The new motorbike racing season started with a crash, bang, wallop for Hucknall rider Robin Collison -- literally!
The crash came when Collison crashed during the qualifying session of the opening round, destroying his Yamaha R6 bike.
The bang came when his gear lever broke during he second round. And the wallop came when, despite all these problems, Collison, of Springfield Road, Hucknall, landed his first victory of 2013.
Collison competes in the 600c class of the East Midlands Racing Association’s (EMRA) Roadstocks campaign. Before his crash at the Mallory Park circuit in Leicestershire, he had still managed to clock the fastest lap-time. So it was a big relief when the round was later cancelled because of poor weather.
Returning to Mallory Park for the second round, Collison struggled to even bring his bike home in the first race after the gear lever snap. He ended up limping round the final nine laps and did well to finish a respectable sixth.
However, with the machine repaired, he dominated the second race to storm home and move up to a close fourth in the championship standings.
Collison, who was last season’s EMRA Formula 400 champion, is now looking forward to the third round at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire next month. “It will be a difficult round, but I’m optimistic of a good result,” he said.