Indy Offer Produces Solid Result On Sombre Sunday In Jerez
In an event marred by the fatal crash of fellow WorldSSP300 rider Dean Berta Viñales, British teenager Indy offer raced to two solid finishes in the latest round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto in Southern Spain this past weekend.
Setting a personal best lap time at the Spanish venue in FP1 on Friday, before going even faster in the opening encounter on Saturday, Indy elected to race on Sunday in Race Two, following the Race One incident that resulted in an immediate red flag.
The #18 rider produced a solid result under the circumstances, finishing P26, and heads the final round of the season at Portimao in Portugal keen to end the year on a high at a circuit he has never ridden at before.
“Friday wasn’t too bad. I was able to go faster than I ever had at Jerez before, and I felt good. I struggled in qualifying as I couldn’t find a group and spent most of the time riding alone which I know you cannot do in this class. I went faster again in the opening race which was a much-needed boost and it proved that we do deserve to be in the paddock, especially I was able to lap much more consistently. The race was red flagged a few laps from the end and sadly the worst possible news was announced shortly afterwards. The news shocked the paddock, and it was hard for me deal with, as I am sure it was for most of the riders. I chose to race but being honest it was hard to concentrate. I have never been in that position before and it was the toughest weekend mentally for me within my short racing career. I want to send my condolences to Dean’s family, his team, his friends at this time. My thoughts are also with the other riders involved in the incident. There’s one more race left in this year’s championship, and I want to end the season with my best result.”