Taz Taylor bounces back from crash with a win

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Teenage race ace Taz Taylor, from Mansfield, had a mixed weekend at round four of the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship at the Snetterton 300 circuit.

The 17-year-old, riding for the RS Racing KTM team, was locked in a close battle for the lead of the first race and crashed out on the final lap.

But in race two on Sunday he meant business and bounced back to take a stunning race win.

Taylor arrived at Snetterton with a 230point lead from Scott Deroue and was eager to increase this.

He had a strong opening qualifying session on Friday and ended up in third place, and during the second qualifying session on Sunday he certainly pulled the pin and went quickest by 0.8 from Deroue.

He got a steady start to the eight-lap race and dropped back to third place by the second turn.

He moved up to second at the end of the opening lap and once again he and Dutch rider Scott Deroue were swapping positions on every lap and most corners.

Taylor led into the last lap and once again they exchanged positions for the lead several times, but he was caught off line at the fast Coram corner and crashed out heavily, thankfully uninjured.

For the second race Taylor was on pole position again and keen to make amends for Saturday.

He made a good start and, despite several passes from Scott Deroue, led every lap as they crossed the line.

He was pushed all the way by Deroue and Ed Rendell in a fantastic race and in the drag race to the line he took the win by 0.05 of a second.

Said Taylor: “I really wanted to win in that first race and I was having a great race with Scott.

“We changed places so many times on the last few laps. I just ran a bit off line at Coram, hit some bumps and down I went. I was so gutted as it was probably one of the best races this year.

“Race two seemed even better, my team worked really hard overnight to get my bike fixed and it seemed awesome today during the race.

“It really was a tough race and no room for error or mistakes I had to really concentrate throughout and ensure that I pushed as hard as I could.

“We’ve had some mega races this year but they have also been extremely tough and so I’m really pleased to have been able to secure another win.

“Once again I would like to thank all my loyal sponsors and Ryan and the team, if anyone would like to help my bid of racing at the British MotoGP at Silverstone then please get in touch.”

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