Clarke kept on for sec­ond year

Joondalup Times - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS -

EDGE­WA­TER young gun Sam Clarke has been signed on for a sec­ond year rac­ing in the UK.

Team Green-backed Morello Rac­ing Kawasaki has signed Clarke and pre­vi­ous cham­pion Josh El­liott Clarke to com­pete in the Na­tional Su­per­stock 1000 class in 2018.

Hav­ing won the ti­tle twice be­fore, in­clud­ing once with El­liott in 2015, the team will be look­ing to con­tinue its suc­cess with Clarke, who is show­ing much prom­ise as he moves in to only his sec­ond year in the class.

Clarke said he was “re­ally ex­cited” to sign with Morello Rac­ing, which was “a great op­por­tu­nity”.

“My first year in the UK was quite a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially learn­ing all the cir­cuits on a race week­end, but it will stand me in good stead for 2018,” he said.

“Sixth place at the fi­nal round this year was a ter­rific boost for me and I want to be push­ing for top six po­si­tions at each and ev­ery round and hope­fully get a few podi­ums as well.

“I know I’ve still got plenty to learn but I can’t wait for the new sea­son to come around, so a big thank you to Steve and ev­ery­one at Morello Rac­ing.”

Team owner Steve Buck­en­ham said he was “de­lighted” to an­nounce the new team line-up “with two young and hun­gry rid­ers”.

“I’m ex­cited about our chances in 2018,” he said.

“In young Sam, I see a lot of po­ten­tial and con­sid­er­ing he wasn’t see­ing the ma­jor­ity of the tracks this year un­til Thurs­day evening or Fri­day morn­ing, I was very im­pressed with how he per­formed.

“He trains hard and is ea­ger to learn, so I think he’ll sur­prise a lot of peo­ple next year.”

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