ADAM Jenkinson returned to the podium on Sunday for the first time since April during the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship’s latest round at Thruxton.

The Knutsford rider was on course for a victory in the weekend’s second race at the Hampshire circuit, only for Richard Cooper’s Suzuki to slip past on the final corner.

Jenkinson, who had started from eighth place on the grid, held station to match his best result in the series this season.

After an initial red flag, the restart saw Michael Rutter take first place from Jenkinson.

However the 32-year-old, on board his Northern Escalator Installations-backed BMW, moved into the lead on the third lap.

He stayed there until the closing stages, but could not prevent Cooper from scoring a sixth win of the campaign.

Jenkinson had qualified eighth for the Thruxton 50 on Saturday, and he crossed the line in the same position after struggling with the set-up of his chassis.

He said: “I owe thanks to the guys in the team for turning the bike inside out and making it work on Sunday.

“It was close racing with Coops, and it’s great to be back on the podium.”

Jenkinson rises to sixth in the riders’ standings as a reward, and returns to the track later this month when the series visits Cadwell Park.

Knutsford Guardian:

Adam Jenkinson in action at Thruxton on Sunday in the second Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship race of the weekend. Picture: Mike Petch/M Photographic