The British Motostar Championship moves 450 miles (724 kilometres) from the Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent to the northern most round in Scotland on 28 to 30 June. The Knockhill circuit is just 1.3 miles (2 kilometres) in length with lap times of well under a minute.
Of the two races at last year’s event, Storm Stacey set the fastest lap on a Moto3 in race one with a 51.993 but it was Jake Archer who took the win beating his teammate, Jack Scott by just 0.055 seconds. Stacey ended third in that race. Archer made it a double weekend with another win in race two from Stacey and Asher Durham.
The current GP category championship leader, Brandon Paasch, was riding a Microlise Cresswell Racing Mahindra last year. He had a seventh and a ninth on his first visit to the circuit. Now, he has experience of the circuit so will be hoping for better with his new team FPW Racing.
Scott Swann (IFS TEam Swann Racing) , who is second overall, raced in the standard class at Knockhill in 2018. He finished both races in sixth position. Third placed Asher Durham (Microlise Cresswell Racing) will be doing his best to achieve his first podium of this year. Frustratingly for the Mahindra rider he has been fourth in all of the four races so far. He did finish on the rostrum in 2018 so could this be his weekend?
Jack Nixon (Santander Salt) stands fourth overall after his superb last lap at Brands Hatch in race two saw him finish second. He will be hoping to improve on his fourth place in race two in 2018.
City Lifting’s Dan Jones has had a little bit of a faltering start to the season. Jones probably hasn’t ridden the circuit in a competitive race since 2016. THat year he took a win over Mark Clayton in the first race whilst the positions were reversed in race two. I wouldn’t expect it to take Jones too long to re-familiarise himself with the circuit and get his championship chances back on track.
Victor Rodriguez on the DR Moto machine for GA Competition scored his first points in round two at Brands Hatch, He is a previous race winer at the Knockhill circuit but it will be his first visit on a GP machine.
In the standard class the three podium finishes in race one have all moved on. Victor Rodriguez, who won, is now in the GP class, Thomas Strudwick is racing a Moto2 and TFox Moreton a Superstock 600.
Fourth in race one was Rhys Irwin (Ready 4 Racing) who is showing great form this year. Could he make the podium? Race two in 2018 was a repeat podium for the standard class. The only difference is Strudwick took the win from Rodriguez with Moreton third again.
Scott Ogden (Premium Motorhomes Scott Ogden Racing) finished fourth in race two and you wouldn’t bet against the current championship leader being at the front again next weekend. Cameron Horsman (Nova Racing/SP 125) sits ten points behind Ogden in the standings after he was unable to match the Doncaster rider for pace at Brands Hatch. He will want to improve on his eighth and seventh in 2018 if he wishes to close the gap on Ogden.
Following Brands Hatch Franco Bourne (SP125) moved into third overall in the standard class championship. After a jump start and then a DNF in race on he finished eleventh in race two during the 2018 visit to Knockhill. However, with a fourth, two fifths and a podium in 2019 his results this year in Scotland could be much improved.
We have already mentioned Rhys Irwin, who sits fourth overall but another podium challenger must be Charlie Farrer (Banks Racing). After a podium in race one at Brands Hatch he suffered a mechanical in race two, which robbed him of potentially another trip to the rostrum. Expect to see the County Durham rider at the sharp end.
After two free practice sessions on the Friday the British Motostar classes are out on track for qualifying at 09:45 on Saturday morning. The 18 lap first race will be in the afternoon at 15:25. On Sunday the riders will return for race two at 14:50 for a 22 lap race.