MOTORCYCLE RACING: TEENAGE racer Liam Delves faces time out after suffering from ligament damage following a fall during his latest race at Oulton Park.
Devles was involved in a battle for the minor points when he overtook one of his rivals in front before another clipped Delves’ back wheel, forcing him to fall.
The youngster slid down the track on his back and ploughed into the crash barrier feet first at a rate of knots, causing damage to his legs.
Liam was transported to the medical centre for assessment and x-rays which luckily proved there were no broken bones.
However there was considerable swelling and ligament damage to both ankles.
He has since been referred to a top UK specialist who is working to help Liam return to track action in time for the next round in several weeks time.
Prior to the crash, Liam made good progress on his new machine after making the jump from the standard class to the main championships following a string of impressive results last year.
He recorded 11th and 12th place on his HEL Performance British Motostar Championship.
Over the Easter weekend he then placed fifth and seventh – moving him up to joint ninth rider in the standings on 29 points.
Practice went well at Oulton before a poor start dropped him back to tenth in the race before the crash happened while he was placed in fifth.
Liam said: “I was having a great weekend at Oulton Park with my team and we were all working hard and moving forward with lap times and bike set up.
“But the crash wasn’t the ending we were looking for.
“I will be working hard and staying positive to get myself fixed in time for round four at Knockhill in Scotland where I am aiming to pick up from where I left off at Oulton Park.
“I would like to thank all my team at GR-Motorsport for their hard work.
“My sponsors have done a great job and my equipment provided by Scott leathers, Oxford Products and Knox Amour has kept me safe.
“I am proud to be sponsored by the best manufactures’ products on the market.”