Liam building on positives from Oulton Park
“It didn’t quite go to plan… but I have plenty of positives…”
Liam Delves was unlucky to be hit by another rider during his race at Oulton Park in round two of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship and crashed at Knickerbrook at the halfway stage of the race.
Liam had been consistent all weekend during free practice and qualifying, and earned a place on the third row of the grid for the start of the 14 lap race. But morning warm-up was cancelled because of track contamination that had to be cleared and the race was reduced to 12 laps.
A shower of rain had made the track wet but the wind was drying it fast. Tyre choice was very difficult as it was damp under the trees but there was a clear dry line around the circuit.
Liam got a good start but soon realised he had made the wrong tyre choice and dropped back to 11th place. Another rider made heavy contact with him on lap six and he lost control and slipped off his ViaMoto Kawasaki his race over.
He explained: “The race, unfortunately, didn’t quite go to plan. I found I had great pace all weekend and was confident that I could make the top six but a wrong tyre choice in sketchy conditions didn’t give me any confidence in the front. Then another rider made heavy contact with me resulting in me crashing out of the race.
“That was not what I wanted but I have plenty of positives to take to the next round Donington Park. I am OK and was well protected by Knox armour, Scott Leathers, Oxford Products and my HJC Helmet but my Via-Moto Kawasaki ZX6R was not so lucky as it suffered some serious damage.”
The next round is at Donington Park on the National Circuit over the weekend of May 24/26.