ROOKIE Ben Falla admitted he had to ride ‘old school’ and without electronic aids at Donington Park to secured the Metzeler Newcomer 1000 championship this weekend.
The KLF developments/RAFMSA Kawasaki rider decided to settle for sixth in the opening race after assessing conditions, while M J B Civils Ltd’s Clayton Taylor took the win, but stretched a much-needed points gap over title rival Tony Hunter with a win in race two.
But with the crown in sight in race three, it was all drama as Falla’s Kwak cried for help on the out lap, eventually leaving Hunter free to take victory.
“I noticed my dash light up like Christmas tree on the warm up lap,” he told UK Clubsport. “It turned out there was a fault with the bike and it had basically shut itself down.
“I then had no electronic aids, including quick shifter, traction and blipper and the bike was massively down on power. I knew I had to finish the race so I cracked on just hoping it wasn’t anything too serious and managed to finish third riding the bike old school.”
With the championship secured, Falla went out for a few victory laps in the final scrap as he crossed the line third once again, while Scott McFarlane took his first win of the season.
After approaching the final round with a different outlook, however, Falla is now eyeing a move up to the Racebuykz.com Cup 1000 class, with a few wildcards elsewhere if the chance arises.
“I went into this weekend with a totally different mindset to previous rounds. I have always just wanted to win and I took crashing as part of that, but I knew I couldn’t risk any DNF’s if I was to secure the championship so I had to race with my head and think about points and not wins.
“We had a brilliant weekend on top of an amazing season and I’m over the moon to take the Newcomer 1000 Championship. Next season I’ll be looking to move up to the Cup 1000 class or potentially move to the Thundersport Gp1 class if I can source some sponsorship over the winter.”
*Images supplied by Ben Falla