Banks Racing used round one to establish a base setting and dial this into Rendell’s requirements; fortunately this was achieved by race day resulting in a third place podium.
The team then focused on round two (Thruxton), this circuit a favorite of Rendell’s for the fast pace action it presents. During the weekend Rendell consistently set the fastest 125 laps; placing him on the front row, with only Moto3 bikes ahead of him. Starting from the front row, Rendell was in a good position for a solid race result. From the off Rendell was battling for a podium finish managing 9 laps in the top 3. On the 10th lap of 14 Rendell entered the final corner with lack of drive; prematurely ending his race with a technical problem. Unfortunately the front sprocket had come off.
Understandably Rendell is disappointed with this result, however with 10 rounds to follow is not too disheartened. Despite the DNF, Rendell set the fastest 125 lap and remains within the Top 10 of the championship. The next meeting is at Oulton Park (4-6 May) where Rendell hopes to recoup vital championship points.
Rendell says “So far I am pleased with my comeback and cannot thank Banks Racing enough for such a competitive bike. I have come back fighting fit and am really enjoying my self back on the 125's. Looking ahead to Oulton Park I am determined to achieve another podium finish and will approach the whole weekend with that attitude. The bike has been upgraded for Oulton and we have shaved some weight off which will help top speed. My size as a 125 racer does mean that I have to push the bike in the corners, but as evidenced at Brands Hatch and Thruxton, I have the ability to set the fastest laps and compete with all.”
Rendell is desperately seeking an Official Bike Sponsor to join his on track success and enable him to complete all rounds of the British Superbike Championship, If you feel you can help him in anyway, please contact him via his website www.edrendell12.com or by contacting 07768619700.