JOSH Elliott made an impressive return to the track at the British Moto GP, finishing in sixth place in his round of the competition.
But, the Ballinamallard lad had to fight for his place, coming back from behind in both of the races, which contributed to the overall result.
Josh was left with mixed emotions after the event, citing that while he was ‘able to run at great pace’, he was ‘gutted to have been denied a class winning podium twice’.
He added, however, “It [the race] fills me with confidence looking ahead.”
At the British Moto GP support class the full Superbikes with Supertock 1000 and Supersort 600 machines were combined.
With only British Superbikes in front during the race he was three corners from home when Australian Dave Johnson put a harsh pass on him hitting the Fermanagh youngster forcing him wide and dropping him to ninth overall and third placed Superstock bike.
Determined to make amends in Race 2 held after the Moto GP race schedule, Elliott was now starting from sixth position as determined by his lap times from Race 1.
This time he got a poor start dropping to 10th but quickly got into his stride and started making progress. Before long he was running fourth and first Superstock bike.
He finished sixth overall and first stock rider home to the delight of his team and supporters.
As Elliott made his way to pit lane and the podium where the first three finishers and first from the other classes were to be presented with trophies, he was told it was not him who was receiving the trophy but Marshall Neill aboard a ‘non BSB’ spec 1000 bike.
Harsh, but his team weren’t the only ones to misinterpret the rules and the commentator had called Elliott to the podium before he too was corrected by race direction.