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Rainham racer Guiver bags Ducati Cup title with one round left after double win

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 17 September 2018

Rob Guiver in action at Silverstone (Pic: Eric O'Brien)

Rob Guiver in action at Silverstone (Pic: Eric O'Brien)

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Rainham racer Rob Guiver has been crowned champion of Ducati Cup championship with one round left in the season.

The Ducati Romford and Hyside Racing team member secured two race wins at Silverstone at the weekend to take his points tally up to 277 points.

He will still have to ride in the TT Circuit Assen later this month where he will reap his rewards for his success this campaign.

“I’ve got to say, hats off to the team, they’ve been with me through thick and thin,” said Guiver. My wife, my family, we put so much in, but people don’t see. Money, time, effort.

“And to have a year like we’ve had, it’s been a great year and to win the championship like that, it’s the way I wanted to win it.

“Everyone was saying ‘you don’t have to win your race’, but I was going out to win there, no matter what.

“And to win that race and the championship, I’m over the moon – speechless.”

Guiver claimed his seventh win of the season in race one at Silverstone on Saturday, denying Lewis Rollo his maiden win yet again.

He started second on the gird but led pole-sitter Levi Day and Rollo as the riders headed into Copse Corner on their opening lap around the Silverstone National circuit.

Daniel Shaw crashed out on the opening lap causing some confusion as riders approached the incident on their subsequent lap, with Day capitalising to take the lead as Guiver and Rollo dropped places.

But Guiver climbed up from fourth to take the lead on lap five, one he managed to keep until the chequered flag, despite mounting pressure from Rollo who finished just 0.118s behind the series leader in his fourth consecutive second-place finish. Day claimed the final podium position.

In race two, pole-sitter Rollo may have led the opening lap after another great start, but it was Guiver, who was looking to wrap up the Ducati championship.

And he made his intentions clear in the race when he took the lead on the second lap.

Guiver extended his advantage even further to take the chequered flag once again with a 3.5-second margin.

Rollo collected his fifth consecutive second place with Sean Neary claiming third this time, before the celebrations began on the podium.

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