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24th Jun, 2022

SUPERBIKES - Delves forced to retire in second race on injury comeback

LIAM DELVES returned to racing at Donington Park in round three of the Bennett’s British Superbike Championship as the after effects of his surgery impeded his progress.

Delves was forced to have surgery to relieve arm pump after his last racing weekend and qualified 27th in his first race back on the track before eventually coming home 23rd after 20 laps recording a personal best lap time in the process.

And the 21-year-old started the second race from the ninth row of the grid and made good progress to reach 20th position but was forced to retire seven laps from the end as the effects of his recent surgery began to take its toll on his performance.

Delves said: “I made another small step forward in free practice on the Rapid Training Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Superbike fuelled by Cheshire Mouldings and Woodturnings Ltd and set another personal best lap time.

“We are moving in the right direction but due to my physical limitations following my recent surgery, after a mutual decision between myself and the team it was decided I would not participate in the third race.

“Thank you to my team for their hard work and for giving me a superb bike again this weekend and to my sponsors for their continued support.”

The British Superbike Championship takes a four-week break to allow for the Isle of Man TT races which will give Delves the chance to fully recover and focus on his return for round four at Knockhill in Scotland on Sunday, June 19.

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