BELLE Vue Aces star Dan Bewley became the first home winner of the British Grand Prix for 15 years with a sensational triumph in Cardiff on Saturday.
Bewley, in his first season as a full-time GP rider, emulated the feat of Chris Harris in 2007 by taking victory at the Principality Stadium as the sport celebrated the venue’s 20th anniversary event.
The Cumbrian star made a lighting start in the final to defeat title-favourite Bartosz Zmarzlik, Patryk Dudek and Leon Madsen – and in the process he shot up to fourth place in the World Championship standings.
Bewley said: “It was pretty crazy. It was only the last lap of the Final where I really noticed the crowd. You have to remain focused and not let the bike get ahead of you on these tracks.
“I was just thinking ‘we’re here, we’re here – don’t throw it away.’ It all worked out well.
“I stayed cool and this gives me a taste of what it’s like to win. It only makes me want to have more wins now.
“Bomber (Harris) is a hell of a rider. In the generation before Tai (Woffinden), he was the inspiration for so many British riders. He had and is still having an awesome career.
“I saw him in the pits and gave him a hug. I really do like Bomber, and it was pretty cool having him here.”
Former Swindon Robins skipper Jason Doyle made the semi-finals but finished fourth, despite entering into the knockout stages with nine points courtesy of two race wins in his first four races.
Unfortunately for Doyle, the Australian finished last in his final heat before a rough start cost him a shot at qualifying for the final.
Meanwhile, another Robins asset - Adam Ellis - missed out on competing courtesy of an accident in practice on Friday.
Ellis broke his collarbone after "a silly mistake" at the Principality Stadium and wrote on Twitter that he wanted to carry on but "quickly realised" it would not be possible.
Silly mistake on Friday led to this. Didn’t feel too bad in the lead up to yesterdays meeting so thought I’d have a crack, but quickly realised it wasn’t going to work. Pumped for Dan’s first win 👌🏻👌🏻
Good luck to Daugavpils in the first leg of the play offs today 👊🏻💪🏻🚂🚂 pic.twitter.com/KKkOHgUDGJ
— Adam Ellis (@adam_ellis299) August 14, 2022
Ellis said: "Silly mistake on Friday led to this (x-ray of broken collarbone).
"Didn’t feel too bad in the lead up to yesterday's meeting so thought I’d have a crack, but quickly realised it wasn’t going to work. Pumped for Dan’s first win."