17 year old Alex Murley rode the race of his career to date at Motorland Aragon yesterday to claim a brilliant 13th in the opening round of the 300cc Supersport World Championship aboard his Team Toth Yamaha.
The result, which also saw Alex finish as the top Brit in a multi national field of 37 riders was the perfect start to the season for the Birmingham teenager.
The weekend was not all smooth running however, a few small issues in FP1 meaning #18 could only complete 1 flying lap aboard his Yamaha R3 machine.
Despite this minor setback Murley rode superbly in his first ever Tissot-Superpole to qualify 17th before involving himself in a 9 rider fight for 8th throughout the 11 lap encounter eventually crossing the line to claim 3 well earned World Championship points.
Buoyed by his opening round result Murley is confident and ready to push for the rest of the season which moves on to Assen in Holland in 3 weeks time.
Alex Murley – 13th:
“Friday was difficult. I missed most of FP1 due to a clutch issue and then it was wet for FP2 which kind of ruined any chance I had of making it into the Superpole 2, but on the other hand we were able to find a good base setting. The race was really hectic, I kept with the second group and was in the fight for 8th which is really encouraging as we don’t have all of the parts for the bike yet. I had a good pace on my own but with so many riders all together I kept getting held up. It was a bit frustrating but I have showed that I can race and it was good to reward Team Toth with 3 World Championship points in out very first race. I feel for Assen that if we have some small improvements on the bike that we can fight much closer to the front. Big thanks to the team, my mechanics and all my sponsors. See you in Assen!”