JAMIE Lyons bid farewell to life as a member of the British Talent Cup on Sunday as the competition came to an end in its present guise.
After two seasons in its current format, which saw riders have to win the chance to race through a trial weekend, the British Talent Cup will be expanded to a 10 round, twenty-race championship, which will be restricted to riders between 12 and 17 years of age, with teams and riders open to enter in a traditional manner.
At this term’s final round, which took place during the British MotoGP at Silverstone, Omagh lad Jamie earned 13th and 12th placed finishes, which saw him miss out on the rookie of the year award by just five points as Corey Tinker took that honour.
Having shown exceptional pace in unbelievably tight practice and qualifying sessions, Jamie found himself stuck in midfield during both races.
“Frustrated is a good word because in both races I had the pace to be further up than were I was,” he observed.
“In race one, I couldn’t get caught up with the front group because any time I got passed I was passed again and in race two I ran off in the first lap, turn 11 and went back to 20th. I was two seconds off second last, but I got back up with the group and I settled in and cruised around getting ready for the last lap and managed to get 12th.”
Despite a somewhat disappointing end to a season that saw him achieve two top 10 finishes, including sixth place at the Czech Moto GP at Brno, the 14-year-old Omagh Academy pupil has thoroughly enjoyed his time in the British Talent Cup.
“It’s been a brilliant experience,” he beamed. “It’s helped me in a lot of ways, but it’s just been a brilliant experience to have had, being essentially a works rider for a season.
“It was very good to be part of MotoGP. We got to meet all the British riders, it was a good experience – you got to watch MotoGP for free – it was just amazing to be part of a big championship.”
While his plans for next season remain in the works, Jamie will see out the remainder of this campaign onboard his C&M Motors Moto3 Honda in both the British Hel Performance Motostar Championship, which becomes the British Talent Cup next year, and the Ulster Superbike Championship.
His next outing is next weekend at Oulton Park.