Unfortunately Alan has decided not to take part in this year’s Superprestigio event. His shoulder is still recovering from injury and this event has a very high and unpredictable crash rate that would risk re-injury. Alan has enjoyed racing the event over the last four years, but although he is utilised for pre-race entertainment and event promotion, the event doesn’t offer payment, and Alan feels the potential rewards don’t outweigh the costs and risks.
Alan will once again race at the 'Superprestigio' event in Barcelona in December. He will be representing the UK alongside 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.
Alan has managed to retain the UK Flat Track Championship title with his results at the Amman Valley rounds over the weekend. He finished 2nd on Saturday after a great battle with Aidan Collins for the position, Alan got on Toby Hales’s tale by the end but was out of laps to push for the lead. Yesterday Alan won all of his heat races to qualify first, and then lead the final until the last corner. He got a bit of tank slapper over bumps on the last lap and lost some momentum, but Toby was charging really well so fair play to him. Alan's glad to have kept it on two wheels and got the main job done, and can now enjoy the final round at Eastbourne with no pressure.
Great racing at Norfolk Arena Kings Lynn, for Rd5 DTRA UK Flat Track Championship. Alan finished 2nd in the final to Tom Neave. Alan's bike had electrical problems throughout the day causing a misfire. He managed to fix it just before the final and was just happy that it made it to the end. Alan has increased his championship lead going into the Amman Valley half mile.
Alan also pulled the stunt/spare bike out for some demo races and show off wheelies at the DirtQuake event!
Great results for Alan at rounds 3 & 4 of the championship at Greenfield Dirttrack, Lincolnshire. After a lucky escape from a crash in a heat race on Saturday, going down and being run over, Alan managed to restart and win that heat race, then a 1st and a 2nd in the following heats to give him 1st pick on the grid for the final. He got the jump off the line but ran a little too deep allowing the Spaniard, Gerard Bailo into the lead, after a red flag and restart Alan held the pressure on for the whole race and was able to make a last corner pass to take the win. Sunday was the TT track which has a right turn and a jump. Alan qualified top again in the heats. In the final he got a good start and lead the race to the finish, his brother Gary finishing behind in 2nd! This puts Alan into the lead in the championship. Positive results. Round 5 runs alongside the Dirt Quake event at Kings Lynn.
It was an up and down weekend at Peterborough Showground for round 2. I had good results and lots of fun in the heat races when the conditions suited me, taking two 1st’s & a 2nd both days. In Saturday’s final I qualified 1st from the heats, but by then the track had dried out too much for me and I had nothing for them, I finished 4th. Before Sunday’s final I went to turn the rear wheel around and change gearing and my special hub tool broke so I had to stick with what I had, I finished 4th again. Got to hand it to the Americans though they were on it, with their experience they’re great at adjusting to whatever conditions and bikes and running close. I think that with adjusting my riding style and gearing choices a little to suit my tarmac riding, I’ve spoilt myself with all the grip and now unless it’s good and grippy it doesn’t do anything for me. Some valuable lessons learnt and will come back stronger. Had a blast when the track was good and enjoyed wheelying round to entertain the crowd / show off, and appreciated the cheers. There was a big crash in the hooligan race and so best wishes to those riders!
Alan placed 2nd at Rye House in round 1. A good start to the season on a track that historically hasn’t been his strong point. He had two 1st’s and a 3rd in his heat races giving him 1st choice on the grid for the final. In the final there was issues with riders creeping and the start not being held, Alan missed the jump off the line. He charged hard and pulled in the gap to the leader Aidan Collins but couldn't move into the lead. Round 2 is at MCN Festival Peterborough on May 12th.