JACK Bednarek is planning a Dickies British Junior Supersport assault next season after narrowly missing out on points in his Donington Park debut.
The 16-year-old CF Motorsport rider has been making waves all season in the famous Thundersport GB Superteens series, notching up a hat-trick of wins and 12 podium finishes in his very first season on tarmac.
And ahead of the British Superbike championship’s penultimate round on Donington’s GP circuit, the Leeds-based teen decided it was time to pack his Craig Fitzpatrick-supported Yamaha R3 up and take a stab at the big time.
After qualifying 22nd in a field of 44 hungry youngsters, Bednarek made a place up almost immediately off the start of race one, dicing for much of the 10-lap scrap with Kier Armstrong before pipping him by two tenths of a second at the flag to finish in the top 20.
Knowing he had much more to give, he lined up 22nd on the grid once again for race two. But it was disaster for the teenager when the lights went out as he got caught up behind a multiple-rider tangle and had to head for the gravel, eventually rejoining in dead last before regaining ground and passing four riders in the latter half of the race to finish 26th.
Forced to start on row 11 for Sunday’s final scrap, Bednarek made a lightning start and shot forward a whopping 10 places on the very first lap, picking off three riders over the next two laps before rocketing from 18th to 15th in one fell swoop on lap five to sit in a provisional points-scoring position.
And while he tried to hold on, he was just pipped in the closing laps in a tight dice with another pair of riders, crossing the line 17th and just 2.5sec from his first British Junior championship point.
Although he was disappointed not to finish inside that golden top-15, Bednarek – who regularly hits the gym with personal trainer Andy Berry at Andy Berry Performance Coaching – says he is already back at the training in prep for a move to the BSB paddock next season as he bids to battle at the front.
“This is my first season on Tarmac, so all in all it’s going really good with the podiums and wins at Thundersport and a 17th at BSB,” he admitted.
“I really hope I can come back to the British Superbike paddock next season. I was so close to the points and next year I’d love to be battling at the sharp end.
“I don’t have many sponsors, but CF Motorsport, HEC Decorating and Andy Berry Performance Coaching make it all happen. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this so I have to give them a big shout out – especially CF Motorsport for helping to build such a great bike.”
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