Difficult end to the British GP2 season
After a great qualifying session Archer struggled to find his pace in the final two races of the Moto2 season. Riding the Kovara Projects by RS Racing Kalex bike he came away from Brands Hatch with a seventh in race one and an sixth in the second.
The riders faced mixed conditions in the two free practice sessions on Friday. The first was wet and the second was drying. This did not necessarily help for qualifying. Archer initially went out on slick tyres in FP2. Despite getting quicker lap after lap Archer and the team thought he might gain more confidence with a wet in the front, keeping the slick in the rear. It was a good decision. Up until the change his best time was a 1:40.925. Jake Archer immediately reduced his lap time ending the session with a 1:36.560 putting him 16th on the combined British Supersport and GP2 grid and fourth in the Moto2 class.
Unfortunately, Jake Archer and the team’s efforts went un rewarded in the 12 lap Sprint Race.
The number 47 had a difficult start to the race and dropped back down the field of Supersport and Moto2 machines. He then had an uphill battle to get back to the GP2 riders ahead. Although he did manage to close the gap to some extent he was only able to cross the line in seventh position at the flag.
Archer’s problems in race one meant he would line up 22nd on the combined grid for the 18 lap Feature Race. He made a better start this time and went on to set his fastest lap of the weekend. Despite his efforts he was unable to reach the pace needed to claw back from his low grid position.
Archer crossed the line in 6th position in the GP class and collected ten more championship points.
The 2018 Moto3 British Champion finished his rookie season on a Moto2 in 8th position overall.
Jake Archer said,” It has been a challenging season in Moto2. We have had a lot to learn but we have made progress at each round. I must thank Kovara Projects by RS Racing for providing a well prepared Kalex Moto2 at each meeting. Also to all my sponsors, Kovara Projects, City Lifting, Euroclad, Radmat, Sureweld, Freedom Caravans, Four Ways Property Maintenance, Griffin Cleaning, and HJC Helmets, without who I would not be racing. Also, of course my Dad who has been such a big part of my racing all throughout my life. Now it is time to sit down and prepare for 2020. We need to make sure I am fit and focused and the finances are in place. Thank you to all the fans that have supported me this year, and the Andover Advertiser’s continued coverage. Kovara Projects have already agreed to help with sponsorship again in 2020 so I look forward to seeing you next season.”