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Penalty for Aaron in final round

It was a disappointing end to the season for Aaron Clarke at Brands Hatch.

The Kirton rider was deemed to have jumped the start and penalised, only able to finish his race in 28th position on Sunday in the final round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

Clarke missed the free practice as there was nothing to be gained on a damp track on Friday morning and a lot to lose if he crashed in the sketchy conditions.

Aaron Clarke
Aaron Clarke

But the weather was much better for qualifying and put his Yamaha R1 on the ninth row of the grid ahead of Sunday’s 14-lap race.

The race was red-flagged on the opening lap for a crash and the race reduced to 11 laps for the restart.

Once under way again, Clarke got a good start and was up to 23rd place on lap four when he saw a board that said he had jumped the start and was to do a ride through penalty.

Aaron Clarke
Aaron Clarke

He rejoined the race dead last and well behind the rest of the riders.

But he got his head down and began to reel in the back-markers, passing two on lap six and a further three one lap later to move into 30th place.

He then picked off one rider on each remaining lap to complete his race in 28th position.

Aaron Clarke
Aaron Clarke

Clarke said: “These things happen and you have to take the penalty.

"But for that I was looking at a decent result this weekend. It’s disappointing but it is what it is. I will regroup and come back next year to have another shot.”

Clarke started the year well, scoring championship points in his first race after moving up from the Stock 600 Championship.

However, his bike suffered an engine failure and he was forced to sit out half the season before making a comeback at Cadwell Park.

His best result since then has been 16th place at Donington Park.

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