SPEEDSTER Victor Cox’s full British Superbikes (BSB) debut left him literally head over heels after a spectacular high-speed crash on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, from Trowbridge, who usually rides for ILR Kawasaki in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series, raced in the 10th round of the BSB championship in Assen, Holland, as a guest for the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki team.
But coming out of the final corner on the last lap of the final race of the weekend, Cox’s rear tyre disintegrated and he was sent hurtling along the asphalt, flipping twice.
Fortunately, Cox suffered only minor injuries and was able to remain positive about taking a major, albeit bumpy, step forward in his career.
“I could feel my back tyre vibrating throughout the race and that sometimes means that the tyre has slipped off its rim,” said Cox.
“I remember coming through the last chicane in front of the two GB Moto riders.
“I went on the power to accelerate onto the straight and the next thing I know, I was on the floor.
“It was definitely painful because I must have been going about 110mph and my elbows are black and blue. “But luckily, I didn’t break anything – my head took a huge impact and my helmet was cracked but that means that it’s done its job.
“It was a bit of an unlucky weekend for me because, in the first race, another rider crashed and his bike took me out. But in that second race, we’d gained a lot of places and it was going well.
“The British Superbikes are the top level in this country and it was a big opportunity for me.
“I think that I did prove that I can race at that level and it’s just up to me to try and get there properly now.”
The last two rounds of the season take place at Silverstone, with free practice and qualifying beginning today, and at Brands Hatch, on October 12-14.
Cox added: “The Superstock is a support series to the British Superbikes but Assen is the only round that they don’t go to.
“The Superstock is my main concentration for the last two rounds because we’re third in the championship at the moment.”
Pr1mo team owner Pete Extance said: “We were really pleased with the efforts of Victor and, as well as improving throughout the three days, he was an absolute pleasure to work with.
“He has the potential to succeed in the Superbike class.’’
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