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Superprestigio: Bad night for the Brits in Barcelona

Published: 20 December 2016

Updated: 20 December 2016

This year’s Superprestigio flat track race in Barcelona saw a bad night for the five-man British contingent, with only Oli Brindley making it out of the heat stages and into the open class finals – only to have his night in turn ended by someone else’s crash.

Admitting afterwards that it had just been ‘one of those days’ for the four-man group of DTRA championship regulars, former Superfinallist Brindley was nonetheless upbeat with the event afterwards.

“You’d go a little bit wide and someone would just ram you all night, and it was just one of those nights. It’s all good fun, I suppose – or is it? Haha. It’s good for me and my family though it’s nice to bring them along for such a good event.

“The level has picked up since I first started coming, and that’s why there were so many crashes. There’s only so fast you can go on a track like that, and everyone is just ramming each other to get in front. There’s no easy way of putting it – it’s dirty!”

And while Brindley made his class final, tangling with other riders cost both Alan Birtwistle and George Pickering a chance to show their true form. Rookie Toby Hales walked away with a broken bone in his wrist, while in the Superprestigio class, World Supersport racer Kyle Smith also failed to advance from the heats.

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