MOTORCYCLING: Another big blow for Ben

Ben Stafford in action at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith
Ben Stafford in action at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith
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Saracen’s Head youngster Ben Stafford escaped unhurt from a high-speed crash in round seven of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Silicone Engineering team failed to get a setting in the two free practice sessions.

Despite bettering his best time at this circuit by almost a second in qualifying, Stafford was down in 20th place on the grid for Saturday’s sprint race.

Stafford made a good start and after two laps had moved up to 14th place.

But just two laps later he was involved in a crash at the Sheene curve and his Kawasaki was destroyed.

After the bike had cartwheeled, another rider had no option but to hit the bike in the track and as a result it is irreparable.

Stafford will struggle to get the machine rebuilt and tested in the 18-day slot until round eight at his favourite track of Cadwell Park due to financial constraints and the team travelling to the Ulster GP.