LIAM Delves bounced back from a crash and drove through the pain barrier to claim a win in Sunday’s GP125 race and he also finished fourth in the EDP Open 500 race to retain the lead in both classes in the NGRR championship races at Anglesey.
The 15-year-old won his qualifying event for the GP125 championship and was set to repeat that in the race later in the day.
But the Smiths Wood Sports College student suffered a massive high side crash in the EDP Open 500 class qualifying which put paid to the rest of the day’s action for him.
He was left hospitalised with a broken thumb but that did not deter his performance the following day.
After spending the day at the hospital for checks, Delves was unsure of whether he would be fit to race on Sunday but like a true professional he decided to have a crack at both races.
After qualifying in first position in his class he began the seven lap race from the third row of a mixed grid of riders to take the win in the GP125 championship setting the best lap of 1m 17. 03s.
In the Open 500 race Liam qualified in fifth place and began the seven lap race from the fourth row. He recorded some fast times and completed the race in a fine fourth place which was enough for him to retain his series lead.
“After crashing out of my qualifying race I spent most of the day at the hospital. I have broken my thumb and taken a nasty chunk of flesh out of my knee but apart from that plus some heavy bruising I am ok. I felt a bit stiff on Sunday morning but decided I would give it a go. If I didn’t feel I could cope I was going to pull in. But once I got going the adrenalin kicked in and I was able to record a first and fourth place in my two races so I am well happy.
“I must say a huge thank you to all the NGRR staff, marshals and medics for looking after me so well and also my team Moto Engineering for their hard work in getting the bike up and running after the crash; also Crucial Sauces and all my other sponsors for their continued support.
“I will now take this week to rest up and get fit in time for my races at Cadwell Park in the British Motostar GP125 championship at the weekend.”