Over the weekend it was round 6 of the British Talent Cup for Rhys at Silverstone for the MotoGP. With it being the home of motorsports in the UK and home of the British Grand Prix it’s the highlight of the season for the riders. Rhys managed 2 second place finishes here last year in this event and would be hoping to go one better this time around.
Rhys started the weekend well coming 4th in final qualifying, putting him on the second row of the grid.
It was wet conditions for race 1 at Silverstone, but Rhys battled through the conditions to earn a top 5 finish, 43 seconds behind the winner. This earned Rhys 11 points towards the overall championship.
Again, Rhys had another solid race on Sunday coming in 6th overall and earning himself 10 points towards the championship.
After this weekend at Silverstone, it places Rhys 12th in the championship standings, not far behind breaking into that top 10.
This is what Rhys had to say: “Going into round six of the R&G British talent cup at Silverstone I had high hopes of two good finishes as last year was phenomenal for me. Friday was a busy day with both free practices and qualifying in FP1 I adapted to the track but was lacking pace compared to the front riders, unfortunately with 10 minutes to go the chain jumped off the sprocket and prematurely ended my session. Fp2 was a much better session making it to the chequered flag not far from the fastest time even though I knew there was still time to come. In Qualifying I felt much more confident on the bike, I was happy with p4 on the grid only 1.3 seconds from the front.”
Rhys then goes on to say: “Throughout the whole day on Saturday it was wet and miserable but that made for some great racing, off the line I jumped into third before slipping back to 5th. In the closing stages of the race I was in a battle for 5th and managed to get in front and take the place. Sunday on the other hand was dry and warm. After a steady race 1 I was p9 on the grid meaning I had to push on, a good start enabled me to stay with the front group, pushing hard in the first half and setting the fastest lap of the race I started losing grip on the rear and had to settle in for 6th place.”
Rhys is next out on the track this weekend at Thruxton for round 7 of the British Talent Cup. Good luck for then, Rhys!