LIAM Delves continued his recovery from a shoulder injury with some strong results in round nine of the Bennett’s British Superbike Championship around the technical and demanding Oulton Park circuit.
Delves qualified on the ninth row of the grid in 26th place after a decent showing in free practice and qualifying by the 22-year-old rider on the Rapid Training Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Superbike Fuelled by Cheshire Mouldings and Woodturnings Ltd.
And he made his way up to 20th in the 14-lap sprint race after a crash on the penultimate lap involved one of the front runners.
Despite the second race being marred with crashes and red flags, Delves kept his composure over the final seven laps as he made up several places to come home 17th at the chequered flag.
However, by the time the third race was underway late in the afternoon, Delves bravely raced through the first eight laps in 21st place before dropping back and pulling in to retire as his shoulder injury became too painful to continue riding.
Delves said: “It has been a difficult weekend for me with my shoulder injury but I have many positive to take away with me from Oulton Park.
“I have found more pace and getting closer to the fight. I have to give a big thank you to my team for all their hard work.
“I will get some more treatment on the shoulder before the next round and will look for further improvement at my home round of Donington Park.”
The penultimate race of the season takes place at Donington Park this weekend from September 30 to October 2.