Elliot Pinson MotoGP #76 Race Report
British Motostar Moto3 Standard Class 2017 Round 1 Donington Park, Elliot entered this round with little testing time on the new Moto3 NSF250R standard bike after a late decision to enter the series this season and bad weather at the official BSB test at Donington Park earlier in March disrupted the much needed track time.
Friday 31 s t March
In the two dry free practice sessions Elliot made steady progress dropping his lap time by 2 seconds between free practice 1 and 2. In free practice 2 he finished 10th fastest in his class.
Saturday 1 s t April
The 25 minute wet qualifying session was going well with Elliot steadily reducing his lap time moving up to 6th fastest in his class before a problem with a misting visor and quick shifter malfunction meant he had to make a pit stop. After rejoining the session there was not enough time for him to regain his rhythm and ended qualifying 9th in his class.
On a now dry track for race 1, after being disappointed with his interrupted qualifying Elliot tried hard to make up places passing two riders in the first lap alone. Unfortunately pushing too hard too early in the race, trying to prevent other riders getting away, he tucked the front overtaking yet another rider at the Melbourne Hairpin and crashed out.
Sunday 2 nd April.
The crash early on in race 1 meant that for a dry race 2 Elliot would be starting from the middle of the back row. After a poor start Elliot dropped back to dead last into the first corner, Redgate. Not deterred he made up two places by the end of the first lap. The charge continued and by the fourth lap had overtaken six riders, from then on it was duel with number 56 until the end of the 12 lap race. Finishing 9th in his class and improving his personal best lap time by a further 2 seconds.
At the next meeting, Brands Hatch Indy, 15th-17th of April, we hope for better results as Elliot gets to grips with the new machine.
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