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Race ace Cornish narrowly misses out on British Masters title

PUBLISHED: 18:44 30 November 2012

Flying high; Lewis Cornish. Photo: BOB MCMINN.

Flying high; Lewis Cornish. Photo: BOB MCMINN.

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Caister-based supermoto racer Lewis Cornish enjoyed a hectic month of top-level competition culminating in the televised British Championship finale at Three Sisters in mid-November.

On his return from representing Team Great Britain at the Supermoto of Nations in Portimao, Portugal, in which the U-21 team enjoyed their best-ever result in “the Olympics” of the sport, Lewis spent a day filming with Bike World which was then aired on Motors TV to over a million viewers.

With no time to spare and following some hectic preparations Lewis and his family then headed off to the largest supermoto event of the year at Mettet for the prestigious Superbiker event.

Despite qualifying in second place and having a straight forward heat-race which took him directly though to the semi-final young Cornish narrowly missed out on the required 12th place in the 48-rider field which would have took him through to the grand final. This was due to an unforeseeable technical fault on his spare bike’s transmission, which caused Lewis to miss gears throughout the race.

Undeterred the following weekend back on his usual race bike Lewis knew he had it all to do in the British Masters final championship round at Rednal, Shropshire if he was to move up from second to take the title.

He would have been comfortably leading this championship going into the last round but at the previous race he was cruelly robbed of the race win by a broken electrical connection that stopped his bike in its tracks.

Cornish totally dominated his nearest championship rivals on the Rednal circuit, which helped him pull back the series points deficit to finish the championship equal on points in first position.

Unfortunately even this wasn’t enough as Lewis was dropped to runner-up on ‘countback’.

Two weeks later, a top-class result in the British Elite championships at Three Sisters circuit saw Lewis net a pair of second places behind the British champion as well as setting the fastest lap of the race.

This ended the Nameplate Services/DCR racer’s season on a positive note that has proved that he is one of the very best racers in the UK.

Lewis Cornish’ 2012 season achievements include:

British Supermoto Masters Championship: equal first place on points, runner-up on count-back.

Southern Supermoto Championship: second place.

British 450 Elite Championship: fifth overall .

British Open Elite Championship:fifth overall.

Team Great Britain U-21 best-ever finish at the Supermoto of Nations in ninth place.

Mettet Superbiker: second place qualifier, sixth place in heat race straight through to semi-final

Cholmondley Pageant of Power: seventh-fastest time overall.

Lewis thanks all his sponsors and supporters who have helped him continue his move towards his goals. Plans for the televised 2013 season are already under way with the help of his loyal sponsors as well as some additional trade support.

n For more information and coverage of Lewis on Bike World TV Visit www.lewiscornish.co.uk

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