Goole Moto3 racer Charlie Atkins spent last weekend rubbing shoulders with arguably the best motorcycle riders in the world.
The fourth round of the British Talent Cup was at Silverstone at the MotoGP weekend. After the long hot dry spell, the riders encountered mixed conditions. In the first race on Saturday Atkins finished in tenth spot. Then for Sunday’s race the heavens opened during the warm up sessions and never stopped meaning the race was cancelled.
The best times for the 23 British Talent Cup riders came in the first free practice session. Charlie Atkins registered a lap time of 2:27.856 putting him 17th. The rain then fell and so free practice two took place on a drying track. The lap times were never going to match FP1 so Atkins was unable to improve.
Qualifying was tough. Competing with the best 23 young riders in Britain always makes it challenging. His lap time of 2:24.382 moved him up to 12th on the grid. He was less than two-tenths of a second from a top ten position.
Atkins made a good start to the first of the 11 lap races. The 15-year-old quickly gained three positions moving into ninth place. By the halfway stage Atkins had lost one position and then spent the final few laps fending off Brian Hart to maintain tenth across the line.
Unfortunately the end of the hot spell in the UK coincided with the British GP and on Sunday it rained all day. The track conditions were too dangerous to race, so the second outing of the weekend was cancelled.
Charlie Atkins said,” The track at Silverstone had been resurfaced and it was very bumpy. But that was the same for everyone. As the weekend went on we got quicker and after race one I felt confident that I could achieve at least that result again in race two. The weather on Sunday was terrible, it rained all day so the second race was cancelled.”
Charlie Atkins will return to the Silverstone circuit next weekend. This time he will be competing in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class championship for Wilson Racing.