CHARLIE Nesbitt’s Moto3 Junior World Championship season came to a disappointing end as he crashed out of the final race of the campaign at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

The 16-year-old, from Swindon, had been working through the field during race two when his bike was caught from behind which sent him crashing out of the race.

Nesbitt finished 10th overall in his qualifying group in the first session with a best lap time of 1:40.591 seconds. In the second qualifying he shaved another two tenths of a second off his time finishing tenth in his group.

When they combined the two qualifying groups, picking alternate quickest riders from the two groups, Nesbitt dropped to 20th position and on row six on the grid.

After race direction penalised some riders for cruising during qualifying Nesbitt was able to start the first race from 18th on the grid.

He made an excellent start picking up five places in the first lap and continued his excellent progress moving up to 11th by the end of lap two.

Battling with a number of different riders throughout the race Nesbitt finished in 12th position.

His best lap time of 1:39.863 was just a tenth of that of the race winner.

In the second race of the day Nesbitt reverted to his original grid position of 20th, again making a superb start moving up six places in the opening couple of laps.

However, with just a few laps left another rider lost control of his bike and it slid across the track clipping the front wheel of Nesbitt’s bike forcing him to crash out of the race.

Nesbitt will spend the winter training for 2018 where he will spend another year in the European Junior World Championship.

Nesbitt said: “It was a difficult weekend. We’d like to have qualified higher up because in race one especially I showed I had the pace of the leading riders.

“In the second race I was on for another points scoring finish when someone’s bike hit me. There’s nothing I could do so it was a bit disappointing.”