Luke Stapleford in for injured Tim Neave at Thruxton BSB

Luke Stapleford is standing in for Tim Neave this weekend, riding the Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R superstock machine

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LUKE Stapleford is stepping in for Tim Neave at Thruxton this weekend, as he joins the Buildbase team riding its Suzuki GSX-R1000R Superstock 1000 machine.

Stapleford is no stranger to a GSX-R1000R race bike, having campaigned one in superbike trim in 2019. He’s also tested and raced a superstock-spec GSX-R this year, including at the official test at Silverstone in April.

Speaking of the news, Stapleford said:

“It’s obviously not nice for Tim to be in the situation he’s in and I hope he recovers quickly. For me coming in, I’m looking forward to it and I think Thruxton offers the most level playing field possible as no one’s ridden there since 2019 – which is when I last rode there on the superbike – and no one’s done masses of testing. It’s also hard on tyres and I tend to be quite kind on tyre life.

“I’m probably not as physically fit as I have been, but I’m definitely bike fit: I’ve been doing a lot of motocross and I’ve ridden the GSX-R stocker this year at the Silverstone test and at Mallory, and I did an EMRA meeting on it too. I also had one as a practice bike in 2019 so I’m comfortable with the bike and know there won’t be any surprises this weekend. But we haven’t done any messing around with settings and setup, so I’m looking forward to a proper race weekend again and getting stuck in. I’m not setting any specific targets as it would be easy to set myself up for a fall, but that said, I’m not turning up to have a weekend away, I’d like to be somewhere near and in the mix.”

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The fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Thruxton gets underway with free practice on Friday 30 July. The National Superstock Championship will have two races over the weekend, with race one taking place at 14:55 on Saturday 31 July, and race two at 12:35 on Sunday 1 August.