MOTORCYCLING: Tattershall’s Silvester consolidates series lead

Aaron Silvester on track. Photo: Craig Harriman
Aaron Silvester on track. Photo: Craig Harriman

A brace of second places in the penultimate round of the NGRR Mini Twins Championship at Anglesey over the weekend consolidated Tattershall rider Aaron Silvester’s series lead.

After two wins and a good points gap from Thruxton, Aaron was hoping to bring home some points and retain the championship lead. And it turned out to be a very good weekend at Anglesey with even the bad weather holding off for a sunny three days of testing and racing.

Friday’s test day helped to improve the set-up for the circuit, with minor tweaks here and there to make the bike handle better on the edge of its performance. On Saturday, he picked up the pace on lap times in the qualifier, managing to hit his target for the weekend whilst taking third, which placed him in fifth place in the mixed grid of riders for the following championship race.

Aaron had a bad start in the championship race and was mixed up with some separately classed Aprilia 450s in the early laps, sitting third in class. He made it up to second and had first place in his sights and, with no distractions from other riders, he set about catching the leader.

Going into the final lap, he was just behind the leader but an issue with a back marker prevented him from making the pass and he crossed the finish line in second place.

On Sunday, Aaron was again mixed in with the 450s and had to chase down the leaders in the qualifying race. He managed to get close to the front man on the last lap but, although he was circulating 0.2sec off the lap record, he finished in second place to start the championship race from a second row grid position.

Aaron got away to a good start in the championship race and was following the leader. But a 450 rider overtook which created a gap. Ironically, the 450 rider crashed a few seconds later but it was not worth the risk pushing to catch the leader with just three laps remaining, Aaron settled for finishing the race in a safe second place to extend his series lead.

Aaron said: “Going into the final round at Pembrey, I have a 36 point lead and can’t wait to get back on track again.

“Massive thanks again to Stralia Race Tech, A & J Racing, PJR Shaw farms, Fuchs Silkolene, dad, mum, Max, Tom Nixon, John Stones, Craig Harriman, Helen Pask, all the NGRRC Crew, the marshalls and everyone else who has supported me.”

The final round at Pembrey takes place on September 26/27.