BRITISH 125cc champion James Lodge has got his sights on getting back to winning ways at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.
The Huddersfield racer had a frustrating time in the latest round at Snetterton and failed to get among the points.
Despite that Lodge retained his leadership of the championship on 91 points, though Essex rider Rob Guiver’s win at Snetterton closed the gap with the Rainham man moving on to 77 points.
Lodge had been in confident mood with his Seel Honda-RS in good shape.
"After the cancellation at Knockhill we had time to rethink and our work for Snetterton seemed to give us some extra speed," said Lodge.
"We were fastest in the first and third free sessions and I took my third pole position of the season in qualifying, having posted a time nearly half a second faster than second place.
"I was confident with the set-up of the bike, and knew the bike was a lot faster than it has been all year."
However, getting off the grid in the race proved to be a major problem for Lodge.
"I got a terrible start which pushed me down to about ninth off the line, however the bike was so strong I managed to get up to fifth place by the end of the back straight," said Lodge.
"I outbraked Deane Brown putting me fourth, moved into third in the Russells chicane, overtook the young Fraser Rogers at the end of lap two and managed to take the lead into the first corner at the start of lap three.
"I knew from how quickly I made it up through the field, how good the bike felt and how fast it was that I could win the race, however, just as I took the lead into the first corner a wire came loose in the ignition."
The subsequent loss of power spelt disaster and despite trying to battle on Lodge in the end had to admit defeat.
"I figured the powervalve had stopped working so I stayed in the race for a few laps, but pulled into the pits after I dropped out of the points as there was no point continuing," said Lodge.
"My team reconnected the wire and sent me back out to get some data but the race was lost, I finished dead last after losing 2 laps in the pits.
"The one saving grace is that we have now got a really fast bike for the last half of the season and I am confident I can win again!"