Runners-up spot well within reach as racer Railton faces exciting championship finish

Jon Railton during the penultimate round of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup at Silverstone. Pi

Jon Railton during the penultimate round of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup at Silverstone. Picture: NIGEL SHEARING - Credit: Archant

Hunts racer Jon Railton is bidding to equal his best-ever Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup finish – in what is shaping up to be a thrilling conclusion to the season.

Jon Railton aboard his Boast Plumbing Supplies bike at Silverstone. Picture: NIGEL SHEARING

Jon Railton aboard his Boast Plumbing Supplies bike at Silverstone. Picture: NIGEL SHEARING - Credit: Archant

Railton is one of four riders who will head to the final round at Dutch circuit Assen at the end of the month with a realistic chance of finishing as series runner-up.

It is a position he occupied in 2013 and Railton, who currently sits third in the standings following fourth and fifth-placed finishes in the penultimate round at Silverstone last weekend, is determined to enjoy a repeat.

But the local man, from Little Paxton, must fight off the advances of his Boast Plumbing Supplies team-mate Levi Day, Phil Atkinson and Sean Neary in the climax on the continent.

Railton said: “The man currently sitting second in the championship – Rob Guiver – is out injured for the rest of the season so the runners-up spot is up for grabs and there are four of us all fighting over it.


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“Finishing in second would equal my best performance and it would be a better achievement now as the series is much more competitive than it was back in 2013.

“It’s all building up to a showdown in the final round and Assen is one of my favourite tracks.

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“There are still 50 points available and it is simply a case of out-performing the other guys chasing the runners-up spot.

“The weather can always be a factor at this time of year so it’s about keeping a cool head and trying to avoid mistakes.”

Railton struggled with a lack of straight-line speed at Silverstone when involved in drama on the final lap of both races last weekend.

He sat in third for much of a first race shortened to five laps by rain and mounted a challenge on second-placed Mark Cheetham leaving the final bend, only to be collared by Michael Tustin, who had been sitting behind in fourth. All three riders crossed the finish line within a tenth of a second of each other.

And it was a similar story in the second race as Railton had to settle for fifth after being in a three-way battle for third spot with Josh Wainwright and team-mate Day for much of the contest.

He added: “We could easily have been talking about a couple of podium finishes, but neither race quite worked out in the end.

“We still managed good points for the championship standings and that’s the main thing.”

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