ANDOVER ace Jake Archer made a successful start to his Moto2 career at Silverstone last weekend.

The British Motostar Champion (Moto3) started a new era in his career at the Northamptonshire circuit on a Moto2 machine for the Kovara Projects by RS Racing team.

Having won 11 races on his way to the British Moto3 title last year Archer will have to be patient before he can see that kind of success at this new level.

The Moto2 machines ride in the same race as the Dickies British Supersport machines.

In the first race he finished 23rd and fifth in the Moto2 category and in the second race 22nd overall and sixth in his class.

Archer started the weekend determined to use the free practice sessions to get as much track time in as possible.

After his unfortunate collarbone injury pre-season, he has had little time to get up to speed with his new Moto2 machine.

He put in 26 laps in the first free practice finishing with a best time of 59.745 seconds and in the second session improved slightly to 59.706.

In the qualifying session, he was beginning to develop more understanding of the bike.

The goal at this stage of the season was to set a time of 59 seconds at this circuit and in fact Archer beat that ending with a 58.929.

He would start 28th on the grid for his first British GP2 race, the sprint race of 18 laps of the National circuit at Silverstone.

Archer was slowly growing in confidence with the feeling of the bike. He started the race positively and was pursued by a Tomás De Vries throughout it. He managed to fend off the Dutch rider crossing the finish line 23rd in the race and fifth in the British GP2 class.

In race two Archer started 28th on the combined grid for the 26 lap feature race.

The Andover racer was determined to continue his learning process with the new Moto2 machine and went on to set his fastest lap of the weekend, a 58.889. He recovered to finish a very satisfactory 22nd position.

Archer said: "We are having to play catch up even as the season starts, after my accident in Spain meant we missed several days of pre-season testing.

"The feeling with the front end was not great in the early part of the weekend but we are still learning the bike. At this round that was our target but to break into the 58s in the second race was a real positive and shows we are making progress.”

Archer is next in action at the BSB round two at Oulton Park on the weekend of May 4-6.