The BSB Motul British Motostar championship returned to Brands Hatch in Kent for the 5th round of the series with American teenager Jayson Uribe looking to build upon an already impressive season.
After a podium finish last time out in Scotland, the second so far this year, Uribe was optimistic of another front running ride aboard his FPW Moto 3 Honda but a technical problem that ruled him out of FP1 coupled with him feeling under the weather put him on the back foot.
However the team worked hard salvaging 14th place on the grid, before a brace of overnight changes saw Jayson lapping 2.5 seconds faster in the morning warm-up ahead of the race.
From the start of the race Jayson was able gain a couple of places before slowly moving up the order, competing half race distance well inside the top ten.
With four laps to go Jayson was closing in on 125cc championship leader Ed Rendell for 7th on the road but an incident on track brought out the Red flags cutting short any chance of further progression.
Nevertheless Jayson continues his record breaking run of BSB Motostar point scoring finishes with yesterday’s 8th position overall and a solid 5th position within the Moto 3 category to consolidate his 3rd position overall in the championship standings.
Round 6 will take place at the fastest circuit on the calendar, Thruxton, in a fortnight.
Jayson Uribe – 3rd in BSB Motostar Standings: “Brands Hatch was a challenge for me this time around. On Friday morning I completely missed FP1 because of a clutch problem. I knew something was still wrong in FP2 because we had changed nothing from the set up that we ran at Knockhill, but the bike was reacting completely different. I was really struggling to keep the bike on line and I could not pull the gears that I knew I should be pulling. Qualifying 1 brought mixed conditions that started out wet but ended up with a dry line. Our suspension set up was not right for those conditions and I had a lot of trouble with the back end sliding and losing traction. Qualifying 2 was also a struggle, because I was trying so hard to improve my lap times that I was consistently missing my brake markers and running off track. We had deep debriefing session on Saturday and we reviewed all of the data. We changed the oil in the forks and swapped to a different motor for the race. I went 2.5 seconds faster than my qualifying time in the warm-up which was a big confidence boost for the race. In the race I had a good start, and within 3 laps I was in 8th. I slowly started closing the gap to 7th and with 3 laps left, I was less than a second behind Ed. Unfortunately though the race was red flagged on the lap that I was looking to make a pass but all things considered I was glad to finish 8th overall, and 5th in Moto 3. It was not an easy weekend, but we pulled through and managed a decent finish to keep my 3rd overall in the standings with a comfortable cushion to the guys behind. I am looking forward to Thruxton in 2 weeks, and in the meantime I will be spending some time with the team to see if we can pinpoint exactly what was going on with the bike and to discuss how I can improve my riding so that I can achieve the results that I believe that we are capable of. Thanks again to everyone who supports me.”
photos courtesy of Barry Clay, Ravensport Photographic and Roy De.