TEENAGE motorcycle racer Charlie Farrer says he is looking forward to the rest of the British Talent Cup season after making steps forward at Snetterton.
The 16-year-old from Easington, County Durham, is continuing to make progress in the class, after bagging more points in the third round of the inaugural championship at Snetterton.
Farrer, who is also contesting the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship this year, came into the series fresh from winning Thundersport’s Superteen championship and the Kawasaki Team Green Junior Cup last year, aboard a Ninja 300.
It means he has come from a production-based background, while all but one of his rivals are following the Moto3 and Motostar route, and as a result he had no previous experience of the Honda NSF 250F Moto3 machine before joining the series.
Lining up against young riders who have several years of Moto3 experience under their belts, Farrer has had to learn the new bike from scratch, and says he is finally getting more comfortable.
After running in the top 10 during free practice, he bounced back from a big high-side to qualify 18th for the weekend’s two races.
Following a tough opening race on Saturday as he battled with a painful foot from Friday’s crash, he crossed the line in 19th spot. But on Sunday morning he came out fighting, and had a strong race.
The youngster made up several places and enjoyed a battle with a number of riders and eventually crossed the line 14th after a last lap scrap.
“I think it’s definitely coming together for me now with the Moto3 bike, I’m more comfortable than I’ve ever been and I felt the speed was really starting to come by the end of the weekend,” he said.
“Friday was a great day, I felt really good on it and I was setting some nice laps but then I just got caught out and crashed. I was gutted because I was 10th at the time and I know I could’ve gone even faster.
“I still feel a little bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to get a top 10 finish this weekend, but I know it’s coming. Had I not had the crash, I’m confident I could’ve made it up there and got a lot closer to the lads in front, so I know it’s not far off. I just need to start banking some good positions now, and I’m looking forward to getting out and doing it again later in the year.”
The British Talent Cup now takes a break until late August, when it will head to Silverstone to support the British MotoGP.
But Farrer will be back in action in just over a fortnight, as he returns to Superstock 600 action when the series heads to his ‘local’ track of Knockhill in Scotland.
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