Rose maintains his top ranking

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JIMMY Rose held onto top spot in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship after a thrilling ride at Snetterton.

The Loversall rider finished second in the 12 lap contest after a gruelling battle with eventual winner Ben Burke.

Rose was fifth on the starting grid but quickly worked his way up to second after a strong start.

The Moto-Breakers rider managed to pass Burke and led the race for four laps but was passed himself.

Rose said: “That was a really hard race, I really was riding hard and couldn’t have ridden any harder without making any daft moves or making any mistakes.

“It was a good race but I just could not match the top speed of the Seton bikes, they’re super-fast out of the corners and I couldn’t even get a slip stream down the back straight to make a move.

“I worked really hard for that and pleased with the result and now I’m joint leader of the Championship, so it looks like it’s shaping up to be a very good season.”

Victory for Burke took him level with Rose at the top of the standings.

Rose’s team mate Jake Dixon remains in third.