Ben’s back on track after a break

Ben Stafford at Snetterton. Photo by Adrian Smith
Ben Stafford at Snetterton. Photo by Adrian Smith
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Saracen’s Head rider Ben Stafford was back in the seat for round four of the Pirelli National 600 Superstock Championship.

He had a lengthy break while doing his day job as mechanic for the Kendal-based Silicone Engineering road race team in the 2015 Isle of Man TT.

With four weeks off the bike it was always going to be difficult but to add to this Stafford had never set a lap in at Snetterton until last weekend.

Just before the TT event, Stafford rode in the support race for the World Superbike round at Donington Park where he secured sixth place, this result only fuelling his desire to get to the front of this pack.

At the close of the first 20-minute qualifying session in Norfolk, Stafford was in 21st spot.

In the second session he claimed a creditable 12th spot on the fourth row of the grid and almost two seconds faster.

Race day came and after a good start and a run down to the first corner of the three-mile track Stafford had already gained a couple of positions but on the run down to the Montreal he lost one of those places.

Settling into the 12-lap race, Stafford moved through the pack to get to a creditable sixth spot but two laps from the end he ran wide onto the grass, allowing others to re-take the advantage.

Stafford chased for the remaining two laps and passed back up to finally cross the line in 12th place.

Round five is at Knockhill in Scotland.