2019 season finale at Brands sees Liam take seventh in the championship
Liam Delves completed his season with Team VMR Kawasaki in a well earned seventh place in the championship, after finishing an outstanding final race in sixth place at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Qualifying didn’t go quite to plan for the young rider as conditions were sketchy with damp patches on the track from an earlier rain shower and his session was ended abruptly when another rider crashed while Liam was in the process of riding a fast lap where he had three green sectors and was certain to move well up the order. He was awarded 16th place in the session but forced to start his race from a sixth-row grid position.
As the race got underway Liam got a good start and moved straight up into 14th place on the opening lap. He got his head down and continued to gain places, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap seven with a 1m 31.045s – 96.21mph lap in his effort to catch the leading group.
As the race unfolded Liam began to reel in the group and on lap 10 he passed Ben Luxton to move up into sixth place. With only 0.6s separating him from the leader he gave it his best shot but was unable to make a pass stick and had to be content with sixth place in the race and 10 championship points which bring his total to 94 and move him up to seventh in the final championship standings.
With the championship now over for this year Liam can reveal he has agreed a one-year deal with Santander Salt TAG Racing to contest in the 2020 National Superstock 600 Championship, onboard a Yamaha YZF-R6.
The 19-year-old has taken victory once this season after a thrilling battle at Thruxton, but he now has his sights set on battling for his first British title in 2020 with the Swadlincote based outfit.
The team has secured a brand-new Yamaha YZF-R6 for Liam, and is currently in the process of developing the machine ahead of a busy winter testing programme, where Delves will join up alongside his teammates at the series of tests planned ahead of the 2020 season.
Liam said: “I can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be an amazing season in 2020 and hopefully I can stay with the team for many years to come. I can’t wait for the season to get started already, it’s definitely the best team I’ve ever had and it’s overwhelming for me really.
“2019 was my first real year in Superstock 600 and we’ve come away from it with a victory at Thruxton, so now for 2020 I have the right package and I can keep building and hopefully go for the Championship, that is my goal and I have all the right tools to do the job.”
The first round of the 2020 Stock 600 championship is at Silverstone over the weekend of April 19/21.