CHARLIE Farrer scorched to his best ever British Talent Cup result as he bagged a top 10 finish at Assen.
The Easington youngster crossed the line 10th after a race-long scrap among a pack of nine riders, making a last lap move to take two places at once.
Farrer, who is one of just two riders in this year’s BTC who does not regularly ride a Moto 3 bike, admits he has now figured out how to get the best from the machinery, having developed his own riding style to suit.
In his first ever visit to the Dutch track, the 16-year-old qualified 13th on the grid ahead of the opening race, but had been hoping to make a charge through the pack as the 16-lap race got underway.
But his hopes were dashed on the opening lap when he was pushed off track by another rider, effectively ending his race. He was able to re-join in last place but was so far back was unable to make any further progress.
However, race two the following day gave Farrer the chance to get stuck into the action, as he got away well with the pack and was quickly up to 10th.
The front three riders had pulled away at the front and behind a nine-strong train was battling for position, swapping places lap by lap. In what was to be his first real Moto 3-style battle, Farrer came out well as he crossed the line 10th at the flag.
“I started off in 13th which is a little but further back than where I wanted to be but I made it up to about 11th and I wanted to make the top 10 so I was battling all the way through,” he said.
“In our pack, fourth and fifth places were up for grabs and I knew it could go either way. Coming down the back straight on the last lap I was lying in 12th but on the last corner I managed to go up the inside of two and take the 10th place.
“It was nerve-racking, I felt like I was going to keep tucking the front because I was riding so hard but it felt good to be with the fast boys.
“I’ve finally learnt how to get the best out of this bike and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to get to Valencia now for the last round to see how high I can finish out there.”
Farrer will head to Valencia, Spain for the final round of the 2018 season over the weekend November 16-18.
*Images: Bonnie Lane