The lead changed numerous times over the course of the 22 laps with both riders neck and neck throughout the duration of the race. But it was on the final lap where the battle for first began to get serious.
Initially Irving got the better of Weaving going into Leslies on lap 21 but black markers proved a problem for both riders as they had trouble trying to avoid them. Irving got caught behind the black maker, Moto Strada’s Stephanie Waddelow, meaning that Weaving was able to take advantage at the Scotsman to clinch a very tight victory, by only 0.3 seconds.
Weaving and Irving were the only riders in contention for win, as they were seventeen seconds ahead of third place TC Racing’s Tom Carne. The Rossendale native could not catch up with the leading rider’s but ended the race in third overall, but was the highest finishing 125 machine.
Team WD40 rider and championship leader Joe Francis came across the line in fifth overall, and third in the Moto3 class. He was sandwiched between E3 Motorsports Arnie Shelton and Banks Racing’s Edward Rendall. Francis was leading on the opening lap, but a mistake five laps later at the chicane pushed the Chester lad back down the grid, and the rider was never able to get into the top five for the remainder of the race.
There was a battle for eighth between Kinpac Racing’s Peter Sutherland, Lewis Rollo and Spikeracing’s Elliot Lodge, but Sutherland was able to edge ahead and gain a 0.5 second lead over Rollo, with Lodge rounding off the top ten.
Not every rider made it to the finishing line; Burman Racing’s Sam Burman fell at the Hairpin on lap six, with RS Racing’s Thomas Lodge, and Trax Hydraulics Josh Owens quickly following suit two laps later. Local rider Redline KTM’s Tarran Mackenzie did not start the race after suffering a mechanical issue with his bike this morning, meaning he missed out on the main race today.
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