Leading British Motocross Championship rider Matiss Karro had his best finish in the FIM World Championship this weekend at the seventh round in Agueda, Portugal.
After two tenth place finishes previously, Karro bettered that with a ninth place finish in Portugal. At the same time his stand-in teammate Jamie Law scored his first championship point in only his second World Championship outing with Team STR KTM. In the first race, both Karro and Law made strong starts after qualifying in 13th and 25th respectively and were in the top fifteen after the first step-up. Karro rode strongly throughout race one but saved his best until the last few laps where he caught and passed Davide Guarneri for a brilliant 9th place and his first top ten finish of the season.
Both riders had problems in race two with Law clipping the crest of the step-up and ending up on the floor as he was on the cusp of adding to his points tally but was still able to finish in 23rd, for 22nd overall for the day. Karro lost his front fender and number plate on the fourth turn and although struggled without his front fender, he had to settle for a 17th place for a 14th overall.
Both Matiss Karro and Jamie Law had good starts to the qualifying race with Karro in the top fifteen and Law just outside the top twenty. However, as the rain started to fall midway through the race they began to experience problems with their goggles. With both struggling they had to choose between continuing to wear goggles that they could barely see through or discard them and ride in the rain with no protection. They settled for the latter and finished in 13th and 25th place respectively.
Karro and Law looked to be buried in the pack as they rounded the first corner but as they appeared over the first step-up, they were both in the top fifteen. Karro swiftly pushed through to 10th before losing a place to Ken DeDyker and Law tangled with Evgeny Bobryshev but he lost out and ended up on the ground.
Law stuck to his task though and after initially dropping down to 24th, he managed to fight back to take a 20th place finish for his first ever Championship point. Karro meanwhile rode pretty conservatively through the middle of the race, saving himself for the final laps and it paid off as he caught and passed Davide Guarneri for a brilliant 9th place finish, his best of the Championship.
Disaster struck early in race two as Karro went down on the fourth turn and remounted next to last, minus his front fender and number plate. Law was just on the edge of the points scoring position but clipped the crest of the step-up and ended on the ground. Re-starting in 24th, he struggled to find his rhythm but still gave his all to finish in 23rd, for 22nd overall for the day.
Karro was struggling to race hard without his front fender and after forcing his way up to 18th he let Milko Potisek through and sat on his tail. This proved to be a wise decision as Potisek pulled the two of them onto the back of Herjan Brakke and with three laps to go Karro stepped it up and passed them both to take 17th for an overall 14th for the day.
Matiss Karro said: “I felt like it was going to be a good weekend for me, qualifying was okay and first race was awesome and I was so happy with 9th place. We’ve made so much progress throughout the World Championship, on the back of a great start in the British Championship, and I am really happy with our showing so far.”
Jamie Law said: “It’s a great feeling to get my first point on the board in only my second World Championship GP with Team STR. I’m learning all the time and really enjoying myself and looking forward to Belgium next weekend.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner added: “It was a bit of a roller coaster today but a great ride for both Matiss and Jamie in the first race. Matiss had his best finish of the season in 9th and Jamie scored his first GP point, so happy days. In the second race Matiss did all that he could under the circumstances, it’s so hard to ride without a front fender as the rider uses it as a focal point to gauge the position of the bike, especially in the air. Jamie looked good until he went down, but he stuck in there until the end.”