Motostar Round 2 Report – Brands Hatch (Indy)

Race Report:

Rounds three and four of the British Motostar GP125cc Championship were held at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 18th and 19th April. It turned out to be a difficult weekend for the team with mixed results over the two days of racing.

It was soon evident that there was a problem with the Aprilia as its performance was deteriorating throughout the weekend. The team worked hard to get to the bottom of the issue and make the best set up that they could for Andy to be competitive in qualifying.
The times in qualifying were not where Andy wanted to be, but, with the bike not performing correctly, to end up third placed GP125 rider was a good result. Still the team could not get to the bottom of the issue and headed to the Saturday race with a new set up to try and work out the issue.

Andy got a poor start and had to pass a number of riders in the early stages of the race. It was evident that the bike was still not right but with some determined riding Andy was able to finish second and maintain the Championship lead heading to round four on Sunday.
A lot of work was carried out before morning warm up to try and resolve the issue with the bike but after a couple of laps Andy pulled off the track into the pit lane as the bike had started to cut out on track. The team changed a number of electrical components before the race. Unfortunately the problem was not solved and the bike again cut out at the start of the race, on safety grounds Andy pulled out of the race.

Andy still holds second in the Championship at this early stage and heads to Oulton Park for round five with the bike back on full performance after a problem was located in the wiring loom of the Aprilia.

Round Statistics:

Position Fastest Lap Times
125GP Overall Andy Sawford 125GP Overall
Q1 3rd 23rd 52:643 51:261 50:209
Q2 3rd 20th 52:525 51:123 49:847
Race 1 2nd 22nd 52:776 51:726 50:070
Race 2 DNF - - 50:915 49:300