JAMES Alderson had a tough weekend of racing at the fourth round of the British Hel Motostar Championship in the Moto3 Standard class. At Knockhill racing circuit.
With an Öhlins suspension upgrade the youngster believed that the switch would be an easy one to master, unfortunately, things were a little harder than expected. The new suspension completely transformed the way the bike reacted, albeit in a positive way, James had to find a new level of trust between him and his Honda Moto3 machinery.
Practice and qualifying were spent trying new settings as directed by the professional Öhlins crew. The North-East Racers lap times slowly started to fall edging him closer to the pack and further from despair.
In the first race James took five laps of the sixteen lap dash to find rhythm, leaving Charlie Atkins to edge away from the group he had been battling with. Still the teenager managed to walk away with some healthy points with an eighth place finish.
The traditional Scottish weather hauled itself across the circuit for the second race with a torrential down pour that lasted most of the afternoon. James was forced to retire with a slight technical problem whilst running in tenth position.
“Practice and qualifying I was getting to grips with the new Öhlins suspension” Said James “The bike felt good and I was chipping away at my lap times but I couldn’t match the pace of the front runners. First race I had a good start and my lap times were getting quicker finishing eighth. In the second race it started raining while we were on the grid and we had to change to wets, I didn’t get a good start and with a few issues had to retire to the pits. Well done to all the riders.
Thank you to my pit crew, Dad, Lee and Rob, also a big thanks to my sponsors NGK, YRF, EC1, R Alderson and Sons, Burnell Fencing, Vroom Media, Forte, LS2 Helmets, Wiz Racing, Daytona, Morson Photography, Öhlins suspension, Customs Coachwork’s, Brembo and to Bikewise, Family and Friends for their continued support.”
Photo Credit: Jim Rogerson