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Pain for Palmer.

NUNEATON'S Tristan Palmer was in no mood for talking as his unforgettable MCE Insurance British Superbike season took another turn for the worse at round ten on Sunday.

Palmer's return to the BSB paddock was supposed to be a glorious homecoming in 2012 having rebuilt his reputation in the National Superstock class in the previous two seasons.

The 30-year-old had been good enough to finish tenth overall in the BSB in 2008 before his career took a nosedive but in the first round of this season things looked to be looking up.

Palmer put his GBmoto Honda machinery on the front row in qualifying at the season curtain raiser but that early high point has proved to be a significant false dawn for the Nuneaton rider.

Ahead of yesterday's racing at the historic Assen circuit Palmer had picked up points in just three races.

And at the cathedral of motor racing Palmer's prayers for a grandstand end to the season certainly weren't answered as he finished pointless again for the eighth time in ten rounds.

It was the first time ever the BSB paddock had raced on the continent but Palmer didn't get to sample as much of the unique atmosphere as he would have liked. The GBmoto Racing Honda rider was involved in an opening-lap crash with rival Victor Cox to see his first race come to an abrupt and early end.

In the second race the 30-year-old struggled to live with the pace and could only finish 22nd, fully seven places outside of the points to leave him 26th in the overall standings with two rounds remaining. | British Eurosport is the Home of Motorbikes, showing all British Superbike races live on Sky and Virgin Media and now available in stunning HD on Sky.

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Date:Sep 25, 2012
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