Relentless Suzuki MX racer Mel Pocock, ended the most northernly mainland round of the Maxxis British Championship, held at Duns in Scotland feeling positive today, despite not finishing the seventh round of the series quite as he and the team had hoped, but instead demonstrated great speed and determination in the process.
With the team’s youngest rider still pushing for a podium finish this season in the British championship, qualifying went well for the MX2 rider, posting the fourth quickest time in Superpole. With the track still wet from overnight rain, the first race was tricky, but with Pocock’s strong pace still present, took the holeshot before settling into to what looked liked a comfortable second place finish. But with four laps to go, a crash dropped Pocock back to 15th, eventually coming back through the pack to take a worthy seventh at the flag.
Sadly for the RM-Z250 rider, Similar fate would strike for the remainder of the day, running in second position and even taking the lead for a short period in race two before a crash relegated him to a fifth place finish and a non-fault spill in the final race saw Pocock come home in sixth, bagging fifth overall on the day.
Mel Pocock: “A tough day really! I’d obviously hoped for much more, but we had the speed and even took the lead in a race. A couple of silly mistakes and a dose of bad luck made today frustrating, but it’s not dented my confidence and if anything I feel more positive about my racing now than ever before. As ever, the RM-Z250 was superb, and like a rocket-ship out of the gate. I can’t complain really, it’s all moving in the right direction for sure.”
In MX1, teammate Gordon Crockard had a solid weekend, qualifying in 11th and turning a pair of good starts into sixth and ninth place finishes. Sadly a pile-up in the final race of the day that twisted the forks in the yokes ended any chance of a good overall finish for the Irishman, retiring from the race.
Gordon Crockard: “Overall things felt pretty good today and as the track dried out the conditions improved. My starts were much better and the first race was positive despite riding a lonely race to sixth. Another good start in race two buoyed me on a little but I just couldn’t quite find my rhythm in that and then of course the crash in the final race ended any hope of a good overall result. Not a bad day though and at least I feel like I’ve made progress on my starts, which have been my main issue this season.”
Adam Lyons: It’s one of those days where the results really don’t tell the full story. Mel was fast today and probably rode the best he has all season in this championship. When you look at the results that may sound odd, but he was quick and full of determination, despite the set-backs. Gordon rode with the experience like only he can. The conditions were tricky early on, but he got good starts and looked promising. The last race crash was just unfortunate. Overall a very promising day of racing indeed.”