The 16-year-old from Swindon had a superb weekend in round two of the British Talent Cup, which was a welcome break from his GCSEs.
He started the weekend in fine form finishing both free practice session inside the top ten. In the first he clocked a best lap of 1:17.120. That was 1.494 seconds behind the fastest rider. In the second session he cut the gap to the front to 1.186 seconds as he finished 8th overall. His best lap in FP2 was 1:16.295.
Whilst Fenton Seabright dominated qualifying Pinson was on the pace of his other rivals. Seabright sat on pole with a time 0.739 seconds better than his nearest rival. Behind Seabright things were so close that Pinson’s time of 1:15.081 left him just 0.105 seconds from a front row start.
“I kept improving every session.”, Pinson confirmed.
In the first race he didn’t get the best of starts and the front group got away. Then he had a great battle with three other riders.
Pinson said, “It was me, Brian Hart, Harvey Claridge and Jamie Davis. It was a good race. It was close between all of us.”
By the end of the tenth lap Pinson led this group of four riders. Positions changed regularly over the ensuing laps. Hart took over for a while, then Claridge, followed by Pinson again. These four continued to skirmish for the remainder of the race with Pinson eventually crossing the line in 9th position.
The second race saw the riders compete on wet tyres after a rain shower had dampened the track. Pinson came home in 7th position closely behind Claridge for a second time in the weekend.
Initially Pinson struggled to keep the pace of Hart and Claridge who he had contested most of race one. By the halfway stage he was tenth, 1.9 seconds behind Claridge. He had a comfortable five second cushion over Jack Hart behind him. In the last few laps he was lapping significantly faster that Claridge who was still the rider in front of him. He reduced the gap from nearly 2 seconds to less than quarter of a second by the chequered flag. Who knows, had the race been the full distance perhaps Pinson would have finished higher than 7th.
Interesting he was managing to close the gap despite suffering grip issues with his tyres.
Pinson told us, “The tyres were ruined by the end of the race. I was sliding around everywhere because it was dry from about lap three. With a dry track with wet tyres it just got worse and worse.”
These were his first points of the season after two no scores in round one. He now has 14 points and is fourteenth in the overall standings. He is eleven away from a top ten position and just four away from 12th overall.
“I think I’m getting closer to the front every time which is where I want to be. If I just keep going hopefully I will be running with a chance of a podium at the end of the season.”, he explained.
This season he is concentrating on the British Talent Cup but is also doing some rounds in the Dickies Junior Supersport series when the events don’t clash.
Pinson has come a long way since winning the Team Green Junior Cup in 2016. He had some dark days when his racing progress was halted abruptly in 2017.
In May that year he suffered a badly broken leg after hitting a rider who had stalled on the starting grid and them being run over by another rider. That basically wrote off what was to have been his rookie season in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class with Cresswell Racing.
Despite the time away from the track he came back to challenge for the title in the Dickies Junior Supersport Championship in 2018 finishing third overall.
I think we are going to see Pinson grow as a rider this year and he may well be running in the front group before the season is over