With the Maxxis British Motocross Championship going into Round 4, the weather also turned up a notch or two. On Sunday morning, the track was well-prepared, and with temperatures soaring, qualifying got underway. John Banks Honda-backed Lewis Tombs put in a time that put him in twelfth in the first qualifying session, and improved on that time in the super-pole session to end with a ninth gate pick.
The first race got off to an excellent start with Tombs around the first corner in tenth. In the early laps, Tombs found himself under pressure from several rivals, returning the favour later in the race. A late loss left him with an eleventh place on the finish line. The second start had the makings of another great race, but misfortune struck as Tombs went down, snapping a clutch lever in the process. Unable to make the appropriate gear changes, Tombs chose to try and continue regardless, ending the race in thirty-fifth.
His first race position sufficient to place him in the top twenty finishers, Tombs joined twenty MX1 riders and nineteen of his class rivals for the super-final race. After hitting the dirt early and practically dead-last, Tombs made some early gains before settling into a steady track up the pack. At the chequered flag, he found himself a whisker outside the points in twenty-first, placing him seventeenth on the day.
Commented Lewis Tombs: “Qualifying was good, I got into the super-pole which was pleasing, and ended up ninth which gave me a good gate pick. In the first race I had an awesome start, nearly went for the holeshot but got pushed wide by a few people, gained a few positions, but was riding really tight, and ended up eleventh which wasn’t the best but still ok. In the second race I had another good start. I was running in seventh when I went down, snapping a clutch lever. I just carried on riding round for practice but didn’t get anywhere. And then in the crazy MX1-MX2 fun love race, I had another good start, was about fifth around the corner, but just clipped Jamie Law’s back wheel and went down. I had a long race from there, got back to twenty-first, just outside the points, but never mind.