The Retink Racing 2012 Adult Irish Championship passed the half waypoint last weekend. Round 5 of the 8 round Championship took place at Seaforde Motocross Park with Knock Motorcycle and Car Club as the hosts. The hillside hard pack track was in fine tune and was a great deal dryer than the last few times we have been there.
JAR Honda riders, Wayne Garrett on his CRF450R and Michael McCammond on his CRF250R were going in to the race with an air of anticipation as Wayne was only coming back from a broken collar bone less than a month ago and Michael was going into one of his (as he openly admits) less favourite surfaces, hardpack.
Wayne Garrett practiced cautiously thus ending up a bit further down than he normally would but with a great deal of grit and determination, battled through the day which ended up very painful as the stress was taking its toll on his shoulder but he still managed to gain some valuable points to keep his lead alive.
Michael McCammond (Premier mx2) rode very well on a very fast track having not been on the bike since the British in Desertmartin, and despite a few minor problems, bagged 3 second places to keep his fight for the mx2 championship alive.
Wayne Garrett 3-4-3 “Seaforde went better than expected, shoulder is still not 100%. Its getting there slowly but surely but as the day went on the pain and cramps kicked in. I came away from this race not really loosing a lot in the championship and hopefully I can build on it and get back up at the sharp end again.”
Michael McCammond 2-2-2 “I guess it went just ok for me here, and I got some points but not really the points I wanted. I am happy enough with the 3 seconds and points on the board and really looking forward to the next round. Everything with the bike is working well and now I have to work hard to bridge the gap to the championship leader.”
Jonathan Rea, Team Manager “It was another solid weekend for the JAR Honda team. Although Wayne has been nursing an injury, we didn’t lose too many points to our rivals and I’m happy with how his shoulder is progressing. On Michael’s side of the garage – he rode well on the hard pack track but we’re lacking something to win races but the speed is there and it’s that consolidating time of the year where we need to look out for our championship positions which remain strong, so we look forward to the next race.”