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Daley Fourth In Supersport Evo Points After Dramatic Weekend For Intek Adhesives
Posted by: newsla on May 06, 2014 - 03:26 PM
Daley Fourth In Supersport Evo Points After Dramatic Weekend For Intek Adhesives/SGR Racing

THE Intek Adhesives/SGR Racing team and rider Josh Daley are feeling positive about the season ahead after leaving the second round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Evo Championship in fourth place in the title chase.


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It was a bit of a dramatic weekend for the Northumberland-based squad, which also parted company with Pirelli National Superstock 600 rider Jason Vernon hours before Sunday afternoon’s qualifying session. The team and Vernon decided to go their separate ways after a tough start to the year, and a huge crash by the rider on Saturday which destroyed the bike.

Yet against the odds, Team Owner Steve Kinghorn and the team worked around the clock to repair the machine, and then found another rider – Tom Carne – to contest the qualifying session for the team. With just half an hour between agreeing to ride and actually hitting the track, Carne set a time which actually gave him a spot on the grid for Monday’s race.

However, after winning the first TriStar R&G Triple Challenge race on Monday morning, the team and Carne decided he was better off concentrating on his main series on the day, as there was still another Triumph race to come later that afternoon.

Daley, meanwhile, enjoyed another solid weekend with the squad, crossing the line sixth in Sunday’s race and then backing it up with a seventh in Monday’s Feature race. The Wigan teenager now sits in a comfortable fourth place in the Evo standings, and is confident that he can start to make a charge to the front now he has got to grips with the team and bike.

“I feel like I know the bike far better now after these first two rounds, and it puts me in a great position with the rest of the season ahead of me,” he said. “I’ve had loads of track time now and it’s all coming together well.

“For me, coming away fourth in the championship is great. We have a lot more to come and I know where I can improve. I think we’ve used these opening two rounds as a chance to get everything working for us, and now we can start pushing for podiums every race. I’m really enjoying it, I’m going faster every time I go out on the bike and it bodes well for the rest of the year.”

But there was also disappointment for Motul British Motostar ruder Jake Bayford, who was denied a solid finish when technical gremlins hit two laps from home. On board his 125 machine, the youngster had battled back from a big crash earlier in the weekend to line-up 27th on the grid and 17th in class, and had been running well when the problem hit and he was forced to retire.

Team owner Steve Kinghorn: “Well, what can I say about this weekend? It’s been busy, it’s been dramatic that’s for sure! First of all Jake had a big crash so the team had to rebuild that one, and then Jason had the huge one on Saturday. We worked until the small hours to fix it and then after a meeting with Jason we decided to part company.

“I spoke to Tom Carne who wanted to ride it, and he did a great job. But when it came to it, having seen him just win the first Triumph race I think we all agreed he needed to concentrate on that championship on the day. We were happy though, we saw what he could do and what the bike was capable of. We are now speaking to a few riders to replace Jason on the Stock 600, and we hope to be back out with it at the Donington Park round later this month.

“Jake was so unlucky, he’s worked really hard and it was such bad luck for him to miss out at the end of the race. He struggled a bit all weekend and now we’re trying to find out what happened so we can get him back up to speed at Snetterton.

“Naturally, we’re delighted with Josh Daley. The lad is just great. He’s constantly seeking improvement, he knows what he wants from the bike and he’s just a great rider and a fantastic addition to the team. We know which direction we need to head in now, and we’re confident we can make a serious push for that championship.”

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