Ray progress cut short by spill
Bradley Ray escaped unhurt after crashing out of the second race in round seven of the British Superbike Championships at Thruxton on Sunday.
The Lydd youngster, riding for FAB Racing – finished eighth first time out – equalling his best ever result, before his spill four laps in on the exit to Cobbs Corner.
He qualified 10th for both races at the fastest venue on the roster this year.
Ray made a good start in the first race, putting his Buildbase Suzuki ahead of American MotoRapido Ducati rider and former runner-up John Hopkins.
Places were then reversed with Hopkins pulling away from Ray, who was then caught by ex-champion Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, also aboard a Suzuki.
The three then came together in the closing stages, Ray fending off Guintoli, before powering to the line, beating Hopkins by just 0.006 of a second.
Ray made a blistering start from row four of the grid in race two.
He then dropped back to 12th and was battling with McAMS Yamaha Factory rider James Ellison, before being going off. FAB Racing team manager Roger Keys said: “I am sure Brad would have been on course for an even better result in race two, had he not fallen when pushed off line by Ellison’s hard overtake move.
“He was running a harder rear tyre than most and would have been strong towards the end.”
Ray now 15th in standings, with points.
He said: “It was great to come away with more points as well as gaining more experience sitting behind the likes of Leon Haslam and Hopkins.
“We go to Cadwell Park next time and that will be another tough one but we will just keep chipping away.”
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‘It was great to come away with more points’
Brad Ray in action at Thruxton