SUPERMOTO: Stafford closes on 250cc crown

Closing in: Ben Stafford is on the brink of the British Supermoto Championship (250cc). Photo: GARY NAYLOR
Closing in: Ben Stafford is on the brink of the British Supermoto Championship (250cc). Photo: GARY NAYLOR
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BUOYANT Ben Stafford is on the brink of landing the British Supermoto Championship 250cc crown after another stellar showing at Silverstone at the weekend.

Whaplode rider Stafford stormed to a pair of wins and a third to take first place overall on the podium at the Saturday meeting – extending his already hefty lead by a further 12 points.

The KTM ace clinched his eighth pole position in the current campaign and led from the start in the opener.

He was pushed all the way by the second-placed racer, but never relinquished his lead and took the win.

It was a different story in the second outing though, with Stafford taken out by his fellow frontrunner.

Both bikes crashed off, but the series leader jumped back on and took third place.

Normal service resumed in the finale, as Stafford got the hole shot and maintained his lead all the way to the chequered flag. With just three races remaining he cannot afford to become complacent – but he is surely in the box seat.

A day later, Stafford enjoyed his third outing on the D3 KTM 350cc – and once again showed fortitude to improve on his previous results in the Elite section.

Competing with 450cc machines and upwards, the teen ace qualified seventh out of 20 – a position he secured in the first race.

Stafford then took eighth in the second, before improving to take a super sixth in the third and final race.

He now moves on to the 25th Superbiker meeting at Circuit De Mettet, Belgium on October 7, 8 and 9.