2017 season update, May 2017
As we reach the six-week break to allow for the two major road racing events, The North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT plus the British round of the World Superbike championship it is a good time to bring you up to date with Liam’s progress so far this season.
Liam’s debut for the Stauff Connect Academy/DR Moto team in the HEL Performance British MotoStar championship at Donington Park was always going to be a challenge. Having made the step up from the standard class to the main championship this year on the brand new DR Moto, it was always going to be a steep learning curve for Liam. Late delivery of the new bike meant he had only got a few laps of testing under his belt prior to the first race. Liam soon started to gel with the bike and his new team and worked hard during practice and qualifying before recording a strong 11th and 12th place, good results to build on.
Over the Easter weekend at Brands Hatch, Liam made more progress learning the demands and starting to understand working within a professional Team. The results started to come scored a strong fifth and seventh place in his two races.
Oulton Park’s 3rd round, Liam was feeling full of confidence for another set of top results from one of his favourite circuits. Practice went well and he posted his best ever lap around the Cheshire circuit to complete his qualifying in eighth place which gave him a third row start to the Feature race the next day.
He didn’t get away to the best of starts and fell back to 10th on the opening lap, but once he settled into the race he began to move forward, recording better lap times than the riders around him. He hauled himself up to sixth place and was fighting for fifth within a large group of riders all exchanging positions throughout the laps and when the rider ahead made a mistake into Shell Oils Liam pounced and moved ahead. But the rider closed the gap and clipped his front wheel causing Liam to fall from his machine and slide down the track on his back at a fast rate of knots. He was unfortunate to slide feet first into the barrier which caused some painful damage to his legs.
Liam was transported to the medical centre for assessment and x-rays which luckily proved there were no broken bones. However, there was considerable swelling and ligament damage to both ankles. He was referred to a top UK specialist who is working with Liam to help him return to track action plus he is spending time in the hyperbaric chamber to speed up the healing process and he should be back to full fitness in time for the next race.
Liam said: “I was having a great weekend at Oulton Park with my team and we were all working hard and moving forward with lap times and bike set up. But the crash wasn’t the ending we were looking for. I would like to thank all my team at GR-Motorsport for their hard work and say a big thank you to Scott Leathers, Oxford Products and Knox Amour for protecting me; I am proud to be sponsored by the best manufacturers products on the market. I will be working hard and staying positive to get myself fixed in time for round four at Knockhill in Scotland where I am aiming to pick up from where I left off at Oulton Park and I am looking forward to being reunited with my Stauff Connect Academy DR-Moto Moto3 machine.
“I would also like to thank all my followers and supporters for the continued support. Club34 is growing but I still have places available and if anyone would like more details on how to be involved with the huge benefits you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org”
The next round of the 2017 HEL Performance Motostar British championship is at Knockhill over the weekend of 17 -18 June 2017.