It is already the middle of June and we have only just arrived at round two of the British Motostar series.
To re-cap Brandon Paasch (FPW Racing) made a faultless start to the series with two wins from the two races so far this season. The American will be looking to add to his 50 points at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit. Paasch recently competed in the MotoAmerica championship to get some competitive racing in during the gap between rounds one and two of the British Motostar series.
His perfect 50 is followed by Scott Swann (IFS Team Swann Racing) who managed a second in race one at Oulton Park and third place in the second race. He has a total of 36 points, 14 less than Paasch. Asher Durham (Microlise Cresswell Racing) caught the leading group in the second race ans set the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately, he missed out on a podium leaving with two fourth place finishes but 26 points to his name.
Joshua Whatley (KRP) and Edmund Best (Symcirrus Motorsport) are tied on 21 points a piece. Whatley recently took part in the third round of the European Talent Cup. He finished 18th on the standard Honda NSF250R he rides in that series. Meanwhile, Ed Best took part in the Dickies Junior Supersport class at the last British Superbike round. He narrowly missed out on the victory in race one (0.176 seconds) and then finished fifth in race two despite being only 0.055seconds behind the rider in second, in another close finish.
Victor Rodriguez didn’t get the start he would have hoped for. In the first race he ran off track and stalled the engine. Then in second he appeared to suffer a technical issue near the end of the race. No points from the first round for the current British Motostar standard class champions and European Talent Cup runner-up.
A championship favourite had a troublesome start
One of the championship favourites had a difficult start on his return to the British Motostar Paddock. Dan Jones (City LIfting) fell early on in the first race but came back with a strong second in race two. Jones will no doubt be back at the front of the racing this weekend. He has both Red Bull Rookies and Moto3 Junior World Championship experience. You also don’t need a very long memeory to remember how his season started in 2016 in the standard class.
The Welshman fell whilst in a sizeable lead in the first race of the British Motostar standard class in 2016 season. By round three he took his first win. He then went on to finish the season with 16 race wins from 22 races. That fabulous season saw him take nine race victories on the bounce. He ended up sealing the championship title with four races remaining before going on to finish the season with a 166 point advantage.
…And in the Standard Class
With all riders on the standard Honda NSF 250R machines this class is always exciting to watch. After the first round we have Cameron Horsman and Scott Ogden tied on 45 points at the top of the points board. Both took a win and a second in the first round. The two also met in the British Talent Cup. After the first round they again shared the lead. Then in the second round at Donington, Ogden took the upper hand after twice coming from a poor grid position. He took a second in race one and a victory in the other. Whilst Horsman also took a race victory he was taken out by another rider in the second race meaning he failed to score.
These two riders must be the clear favourites but Charlie Farrer has been a threat this season. In the first race at Oulton Park he was a comfortable third. In the second event he was less than two and a half seconds behind Cameron Horsman who finished second. At the British Talent Cup races at Donington that followed, he was at the sharp end all weekend. Unfortunately, a crash on the final lap of the first race meant he scored no points in that one. He then was perhaps over eager in race two to make amends and having caught the leading group made an error. As a result he crashed again and took out Cameron Horsman. The results were unfortunate for a racer than has come on substantially since 2018. Farrer has 32 points going into the Brands Hatch weekend.
Rhys Irwin is currently fourth after the first round at Oulton Park. He was fourth in the first race and fifth in the second. He is tied on 24 points with Franco Bourne who had the reverse of those results in round one. In the recent British Talent Cup event Irwin showed good pace as he crossed the line fourth in race one. He was just over a second behind the winner.
The British Motostar championship qualifying starts on Saturday at 09:00. The 12 lap first race is in the afternoon at 15:20. Race two will take place at 14:55 on Sunday afternoon and is 14 laps.