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Drama for Forcefield Racer Cornish on the way to victory

24/07/2014 11:37:00

Forcefield sponsored Elite supermoto racer Lewis Cornish has had a torrid time of it recently. A fantastic couple of 450 Elite race wins saw him take his Italian built TM450 machine into the lead of the 2104 British 450 Championship however things took a turn for the worse in the final 20 minute race at Rednal Raceway in Shropshire. Lewis was hoping for a clean sweep of wins however a poor start saw him take several laps to make a move up into second position. With the leader well ahead Lewis decided to push hard and see if he could capitalise on any errors. On entering the fast dirt jump section Lewis' bike suddenly cut out at a vital moment which pitched him over the handlebars and into a nasty crash which saw the race red flagged. The medics were on the scene quickly and an air ambulance was called in and Lewis was airlifted into Shrewsbury A&E. Following extensive X-rays and scans, several broken ribs and severe bruising to the lungs were diagnosed which resulted in a three night stay in the ward. Ever the racer Lewis cheered up when the organisers credited him with the runner up spot for the red flagged race and so he took the overall win and the lead in the British 450 Elite Championship.

With the following British Championship round only four weeks later it appeared all hopes of becoming a supermoto champion for a sixth time had faded. But doubters hadn't accounted for Lewis' sheer determination to make the grid at Three Sisters, to ride and hopefully salvage some vital points. Extensive training and physio sessions and Lewis took his place on the grid of round five hoping to be fit enough to get into the top 10 to keep his championship hopes alive. Lewis stunned onlookers with a third place qualifying spot on the grid and in race one he passed several rivals to be running in a safe third place but a few laps from the end of the race he crashed after hitting a rock in the track thrown up by the bike in front. Luckily he remounted unhurt and still managed to bring the bike home in 5th place. Race two and Lewis was up at the front going into turn one when he was hit behind and crashed down to last place. Undeterred the plucky CRT racer set about catching and passing rider after rider to take the flag in an incredible sixth place. When luck isn't going your way its tough and race three was no exception. The launch control device which locks the forks down for race starts jammed and despite Lewis' efforts he had to pit on lap one to release the device. By now he was over half a lap behind with a seemingly impossible task ahead of him. The Norfolk racer dug deep and found an amazing turn of pace that only the eventual winner could match. All eyes were on Lewis as he caught and then scythed through the pack to take a simply amazing eighth place at the flag. This show of guts and determination was rewarded by being named Michelin Rider of the Day.

If Saturday was plagued by bad luck Lewis was eager to prove he's a worthy championship contender and he blitzed the Three Sisters circuit to take pole position. Race one saw an epic six way battle for the lead and Lewis passed several riders to head the pack only to be passed on the straight as he lost drive around Lunar Curve. In a nail biting final lap Lewis applied pressure to the leader who made a mistake which allowed Lewis to take the chequered flag. Race two and local former GP star Matt Winstanley and Lewis simply pulled away from the others as they lapped the hot tarmac faster and faster. Lewis had to give best to Matt's experience to take the runner up spot. This result was repeated in the final race but Lewis had done enough to take the second place on the Open Elite podium.

Lewis explained. “Its been a real tough time and I've not been anywhere near full fitness. The bike cutting out at Rednal was traced to a loose wire which was an easy fix and won't happen again. I was really determined to make the grid at Three Sisters and thanks to my sponsors the bike was repaired and I was making a steady recovery. I think I surprised everyone with my speed here especially with my injuries but on Saturday I had a run of bad luck, this made me even more keen to show what I can do and on Sunday and I took pole, a race win and getting on the podium again was a dream come true. Yep I was hurting but with the adrenaline kicking in the only thing on my mind was to take the win. Now I'm looking forward to the Baltic Championship with my CRT team mates and I've another two weeks to improve my fitness"  

Lewis and his CRT team mates Edgars Ivuskans and Craig Gray will be extensively testing and training in preparation for the next round of the Baltic Supermoto Championships at two circuits in Latvia later this month.

Forcefield Racer Lewis Cornish


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