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James Stewart

Townley sustains broken nose at Steel City.

Edited copy courtesy of Glen Dempsey at Synergy-Sport.

The painful incident did not keep the gutsy Kiwi from soldiering on to secure a well deserved podium finish as he had to fight back to third while keeping a charging Andrew Short at bay.

‘Lady Luck' also deserted Townley in the second moto when he tangled and crashed with Australian Michael Byrne in the first turn. BT could not continue the race due to a damaged motorcycle and had to return to the pits disappointed.

"I was right on Kevin when we hit the wall jump on the first lap and his back wheel spat out a rock that connected me right on the nose.

At first I thought of pulling out as the pain was that bad but the adrenalin must of taken over and I had to work my way back from around 6th spot to 3rd. It was really close racing with Short towards the end of the moto but I managed to hold on. We patched up the nose for Moto 2 but my race didn't last very long with the first turn crash so it was a day to forget. I'm looking forward to racing Pala next weekend.” commented Townley.

Steel City Results: Ben Townley, 3rd and 37th. 10th overall

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 493
  2. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 356
  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 351
  4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 301
  5. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 291
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 260
  7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 238
  8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 211
  9. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 204
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki, 201
  11. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 201

BT101. Photo courtesy of Glen Dempsey at Synergy-Sport.