NORTHWICH rider Connor Behan is still confident of success despite crashing out at Donington Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

Connor, 16, from Greenbank, had qualified for the British 125GP Championship fourth-round race in fourth after an impressive start.

But after dropping to seventh, following a poor start, he was left with a mountain to climb and was not helped when the race was stopped temporarily due to heavy rain.

Connor found himself in 12th place before launching an assault on the top six riders and by the penultimate lap he was in sixth position and closing.

A mini battle developed and on the last lap Connor, who was now vying for fourth place with two rivals, came together with Tom Hayward causing them to crash out in the gravel trap.

Connor’s mum Julie said: “Luckily no one was hurt, and the crash was accepted by both riders as a racing incident. There’s a long way to go but Connor feels very optimistic about the rest of the season.”

Connor now lies in sixth position in the series and can look forward to next week’s round-four event at Thruxton.

The Behan family is currently seeking help in funding Connor’s 2009 campaign. If anyone is interested, please visit for further details.