Liam shows great pace throughout mixed Assen weekend
Liam Delves travelled across the North Sea to Assen in the Netherlands to contest the two races comprising the penultimate round of the HEL Performance Motostar championship at the Cathedral of Speed where he was unlucky to crash in dire conditions in the first race on Saturday and was ninth on Sunday.
The weather made things difficult for the 17 year old rider with the track drying in places after the rain. But Liam overcame the conditions to claim third place and a front row start to the first race.
By the time the riders formed the grid the rain was falling again and this time the track was completely wet and slippery. As the race got underway Delves maintained his third place and was gaining on the rider ahead. But on the second lap he hit a puddle at turn 12 and crashed out of the race.
He explained: “I was unfortunate to hit the deep puddle and crashed. I had a good pace and was feeling comfortable on the Stauff Connect Academy DR Moto Moto3 bike before that, but that’s the problem racing in the rain, you can get caught out very easily. I was OK and the team is worked hard to prepare the bike ready for race two on Sunday, when I started from the third row.”
Starting the second race Liam was bundled back to 19th in the rush to the first corner and had to fight his way back through the pack. He became embroiled in a 15 way battle for position with all 15 riders chasing sixth place. He picked off the riders ahead until he reached eighth position but was beaten back to ninth in the latter stages of the race to cross the finish line in a creditable ninth place to pick up seven championship points which brings his total to 113 and places him 11th with just two races left to run.
He said: “I was beaten up into the first corner and ended up back down in P19! I managed to get my head down and pull in the group ahead and made a few passes but ninth was the best I could make from it. I would like to thank my team for putting a solid bike underneath me; I’m gutted as we had the pace for third all weekend. Thank you to my crew chief Mark Hanna and the team for the hard work all weekend and everyone for their support all weekend.”
The final round is at Brands Hatch on October 15 and Liam is hoping for some good weather and good results to end the season.
Photo: Dave Yeomans