AMESBURY'S Mark Piper and the Pied Piper Race team picked up their first points of the season in the British Superstock 600 Championship at Oulton Park.

This was thanks to to a superb12th on a track he has never ridden on before.

A tough qualifying, saw Piper start from 19th on the grid.

The Amesbury rider did not get the start he wanted and dropped back four places meaning he had to really push hard, adapting his riding style and despite hard track conditions he got a good rhythm steadily gaining places.

A fallen rider had caused the safety car to be deployed meaning the riders all regrouped and Piper saw this as an opportunity and once the track was clear again he got straight back on pace and made some good clean passes.

Piper finished the race in a respected 12th position scoring him his first points of the season, well deserved for the rider who is currently studying Automotive Design at Coventry University.

Piper said: “A lot was against us, new track and problems in qualifying but we pulled it back after making some crucial changes, felt great and a lot better on the bike, pleased to score some points”

Piper and the team would like to thank Salisbury Motorcycle Club for their continued support and Kirk Dennis for joining the team as a mechanic and mentor.

They are next in action at Donington World Superbike round which runs from May 25 to 27.