A LONG trip home awaited Solihull rider Liam Delves, after a retirement at Knockhill for round five of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.
Disaster struck mid-way through the 22-lap race, when a technical issue with his bike could not be resolved in the pits, forcing Delves to cut short his afternoon.
Delves finished eighth in qualifying ahead of race day on Sunday, when a wet start to the morning made racing conditions more difficult for the riders as they lined up for the start of the race.
He got off to a slow start to the race, falling behind a number of riders into 12th on the opening lap.
Despite maintaining his place and fending off any challenging drivers looking to overtake him, his race was soon over when experiencing an issue with his bike, forcing him to pull into the pits and retire from the race.
Delves said the weekend as a whole had not been ideal, starting with the struggles he experienced during qualifying.
“Qualifying did not go to plan as I was suffering from arm pump and couldn’t hold onto the bike so well,” he said.
“But despite the setback I did manage to hold on to eighth place.”
“It was not the result we wanted from Knockhill this weekend – we had high hopes of a top result here but the bike unfortunately developed a problem which forced me to pull in.
“I would like to say a big thank you to my team and all my sponsors who made it possible for me to make the trip up to Scotland.”
Delves seeks to atone for the disappointment at Snetterton in Norfolk for round six of the Championship on July 19 to 21.