MOTOR SPORT: CRAIG Jones had to switch bikes at the last minute before the start of the British Supersport Championship 10th round at Cadwell Park on Sunday.
Consequently, he had to start at the back of the grid, sacrificing eight places before the lights had even changed.
Jones, who lives at Greenbank, noticed a small amount of oil escaping during his sighting lap - later diagnosed as a faulty seal - and he elected to change to his No 2 bike.
It also meant he hit the track on board a machine with which he was slightly less comfortable.
Nevertheless, the 18-year-old was undeterred and was able to pass 10 riders with very little effort. However, once he had disposed of these slower riders, the only target available was his Triumph Valmoto team-mate Jim Moodie, who remained consistently quick and out of reach.
'My original grid position wasn't that great,' said Jones.
'But if I'd started from there, I think that I could have been challenging for sixth place by the end of the race. It was frustrating because I was racing to get back the places that I'd lost on the grid, but it was encouraging because I know that in reality the result is a lot better than it looks.'
Jones was 13th and is 10th overall.