Extensive flow of points ends for Murley as mechanical woes set youngster back - The Solihull Observer

Extensive flow of points ends for Murley as mechanical woes set youngster back

Solihull Editorial 24th Aug, 2017   0

MOTORSPORT: ALEX Murley’s run of points scoring came to an end at the weekend in Germany.

The talented teenager was stopped in his tracks by a technical fault which put pay to any chances of Murley advancing up the Supersport 300cc World Championships.

Murley’s progress was stopped in the early stages of Sunday’s 12 lap race at the Lausitzring in Germany.

The Team Toth rider’s weekend didn’t get off to the best start as the organisers ruled him unfit after he was taken out by another rider in free practice.

Determined to try to ride, Alex went back to the clinica mobile. And after a rigorous examination he was allowed to take part in Superpole.

Qualifying 18th he made a superb start and was soon fighting within the top twelve.

Murley posted the tenth fasted lap of the race prior to his an error with his gear linkage, which forced him to retire.

The Solihull racer said: “The weekend started with a bang when my chain came off in FP1 and I was hit at speed by a fellow rider while off the racing line.

“It was a shame as I was running in a new engine and on a personal improving lap at the time which could have seen me in the top ten.

“Thankfully after the x-rays nothing was broken but I had to pass another medical to be able to ride.

“I improved in Superpole and was close to making into the top twelve shootout which was satisfying given my injuries.

“We knew which direction to go to improve the bike for the race and I was confident we could do a good job.

“I made a good start and was moving forward when the gear linkage broke and I had to stop.

“It’s frustrating but these things happen and even with some small fractures I managed to show both mine and the team’s pace – I had the 6th fastest race lap.

“I am even more motivated for Portimao.”

Overall, Alex remains 14th in the World Championship with three rounds remaining.

Picture: Vaclav Duska jnr.


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