Jake Archer made a wildcard appearance in the Moto3 class of MotoGP. He was racing against the best Moto3 riders in the world, including the likes of Jorge Martin, Marco Bezzecchi and John McPhee.
Although rain threatened to dampen the second free practice session on Friday it held off enabling the Moto3 riders to reduce their lap times. Archer managed to cut his lap time by more than 2.5 seconds from FP1 finishing with a time of 2:19.771.
Conditions were far from ideal for qualifying on Saturday morning. After some initial laps Archer entered the pits to make some changes to the bike set-up. With around 23 minutes remaining he left the garage and put in a couple of laps to warm up the tyres and pick up his pace. Unfortunately the rain then began to fall and the riders returned to the boxes. With less than ten minutes remaining the riders began to venture out again. Although cool a strong wind was helping to dry the track. Out on slicks Archer managed to reduce his best lap time to 2:17.227 and would start the race 30th.
“We had a few issues with the bike set up in qualifying. The weather didn’t help but we decided to make big changes to the rear suspension and front forks for Sunday”, Archer said.
The warm up session was wet so there was little point in taking unnecessary risks before the big race in the afternoon. Archer used the opportunity to get a feel for some of the changes they team had made overnight.
The whole City Lifting Team and Archer were looking forward to a wet race as after the problems they had had with bike set up they felt there was a better chance of a good result. During the support classes warm-ups the rain began to fall and never stopped all day. After some of the best weather in years this summer, the team, Archer and the fans were disappointed as the race was delayed and eventually cancelled.
Jake Archer said,” We had difficulties getting the set up right throughout the weekend but were hopeful in the race, especially if it was wet. However, it didn’t happen because of the weather. I’m sorry to my sponsors and those people that came to see us. We are back here next weekend in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship and I hope we get to race this time.