Liam taken out by another rider at Snetterton
After a strong free practice and qualifying, Liam Delves was very confident of a podium finish at Snetterton, round 10 of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship, but it was not to be, as out of control rider took him out on just the second lap of the race when he was lying in a comfortable fourth place.
Free practice went well for the 21-year-old rider who was third in the combined times on the Cheshire Mouldings and Wood Turnings Ltd Kawasaki powered by JR Performance.
He went on to complete his qualifying in a fine second place which gave him a front-row start to the 12 lap race and as the lights went out he got away well to be fifth into the first corner and up to fourth by the time the riders crossed the line for the start of lap two.
He was nicely poised to move up again but a stupid move by another rider punted him off and down he went; out of the race and out of the points.
Race control deemed the other rider at fault and he was given a long lap ride through but that didn’t help Liam who lost out on what was potentially a podium finish to his race.
Liam said: “Today didn’t go to plan; for the second year in a row I was knocked off my bike at the same corner on the same lap by the same out of control rider. I had the pace to run at the front from the word go and was feeling so confident. My team, JR Performance, will have to work hard to get my bike repaired and back together before we head to Silverstone on Thursday. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support, I really appreciate it.
Can’t really say much more, absolutely gutted to be taken out when we had the pace to win”
This non-finish puts Liam down to sixth place on 84 points, just one point down on fifth place which he will be seeking to retrieve in the next round at Silverstone this weekend, September 10/12.