Hard work after problems pays off with points

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THE Morpeth-based SGR Racing team recovered from a difficult start to the weekend to get a points finish at the fifth round of the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship at the Norfolk circuit of Snetterton.

Things did not look good when a part failure caused the 125cc bike to destroy the engine half a lap into second free practice on the Friday.

The team worked incredibly hard into the early hours of the morning to get the bike ready to go back on track for the first qualifying session. Rider Jason Vernon made good progress until yet more troubles hit with a bearing failure in the rear sprocket carrier.

Yet again team mechanic Karne Conning and team manager Steve Kinghorn got stuck in to get the bike repaired for second qualifying. Vernon went out with a positive attitude and continued to lower his lap times as he learned more about the track.

He ended qualifying in a commendable 25th position and the team were very positive for a good race result.

Race day dawned and the warm up went well, with Vernon yet again lowering his lap time from the best he set during second qualifying.

The temperature rose quickly to a scorching 28 degrees, with a track temperature of 50 degrees in readiness for the Motostar race. Vernon improved on his start technique and managed to get away with the pack.

He quickly brought his lap time down by another two seconds and fought well in the hot conditions to bring the SGR Racing Honda home in 13th position in the 125gp Championship class, earning him a well deserved three points.

The team would like to thank Pete Banks and Alan Green from Banks Racing for all their help to ensure that the bike got back out on track.