Markham’s back in style
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.