MOTO3 HIGHS AND LOWS AT THRUXTON FOR SCOTT OGDEN
Off the back of his first ever Moto3 victory at the last round at Brands Hatch, Scott Ogden was feeling positive despite Thruxton not being a track he likes very much.
With Britain bathed in sunshine over the weekend Ogden used FP1 to get used the Friday to the fast flowing corners of the 2.4-mile Hampshire circuit. It was here he started in Moto3 in 2017 but he didn’t have the best of starts this weekend, by his high standards. In the afternoon session he gained in confidence reducing his lap time by four-tenths of a second to 1:25.528. This put him 9th quickest at the end of the first day.
Qualifying was early on Saturday morning and although Ogden has his reservations about the circuit he was keen to make the most of the 30-minute session. He was quickly up to speed a set a lap time of 1:23.802. This put him sixth on the grid for race one although he was confident of his race pace. His qualifying time was only 0.4 seconds from the rider in fourth.
The drama started early for Ogden. While he was waiting in pit lane to go out on the warm up lap he suffered a technical problem. The team managed to repair the issue and Ogden was in time to take up his grid position. He made a superb start moving into second position in the standard class through the early part of the lap before the gremlins returned and he was forced to retire on lap one.
Having not set a lap time in race one Ogden found himself having to start on the grid 11th in his class, for race two. He made up two places on the first lap before working with another rider to close down on the race leaders. In doing so they brought with them several other riders which lead to a big battle at the end of the race. Going into the final chicane on the last lap a rider overtook Ogden then braked hard causing him to lose his momentum and drive out of the corner. The result was he crossed the line fourth missing out on the podium by just 0.288 seconds.
Scott Ogden said,” To be fair I struggled all Friday. It’s not my type of track. Qualifying wasn’t too bad. I scrapped out a sixth place without a tow. I knew I had good race pace because I used some of the qualifying session to do some consistent laps. In race one, when I got down to pit lane, we had a problem which we thought we cured but after a great start I had to stop.
I had to start 11th in race two so I thought if I could fight for top six I’d be happy. I passed two riders in the chicane on the first lap. Then I worked with another rider and we closed the gap on him but the other riders came with us. I knew I had good pace but it was hard to overtake and clear off because of the slipstream on this track. I ended up fourth but it was a good result considering where I started.
I just want to finish by saying thank you to Premium Motorhomes, Malton Laser, Allots Accountants, N Appleyard, PFR Motorsport, A18 Motorcycle Tyres, DC Butler Motorcycles and Agriwash UK, because without you I wouldn’t be racing. ”