SOLIHULL superbike racer Liam Delves fell short during the opening round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Silverstone during the Easter weekend.
Making his debut for his new racing team, Via-Moto, Delves crashed out of the race during the sixth lap of the 15 lap race.
The day had started with promise for the Solihull rider, having enjoyed a productive free practice and qualifying laps prior to the main event on Sunday.
He started in fourth position on the grid, and after losing ground during the early laps to sit in 11th place, he was forced to go on the offensive and try to make an advance into the top ten.
However, just when he looked likely to do so, he slipped off his bike at Brooklands Corner, ultimately ending his race.
Having been left with mixed feelings following the race, he expressed his joy to have made his debut, and addressed his desire to put in a better showing in the coming rounds.
“It has been a very emotional weekend at Silverstone for me,” he said.
“It was my first race with my new team, Sheffield based Via-Moto, riding on the Kawasaki UK Ninja ZX6R, and I feel that I’m in a great place now with a solid team behind me.
“I am just sorry I couldn’t bring a result back for the team this time.
“But we have many positives to take from this weekend and I am feeling happier and more confident than I have for a long time.
“I would like to thank all my personal sponsors for their continued support and everyone that came along to show their support. I will put this non finish behind me and move on to the next round.”
Delves hopes to respond with a positive showing at Oulton Park, which takes place during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday May 4 to Monday May 6.