It’s all systems go for the first round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Landrake Moto Parc this weekend (May 12-13).
Torrential rain forced a postponement of the original opening date in the seven-round series but the good news is the South West skies are clear, the forecast is favourable and Britain’s most exciting motocross series will take off two weeks later than initially planned at the picturesque Cornish track.
“I was there last weekend and I reckon if we’d been running then we’d have had to water the track,” says Matt Bates of series promoters Events 22. “Who’d have believed it after the washout we could have suffered at the end of last month.
“It was tremendously disappointing to have to postpone the original opening date but now that disappointment has been replaced by a sense of excitement that the 2012 Red Bull Pro Nationals – plus of course the British 2-Stroke Championship and Red Bull Elite Youth Cup – are about to take off this weekend!”
Buildbase Honda Team Manager, Dave Thorpe – “The track looks fantastic and while it was the right thing to cancel the event two weeks ago, the forecast this weekend is excellent, in fact if it is too bright and sunny today (Friday), it will have to be watered”!
Stephen Sword [MX1]:
“I’m obviously looking forward to getting off to a good start at the Red Bull Pro Nationals on the RM-Z450. Landrake is a track I enjoyed riding and I have won there a few times in the past. I will be aiming to put the Tyco Suzuki on the top step, which would be a great boost for both myself and the team.”
Stuart Edmonds [MX2]:
“I’m looking forward to this weekend as I’ve loved this track – wet or dry – since I first rode it four years ago. I haven’t been getting the results I’ve set myself so far this season, but we’ve also been a little bit unlucky to be honest. This weekend I’m going all out to change that around. I have a big heart for what I’m doing and I intend to start making my own luck at Landrake. I know I’m a contender for both championships, so I want to show that to everyone starting at Landrake.”
Adam Lyons – Team Manager:
“We’re coming off the back of a difficult weekend at Lyng in the British, which was disappointing for me personally as both men showed a lot of promise, but we’re back to the hard-pack tracks this weekend. That should suit both riders who have a self-confessed preference for the hard pack stuff. This last few months we’ve been looking for consistency and trying to find out where we are as a team, but everyone knows it’s now time to ‘pull the pin’ and show what we can do with the Tyco Suzuki RM-Z package.”