Born in Scotland but much of Stephen Sword’s race career has been based in the South West area so for the CCM team and local fans alike it was a double bonus to watch Swordy win at Farleigh.
He didn’t have it all his own way as it was down to the final moto of the day to decide the outcome with Bobreshev of CAS Honda his main rival. The CCM star managed to keep his nerve as the hard charging Russian closed the gap near the end but a few small errors ended his challenge and Sword went on to take the chequered flag and the overall win. In third place was PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson.
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In MX2 it was all about the American Zach Osborne who took his Cosworth Bike It Yamaha to three convincing victories and now leads the championship by 44 points from Jake Nicholls. Jake probably doesn’t need reminding that he had a tough day at the office but I’m sure the KTM UK rider can bounce back at the next round at Silverstone.
After early season injuries Neville Bradshaw (Samsung Yamaha) had a strong day to finish second overall, whilst DB Racing’s Elliot Banks-Browne took a well deserved third on the day.
Some plus points from Farleigh was definitely the crowd who cheered on their favourite riders throughout the day, Monster Energy getting involved with the British championship is awesome news as we’re sure the championship will take even bigger strides forward, the weather was amazing especially after a few days of rain and a big well done to the Vets who battled on in their two races and looked like they enjoyed every minute of it. Terry House was the man of the day from local hero Brian Wheeler and Greg Hanson.
Speaking to riders afterwards a lot were saying the wooded area was a waste of time, narrow and not really anywhere to overtake or race. It’s been tried and tested so let’s develop it into a 21st century circuit to be proud of.
Riders say what?
‘’I’m quite pleased with today, the first two motos were good but I wasn’t so happy with the last race, I struggled a little with the track but also felt quite tired which was unusual. Either way I still had a solid overall and I’m pleased to have moved up in the championship.’’ Commented Snow ‘’ I’d like to say another thank you to all my sponsors for their continued support throughout this year. I’m now looking forward to the next few races coming up and ill start to look towards 2011 to see what options are available.”
“It was a tough week for me coming back from injuring my ankle at the Czech Grand Prix. I had check-ups and physio on it all week and we got it in the best shape we could, which meant I only got 35-mins of riding time in on Friday. Qualifying was going okay, as I was in sixth with three minutes to go. I rode around to try and put in another lap but ran out of time and managed to go down seven positions in the final minutes, which meant I ended up 13th; I was gutted to say the least. In the first race it took me a while to get into it, as I felt a bit rusty. In the second race I got an okay start but was pushed wide, so I got my head down and fought through the pack all race and ended up second. In the last one I got an average start, but then out of the fourth corner I lost the front end a little and someone took me bars away from me and I went down in a heap. I tried really hard and pushed through a bit and then crashed again. It really wasn’t my day but I didn’t give up. I’m incredibly disappointed but at least a little bit thankful that I am still fit and fighting.”
“My qualification wasn’t that good, I was riding a little bit stiff and I was learning the track, which was really slippery and very different from what I am used to. In the beginning of the track is quite like enduro and it is very fast in other places. It wasn’t so bad as I ended up 14th, which was okay for the gate, although I really wanted to go to Superpole, so we’ll try for that next time. The first race wasn’t the best one. I made a silly mistake on the first lap, but I didn’t find my momentum so well. In the second race I got the holeshot and I was up fighting with the top guys before the red flag. I holeshotted again and I was fighting, but my speed wasn’t so good and I lost my rhythm in the middle of the race to finish 12th. Then the last race I relaxed a little bit to get better lines. It was a really good race, I holeshotted and although I was a little bit tired, I could still fight quite hard. I really wanted that top 10 so I’m a little bit disappointed as I lost the position on the last lap. I will now fight for top 10 finishes at the next round as that is what me and my mechanic Jeremy really are working for. I am starting to feel more comfortable on the bike now, and I had a really good feeling today so I hope we can continue making more improvements.”
“That was a tough day of racing. I felt really good on the bike and in the opening race I was optimistic of a podium finish before tangling with Elliott. The second and third races were just dogged by bad luck really, so at least I know that I had the pace.”
“Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan, we had a small problem with the bike and I finished in 15th. The first race I didn’t get the best of starts but came through the pack well to finish in 8th. The second race I got the holeshot but the race was stopped due to the Maxxis arch collapsing. In the restart I gated well but lost my rhythm a bit mid race and finished 7th. The last race was much the same as the first race and finished in 7th. The track has been really good and a lot of fun and the bike was working mega, it’s just a shame about the second race.”
“Today was the first time on this track and really my first time racing on grass. The qualification went well and I finished in 8th place after Super Pole. Today the hardest part for me was the section in the woods as I made many mistakes. The first race I just got a bad start and had to battle through to 11th place. Then in the second race I was riding well and got up to 7th place when I crashed and broke the front brake lever, dropped several places and finished in 14th. The last race was better and I finished in 8th place, so at least I managed to get one good result and hopefully next week will be better.”
“Today has been a very tough day for me. I haven’t been back on a bike for very long but felt strong enough to return because there is no real test like a race. The Qualifying went ok as I was using it to get comfortable on the bike. But in both the races I suffered bad luck and crashes. Things just don’t seem to be going right at themoment and I think I need to go away from here and have a sit down and decide where I go for the rest of the season.”
“Hard Work! It got a lot rougher than I thought it was going to. But as it got rougher the smooth line became more useless and gained me a lot of time. But it all came good in the end and it was a lot of fun and the win was nice too in the second race.”
“It was really nice to be out there today, with what happened last year. It was a bit harder out there as I’m not racing as much as I have been in the last few years. But it was good to be part of the team, and the whole event. Running up the front with the guys was fun, just a shame I don’t have that little bit of extra pace.”
“Overall it has been a really good day; a win and maximum points, I’m really happy especially after the last two GPs that have not gone to plan and have been tough to negotiate since I hit my head at Foxhill. The track was very different and it’s good to have a change; I don’t think I have ridden something like that at a decent level,” he remarked on the welcome return to Farleigh; one of UK motocross’ institutions. “There was a set of whoops but otherwise the jumps were really natural and there was nothing like a table-top or a double to deal with, just a lot of ski-jumps and grass berms. It was pretty cool.”
1 71 Stephen Sword 72 25 22 25
2 777 Evgeny Bobryshev 63 16 25 22
3 1 Brad Anderson 54 22 20 12
4 6 Josh Coppins 52 20 14 18
5 24 Tom Church 48 12 16 20
6 7 Gordon Crockard 47 13 18 16
7 8 Gareth Swanepoel 47 18 15 14
8 85 Jason Dougan 37 9 13 15
9 31 Alex Snow 34 14 12 8
10 16 James Noble 32 11 10 11
1 35 Terry House 47 25 22
2 9 Brian Wheeler 43 18 25
3 8 Greg Hanson 42 22 20
4 25 Ricky Hanson 35 20 15
5 7 Simon Wyse 34 16 18
6 15 Mark Broadbelt 30 14 16
7 10 Fred Sparkes 29 15 14
8 99 Paul Bennett 25 13 12
9 28 Phil Lewis 24 11 13
10 32 Chris Bird 23 12 11
1 338 Zach Osborne 75 25 25 25
2 272 Neville Bradshaw 58 18 18 22
3 44 Elliot Banks-Browne 53 20 20 13
4 50 Martin Barr 50 22 16 12
5 60 Scott Elderfield 47 14 13 20
6 227 Kristian Whatley 41 13 14 14
7 100 David Goosen 38 12 10 16
8 45 Jake Nicholls 38 15 22 1
9 68 Shane Carless 34 11 5 18
10 91 Matiss Karro 31 16 – 15