A technical problem saw Alex Murley’s run of point scoring finishes came to an end in yesterday’s Supersport 300cc World Championship but not before the talented teen gave a valiant performance in the early laps of the 12 lap race at the Lausitzring in Germany.
The Team Toth rider’s weekend didn’t get off to the best start, the organisers ruling him unfit after he was taken out by another rider in Free Practice.
Determined to try to ride Alex went back to the Clinica Mobile and after a rigorous examination he was allowed to take part in Superpole.
Qualifying 18th he made a superb start and was soon fighting had within the top twelve. Posting the 10th fastest lap of the race a top ten finish was on the cards until his gear linkage broke forcing him out of the race.
“The weekend started with a bang when my chain came off in FP1 and I was hit at speed by a fellow rider whilst off the racing line which is a shame as I was running in a new engine and on a personal improving lap at the time which could have seen me in the top ten. Thankfully after the x-rays nothing was broken but I had to pass another medical to be able to ride. I improved in Superpole and was close to making into the top twelve shootout which was satisfying given my injuries. We knew which direction to go to improve the bike for the race and I was confident we could do a good job. I made a good start and was moving forward when the gear linkage broke and I had to stop. Frustrating but these things happen and even with some small fractures I managed to show both mine and the team’s pace – I had the 6th fastest race lap! I am even more motivated for Portimao. A big thanks to all of my sponsors and supporters, to my Team Toth crew who believe in me and to the Clinica Mobile for getting me in the best condition that I could be to ride when it looked as though my weekend was over.”
Overall Alex remains 14th in the World Championship with three rounds remaining – Portimao, Magny-Cours and Jerez.
photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.