Alex Murley made huge strides forward in the latest round of the FIM Supersport World Championship in Argentina on Sunday.
The all new 2.6-mile San Juan Villicum circuit, some two hours by plane from Buenos Aires was being used for the first time in the championship’s history, and the fact that no teams had any data or reference points to start from certainly aided the young Brit.
Easily qualifying in only his third WorldSSP appearance, Alex finished the nineteen lap encounter in 19th, ahead of more experienced riders and only four places away from a point scoring position.
The final round of the 2018 championship will be another new experience for the #12, the annual race under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in just over a week.
“It was an incredible experience to be racing in Argentina for the first time. I really enjoyed going to a new country to race, and to see a totally different culture. The weekend started with the track familiarisation, and I have to say they had done an incredible job. Credit to everyone involved at the San Juan circuit for putting on such a great show all weekend. After learning the track in FP1, I could set about learning more about a 600. It’s such a jump from World Supersport 300, but I finally feel that I am starting to understand how to ride the bike. I made a big step forward in qualifying and the target was clear, to get ahead of the riders just ahead on the grid. The race itself was hard, but I was able to fight the whole race and made some good passes which is all part of the learning curve. I made my move to gain another place on the penultimate lap, and was able to come home 19th. It’s a shame we there is only one round left, but we will have a good on in Qatar, and then work hard to stay on the grid in 2019. Massive thanks to to everyone that is supporting me this year!”