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.
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.”