperately needed to beat Dennis - he's closest to me in the championship so I dug deep and gave it everything. The win was massively important with Dennis having won three on the bounce - we needed to keep ahead both for my points and my confidence.

"My wife gave birth to our little boy two weeks ago and I desperately wanted to get a win for him, so that was probably one of my happiest and proudest wins. To do it at the best circuit in the country is even better!

"It's all thanks to the guys at P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport, the team and the bike are amazing and either myself or Dennis has been on top every weekend so it's all credit to them."