MOTORSPORT: Stafford still on course

On-course: Ben Stafford is refusing to give up his 250cc title without a fight.''Photo by GARY NAYLOR

On-course: Ben Stafford is refusing to give up his 250cc title without a fight.''Photo by GARY NAYLOR

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TWO wins from three races at Blyton kept Ben Stafford on-course for back-to-back Norasport British Supermoto Championship 250cc titles.

After a dramatic crash in qualifying, the Holbeach youngster remounted and placed his D3 Racing KTM 250 on pole position despite the bike being a little out of shape.

Stafford couldn’t have asked for a better start on Saturday, as he dominated the first race of the day at the newly refurbished track with a comfortable gap between him and the second-place rider.

The second race proved to be slightly more challenging. While following the leader into the dirt section and trying to make an inside pass, wheels touched and Stafford came off worst.

But after quickly re-mounting and chasing the pack he managed a cracking third position over the line.

The third and last race of the day followed a similar pattern to race one – and with several competitors struggling to get to grips with a newly-wetted off-road section of the track, Stafford pushed hard and finished a very comfortable win.

That was good enough to give him an overall victory for the day.

He was back on the track on Sunday alongside the Elite riders, which proved more difficult.

Stafford again rose to the occasion though and pushed the D3 Racing 250cc machine to its limits to qualify in a creditable 13th position, proving his ability on circuits is only vanquished by the sheer horsepower of the larger machines.

As ever he produced a commendable display and brought his bike to a fine 12th and 18th, finishing an overall 17th on the day.

Stafford is back in action at round six in three weeks, as the racers visit the Three Sisters track at Wigan for the final time this season.