Liam takes points at Donington despite arm-pump issues
Liam Delves was racing at his local track of Donington Park in round eight of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship where he completed the race in a solid 11th position.
Qualifying went well for the Solihull racer who put the JR Performance Kawasaki ZX6R636 onto the fourth row for the start of Sunday’s 20 lap race.
Liam said: “I completed my qualifying on the head of the fourth row. We are moving in the right direction with the JR Performance Kawasaki and I’m feeling confident I can get involved in the race tomorrow.”
But come race day things didn’t go completely to plan. Along with many riders at Donington in all classes, Liam was suffering with arm pump which is very painful and impedes the riders’ ability during a race.
When the lights went out at the start of Sunday’s race Liam didn’t get off the line too well. He completed the first lap in 14th position which he held until lap seven when three of the leading group of riders crashed lifting him up Liam 11th place.
By this time his arm pump came into play and he did very well to keep a steady pace. But he kept his 11th place to the chequered flag to pick up five championship points which see him drop one place in the rider standings to sixth.
Liam said: “It is unusual for me to suffer so much from arm pump and I discovered quite a few riders in the paddock were experiencing the same problems. I managed to pick up some points but was glad to see the chequered flag, but disappointed not to be able to show what I know I am capable of. I will have some physio on my arm this week as there are only a few days before we head off to Cadwell for the next round. Thanks to my team for giving me a well turned out bike for this weekend again, they work very hard all through the weekend to make sure everything is spot on. Also thank you to my sponsors who support me as without their help I would not be in a position to race.”