At Brands Hatch last weekend, Brandon Paasch became the first American to be crowned British Champion when he was proclaimed Motostar king.
The Team FPW rider, who is also the last Moto3 champion as the class is being canned in favour of the British Talent Cup next year, took the title on Saturday with victory in race one.
“What a weekend – probably one of the best of my life. After the win in race two at Donington, I knew I could push it at Brands because that’s one of my favorite tracks in the series,” said Paasch.
“I worked out pretty hard leading up to the weekend, so I was really ready for both races. The KTM Moto3 bike was running real strong, and thankfully we had no issues with the ECU. I expected a typically cold and wet English autumn weekend, and I felt pretty comfortable right away in practice.
“I planned to take pole in qualifying to set myself up for the race, but second spot was pretty good, and I knew I would just have to pin it to be out in front for the race. I made the best start of the year and just put my head down to stay out front.
“There were a couple fast guys that would try to knock me off the box, but I was determined to get the win for the championship. When I crossed the line and got it, I was so happy that I could barely sit on the bike. It was such an amazing feeling to be a champion – the first US champion in BSB history.
“I couldn’t have done this without a great team and great group of sponsors, supporters and fans! Everyone worked so hard and put in so much time to help me be a champion. Adrian and Sarah from Fireplace Warehouse are incredible. They not only ran a very organised and detailed team, but they were great mentors, too.
“Dave is a great guy and awesome mechanic, and Andy really was incredible working on the data to get us really dialed in. I also have to thank Andy’s family for taking me in and making feel like a part of them while I was in the UK; I’ll always be grateful for their support.
“For my sponsors, Dave, Paul, Scott and everyone else that stepped up financially, you really made an impact on helping the team this season. To Spidi and Arai – thanks for keeping me protected and helping me be confident to push hard when I was out on the track.
“Big thanks to my Partner Sponsors, Electronic Concepts and luxeStar VIP, as well as my Presenting Sponsors Classic Car Club of Manhattan, NJMiniGP, Evolve GT, BJT Mechanical, The Three Horseshoes, and OTF.” Thanks to all my fans, you guys really grew a lot this year and helped pick me up when things looked tough. Last, but certainly first in my mind, is my biggest supporter – my Mom. Without you first, I really wouldn’t be here. Thank you for everything for all these years.”