MOTORSPORT: CRAIG Jones's World Supersport Championship bow ended in disappointment at the weekend.
The Greenbank rider had been given a wildcard entry by his Triumph ValMoto team to the meeting at Valencia, but technical problems meant he didn't leave the starting grid.
But the 19-year-old, one of the hottest prospects in British motor cycle racing, remains upbeat despite missing out on the chance to pit himself against some of the best riders in the world, and is looking forward to the start of the new racing season at the end of the month.
His father Steve said: 'Everything was positive for the weekend and the way the race panned out we believe Craig would have had a strong top-10 finish if he had been able to start.'
Jones crashed in the wet during the morning practice before his back-up vehicle suffered technical problems.
Steve added: 'He had the chance to race against the world's best but, at the same time, the team was just using the weekend to set up for the UK series, collecting data and improving the bikes.'
Jones, from Greenbank, was cheered on by half a dozen fans who travelled from Northwich to the meeting, and will return to race in the World Supersport Championship when it comes to Silverstone and Brands Hatch later this year.
But now he is concentrating on the start of the British Superbikes 600 Championships, which gets under way at the end of March. He is Triumph ValMoto's sole rider this season and they have high hopes of him and their fast-improving 600cc Daytona bike.