MOTORCYCLING: Tattershall’s Silvester rounds off season on new bike

Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman
Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman

Tattershall rider Aaron Silvester rounded off his season by taking his new Yamaha R6 to Cadwell Park where he contested seven races in the final round of the Thundersport GB series, scoring seven top 10 finishes on his first outing on the new bike.

He registered a 10th, fifth, and two second places in the Pre-National races and a ninth, fifth and a fourth position in the Stock 600 class that runs within the Elite 600 event.

Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman

Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman

After winning the NGRR Minitwins championship last month, Aaron is looking forward to the 2016 season when he will make the step up to the Thundersport GB Championship. He will be riding the Stralia Race Tech Yamaha R6 and with this in mind he took the new bike to Cadwell for the last round of the Thundersport GB Championship to get a feel for the bike, and to see if he was competitive amongst the more experienced riders who have been racing in the series all season.

Aaron said: “I had an amazing weekend of learning on the R6, starting with a good test day on Friday trying to get up to pace in the dry and setting up the bike to suit me.”

On Saturday morning Aaron went out for qualifying in both the Pre-National 600 class and the Stock class that runs within the Elite 600 championship.

He said: “Pre-National, I qualified 10th on the grid for the two dry races on Saturday, finishing 10th and fifth with well improved times from testing on Friday. The elite race proved to be more difficult as I started from 18th within the mixed grid (ninth stock), but I managed to hold ninth to the finish line.”

Sunday started off wet for the pre-national race where Aaron started from a ninth row grid position and completed the race in a fine second place. He went on to replicate the results in the second race by taking another second place.

In the Elite races, Aaron started both times from 17th place. Race one was run in wet conditions but with a dry line which was getting wider with each lap. Aaron made the right decision to go out on dry tyres and crossed the finish line in a creditable fifth place.

The second race was a similar situation in that the track was starting to show a dry line but not sufficient for dry tyres, so Aaron opted for wets this time and finished fourth, just a fraction away from third.

Aaron said: “I had an absolutely amazing weekend to finish off the racing season which gave me an insight on what to expect in the future on the 600.

“I can’t thank the following people enough for helping me this year and getting me to where I am now. Huge thanks go to Stralia Race Tech, A & J Racing, PJR Shaw farms, Fuchs Silkolene, dad, mum, Max, Tom Nixon, John Stones, Craig Harriman, Helen Pask. Thanks to all friends and family that came to support me today and thanks to the crew at Thundersport GB for a great event, and I now look forward to the 2016 race season.”

Pic credit Craig Harriman