The East Lothian youngster’s confidence was still running high from his emphatic first win in the Aprilia Challenge at Cadwell Park in previous weeks. Swapping his Aprilia RRV450GP bike for his Honda GP125 wouldn’t be a problem for the young racer, whose focus was set firmly on a top ten finish.
Lewis set out in Friday’s practise to get used to the little 125 once more. Realising his standard Honda GP125 bike was no match for the Moto3 bikes or the tuned 125’s of the series regulars on the two lengthy straights, Lewis managed twelfth on the time sheets. After a few set up alterations from his experienced team of father Barry and mentor Alan McIntosh, Lewis set out in the second practise session and ended up ninth.
Saturday morning’s weather forecast didn’t disappoint with heavy downpours before the sessions started. This was something Lewis was strangely happy about as it evened up the playing field.
During the first qualifying session Lewis sat in fourth position for most of it, unfortunately however he lost the front going in to Duffus three minutes from the end, unable to better his time he fell to seventh. In the second qualifying session the track had dried out, however Lewis still put his all in to his laps and finished ninth.
Sunday morning was upon us, Lewis set sixth fastest time during warm up. The sun was out and blazing hot, an unfamiliar sight at the Scottish circuit. Lewis explains his race to us in full “I got a good start and was in 7th into the first corner. For most of the race I had a really good battle with Callum Bey, then I made a mistake going through the chicane and Peter Sutherland managed to pass me down the back straight on his Aprilia. I couldn’t do anything about it because his bike was just too fast down the straight but I was still catching them around the corners. I managed to set my fastest ever lap around Knockhill on my 125 which was a 56.025, I came 9th overall out of 27 and 6th in the 125’s. We were really, REALLY happy with a top 10 finish out of the best riders in Britain and it was at my home race track which made it even better.”
Lewis now sits 12th in the Monster Energy Motostar British Championship with 17 points having only competed in two rounds. Lewis is without a main sponsor for this series and as a result will only contest two more rounds.
Photo’s courtesy of John Wright.