21st Oct, 2019

Bike issues fail to stunt Delves at Donington Park

Ben Tyler 7th Oct, 2019

LIAM Delves overcame technical issues to finish ninth in the penultimate round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship on Sunday.

The Solihull racer moves up to joint-seventh in the Championship rankings as a result, in what was his second trip to Donington Park this season.

Commenting on proceedings on the Leicestershire track, Delves said: “It was an eventful race today and I finished up in ninth.

“Unfortunately, I was still unable to get rid of the technical issue with my bike, but the positives from the weekend are more points in the bag.

“I have to say a huge thank you to my team for another great weekend, and to everyone that came along to support me.”

After qualifying in ninth, despite encountering an issue with his Kawasaki ZX-6R bike, Delves placed in the third row of the starting grid for the race.

He was forced to fight back from 14th place following a slow start, but made inroads into rising up the rankings when passing Connor Thomson in the second lap.

In lap five, a crash involving three riders meant proceedings were temporarily disturbed by the sight of the course car while debris was removed, by which point Delves sat in tenth.

Then, with two laps remaining, Delves overtook Kevin Keyes to move into ninth – a position he did not surrender with an overall time of 23:14.925.

Delves returns for the final round of the Championship at Brands Hatch in just over a week’s time.

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