Race report from supported rider Daniel Barnes

At the weekend I raced National Trophy round 3 in Crawley, practised on Saturday and raced on Sunday.  It was a really great course and on Saturday it was slippery but not too muddy.  Then with the heavy rain overnight it became very different for Sunday morning practice before my early race at 10.  There was lots of technical cornering and a couple of steep banks which all became very muddy and difficult to ride, the mud was still quite wet so not sticking to bikes too badly, but I pitted twice in the race for a lighter bike and to protect bikes from mechanicals which lots of people were suffering from.  I got a good start and lead through the first section and for the first half lap before I gradually dropped down to 6th in the second lap and the race was splitting up.  It was really important to keep concentrating to avoid slipping and crashing, choosing lines very carefully.  On the third lap my legs felt much better again and I was putting in big efforts on the straight to close gaps and worked my way up to finish in 2nd after managing to not crash all race.  I’m extremely happy with this result which is one of my best National results ever, and am now hopeful for more international selection.

Photos from Richard Howes

Daniel Barnes