Relentless Suzuki by TAS MX rider, Mel Pocock, started his Red Bull Pro National MX2 title assault in impressive form at the weekend, ending the opening round of the series at the FatCat Moto Parc near Doncaster in second place in the series standings.
Beginning with a promising third in qualifying, Pocock began his first race of the day in the best way possible, by getting a great holeshot, but the Suzuki rider’s dream start wouldn’t last long after a crash in turn two forced him to restart in last place. Unfazed, Pocock quickly demonstrated how well he has gelled with the RM-Z250 with a superb ride back through the field to an eventual second place finish.
Gating third in race two, Pocock quickly got his head down once again, but having pushed hard in the first race, settled into a steady rhythm to bring it home in second place once more, bagging valuable points in the process for a solid start to his championship assault.
Mel Pocok: “The crash in the opening race was obviously a disappointment, but I dug deep and knew that we had the pace to pull back through the field. I can’t praise the RM-Z250 and the team’s efforts enough. They’ve given me a fantastic bike that I can push hard on in complete confidence. That allowed me to pull back through the field in race one and also enabled me to ride a comfortable and controlled race in the second. I’m pretty pleased to start this championship so positively.”
In MX1, the team’s fortunes wouldn’t be quite so positive, as Gordon Crockard struggled to find pace after his nasty accident the week before that landed the Irishman in hospital. Too battered and bruised to ride at all in the week preceding the Red Bull round, Crockard rode the bike for the first time at the Fat Cat venue and was clearly uncomfortable and unable to push, coming home 9th in the first race and 14th in the second.
Gordon Crockard: “I knew this was going to be a tough round, because I’m still feeling pretty bad from the crash at Canada Heights. I was determined to ride and I’m pleased I did, but just couldn’t ride comfortably and this showed. Things are improving and I’m confident I’ll be back on the pace next time out.”
Team manager, Adam Lyons: “A great day for Mel and disappointment for Gordon. Mel impressed everyone today, proving his determination and ability even when things go wrong. He rode maturely in both races and in very different circumstances, and so I really can’t fault him today. For Gordon, things were always going to be tough today, but he’s a battler and did what only he can – digging deep and riding through the pain barrier. As ever, we can’t fault either rider’s commitment and determination and look forward to Gordon’s return to fitness and Mel’s chance to shine again next time out.”
2011 Team Partners include: Suzuki GB PLC, Relentless, Beacon, Alpinestars, Pirelli, Talon, Rental, Polisport, Regina, Leo Vince Exhaust, Leo Vince Carbon, Pipercross, Red Torpedo, Worx, Hel, SPS, Samco, Moto Graphix, Motul, Factoryfoam.
MX2 Overall: 1st Elliott Banks-Browne, 2nd MEL POCOCK (SUZUKI), 3rd Scott Elderfield, 4th Stuart Edmonds, 5th Jack Brunnel, 6th Bryan MacKenzie, 7th Lewis Tombs, 8th John Phillips, 9th Tom Kelly, 10th Jordan Booker
MX2 Series Standings: 1st Banks-Browne (50), 2nd POCOCK (SUZUKI) (44), 3rd Elderfield (38), 4th Edmonds (34), 5th Brunnel (32), 6th MacKenzie (24), 7th Tombs (23), 8th Phillips (19), 9th Kelly (17), 10th Booker (16).
MX1 Overall: 1st Brand Anderson, 2nd Shaun Simpson, 3rd Martin Barr, 4th Stephen Sword, 5th Gert Krestinov, 6th Tom Church, 7th Kristian Whatley, 8th Graeme Irwin, 9th Jamie Law, 10th Nathan Parker, 12th GORDON CROCKARD (SUZUKI)
MX1 Series Standings: 1st Anderson (50), 2nd Simpson (42), 3rd Barr (40), 4th Sword (34), 5th Krestinov (32), 6th Irwin (24), 7th Law (24), 8th Parker (22), 9th Gelasninkas (19), 10th GORDON CROCKARD (SUZUKI) (19)