It was the definitive ‘mixed weekend’ for Appleyard Macadam Yamaha at Thruxton as Bradley Perie took a win and Rhys Irwin a front row start, before Sunday’s rain messed up the riders rhythm.
Coming into the weekend at this uniquely fast, bumpy and abrasive circuit 23 points behind Jack Kennedy, Brad retook the lead on Saturday to relinquish it again by the end of proceedings, albeit reduced to a mere four points.
Brad took a while to get into the groove at this difficult track (which was skipped in the 2020 Covid hit schedule) but hit the front for qualifying, taking P2. An ecstatic Rhys had his best ever qualifying, joining Brad in Parc Ferme with P3. Notably there were three GP2 machines in front with their Slick Pirelli race tyres giving them a significant advantage on the long ‘right hander’ bends.
The shorter Sprint race was over almost immediately for Rhys as he lost the front to slide out of contention, unhurt. Brad was involved in a epic race with the Moto2 machines and Lee Johnston to take a well fought victory. A technical issue for Jack Kennedy mean he took the series lead.
Sunday’s Supersport Feature race was hit by a cloud burst minutes beforehand and Brad was pushed aside from the off, leaving him to fight with the mid pack, finishing sixth in class. Rhys had a mountain to climb as his race one crash put him on Row Six but he caught up to the rear of Brad for seventh.
The series recommences at Donington Park in a fortnight where Brad first showed his pace in winter testing.
Bradley Perie commented, “I had a mega battle with Lee and was really pleased with our dry pace for the win. It did all change in the rain for sure but I genuinely think we are making some progression with our wet set-up. I am really fired up for Donington as I know we can be strong there.”
Rhys Irwin added, “Great qualifying and think we had decent pace but I just pushed a bit too hard. The wet race today obviously I started a million miles back and struggled to see but the result wasn’t too bad, we made up a lot of places. So all in all it was a good weekend!”