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John Price is right on the pace with six wins

By James Driver-Fisher | Grassroots | Published:

Experienced riders and and talented teenagers were on display as Shropshire’s champion-winning club racers and a rising star of motorbike racing returned to action.

John Price was straight back on the pace winning all six of his races. Picture: Steve Snelling

Horrendous conditions greeted the riders who had headed to the Welsh track Tonfanau for round one, which has already lost a meeting due to bad weather.

John Price, from Shrewsbury, back competing in the Supersport and Forgotten Era classes, returned from the meeting with a stunning six wins.

He said: “We had a good morning during practice with dry weather, unfortunately it took a turn for the worse.

“When we were out on the grid for the first Supersport race the rain poured down, thunder and lightning followed, and the track was like a river.

“After a half-hour break we managed to get out on track.

“I had a good day’s racing in all six races, securing second over the line but first in both Supersport and Forgotten Era classes in every race.

“I was happy with the results and enjoyed some great battles with some excellent riders.”

The only drama for Price occurred when, before his fifth race in the supersport, his battery failed so he had a mad dash to jump on his bike with dry tyres.

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“The track was still damp in places so gingerly I went into the corners, powered out on the straights and was chuffed to secure second over the line,” he said.

“All in all it was a great day’s racing, which turned out OK despite the weather, and we’re looking forward to the next race day on July 1.”

Ross Turner bounced back from a bad crash in practice in the British Talent Cup. Picture: Ian Ward

Telford’s Paul Myler suffered with visor problems during his opening Superbike class race, bringing his Suzuki GSXR 1000 home in 10th place.

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The same awful weather conditions greeted his first Forgotten Era Superbike class and he finished seventh on road and fourth in class, with thunderstorms raging all around him.

“I got my visor sorted for the second superbike race and finished sixth in class, third in second Forgotten Era race, and then in the last came second in class beating current champion Steve Birtles, despite having lots of moments on a very slippy track.

“I lost the back in paddock, twice lost the front, and had a tank slapper on the start finish after a wheelie.”

Broseley’s Ross Turner, 13, was back in British Talent Cup action for round two on the under card of the World Superbike series at Donington Park over the same weekend.

And things started badly for the young race ace as he suffered a scary high-side crash at Mcleans while travelling 70mph round the corner, landing hard on his left shoulder.

Conditions were also very wet and Turner qualified 18th but come race one, thankfully the bright and sunny skies has returned.

The Shropshire teenager got a good start and made up a few places in lap one, battling his way to 11th, bringing his lap times down.

Turner got another good start during the following day’s race and spent most of it battling with three other riders, finishing 12th while keeping the same pace as the fourth-placed finisher.

Turner’s father, Simon, said: “It wasn’t too bad over all. We’ve scored points and now move onto Snetterton in a much more positive mood.”

James Driver-Fisher

By James Driver-Fisher

Motorsport journalist and entertainment and food reviewer for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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