18 year old Alex Murley rounded out his debut year in the FIM Supersport 300cc Championship at Jerez, Spain, on Sunday after another solid race aboard his Team Toth Yamaha.
Once again fighting for World Championship points, Murley was unlucky to slide out of contention on the final corner but was nevertheless upbeat on his return to the paddock, where the team were full of praise for the British teenager’s 2017 efforts which have seen him #PUSH to the limit in each and every race this year.
Alex has had an impressive season, running in the lead group on several occasions and finishing inside the top ten on numerous occasions.
He was also the only British rider to score points in the series, and finished 13th overall in the final World Championship classification, an impressive set of statistics given he has only had one European season of racing under his belt.
With 2017 done and dusted, and with a deal that will be announced at EICMA in Milan already in place, the focus is now on 2018 and on ensuring that enough funding is in place to enable the #18 charger from Birmingham to fight for next year’s title.
“It was a good weekend in Jerez despite the unlucky incidents caused by other people which I think cost us maybe another top ten, but that’s racing. We had a small clutch problem in FP1, but the team solved the problem and we made big strides in FP2. I was taken out in Superpole by a rookie rider after going 0.7s faster on the very first lap so it meant a mid-pack start. The race was hard given where I was starting from but I dug deep and pushed and caught the group battling for 12th. I got up to 14th but was taken out for the second time of the weekend on the final lap so we finished down the order but with some respectable lap times. I am already looking forward to 2018 and will be able to announce what I am doing soon at the EICMA exhibition in a couple of weeks. I’d like to say a big thanks to all of my sponsors, especially BELL Powersports, to everyone that bought #PUSH merchandise, to MotoApparel, to Michael, to my parents and to Dorna for putting on such an amazing series in the World Superbike paddock.”
Photo by Vaclav Duska jnr.