Alan competed for the 4th time at the Superprestigio event at the Palau Sant Jordi Olympic arena, Barcelona, alongside such names as Marc Marquez, top USA rider Brad Baker & 10 world champions.
Alan struggled a little with bike setup and hectic first corners in his heat races. To make the finals he needed to win the LCQ race, and was leading it until the race was stopped 2/3 in. In the restart Alan lead again but with the last lap flag in sight another rider came underneath him knocking him off and out of procedings.
Alan also took part in a slide and trick demonstration with Brad Baker, USA - Masatoshi Ohmori, Japan - Ferran Cardus, Spain. The atmosphere inside the arena was great and overall the event was a great experience.
Alan will once again race at the 'Superprestigio' event in Barcelona next month. He will be representing the UK alongside George Pickering & Oliver Brindley. They will race alongside 10 world champions from various disciplines, including 'Marc Marquez', a lot of top MotoGP riders, and some of the best Americans in the business.
It has now been confirmed that Alan has won the DTRA British Flat Track Championship. The final round of the series due to take place at Rye House, was cancelled due to bad weather. This fortunately didn't affect the championship results as Alan had already scored enough points to secure the championship after round 6, with a round to go. Alan dominated the series this year winning half of the rounds and finished on the podium in every meeting.
Alan put in a dominating performance in round 3 of the DTRA British Flattrack Championship at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn on Friday night. Alan qualified through the heat stages with 1st and 2nd's in the heat races gaining a front row start for the final next to Oliver Brindley, Aidan Collins and George Pickering. When the green light came on Alan took the holeshot leading the pack into the first corner and then pulling a gap on the other riders more each lap until on lap 7 there was a crash and the race had to be stopped. In the restart the riders lined up in single file in the order of position before the stoppage. Alan managed to hold off the attack of Aidan Collins in the first corner and once again start to pull away to take the victory.
Alan made the trip to Belgium for the inaugural Hells Race event on Sunday. He took a first and two seconds in the heat races giving him second pick on the grid. In the final Oliver Brindley was on form and took the win, with Alan finishing in second position.
Greenfield Dirttrack was the setting for round 3 of the DTRA British Flattrack Championship.. It was the first time a full dirt TT had been run in the UK and proved to be a big success. Alan had a big crash in heat one, beating himself up, but got up in time to make the restart and won the heat. He won the second heat and then got 2nd in the third heat from the back row, giving him pole position for the final. Alan made a great start from the inside and straight into the lead, with Oliver Brindley in hot pursuit, but Alan managed to keep it smooth and fast to the finish to take the win, putting him into 2nd position in the championship.
In the non championship race on Sunday Alan again dominated the races winning his first two heats, the rain came in for heat three turning the track to an ice rink, Alan stalled the bike and got going again to finish in 3rd with younger brother Gary Birtwistle taking a well deserved win. The final results were taken from the heat results because of the weather and Alan took the win overall with brother Gary in second.
Peterborough show ground was the setting for round two of the championship and the UK V USA Transatlantic challenge race over the weekend. In the championship round, Alan qualified through the heat races strongly, earning a front row start for the final in which he finished a hard fought 3rd position. In the Transatlantic race, the US riders headed by the Texas Tornado, Colin Edwards gave the UK team a run for their money but the Brits came out victorious, with Alan managing to win one of the finals.