Ray en­thused by Brands show­ing

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Bradley Ray ex­pressed his delight at Brands Hatch on Mon­day af­ter cel­e­brat­ing his best re­sult so far in his rookie British Su­per­bikes cam­paign.

The 19-year-old from Lydd, rid­ing for the Build­base Suzuki team, fin­ished eighth in his sec­ond MCE In­sur­ance British Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship out­ing on the Indy cir­cuit, af­ter his bike had to be re­built

‘I am still learn­ing about Su­per­bikes. . . but to fin­ish ahead of Guin­toli and Hop­kins was un­be­liev­able’

fol­low­ing a crash in the buildup.

Ray was 12th in the first race of the day but a bril­liant per­for­mance from the teenager saw him in­volved in a bat­tle with ex­pe­ri­enced ri­vals John Hop­kins, Syl­vain Guin­toli and Michael Laverty, in only his fourth race in the class.

Ray who posted a DNF and 28th place at Don­ing­ton Park a fort­night ear­lier on his de­but for his new team, ad­mit­ted he had learned a lot from that open­ing week­end.

Speak­ing to the BSB web­site, he said “I left Brands happy, that’s for sure.

“To have gone into the week­end think­ing I would be top-10 in the races was never in my mind but I wanted to build on Don­ing­ton and come away with points. We showed we had the pace for the top-five and I was sur­prised with my 45.3 lap on Satur­day!”

He added: “I felt good and it was a shame that we had the crashes and had to re­build the bike but for race day it was back to how it felt in free prac­tice.

“I am still learn­ing about Su­per­bikes and rid­ing the new Suzuki all the time but for me, to fin­ish in front of Guin­toli and Hop­kins was un­be­liev­able as I have watched them race so many times on the world stage.”

Look­ing ahead, Ray said: “My goal now for Oul­ton Park is to keep im­prov­ing and not put any pressure on my­self and then the re­sults will come.”

The next meet­ing takes place at the Cheshire cir­cuit on May Bank Hol­i­day week­end – April 29-30 and May 1.

Bradley Ray all smiles at Brands Hatch and in ac­tion at the cir­cuit

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