Monday, August 5

KIWI LEADS EURO JUNIOR CUP


Christchurch's Jake Lewis heads the Honda CB500R pack at Silverstone on his way to his second win of the sesason.
WITH three rounds left to run, Christchurch Honda CB500R rider Jake Lewis has taken a handy 10 point lead after winning the Silverstone round in England on Sunday.

The Honda-supported Pata European Junior Cup is being run over eight rounds as a support event to the European rounds of the Eni Superbike World Championship.

After winning the opening round at Aragon in Spain in April, Lewis crashed out of a torrid Assen encounter two weeks later.  He then bounced around in the drafting duel at Monza on May 12 but timed his run well and made it to the podium in third place, four tenths of a second behind the race winner.

At Imola in June, Lewis was one of nine riders who crashed out of the nine lap race but he more than made amends for that at Silverstone with a convincing win - the only rider to have scored more than one win thus far.

The Silverstone race was another thrilling European Junior Cup encounter with no less than eight riders taking turns in the lead in the opening laps and countless others swapping positions as the first 15 Honda CBR500R-mounted riders crossed the line covered by just three seconds.

The race was red-flagged one lap early with Lewis taking his second victory of the season on a count-back to the previous lap.  He was joined on the Silverstone podium by British rider James Flitcroft, who finished second, and Hungarian Richard Bodis, who was less than a second adrift of Lewis.

Remo Gobbi, President of snack-food maker Pata right, 
celebrates on the Silvestone podium with Jake Lewis.
Javier Orellana from Spain was visibly disappointed to be awarded fourth - missing the podium by just three hundredths of a second but finishing ahead of French rider Robin Anne and Spaniard Augusto Fernandez, who finished sixth.

“It was a difficult start to the weekend,” said Lewis after the race, “but we made a few changes and got faster and more confident in each session.  I felt really good for the race and got a good start to stay with the leading bunch.  I just kept pushing and it was good to get another win to go with the first round at Aragon. I think we know we can run a good pace at any race now, so I just have to stay consistent.”

Talking about consistency, that is exactly what is keeping Monza race winner Robin Anne tied in second place in the Cup.  He has scored points in each of the five rounds to date and trails Lewis by 10 points, tied in second place with fellow Frenchman Guillaume Raymond, the Imola race winner.

For the full Pata European Junior Cups points breakdown, click here

Next round: Nurburgring, Germany – September 1.