Padgett's 125 GP rider Daniel Coutts had a weekend to forget at Knockhill during the 5th round of the National 125GP Championship.

Events conspired against the Horsham schoolboy during the race around the 1.3 mile Scottish circuit, including another rider running into the back of his Padgett's Honda on the opening lap and then having to take avoiding action in order to miss a high-siding Kris Weston.

Both incidents resulted in loss of time and positions and, more importantly, contact with the leading group.

With no chance of catching the leaders, the treacherous conditions dictated that discretion was the order of the day, so, to ensure the 2001 BMCRC champion went home with as many points as possible to show for his weekend's work, Coutt's rode in a determined but safe manner to finally cross the line in 11th place.

"The weekend started well enough when I was a second faster than everyone else in the first practice session, but it went downhill from there. I was even run over by my own bike when I high-sided in the 2nd session!" said Coutts. "Hopefully I'll get better luck at Brands Hatch in June when I'll be all out for my first win of the season in front of my friends and family."

Team manager Clive Padgett was philosophical about the weekend's events: "The 125's are especially close this year, so it doesn't take much to put you out of the top ten. You just have to put it behind you and focus on the next race. There's plenty of races left and it will only take a couple of good results to put him back in the top three for the championship."



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