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Ben Currie in action at Silverstone this year.

Ben's Best So Far

Ben's Best So Far

Ben Currie in action at Silverstone this year.

Gippsland road racer Currie claims personal best in UK

Gippsland's Ben Currie has had his best finish yet in the leading road racing superbike championship in the United Kingdom.

Riding with the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, Ben contested round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park on the weekend, claiming his best BSB career finish to date.

The 24 year old from Glengarry took 13th in qualifying - his best grid position of the year so far - then converted that form into a good result and claimed a fine 11th place in Saturday’s opening race.

A strong lap time enabled him to start from 12th place on the grid for Sunday’s opening race and he occupied 11th place for the first half of the race. However, he dropped back to 15th on lap 11 and two laps later he was forced to retire.

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“The start of the weekend was really positive," Ben said.

"We were strong in the lead up to and during qualifying. It was testament to my Crew Chief Simon who did a lot of work during the week which helped me take a big step forward.

“My problem this weekend was arm pump, something I’ve never struggled with before. It hindered me towards the end of the race on Saturday and really affected my progress and riding in both races on Sunday.

“On the plus side we turned it around this weekend and we’ve actually got good pace and are sure we can have a good end to the season.”

Team Manager Jack Valentine said “Ben has been making really good steps, the best he has done all year. The team have worked really hard on his bike and his set-up and he’s got a lot of confidence back.

“He’s built steadily and got his strongest result of the season. Sadly, he was hindered with arm pump today and, although he was running well again, he was unable to hold on so had to pull in. Hopefully it can be sorted before we go to Assen.”

Three rounds remain in the championship series, the next for Ben is at the Dutch TT circuit at Assen on 21 and 22 September.

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