MOTORSPORT: Saracen’s Head rider roars to maximum points

Ben Stafford pops a wheelie as he takes the chequered flag at Blyton. Photo: Gary Naylor
Ben Stafford pops a wheelie as he takes the chequered flag at Blyton. Photo: Gary Naylor
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BEN Stafford cemented his lead in the Norasport British Supermoto championship over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Fresh from his successful weekend at Wigan’s Three Sisters circuit, Stafford put in an extraordinary ride to take maximum points for three first place results at Sunday’s meeting.

It was the fourth time the Saracen’s Head youngster had taken maximum points on his D3 KTM 250 machine.

On a bright but windy day at Blyton in North Lincolnshire, Stafford continued his dominance with pole position in the practice and qualifying round.

He got the hole shot into the first corner on race one and led the remainder of the race with back markers being the only threat.

Races two and three were a similar story. With his inspiring riding dominating once again, the 15-year-old left the rest of the pack to race it out between them.

Stafford enjoyed a phenomenal day and was pleased to take an outstanding 21 points out of his nearest rival for the championship bid.

Monday’s meeting – only Stafford’s second outing on the 350cc D3 Racing machine – proved difficult but the youngster did well to earn a 10th position in qualifying with a 71-second lap against first place rider recording a 68 second lap.

The first race started badly when a rider on the grid ahead almost stalled and Stafford had nowhere to go. Finding himself 16th going into the first corner, he had plenty to do to regain his starting position. After fighting hard for six laps and several overtaking moves, he got up to 14th position and retained it to the chequered flag.

Race two had a similar pattern and again the fast run to the first corner saw him nudged out of position and Stafford had to dig deep to defend his 14th position over the line.

Race three and a better first corner position eased him into a 13th place after lap one but as usual Stafford battled to the end and made some brilliant overtaking manoeuvres to take him over the line in creditable 10th spot and dropping his lap times to 69 seconds.

This weekend will see the D3 team travel to the tip of Scotland for an invitation race in the Scottish Championships at the Boyndie track on Saturday and travelling one hour south on unday to be a guest rider for a Supermoto demonstration at the Alford Scottish Motorcycle show.

The next and penultimate British Championship round is at Silverstone on the weekend of September 24 and 25.