MOTORCYCLING: Weaving stays top in Motostar Championship after podium finish at Snetterton

Jordan Weaving racing at Snetterton. Picture: Alan Heal

Jordan Weaving racing at Snetterton. Picture: Alan Heal

First published in Sport

CIRENCESTER Deer Park pupil Jordan Weaving enjoyed a sparkling weekend at Snetterton, securing a podium place in the British Motostar Championship to retain his position at the top of the standings, writes Alannah Fellows.

The 16-year-old was forced to miss the opening sessions of the weekend due to exams so had to play catch up with his rivals, eventually qualifying in fifth position.

A strong start in the race itself soon shot Jordan towards the leaders and he was locked in a close battle with Dutch rider Ernst Dubbink.

Despite securing the fastest lap of the race, Weaving crossed the line just three tenths of a second behind winner Joe Irving in third place.

"I made a few mistakes and battled to get into a good rhythm but towards the last few laps of the race, I managed to take third from Ernst and started to close the gap towards the leaders," said Weaving.

"On the final lap I managed to get right behind Bradley Ray and Joe Irving with just three corners to go. Once we hit the final straight, I was chasing Joe who was in turn going after Brad in the lead.

"Joe managed to get a good slipstream and passed Brad just before the line and I took third.

After the third round results at Snetterton, Weaving still leads the championship by 15 points. The next round is at Knockhill on June 29.

MALMESBURY'S Danny Kent had another tough weekend in the Moto3 class of the world championship, failing to score points at the Spanish circuit of Catalunya.

The 20-year-old qualified in 19th position, however he got a strong start and was up into a points-scoring position by the end of the opening lap.

After a strong battle in a group behind the leaders, Kent slipped out of the top 15 on his Red Bull Husquvarna machine in the closing laps and he now sits in 14th position in the championship standings after the seventh round of the season.

"The race did not go too badly," said a slightly frustrated Kent.

"We were in the group fighting for tenth place and I felt confident. But on the last five laps I lost a lot of grip on the rear tyre, struggling even to stay in the group, and I did not manage to score any points.

"It’s frustrating and I’m a little confused about what is going on, because this year we are working hard on the things that I have to improve and we have not yet succeeded. We have to sit down and think about where we can get better.”

Moto3 riders move on to the next round of the series at the legendary Assen circuit in Holland on June 28.

CIRENCESTER'S Josh Day secured a solid top 10 finish in the National Superstock 1000 series at Snetterton at the weekend.

The Be-Wiser Kawasaki rider had a strong start and was into eighth position before the race was red-flagged.

In what became a six-lap sprint, Day started from eighth position but was pushed back into 12th on the opening lap. The 26-year-old was able to fight his way back to secure an eighth-placed finish.

A positive Day said: "I was pretty pleased with how the weekend was going and in the first part of the race I got a good start and was riding well.

"The pace car was going to help me as it bunched us together and then the race was stopped.

"On the re-start I got the most horrendous start and lost so many places in the first lap. With it being a short race I knew it would be difficult to gain much from it but I worked hard and my times were good and I was able to claw back some places to finish eighth."

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