THE Morpeth-based SGR Racing team recently enjoyed an adventure to the Netherlands for a special round of the British 125GP championship.
The team got off to a bad start at Assen with a technical problem forcing rider Jason Vernon to pull out of the first free practice session.
But in second free practice, Jason managed to put some good laps together and sat comfortably within the qualifying time.
First qualifying was held on the Friday evening and Jason shocked the team with his pace, improving his time from free practice by 3.2 seconds. The team had high hopes for second qualifying as some set-up improvements had been made overnight with the help of KAIS Ohlins.
The one-and-only session on the Saturday started well and Jason had improved his first qualifying lap time on only his second lap. Unfortunately, technical issues again forced him to bring the bike to a premature halt on only his third lap.
Many thanks must go to mechanics Pete Roberts and Karne Conning for their hard work rebuilding the bike ready for race day.
Undeterred by these issues, the team and Jason were upbeat for warm-up and knew they had a good set-up. He completed warm-up and a few alterations were made to produce a more competitive bike for the race.
Jason got away with a pack of other riders and had a race-long battle with Miguel Lourenco for the final 125GP points position.
Jason was in front on the penultimate lap before positions changed several times on the final lap, but he just lost out in the final chicane and was beaten to the finish line.
However, the team were immensely proud to see Jason’s lap times – he had gone faster again than his qualifying time – and are looking forward to bringing more improvements to the next round at Silverstone.
SGR are disappointed not to be fielding a second bike at this round, but hopefully this can be rectified at the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch.
Keep up to date with all the developments on the team’s website – www.sgrracing.co.uk