This year will see Case Moto3 Moto Rapido continuing to support Thomas in the 2018 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship - Standard Class.
The Moto Rapido Racing team is owned by Steve Moore who has been involved in club level racing with Ducati since 2003. The team moved to national level racing in 2009 when Scott Smart joined them to race the Ducati 1198 in the Superstock 1000 class. They moved up to the Superbike Evo class in 2011 with Smart and with their strong links to Ducati UK and the Italian factory's racing divisions they had a solid season.
The team celebrated their strongest campaign to date in the MCE BSB 2015 season, claiming their first podium finish at the Brands Hatch season finale with John Hopkins and a new support package with Ducati UK. In 2016 the team released the exciting news that John Hopkins would be returning to the Moto Rapido Racing team for the MCE BSB 2017 season.
Moto Rapido also runs an award winning Ducati dealership based in Winchester, Hampshire, where their workshop prepare and develop the racing motorcycles.
In 2016 Thomas rode for the Case Moto3 team in the first ever season of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship Standard Class. For 2018, the Case Moto3 team is delighted to be continuing for a further season in this class working alongside Moto Rapido.
Case Moto3 is part of the Case Group who specialise in Commercial, light industrial and School works. They have also gained a reputation for bespoke architectural lighting design to interior and external applications. Lorne Case owns the Case Group and has been involved with motorbike racing for many years. He is passionate about progressing young talent in the sport and is regularly seen in the paddock.
Thomas selected for inaugural British Talent Cup Championship
Thomas will be joining the all-new British Talent Cup in 2018, beginning a whole new phase of Dorna’s Road to MotoGP™ program. The new Cup is designed as the perfect stepping-stone for 23 riders from the British Isles to get onto the world stage, providing an opportunity like no other to grow and progress on the Road to MotoGP™.
The riders were handpicked at the first ever British Talent Cup selection event ahead of the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Racing on Honda NSF250R Moto3™ machinery, the calendar begins racing alongside the British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Donington Park, and then returns to the venue with WorldSBK. The next round will be held at the BSB Snetterton event before joining the British Grand Prix at Silverstone putting the BTC riders on stage with MotoGP™. The final two dates on the calendar are then both overseas, as the British Talent Cup races with BSB at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands and then rounds out the year at the grand finale of the MotoGP™ season in Valencia. A perfect mix of tracks and events make for an exciting and challenging first season.
|Event / Circuit||Date||Qualifying||Results|
|BTC / Donnington Park||31-2 April||2nd||1st|
|BSB / Brands Hatch Indy||13-15 April||5th||4th / 5th|
|BSB / Oulton Park||5-7 April||6th||6th / 3rd|
|BTC / WorldSBK Donington Park||25-27 May||1st||3rd / 3rd|
|BTC / Snetterton 300||15-17 June||3rd||3rd / 1st|
|BSB / Knockhill||6-8 July|
|BSB / Brands Hatch GP||20-22 July|
|BSB / Thruxton||3-5 August|
|BSB / Cadwell Park||17-19 August|
|BTC / MotoGP Silverstone GP||24-26 August|
|BSB / Silverstone GP||7-9 September|
|BSB / Oulton Park||14-16 September|
|BTC / Assen||28-30 September|
|BSB / Brands Hatch GP||12-14 October|
|BTC / Valencia GP||16-18 November|