Craig Jones has won the British Superbike Championship Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy/Young Rider of the Year award for 2003.

The Triumph ValMoto Supersport rider was handed the honour recognition of the hard work that he put in throughout the team's high profile first season. It also rewards him for the spectacular racing moments that he treated TV and trackside viewers to along the way.

Jones was singled out as the best young rider competing in any of the BSB categories by a panel of his peers - making the award all the more significant. Those tasked with making the decision included respected riders such as former British Superbike champions Niall Mackenzie and John Reynolds.

"I didn't know Hizzy [Hislop] very well but I did respect him a lot," said Craig. "The fact that this is the first year of the award in his memory does make it much more special and I'm very grateful to have received it.

"I think I deserved to win it because I always give 100 per cent when I'm out on the track and I worked really hard last season," he added. "It's great for the team to receive something like this as well because they know they were doing something right. Triumph and ValMoto took a gamble to sign a young rider in an important first year and I'm glad that it has paid off. I couldn't have won this without the support of the team and it's good to know that our efforts have not gone unnoticed."

However, the actual presentation of the award - which takes the form of a silver champagne bucket - left a little something to be desired. It arrived unannounced via Parcel Force while Craig was away from home...

 

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