Barr wins as Sword maintains top spot

Barr wins as Sword maintains top spot

Tyco Suzuki’s Stephen Sword maintained his Red Bull Pro Nationals’ MX1 Championship lead yesterday at Canada Heights after taking fourth overall, but now shares top spot with Nicolas Aubin.
Fellow RM-Z450 Tyco Suzuki rider Martin Barr won the opening moto and took fifth place in the second outing to give him second overall on the day. The Ballyclare lad is just eleven points behind Sword and Aubin, now holding third place in the standings.

In the MX2 class, Tyco Suzuki mounted Stuart Edmonds fought through a heavy cold to post consistent 5–5 finishes from his two motos, also holding a similar position in the MX2 championship standings with just two rounds remaining.

Stephen Sword:
“Going into this round I knew it was going to be a tough day as I’m still struggling with pain in my back and also suffered with a sickness bug all week. Race one was a disaster for me. The track was really wet and I stalled the bike in the first corner, crashed three times and had to come in for gloves and goggles. Race two was better but I faded with about ten minutes to go but managed to take second and hold on at the top of the championship.”

Martin Barr:
“I got the holeshot I needed in the first race after qualifying third, and just put the hammer down and got into a comfortable lead. I was really happy after that one. Race two didn’t go quite to plan as the bike stalled in the first corner and I also crashed later in the race and finished fifth. I did take second overall and Hawkstone is next up which is one of my favourite tracks.”
Stuart Edmonds:
“I tried my best all day despite suffering from flu and a hand injury that hampered my progress but I did manage to secure fourth overall. I did feel like a podium was on the cards this weekend but felt drained at the end of the second moto, because of the flu, and with just a few laps to go I had nothing left in the tank.”

Adam Lyons – Team Manager:
“Martin rode a great opening moto and but for stalling his bike in the second race I have no doubt he would have repeated that success. Swordy still has a hangover from his crash during the British at Desertmartin, which is understandable, after the pounding he sustained.
In saying that he still maintained his top spot despite now sharing it with Aubin, but with two men in the top three we still have a great chance of making it 1–2 at the end of the season for Tyco Suzuki. Stuart continued his consistent approach this weekend despite being hampered with the flu and if everything can fall into place for him at either Hawkstone or Culham, he could finish this series on a high.”

MX1 Standings
Stephen Sword 167 points
Nicolas Aubin 167
Martin Barr 156
Gert Krestinov 130
Alex Snow 116
Marc De Reuver 83

MX2 Standings
Neville Bradshaw 168
Steven Lenoir
Nathan Watson 120
Graeme Irwin 112
Stuart Edmonds 110
Matthew Moffat 102

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