Caister’s Lewis Cornish scores season’s best in Lincolnshire
The British Supermoto Championship returned to its spiritual roots at Blyton Park, Lincolnshire, for round five and good conditions – and despite not being his favoured venue, Caister's Nameplate Services/DCR Elite racer Lewis Cornish brought home a hat full of championship points in matching his best result of 2011.
Saturday's 450 Elite races saw the 18-year-old Norfolk-based racer qualify on row two and manage seventh in race one.
Race two had Cornish battling hard with world class riders and he demonstrated both his composure and desire to win by coming home an impressive fifth place overall – Cornish's best Elite dry race result so far and proof higher finishes are just around the corner.
The day was rounded off with a hard earned sixth that set him up well for Sunday's Open Elite races.
Sunday dawned sunny and even warmer but any fears of rapid tyre wear proved unfounded thanks to a superb suspension set up by ProAction.
Unfortunately Cornish could not make the most of his excellent seventh qualifying place as he suffered from a pair of bad race starts, pushing him down the field.
Coming back from 18th, Cornish battled tooth and nail on the largely single line circuit to claw his way to a couple of 11th places. However race two provided a better and a rightful seventh across the finish line.
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Team GB team manager David Dearden said: 'That was a fantastic and mature ride under an extreme amount of pressure. Cornish has had some good, consistent finishes recently and it looks good for the rest of the season.'
Cornish added: 'I'm pleased with how I'm riding at the moment and I'm delighted to come away from here without any injuries to myself, or damage to the bike as I haven't had much luck racing at Blyton in the past.'
Cornish is next in action at Three Sisters, Wigan, this weekend.