That weather hey?
Three different championships including, Maxxis British championship at Desertmartin in N.Ireland, British Masters at Pontrilas near Hereford and The Redbull Pro Nationals at Canada Heights have produced a few different results, but that’s what makes motocross exciting!
Luke Hawkins indifferent form continued at Desertmartin. Luke didn’t have the best of days with poor starts and first lap incidents contributing factors for not hitting the top 10. Tim Loveday once again producing top class machinery for Luke to ride, it’s only a matter of time before we see the Luke Hawkins of the start of the 2011 season. Jamie Skuse’s stock continued to rise within MX1, after coming off of commanding wins in the Premier series the Desertmartin sand was going to be a stern test to someone who had not ridden there since being on a 65cc machine. With not much sand in the West Country (except for Weston Super Mare), Desertmartin was not going to be a place where Jamie would get the opportunity to continue the exciting progress he’s made recently aboard the 450. With some points on the board from both riders it was a case of looking forward to a trip to the Masters the weekend after.
Midweek between events some great news from the camp! Lewis Gregory had his first ride back on a race bike. Following an injury riddled start to the season it was mutually decided that it would be better for Lewis to return to action aboard the RM-Z250 in the MX2 class instead of his usual 450. Lewis has been working hard to get bike time during this wet summer.
Apico Suzuki for the first time in a few months had a full 3 rider line up at the British Masters at Pontrilas. Strong entries with the majority of leading British riders not entering the GP’s were in attendance.
With the track being dry, fast the team knew that good starts would be essential. Luke was riding strong in the early stages of race 1 only for arm pump to slow his progress. Jamie and Lewis were working their way through the pack to both score creditable results.
Race 2 witnessed several riders cutting the course from the first corner to gain places leaving the Apico Suzuki riders way down in 21,22,23 at the end of lap 1. Lewis slipped off early on in the race while Luke and Jamie pushed on through the field.
Well what can you say? The sun was shining Saturday with the track being watered, but after an overnight downpour the track was water logged. Great if you had a jetski!
Rob Hooper – Team Manager
Nice to have Lewis back on the bike once more. We made the decision to help his rehabillitation by putting him back on the RMZ 250 for the remainder o the season. Its just about bike time.
Luke showed glimpses at Pontrilas of what he is capable of, with a string of Redbull, Masters and Maxxis coming up in the next two months now is the time to start producing the goods.