On Sunday the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team took the time out of their busy season to support MX2 rider Bryan Mackenzie as he looked to secure the MX2 title at the Wulfsport British Masters Championship round at Hawkstone Park Shropshire, All three team riders took to the track looking for good results and also to gain some track time to help with bike set up ahead of the 5th round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals at the end of August & the Final round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship on the 2nd October, also to be at Hawkstone.
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The warm and sunny day saw the track became very rough and dusty following a busy weekends racing. The day started with Bryan setting the fastest time in qualifying while Connor Walkley finished in 13th place. In the MX1 class Gert Krestinov finished second fastest ahead of Bryan in third.
In the MX2 class Bryan suffered a crash on the second corner of the first race and had to work his way back from last to finish in third place at the flag, while Connor had a troubled race and didn’t finish. The second race of the day saw Bryan get a better start and within a few laps he was in the lead, once at the front Bryan got his head down & pulled out a gap on second place but with only two laps to go Bryan made a costly mistake & with bike being hot it took several kicks to fire it up, which handed the win to Steven Clarke. Bryan finished the race in second and was good enough to take the title. Walkley recovered from the DNF in the opening race to finish a solid ninth in the second race.
In the MX1 class Mackenzie lined up for his second class of the day. As the gate dropped Krestinov took the early race lead ahead of Mackenzie and Anderson in third. By mid race Anderson had moved into the lead, while Gert and Bryan battled hard and kept Anderson honest to the finish. The second race of the day for MX1 saw Mackenzie and Krestinov again battle with Anderson for the win. Krestinov finished the race in second for second overall ahead of Mackenzie in third place for his second podium of the day.
The team will now be focusing on the next round of the Maxxis British Championship at Duns. Duns will be the home round of the season for Bryan Mackenzie and the first meeting for guest rider Billy Mackenzie as he prepares for the British Grand Prix.
This weekend has been fantastic, we have seen some great racing in all classes, we also had the L.P.E Junior team with us this weekend, my nephew Tom Bright 19, rode to 7th overall in the Kawasaki Masters MX1 Class and my son Ben 14, rode in the MXY2 Class to 23rd overall on his 125, not bad considering it is only the second year of racing for both of them. Back to the Main team though and Connor had a tough first race but bounced back with a solid 9th place in the second race, it was a shame as the DNF in the first race spoilt what could have been a good overall for Connor.
Gert had a very good day in MX1, he got good starts in both races and had a good battle with Brad & Bryan early in both races, Brad rode very strong as always to win both but Gert kept him honest only finishing about 4 seconds behind Brad at the end so I was very happy with Gert’s performance. Bryan rode brilliant in all four races as always he put 100% effort in, he was very unlucky not to win the overall on the day in MX2 and he had a brilliant 3rd overall in MX1 riding a 250f against the 450 boy’s, but the highlight of the day was clinching the MX2 Title, hats off to Bryan the whole team salutes him, he works very hard, he is one of the most committed guys I have ever known and is a pleasure to work with, well done Bryan and thank you.
Today has been a solid day with good ride for me, I’ve finished second place in both races today. I was leading the first race and then got a bit of arm-pump and had to slow down. Second race was better for me, riding wise. I was only 6 and 10 seconds behind Brad in both races so I was happy with that.
Well naturally I’m really pleased to lift this championship. It’s a small reward for the hard work that everyone on the Maxxis/Henderson/LPE team puts in to taking me and my team mates racing week in and week out and it’s definitely given us a nice boost for the last 2 months of the season. I’ve had a great response from a shit load of people too, more than I could of ever imagined, congratulating me and stuff and that’s really awesome and I’d like to thank everyone for that, but there’s still a job to do for the rest of the season so We’re still working hard to try carry the momentum on to finish the season on a similar high.
Today was an ok day for me and I qualified 13th and placed a 9th in moto two but had to pull out of moto one because of a mechanical problems. It’s a really good track which I enjoyed riding all day and was good to get in some practice for the up and coming events on this circuit.
Words and Images by Rick Blyth