After the excessive heat and dust in Mexico, the FIM World Championship made its way down to Brazil for round five. With the temperatures more bearable, it was the overnight deluge of rain which put an end to any chance of the 21,000 enthusiastic Brazilian fans being treated to the spectacle that they deserved.
Parker was unable to ride in the end because of the ankle injury he picked up in Mexico so it was down to Karro to give the team something to shout about. After qualifying 11th on Saturday, Karro was fired up for race day and made a strong start. He quickly moved up to 7th place but a mistake round the back of the track resulted in him dropping down the field. He struggled to find any sort of rhythm until the middle of the race but kept his head as others succumbed to the horrendous conditions and was rewarded with a superb 10th place finish.
With the track drying out a little it was a different race this time out and again Karro put himself into a good position in 11th on lap one. However an early mistake dropped him down to 16th. He gradually started to find some rhythm and was the fastest man on the track at one point. Another mistake put paid to any chance of reeling in the pack in front and in the end Karro finished 14th for a 13th overall on the day.
Matiss Karro said, “It was another survival weekend for me, but I did okay again with two good finishes. It could have been a bit better but I made some mistakes which cost me positions early on in both races. I’m happy with my riding and I still have many tracks coming up which I like and will be good for me.”
Nez Parker said “I’m gutted I couldn’t ride, I so wanted to be out there but there was no way I could have ridden in those conditions without having to keep putting my foot down and that would have been too risky. I thought it was going to be okay yesterday but as soon as I caught it in a rut it twisted again and it was agony. I need to get a scan as soon as I get back to the UK to see how bad the damage is.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner, said ”Matiss rode well again all weekend and looks more and more at home in this class with each race. He is building consistency into his racing and if he continues to do this he should move up the rankings even further. It was so frustrating that Nez couldn’t ride but his ankle has no strength and as soon as he catches it he’s in too much pain so there was no option other than to sit it out.”