The pressure of racing in a World Championship race in front of an enthusiastic British crowd at Donington Park didn’t phase Team Toth Yamaha rider Alex Murley as he pushed through the field from the sixth row of the grid to fight for 4th in yesterday’s 13 lap World Supersport 300cc race.
Eventually finishing 11th, Murley had the crowd on their feet throughout as once again he was the leading British rider to finish, ensuring his 100% record of scoring World Championship points in 2017 continues!
The weekend didn’t start as planned with a few small set-up issues, and qualifying 16th wasn’t in the script but an electric start which saw the #18 up to ninth by the second corner meant he was in the perfect place to attack.
Moving up to sixth after passing several rivals with three laps to go the 17 year old from Birmingham showed incredible race craft throughout to add another valuable five points at the flag.
Aside from racing Alex also played a pivotal role alongside Michael Hill at the Paddock Show during the TwoWheelsForLife Charity Auction which raised almost £6000 on Saturday evening. His own range of signed merchandise going to one lucky bidder for £160!
Alex Murley – 11th:
“It was a really great weekend at Donington Park for my home race. We started with a small issue but Team Toth are a great team and they worked hard to get us back in contention for the race which is were is counted. It still wasn’t perfect but we all got together as a team and said ‘let’s have this and just go for it’ and we did! We found a better set-up for Sunday which obviously worked and we were fastest in a couple of the sectors so I am really proud of the effort we all put in. I worked damn hard and fought with everything I had and it wasn’t like I was gifted places through others falling. I was battling with the World Championship leader Scott Deroue and podium finisher Dani Valle which has given me a massive confidence boost but I made a small mistake on the final lap which cost me an even better result. It was another consistent front running result and I have to remember it’s a World Championship. I was so proud when I crossed the line and saw the crowd all cheering and the reception at the Paddock Show just blew me away. Big thanks to my team, all my sponsors, my family and everyone who is supporting me. Next stop Misano.”
Photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr