Saracen’s Head rider Ben Stafford had a disappointing start to the Dickies British Supersport season at Silverstone.
Despite some setbacks when testing the new engines the previous week, practice and qualifying went well in changing conditions.
Stafford settled in well and was at the top of the leaderboard for most of the 30-minute session until the final few laps on a drying track when he dropped to sixth place and a great position for race one.
But before the 10-lap race started, the track conditions changed drastically and, despite starting on a dry set-up, the rain came in.
This played into Stafford’s hands as some of the top riders went missing in the early stages of the race with over-enthusiastic moves in the slippery conditions.
After three laps the race was red-flagged and wets were fitted but despite the conditions Stafford knew he had a great chance of a front position.
Again after a restart some of the top riders headed into the gravel and the race was pulled for safety reasons – leaving Stafford frustrated and sitting in sixth place.
Sunday’s conditions were better and Stafford started from the second row.
Despite a good start, in turn one he was pushed back to 10th place – picking his way through the pack.
Stafford pushed on and unfortunately in lap four suffered a mechanical failure, leaving him stuck in second gear and out of the race.
His dad Andy said: “Despite the disappointment the positives we take from this are good.
“We know we have to find some power from somewhere but we are able to run in the front group with some very experienced riders.
“Again we would like to say a huge thanks to all of the sponsors and the Silicone team for making this possible.”
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