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Race winner Buchan: “We need to stay focused on the Showdown”

Danny Buchan claimed his first race win in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship last time out at Knockhill as he charged to FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s debut victory. Ahead of the Essex contender’s home round of the season at Snetterton, he is ready to try and strengthen their bid to make the Showdown for the first time with just four rounds remaining of the Main Season.

Buchan delivered a faultless performance in the opening race in Scotland to claim the victory, but admits that at the time it didn’t really sink in as he turned his attentions to trying to repeat the podium finish in the second encounter.

“A couple of days after I could reflect on the win,” said Buchan. “In the moment I didn’t realise what I had done, because I was so focused on race two as there is a short turnaround time between races. So thought I have won that race and now I have to focus on race two, so when I think back to it now it is a massive achievement but I didn’t really think too much about it at the time. I was really calm about it and it was good but now I just want to win another one!

“To get the first win is massive and it is so good for the Championship as we are closing down on the Showdown now and the Podium Points are the most important and I have increased the gap to seventh in the standings by quite a lot.

Buchan currently sits fifth in the overall standings ahead of the two races in Norfolk, after crashing out of the second race at Knockhill – something that the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider admits left him disappointed after the highs of race one.

“Crashing out of race two wasn’t in the plan as up until then I had felt really comfortable,” added Buchan. “Me and Scott [Redding] had a bit of the gap and I felt confident and comfortable behind him and I thought I could lead the race and slowly open a gap. I just pulled a bit too much brake and down I went, it was almost like a bad dream! I was telling myself ‘no this hasn’t happened’, I repeated it several times and I just wished I could pick up the bike and carry on.”

Buchan heads to Norfolk with a 23 point advantage over Xavi Forés in sixth place in the overall standings, who in turn is 20 points ahead of Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman, but he is aiming to keep his cool at Snetterton as he bids to make the top six cut for the first time.

“The first win for the team was massive but now I am completely focused on Snetterton,” said Buchan. “I just want to get there and go better than I did at Knockhill. I have never really thought about winning BSB races until Shakey said at the start of the year “Danny should really start winning races now, as he is at that point of his career” I read that and thought that is so true, I need to win a race, I need to be there. It is nice to be now, not Danny Buchan he could be the race winner, I am Danny Buchan the race winner which is massive for me.

“I have never felt pressure to get the win because I have been close before with seconds and thirds. My focus has always been on the Championship and how to be in the top six and that is why I feel I let myself down with the crash in race two at Knockhill as that could have been another handful of points for the Showdown.

“I have won a race now and my next target is to be in the Showdown as I have not been in before. There is no reason why we can’t do it, Snetterton should be a good race for us, as it was really good in 2018 and the bike is better this year so I am looking forward to getting there

“I am quite chilled about Snetterton, I am really relaxed about every race now, the target is two top fives but if there is a podium there that would obviously be amazing and a win would be incredible. I just need to stay out of trouble because at this point of the year some people try to prove a point, so we just need to stay focused on that Showdown!”

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