Brad digs deep to show true British grit

PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson scored a fantastic fifth overall for his wildcard entry in the Motocross Grand Prix of Great Britain at Matterly Basin yesterday.

In qualifying I got a real bad start as I took a risk; I went further out and it didn't really work. The race was so hard because the group ahead got away from us. I passed everyone in my group but the group ahead was gone by then and I had no chance of catching them up. I ended up 15th, which wasn't too bad for the gate. In the first race today I got an okay start but I made a lot of time up on the second corner. I had to fight through, but I got arm pump as I was holding (Max) Nagl off and he was giving me some pressure, so my arms became solid. I couldn't hold on after he got past and I had to slow up, so I lost a few places. Shaun came past and I got some rhythm again and I started to go again and ended up ninth, which was pretty good. In the second race I got an okay start up-to ninth and then Billy and Leok crashed so it was red-flagged. I hope they are okay, but it would have been a good race as Shaun was up in second and Billy was doing well too - I think it could have been a good battle between us all. We had to rush about for the re-start and I got the worst start of the day. A stone came up and smashed my roll offs on the first corner. I got my head down and passed Boissiere and Goncalves which was good. I looked at my board and thought I was 11th but I was seventh. I was trying to catch Campano and I knew there was 15 minutes to go, so I was trying to pace myself, but then at three laps to go I had a real push and started to gain on Campano and Nagl. I had to wipe my goggles because I had no roll offs and I ran out of time to make any more progress, but to come away with seventh is great. With better starts though it could have been better, although two consistent races gave me fifth overall and the best I've ever done at GP's, which shows how good this year is going and it was good to be top Honda too. I've got the Red Bull Pro Nationals this weekend but the next big one is the Des Nations. I'm not a qualifier but I knew I could do well today and knuckle down; I felt good even in the longer races, though when I got off my bike my legs felt a bit jelly! It's been a good weekend and great to see the support from the British fans.

The recently crowned 2011 British MX1 Champion was looking to put on a good show for the British fans after winning all three races in the domestic series just one week ago in Duns, Scotland, and the Honda pilot certainly delivered.

In Saturday’s pre-qualifying ‘Ando’ struggled to get to grips with the hardpack track, as it was fast and fairly flat. In the 20-minute plus two-lap qualifying heat later in the day the 30-year-old recovered from a bad start to finish in a fighting 15th place.

A determined Anderson was disappointed with his qualifying performance and certainly made amends in yesterday’s Grand Prix race one as he gated into ninth place aboard his CRF450R in race one. The PAR Honda rider progressed up-to seventh position while battling the Grand Prix regulars, but slipped back later in the 35-minute plus two-lap moto for a superb ninth position finish.

In race two Anderson got a fairly decent start into ninth, but 15 minutes into the moto the race was red-flagged due to fellow countryman Billy Mackenzie’s crash on the quadruple step-up.

In the re-start, which would see the moto run to full length, Anderson got a poor start but made his way through to 12th place by the end of lap one. The Honda pilot put everything he had into the race, which is over a much longer distance than his usual races, and made his way through to seventh position to finish top Honda and top British MX1 rider against the Grand Prix regulars to take a fantastic fifth overall.

Neil Prince: PAR Honda Team Manager
“What a great weekend for the team. Brad didn’t get the start he needed in qualifying and it is so important here, but he certainly made amends today. The track had become rutty and bumpy, but Brad put on a really good show and to be able to race like that in the second moto after already having done half a race distance shows that he’s as fit, or fitter than a lot of the guys out there especially as the races at home he does are a lot shorter in length. He put everything he had into that last race and to come away finishing top Honda and top British rider in his class just shows the work that he’s put in this year and how good he’s riding. We’re really pleased with the weekend and we’re looking forward to the Des Nations now.”

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