Frustrating Thruxton is one to forget for Stafford

Ben Stafford at Thruxton. Photo: Adrian Smith.
Ben Stafford at Thruxton. Photo: Adrian Smith.
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Disappointed Ben Stafford had to settle for 14th and 18th-place finishes as the Dickies British Supersport championship held its sixth round at Thruxton.

The Silicone engineering team were in action on the fastest circuit in the series, deep in the Hampshire countryside.

The previous weekend at Snetterton saw Stafford’s bike destroyed in a crash and it had to be rebuilt from a new chassis.

With two days to complete the task, the bike arrived at the circuit late on Thursday evening and both the Saracen’s Head rider and mechanic worked late in to the night to complete the task ready for Friday’s sessions of free practice.

Stafford had been suffering handling issues for two meetings but when FP1 came it was apparent that the rebuild had eradicated the issue and the team set about getting a set-up for the weekend.

Steady progress through both sessions would leave the team ready for qualifying on the next day in a reasonable position.

Qualifying went almost to plan and Stafford sat in 11th place for the majority of the session, only slipping to 13th in the last minutes of the frenzy.

The afternoon’s sprint race was a battle from 13th on the grid and Stafford settled into the 2.4-mile laps and never looked like moving forward and would eventually cross the line in 14th place.

Sunday’s feature race was fast and furious and, although Stafford made some progress in the middle stages, he would suffer the consequences and eventually cross the line in 18th place.

He was bitterly disappointed with the results this weekend.