The STR KTM Motocross team return to action this weekend after a two race hiatus. Injuries have prevented the team from competing in the last two World Motocross Championship events but the team will be riding at this Sunday’s Sixth Round of the MAXXIS ACU British Motocross Championship at Hawkstone.
While Matiss Karro, who sits second in the British Championship standings, is still injured and unable to ride, his team mate Nez Parker returns to the team following an ankle injury sustained on World Championship duty in Mexico in May. Parker will be joined by Jamie Law who has been a team rider since Parker’s layoff.
The duo will team up for the first time at the historic Hawkstone Park Motocross Circuit. The circuit is one of the world’s most famous motocross tracks having staged many grand prix and international events from the 1950s through to present day. It is renowned for its racing surface made up of deep, loamy sand which becomes rougher as the meeting progresses, creating a new test for rider and machine. Another iconic feature of the track is the ‘Hawkstone Hill’ a very long and steep hill at the end of the track with an exposed rock face near the summit.
The team go into this weekend in confident spirits with Parker in 13th place in the standings on 102 points and Law sitting in ninth place with 156 points. Nez Parker said: “It’s been gutting watching from the side-lines so I’m glad to be getting back out there. It’s a really challenging circuit but I’m looking to make up for lost time and get some more points on the scoreboard this weekend.”
Jamie Law said: “Hawkstone Park is a great circuit and I’m looking forward to riding on it. My time with Team STR has been a great experience for me and I’m really looking forward to riding the 350 on Sunday.”
Commenting, Team Manager Steve Turner said: “After a couple of weeks break, it’s great to be back in action this weekend. The team have been busy getting everything set up for Hawkstone and I know Nez and Jamie are looking forward to the weekend, although Nez has picked up a knee injury which we are hoping wont hamper him too much.”
“The whole team is really disappointed that Matiss can’t race this weekend as he’s been on fire in the British Championship. It’s not looking good for Matiss, his back injury is worse than first thought and will keep him longer than we had hoped.”
“The team’s glad to have Nez back from injury for this weekend. We’re also lucky to have Jamie with the team as he’s done really well since joining. He has shown a great attitude and has applied himself really well so we’ve every right to feel confident as we head to Hawkstone.”