The Triumph factory's first race for 30 years proved to be a successful one when both of its brand new Supersport machines picked up valuable points in a competition that was eventually won by pre-season favourite Karl Harris. Triumph ValMoto's young rider Craig Jones acquitted himself admirably and collected seven points for his ninth place finish, while his team-mate Jim Moodie rode hard and passed the chequered flag in 13th place.

Both Triumph ValMoto riders made a cautious start but soon began moving through the field. However their steady progress was halted prematurely when debris on the track from Mark Heckles' crashed Honda brought out the red flags on lap 16.

Jones had been clocking consistently fast times throughout the race - often lapping at the same pace as the leaders.

"Ninth place on the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600's first time out is a good result," said Jones. "The bike was really strong through the first section and I was catching Laverty and Andrews towards the end but I made a mistake going into the chicane and was trying to claw back the time when the race got stopped. There was a lot more to come and if the race had gone the full distance the result would have been even better."

Moodie was a little disappointed not to have made more of an impact on proceedings but was at the same time fully aware of the giant strides that the team has made to produce a fully-fledged Supersport race bike in an incredibly short space of time.

"The harder I tried, the less progress I seemed to make," said the eight-time TT winner. "I ran off the track at one point and that was when I made up my mind to stop thinking about the race and started concentrating on how the bike felt. I had to remind myself that it is still early days for the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 and a few minor issues were bound to surface under race conditions. None of them were anything that can't be fixed and with the information we now have, Snetterton can't come quick enough for me."

Triumph ValMoto Team Manager Jack Valentine declared himself pleased with the outcome of round one.

"Of course it would be nice to be on the podium straight away but developing a championship winning bike is not an overnight task. Craig's top ten finish is a marvellous achievement and Jim has worked really hard on identifying areas for improvement. It's good to get the first race under our belts and to have both riders score points is a real bonus. There's a lot more to come from Triumph ValMoto and what we've learned this weekend will pay dividends for round two."

 

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