Ray progress cut short by spill

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.”

Round eight of the cham­pi­onships is at Cad­well Park from Au­gust 18-20. the 52

‘It was great to come away with more points’

Pic­ture: Bon­nie Lane

Brad Ray in ac­tion at Thrux­ton

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