Taylor Moreton riding the Banks Racing/Moto Engineering Honda Moto3 took a big step forward at Brands Hatch last weekend where he battled with many riders to achieve his best result of the season when he finished 4th and just one place off the podium. Not good news was the fact that at the end of the race his engine started smoking which will mean an expensive rebuild will be needed even though the engine is only half way through its expected mileage.
Ed Rendell also had a KTM engine fail when a valve head decided to let go causing extensive internal damage. It happened on the very first lap of qualifying which meant Ed had to once again start at the very back of the grid, very disappointing for Ed who had been fastest in FP1. With the spare untried engine fitted after some hard work by the team led by Bassy, Ed lined up in last position for the main Sunday race. A hectic first lap saw Ed up to 15th place and already in the points. Lap five he was 5th and with some spectacular overtaking was in 2nd place by lap seven and went on to finish on the podium alongside winner Tom Booth Amos and third place finisher Storm Stacey. A great weekend for the team with triple top four finishes but behind the scenes the team are now left with massive unexpected engine repair bills. Many thanks to Chris Pearce for the photos.
There are twenty two races in our championship this year with most of them televised both in the UK, Europe and worldwide. British Superbike meetings have crowds up to 30,000 people on the day plus TV and media coverage. The switch over to Moto3 bikes has been expensive and the costs are still ongoing but we are determined to stay at the front and would welcome some additional support Every little bit will really help and go to make the bikes the best we can for the 2017 season. PayPal donations are also most welcome and can be made via the Banks Racing website.