Last weekend Banks Racing travelled to Assen TT Circuit, Netherlands for round 10 of the British Superbike Motostar Championship. This was Rendell’s first ever appearance at the circuit and as such the team were fully aware of the challenge ahead. With very little data to work with and wet track conditions hindering set up, Rendell entered the first practice session blind. This aside Rendell’s first flying lap was 5 seconds faster than any other British or Dutch rider, a positive start to the weekend. Unusually qualifying one took place later that day, provisionally placing Rendell ‘second’ in the 125 category. Qualification two took part on Saturday; weather conditions had improved along with the lap times across the grid. Championship leader Tom Carne came very close to snatching second on the grid, however Rendell kept it nailed and gradually improved to secure second place. With such positive performance emerging it was clear Rendell’s Donignton Park p1 crash had been ‘overridden’ and that it was time to bounce back. The team entered Sunday with an optimistic attitude and were prepared for the race. However disaster struck in morning warm up when Rendell pulled up after one lap with a technical problem; the engine had seized. With just three hours till the race the team worked tirelessly to re build the engine and that they did. Entering the race with an untested engine was not an ideal position to be in, however the team had no option. Rendell got off to a fantastic start, maintaining his second place position, dicing with Dutch Moto3’s and maintaining a large enough gap to fend off the championship leader in third. On the penultimate lap race control made the decision to black flag 125 race leader ‘Andy Reid’ for an aggressive riding style. Rendell moved up to p1 and crossed the line first taking home his first British win.
‘what a weekend it's been in Assen! My first ever race win in BSB and what a team effort, no one saw the 3 hours before the race, we had a crank fail in morning warm up and the team did a fantastic job to get my bike ready for the race! Couldn't be happier! Roll on Silverstone’
‘two years ago I broke my pelvis, I didn’t think I would walk let alone race again! This race win is also a credit to the medical staff that have mended my falls!’
‘my twitter fans kindly donated towards my race winning tyres this weekend; every round is a financial struggle for me and I hope to replicate the same support for the next two rounds’ Follow Rendell @edrendell12.
In two weeks Silverstone Circuit hosts penultimate round of the British Superbike series, Rendell is currently third in the Motostar Championship and hopes to improve on this. Looking ahead to 2014, Rendell is desperately seeking business sponsorship to support his on track success. If you can help, please contact him via his website www.edrendell12.com or by contacting 07768619700.
With Friday practice a complete wash out, the team worked tirelessly on Saturday to get the bike race ready. Qualifying in second place on Saturday, Rendell was set for another tantalising race with expectation of another podium finish. Setting off from the grid Rendell maintained an impressive second place ahead of championship leader Tom Carne. With just three laps to go the leader was struck with a technical problem ending his race early, Rendell moved up to first and with two laps to go, victory in sight! However disaster struck on the penultimate lap; Rendell’s rear tyre lost grip on the final corner sending rider and bike across the track. Rendell is devastated with this result and hopes his luck will fall into place when the team travel to Assen for the next round of the British Superbikes.
Rendell is desperately seeking financial support ahead of this weekend’s British Superbike round at Donington Park.