THE final round of the Scottish Superbike Championship’s took place at Knockhill last week.

Supporters of rookie biker Ally Hodge made the journey from Cumnock and Doon Valley to watch as he was involved for the second time after making his debut in the championships over the summer.

After qualifying in 23rd, Ally finished two of the five races inside the top 20 but had to retire from race four with a mechanical fault.

He equalled his best finish with 17th in race three after coming 18th and 22nd in the opening rounds and ending the competition with another 22nd place finish in race five.

Ally said: “The last Knockhill Superbike Championship meeting of the year has been and gone in a flash.

“In usual Knockhill style, the weather played its part and changed every race but I loved it all the same.”

Ally has big plans for the 2019 championships and will be busy over the close season.

“I will be doing some work to the bike over the winter to hopefully improve the handling and speed, also improving myself with fitness,” he added.

“Im really looking forward to doing the full season next year and would be grateful to anyone or any business that could help with sponsorship.

“Thanks to my amazing wife Yasmin Hodge for helping me do this wonderful, crazy sport and thanks to my team mates/pit crew/friends; Scott Murray, Jamie Alderton, Muffty Mcgarva and Gordon Gibson.

“I also want to give a big shout out to my sponsors; Tom Murray, Ricky Shankland Tattoos, W&E Lammie plant hire and groundworks, Alan Shannon Autosmart Ayrshire and David Giraphics Mitchell.”

Ally rides with a sticker on the front of his bike to help raise awareness for the Colostomy UK Support Group after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 19.

Photos from Dan Jess.