Hard Luck Harry!
Going into the event Harry was tied for the points lead with Cobra’s Dylan Woodcock after sharing a race win each from the two previous rounds. Harry once again was on fire during practice and qualifying as he set the fastest time and then won both of his qualifying races leaving Dylan in his wake, in fact, almost lapping him in one moto!
Feeling confident going into the final, which was part of the evening programme, Harry had first pick on the gate but never capitalised on it as he missed a gear coming out of the traps and soon found himself last going into the first corner. He then promptly put on a hell of a charge to storm to the front and started checking out at just over half distance in the race – he looked like he had it in the bag but he didn’t! On an incredibly soft and chewed up track Harry got cross rutted coming off the step up (a jump that he was the only rider attempting lap after lap) and did the right thing in pulling in the clutch and not crashing. However he was stuck on the take off of the next jump and had to roll back down to get going again. That let his main rival Dylan Woodcock through with the laps winding down.
He once again got on a charge and as the white flag came out to signal the last lap Harry was closing fast on Woodcock. This wasn’t only the battle for the race but for the British 65cc Supercross crown. Coming through the whoops Harry closed right in as they headed into the penultimate corner. Dylan went to the inside from the middle of the whoops and left an opening, Harry saw it and went for it! They collided in spectacular fashion and Harry’s list ditch effort didn’t pay off as he high sided off his bike while Dylan just managed to keep it on two wheels and then coasted it to the flag. It was the race of the night and the crowd loved it. So did the two riders as they shook hands with a great deal of sportsmanship the likes some of the professional riders should take note of!
Although he lost out on the championship and finished second Harry was philosophical about his performance. “I’m disappointed I didn’t win it after messing up the start and then getting to the front but I know I was the quickest rider and that’s good to know. I saw the gap between Dylan and the haybale and thought I could make it. I was going to go wide and try and pass him in the final corner but once I saw the gap I went for it but it didn’t work. I tried my best and gave it everything so I’m not upset with the way I rode. I’m really starting to get used to the Kawasaki now, I love it, it suits me better than the KTM and now I’m looking forward to the BYMX and Red Bull Elite Youth Cup because being on Twisted 7 Kawasaki is awesome” he said with a smile on face before getting changed to watch the pro riders.
Twisted 7 Kawasaki’s next official outing will be at the first round of the Maxxis British championship at Little Silver on the 6th March where Lewis Trickett will make his debut for the team in the MX2 class.