YATE racer Luke Hedger is second in the early British 125GP Championship table after completing the first two rounds at Thruxton.

The Fireplace Warehouse rider finished fourth on Saturday and overtook two bikes on the final lap on Sunday’s race to finish second.

Hedger lined up on the front row for the first race, which was held due to the postponement at Brands Hatch.

All weekend Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray had set the pace for the rest to aim for and in the race this was no different as the two broke clear.

Hedger was in a very close battle with Jordan Weaving, where the two swapped places throughout the ten lap race.

Never more than a couple of bike lengths apart the two gave it everything and at the line Weaving beat Hegder to the final spot on the podium by 0.114 seconds.

Hedger started the second race from third on the grid and yet again he made a fantastic start, promoting himself to second as they entered the complex for the first time.

Yet again, Ray and Ryde were setting the pace but Weaving and Hedger entered the battle too.

Elliot Lodge fell on lap six, bringing out the red flags. The restarted race would be over 5 laps but the drama started before the grid had even formed when Ryde’s Aprilia wouldn’t fire up in pit lane.

When the lights went out for the second time Hedger found himself in a five way battle with Ray, Weaving, Ryan Watson and Malaysian Hafiq Azmi.

Ray went clear of the foursome but the second place position changed several times before Hedger pulled off an awesome pass to go from fourth to second as they braked into the final chicane.

“This weekend has been brilliant,” he said.

“The team did a lot of work over the weekend and the bikes been great all weekend. “I would like to thank all my team, sponsors and family for the support and roll on Oulton.”

Fireplace Warehouse team owner Adrian Mason added: “Luke’s done a fantastic job.”

“I’m really happy with what we’ve done this weekend, we’ve learnt more about the bike and Luke’s riding.

“He was unlucky not to make the podium on Saturday and Luke’s done just what we asked of him.”