We were delighted to hear news this week from the incredibly talented Abbz Thomas, who we're proud to support as she races her way into a promising motorcycling career.
Exciting Stanair Supported motorcycle talent Abbz Thomas once again showed her talent and determination during the past few hectic weeks, experiencing the highs and lows of racing life and learning all the way.
Despite her rookie status, 13-year-old Abbz finished 11th and 9th in her two race heats at Cadwell Park, adding 12 championship points to her tally to maintain 9th place on a crowded and competitive leader-board.
“We had a rough old weekend but she’s done us proud,” said Team Manager Steffan Thomas. “First the van blew up on our way to the event. Then the KTM’s brakes failed straightaway in free practice. We put in a brand-new master cylinder after the Snetterton crash but it was faulty."
“This meant that Q1 was Abbz’s first time out on the track. With that in mind, placing 16th was not bad. She wasn’t very happy with it but you have to accept reality."
“We wanted to use R1 to set up a good position for R2. She made a bad start and lost places then another rider got his brake-guard caught up with Abbz’s bike. She eventually braked free, got her head down and rode well. She took 4.5s off her qualifying time, overtook a rider on every lap and pushed through for P11."
“She had a disaster at the start of R2, stalling on the grid. She got it started again but the whole field had disappeared up the hill. She flipped a switch and went for it. She ended up crossing the line in P9, having taken another 4s off her qualifying time and scoring the 5th fastest lap of the race."
“She went into the race heats with the attitude that she’d go down fighting. We’re really happy with the result. It’s the best ride she’s had this year despite the position.”
Just two days later Annabel took part in the inaugural British Talent Cup, the new Moto GP initiative to find young up and coming British Talent to become the next stars of Moto GP.! Annabel had to compete against 100 riders aged from 13 to 18, and take place in elimination sessions, on identical Honda motorcycles around the Silverstone Stowe circuit making it through to the final round, with just 32 riders to fight for 27 places in the squad. Annabel produced an amazing performance to become the only female selected in the British Talent cup starting in 2018.
Still top rookie in the BSB KTM cup series Abbz set of for Silverstone just two weeks later holding 9th place on a crowded and competitive championship table.
Abbz notched up an impressive P5 in Friday’s free practice session in the rain, her first fully wet session on road tyres. Unfortunately, that was to prove the highlight of the weekend. She lost ground in qualifying after a rider ahead crashed out, and struggled to regain her impetus while learning the track, finishing in P14.
“The first race shouldn’t have been run,” said father Steffan. “Abbz made a cracking start on an incredibly wet and slippery circuit. She got up to 5th, got a glimpse of first place and went for it, but it was too much to ask of the road tyres. She was one of eight riders who went off and recorded DNFs."
“Saturday was Abbz’s first time in the wet on road tyres. In her Junior race days, she was unbeatable on wet tyres on a wet track so she was keen to get stuck in. She was disappointed not get a second go after her DNF - she’d gained some insight into how the KTM behaves - but the second race heat was quite sensibly called off due to the horrendous track conditions. There’ll be three race heats at Oulton Park next round to make up for it."
Annabel and her family would like to thank Martin and the team at Stanair for their continued support, and hopes to continue keeping you all proud.