Break­through gives Ray fresh con­fi­dence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Brad Ray claimed points in both races for the first time in the fifth round of the Bri­tish Su­per­bikes at Snet­ter­ton.

The 20-year-old Lydd young­ster was ninth first time out, and 11th in the se­cond race – and was pleased with his week­end’s work.

Ray said: “It was great to be in the points at this level twice.

“Ev­ery rider in the class is a top, top rider and I have to learn from them and progress each time I go out there.

“What with the Suzuki be­ing a com­pletely new bike, the FAB rac­ing team are also learn­ing as we go.

“I think we have a good chance to get even bet­ter re­sults at Brands Hatch next time and I am look­ing for­ward to it.”

Ray started the week­end in free prac­tice with a lap time 2.3 sec­onds off the quick­est time.

He im­proved, re­duc­ing it by fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing to be only 1.70 off the time set by last year’s over­all win­ner, Shep­pey’s Shane Byrne, putting him 11th on the grid

All the front run­ners made great starts, with Ray un­able to im­prove his po­si­tion.

He was forced to work hard to claim con­sis­tently fast times over the 16-laps, be­fore even­tu­ally im­prov­ing to ninth.

Ray was in the same grid slot for the se­cond race, which fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern, although he was un­able to quite match his times from the first.

The next round of the cham­pi­onship takes place on the Grand Prix cir­cuit at Brands on the week­end of July 21-23.

Brad Ray in ac­tion at Snet­ter­ton

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