Hooper pumped with Skuse performance

Perfect conditions at Marshfield provided some great racing. Apico Suzuki fielded both of their riders, Jamie Skuse and Luke Hawkins.
Jamie Skuse was in devastating form with the Apico Suzuki powering out of the gate in the first two races. We caught up with the Apico Suzuki rider for an overview of the day.

Qualifying: Qualifying didn’t go to plan really, I couldn’t find a rhythm, then I went down, and only had one lap to put in a fast lap. in the end I had to settle for 9th which wasn’t a true reflection on the bike or myself.
Race 1: I Got the hole shot, couldn’t of asked for a better start, the Suzuki really pulled out of the gate and enabled me to put some fast laps in, in the beginning of the moto. I worked hard, stretched out a decent 12 second lead and settled down. A bit of arm pump crept in but I managed to keep a good pace and take the win.
Race 2: A great start again, coming out in 2nd, I had a good battle with Luke hill and Darren Shears for most of the race. I managed to stay focused, keeping the pressure on and managed with two laps to go, to pass Darren and take the win. So so far so good, 2 wins and of 2!
Race 3: Not the best of starts for Race 3, I can around the first corner in 6th, but pushed hard for first few laps and got into 3rd. Focussing on getting the 3 wins, I kept the pressure up and got my break when Evans and Shears went down at the half way point giving me the lead. It was a case of staying focussed and getting my head down, which I did. Great to take the win.
Jamie’s reflection of the day was:
‘A perfect day for me and the team, 3 wins out of 3, I have now taken the championship lead. There is some great competition most of whom are regular British Championship riders. I want the title.’

Luke Hawkins also contested this round of the championship and pitched his RM-Z250 in against the predominantly open class field. Poor starts in the first and second race saw Luke come around the first corner in the mid 30’s positions each race but strong rides saw him come through to 6th and 4th respectively.
In the third race Luke made a better start by his standards, which saw him in the mid teens. After working his way into 3rd position he unfortunately suffered a mechanical problem 5 laps from the end which forced him to retire from the race.

Rob Hooper – Team Manager

Over the moon with Jamie’s results, that’s two rounds won from two contested on the Apico Suzuki 450, Luke’s racing is improving every week and I am looking forward to both riders taking a good points haul from the British championship round at Desertmartin next weekend.

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