British teenager Alex Murley is officially a World Supersport racer after a debut performance in the category saw him slice several seconds off his personal lap time to qualify for his first ever race on a 600cc machine at Portimao, Portugal.
Having joined the GEMAR Balloons Lorini Honda squad after several months out of the saddle, Murley, who had to change his racing number to 12, knew he was in at the deep end, racing with some of the World’s best middleweight riders.
With the full support of his new Italian team, the plan for the weekend in Portugal was simple, to improve in every session and qualify for the race.
This he did, and although he slid off after losing the front end of his CBR Honda at low speed in the second half of the race, Alex heads to France for the next round with his head held high, fully aware of where he needs to improve.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend at Portimao, and although I was in at the deep end having never raced a 600, I learned so much. To qualify for the race was the goal and I did that by more than a second so I was super happy with that. GEMAR Lorini Team are fantastic, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to race with them. Max my Crew Chief was amazing and helped me so much. Everyone was so supportive and I cannot wait to be back on track in France. A huge thanks to all my sponsors, without whom I wouldn’t be back on the grid this year! Magny-Cours should be less physically demanding but I will train hard and be as ready as I can to take the next step closer to the front guys.”
photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.