Rider has more mis­for­tunes

Whanganui Chronicle - - Sport - Iain Hyn­d­man

The hor­ror con­tin­ues for Whanganui racer Richie Dibben as he strug­gles to make his Su­pers­port 600 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship de­but.

The 29-year-old was taken out in race one of the sec­ond round of the na­tional se­ries by an­other rider who was later rep­ri­manded for his be­hav­iour at the Lev­els track in Ti­maru at the week­end.

Bar­racks Bar/To­tal Span Steel Build­ings team men­tor and bike builder Brian Bernard said Dibben suf­fered lac­er­a­tions to his chin and neck from his hel­met straps and was con­cussed in the crash, prompt­ing a manda­tory two-week stand down pe­riod.

“We came to Ti­maru fol­low­ing that de­ba­cle in round one in

Christchurch were a se­ri­ous crash then the mas­sive oil spill halted rac­ing at Rua­puna,” Bernard said.

“We tested the bike (Suzuki GSXR600) out in prac­tice and ev­ery­thing was go­ing well. Richie man­aged to qual­ify on the front of the grid (4), so that was great.”

“Well, it was great un­til that other rider took Richie out.

“We protested and the guy was later rep­ri­manded for his be­hav­iour, but un­for­tu­nately Richie was stood down from any fur­ther rac­ing after suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion.

“We’ve been down south two weeks now and have yet to com­plete a race, but none of this has been down to us, it’s all been stuff out of our con­trol that has held us back,” Bernard said.

“We are on our way back home as we speak for a bit of down time, while the trailer and bikes are al­ready in In­ver­cargill in readi­ness for the Burt

Munro Chal­lenge (Fe­bru­ary 6-10).”

The 13th an­nual Burt Munro Chal­lenge is a one-off race meet­ing on the team’s pro­gramme and de­spite their set­backs they will con­tinue to con­test the na­tional Su­pers­port 600 Cham­pi­onship.

After round three at Hamp­ton Downs in March, the na­tion­als con­tinue in the Manawatu on March 30-31, be­fore wrap­ping up at Taupo on April 5-7.

Richie Dibben

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