The first round of the 125 National Championships was held at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire last weekend.

Bathed in glorious spring sunshine, riders of the ACU Academy dominated the 125GP Class with a series of equally glorious performances.

Without doubt the biggest showstopper was 15-year-old Cannock school boy Jonathan Lee. Riding for Team UK1 Racing, a team created in association with the ACU Academy, Lee took to the track for only his fourth outing on his Honda RS125.

Team Director Kevin Newton and team manager Clive Horton had high hopes for the youngster and were delighted when he qualified in 8th place on the grid. However, when Lee exited the Coppice complex in second place on lap 2, the team were stunned.

Lee maintained a comfortable second place behind eventual race winner Jon Pearson and looked very comfortable. Many more experienced riders and race winners were struggling to match the Academy riders pace as he slowly pulled away from the chasing pack.

Unfortunately, disaster struck on lap eight when, exiting the last bend on to the start finish straight, Lee lost the rear end and crashed out.

Team Manager Clive Horton was nevertheless up beat about his rider's performance.

"Stunned. Totally stunned!" smiled Horton. "The boy is a revelation. Tell him to do something and he does it - no questions. And to run with a rider of Pearson's experience and pace with so little time on the bike is simply unbelievable."

Team Director Kevin Newton was equally up beat: "I have seen so many 'top riders' come and go, but never anything like this," noted Newton. "The boy is a true star and we are determined to work closely to the Academy and invest every ounce of our effort in helping him achieve his potential. This boy is going places!"

However, Lee's demise was not all bad news. A little further down the pack it was fellow Academy rider Chester Lusk who was making the move.

In the final few laps Lusk, riding for Steve Patrickson Racing, battled his way to the front to take his first and enormously well deserved third place.

Further down the field other Academy riders were doing their part to make sure the Academy had a successful weekend with Tommy Bridewell and Rob Guiver having a superb ride.



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