British teenager Alex Murley made huge strides forward in the second round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the TT Circuit Assen yesterday, finishing 17th at the end of a frantic 12 laps around the 2.8 mile ‘Cathedral of Speed.’
Murley who along with his other Yamaha mounted rivals struggled massively at the season opener in Spain a week ago were relieved to see new regulations brought in to reduce the speed differential facing them this season.
A red flag in qualifying made things difficult, with Alex missing out on completing his fastest lap when another rider fell, but the #18 Team Toth rider was ready to #PUSH come race day.
A great start soon saw him inside the top ten, and as the race progressed he was able to mount a challenge for 14th.
Losing out on the back straight on the final lap Alex was classified 17th but returned to Parc Ferme with a smile after a race long battle with many of the official Yamaha riders and knowing that the next races not only suit his style but that his R3 Yamaha will be more competitive.
“It was a weekend of improvements at Assen, a track that I really like. We are making steps forward and that’s the main thing. Qualifying went wrong with a red flag but the race was good and I finally felt that we were in the fight. I started 28th on the grid but worked my way up to the group fighting for the final few world championship points which was satisfying. I know what I need to work on in Imola and the team knows what’s needed for the next races so we can hopefully move forward in Italy and start our season properly there. I am confident that when the bike is a little faster we will be able to bridge the gap to the top ten and get the results that we deserve. I want to thank all of my sponsors for standing by me through this tough early part of the season and look forward to fighting for points from round three onwards.”
Photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.