Markham’s back in style

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

ASH­FORD-based rider Toby Markham took a sec­ond place fin­ish at the 250GP Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Cup meet­ing at Assen, Hol­land, last week­end on his sec­ond visit to the track.

The 20-year-old was re­turn­ing to com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing a high speed crash at Craner Curves dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for his home Grand Prix back in June.

Markham’s right arm has been in a cast for nearly three months, while the scaphoid and el­bow frac­tures sus­tained in the Don­ing­ton Park crash were re­pair­ing.

The Dutch meet­ing was also Markham’s first ride with a new team. The Cris Stephen­son owned C&L Racing team in­vited Toby to ride their Honda ma­chine at the event.

“It was a nice ex­pe­ri­ence this week­end to ride with such a pro­fes­sional team. The guys worked so hard to set the bike up to my lik­ing and the bike is good. I usu­ally ride Yamaha ma­chines and this was my first time on a new style Honda. It was very dif­fer­ent, but I en­joyed it and I was pleased to give the team a podium re­sult.

“My wrist is still quite painful and I have lim­ited move­ment due to the cast only re­cently be­ing re­moved, but the joy in rid­ing a bike again al­lowed me to put the wrist pain to the back of my mind for most of the time,” said Toby.

Fol­low­ing a heavy down­pour on Fri­day night, the two-day event re­mained dry but very windy. Un­for­tu­nately, the wind kept lap times quite slow.

Hon­ours went to Ger­man Toni Wirs­ing with the Ash­ford man in a comfortable sec­ond place.

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