MOTORCYCLE RACING: TEENAGER Alex Murley continued his impressive start to the 300cc World Supersport Championship by picking up 10th at the TT Circuit in Assen.
The Team Toth Yamaha rider had to overcome some small problems on Friday before pushing hard in Tissot Superpole to secure 14th on the grid.
A good start to the 12 lap race saw Murley gain places before a 15 rider leading group swapped places so frequently the TV graphics struggled to keep up.
As the race settled down, the last two laps saw Alex scrapping hard for 9th – a position he just lost out on in the drag to the flag.
The result, which saw Alex become one of only a handful of riders to finish both of the opening races in the hotly contested series, has given the Solihull rider much confidence ahead of Round Three at the iconic Imola circuit in a fortnight.
Alex said: “I am really happy with the weekend.
“In some ways it was another challenging one as we lost some time on Friday just like we did in Aragon.
“The team worked brilliantly though to fix our little glitches and we were able to have solid FP2.
“Assen is a great track, it felt like a second British round with all the Union Jacks and British fans around the circuit.
“The race was a hard battle due to being a little down on speed but nevertheless I kept on pushing and managed to get my first World Championship top ten after a big fight with Ruben Doorakkers. “We are getting some upgrades for Imola as we decided to take it step by step in the opening two races so both me and the whole team can’t wait to see what we can do there.
“It will be a new track for me but my team boss has a lot of experience there which will help.”
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