Thruxton in Hampshire is traditionally the fastest race on the BSB Motorstar calendar and today’s sixth round was no exception after the rain showers that plagued qualifying on Saturday cleared overnight to leave beautiful sunny skies and warmer temperatures for racing.
Having ridden at the ultra fast venue in 2013 on a 125cc machine, Jayson was confident of continuing his trend of point scoring BSB Motostar finishes aboard his trusted FPW Honda Moto 3 machine and after ending the opening day in an encouraging 6th overall he posted the 5th fastest time in qualifying, securing himself a second row start in the process.
With slipstreaming playing a huge part in previous outcomes at many prior battles at Thruxton, today’s 14 lap race was expected be one of the closest races of the year.
Race day dawned with a final opportunity to make any last minute tweaks and Jayson ended the short morning warm up session in 4th, a mere tenth of a second behind the fastest Moto 3 rider.
When the race started Jayson slotted into 4th at turn one, which he held across the line at the end of lap one despite being pushed back to 5th at the extremely fast Church corner as the gaggle of tightly bunched riders head out on the fastest part of the track.
As in many of this season’s races it was Ed Rendell on his 125cc machine that took the fight to Jayson with the pair swapping places several times a lap and as the leading two opened up a lead at the front courtesy of a spectacular crash by Bradley Ray, Jayson found himself locked together with the English rider once again, part of a five rider fight for the final podium position that raged until the chequered flag.
By half distance the fighting five couldn’t be separated and as expected an exciting final half of the race in front of a huge crowd ensued.
Jayson went into the final chicane for the final time with a great chance of the final podium spot having used his slipstream to great affect but despite trying valiantly on the brakes, unseated himself on the kerb, eventually finishing 6th at the flag. The result is once again testament to the ever increasing race craft that the youngster from California is learning in the UK and importantly today’s result of 4th position within the Moto 3 category, consolidates his overall championship position of 3rd as the championship moves into the second beginning at Oulton Park in Cheshire next weekend.
Jayson Uribe: FPW Moto 3 Honda “I had a great weekend. We were in the top 5 of the Moto 3 standings all weekend. I had a huge fight for the whole race and ended up 6th overall but I gave it my all. I was the first Moto 3 Honda so to be the first classified Moto 3 Honda is like a win to me. The battle for 3rd lasted for the whole race. Everyone had their moments including me and in the end it was all down to tactics as I knew it would be because of the effect of the slipstreaming here. Unfortunately today my plan didn’t pan out, but I am looking forward to Oulton Park next weekend and giving it my all once again. Thank you to my team, my sponsors and to everyone that came to support me this weekend.”
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