That evening the 16 lap sprint race got underway and Kennedy made a good start from pole position to take an early lead. Kennedy lead every lap but one but was under immense pressure throughout from his championship rival, Australian Ben Currie. The 30-year-old was keen not to let Currie pass him on the last lap again and as the pair came through the last corner of Clearways, Currie was closing in but Kennedy held on to take the chequered flag by just 0.006 of a second and secured his first win of the season.
"It feels brilliant to do the double and come away leading the championship. It was a pretty perfect weekend, with a clean sweep of pole and two wins; we can't do better than that.
Race one was a close one, Ben [Currie] and I were locked into a battle all the way. Coming into the last corner I just had to break as late as I could, guard my lines then tuck in. I just managed to get the win by six thousandths of a second."
"Overall, it was a great weekend for me and the whole team. It was good to get some more dry laps in, which allowed me to develop the Integro Yamaha a bit more. Getting my first front row in supersport was mega and then to have a great battle for fourth in race one was a lot of fun. In race two I had a few little issues, which meant I couldn’t push the front as much as I’d have liked but still, bringing it home in eighth means valuable points on the board."
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