Alex Murley maintained his 100% record of Supersport 300cc World Championship point scoring finishes after a masterful race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy yesterday, crossing the line 11th at the end of an exciting 13 lap encounter.
The Team Toth rider was on form throughout the weekend making it through Superpole One by posting the fastest lap of the session before taking 12th on the grid for the 5th round of the championship.
His grid position didn’t truly reflect his outright pace which had it not been for his rivals holding him up may well have seen him on the front row of the grid.
The race itself was uneventful, the British rider who turns 18 tomorrow making another impressive start before fighting hard for 7th for the duration of the race.
The result coupled with his 10th place at Donington Park ensure that he remains the top British rider in 14th overall in the points classification, in fact he’s the only Brit to have scored championship points so far this year!
“It was a really positive weekend in Misano. We struggled a little on Friday to get a good set-up and a nice feel with the bike but it came together at the end of the day. Saturday I was really focused going into qualifying and it paid off. I did a 1.53.8s lap to make it into Superpole 2 as the fastest rider. My time from SP1 would have put me 3rd so I was happy with the pace but we made a mistake with the tactics for SP2 so I had to start 12th. Nevertheless it’s all learning and we know for next time. I made a good start and was up to 8th but I started to suffer a little with the brakes but I was still able to fight with and beat the championship leader which was great. I’m getting closer to the front every round and Team Toth are working just as hard to give me the bike to do it so a big thanks to them, Bell Helmets and all my sponsors and supporters. We have a big gap until the next round but I am so happy with the first part of the season we are one of only a few riders to score points every race and we showed at Misano and Donington that we have front running potential in the world championship.”
With a seven week summer break until round 6 at the Lausitzring in Germany, Alex and Team Toth will set aside some time for testing to enable them to continue to fight at the front of the 2017 Supersport 300cc World Championship.