R5 – Knockhill Race Report

The 2018 season is well underway and for Round 5 we ventured up North to sunny Scotland to take on Knockhill Racing Circuit! Matt did not compete this weekend due to Snetterton’s incident and is continuing to recover, he hopes to return for Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks’ time!

Free Practice bought a good start to the weekend with a P13 for Kurt in the Dickies British Supersport class and a P14 for Josh in Motostar. Due to an electrical fault, Josh was unable to complete FP2 but the team worked hard to recover this in preparation for Qualifying on Saturday.

For Kurt, the competition was tough with the soaring temperatures and whilst completing the most laps and battling hard to knock a second off his lap time, he qualified on the 7th row of the grid. However, with further changes made to the bike, the team were confident for Race 1. For Josh, after overcoming the hurdle with the mechanical issues on the previous day, he made a few improvements and was able to knock almost half a second off his lap time!

The Moto3 race took place first on Saturday and Josh had the pace to keep up with the pack. In the first few laps he pushed hard overtaking multiple riders, this benefitted him and led to a battle for 12th place which was achieved on the last lap. For Kurt, Race 1 bought the challenge of breaking through the pack due to his position on the grid. Unfortunately, he was caught up in the first bend and left to fight his way back though, leading to an 18th place finish.

Race 2 was promising with another improvement in lap time and a battle for the points. Kurt was achieved a fantastic start and was able to work his way back through the pack, achieving 15th position. Josh’s improved lap time from Race 1 meant that he was able to start from a better position on the grid. However, the struggle to hold out for the first corner meant that he fell back to 18th. Josh pushed his way back through the pack and caught up with the group for the battle for 10th. An incident with another rider separated Josh from the crowd and led to him finishing in another 12th place position.

All in all, it has been a positive weekend for both of the boys with more points in the championship.