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Carne waits for title
HASLINGDEN’S Tom Carne was unable to wrap up the British Motostar Championship’s 125GP title at the weekend as he failed to finish in the Netherlands.
Carne travelled to Assen for the overseas round of the championship with a 59-point lead in the standings, needing a second-placed finish in the 125GP class to claim the title with two races still remaining.
He qualified 12th on the grid but third in class, with a number of Dutch riders taking part in the event.
But he was forced out of the race with a technical problem after nine of the 12 laps, meaning he picked up no points.
Peter Sutherland finished third in the 125GP category to cut Carne’s lead in the championship to 43 points, meaning he will have to wait to seal the title.
Carne can now confirm first place in the standings if he finishes eighth in class in the penultimate race of the season at Silverstone on October 6.
Callum Bey, of Burnley team RCD Motorsport, is fifth in the standings but did not compete in the Netherlands. Lewis Rollo raced for RCD, finishing second in the 125GP category.
Taz Taylor, of fellow Burnley outfit FPW Racing, was fifth in class at Assen while Milo Ward was seventh.
Mellor Brook’s John Holden and passenger Andy Winkle finished sixth and seventh in the two British Sidecar Championship races in Assen.
Graeme Gowland, of Colne team Appleyard/Macadam, was 11th and 10th in the two races in the British Supersport Championship.
Team-mate Deane Brown was 13th and 14th, while Bjorn Estment was 20th in the first race but did not finish the second race.
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