Riding on a high from the previous weekend’s fifth round of the Red Bull Elite Cup, Lanes Kawasaki’s James Harrison made the journey to the continent to partake in the first Red Bull Elite Cup held outside the United Kingdom. Located in the heart of Dutch motocross country next to an immaculate lake, Mill played host to the two-day event.
Saturday morning started with the usual qualifying session in which Harrison qualified as the fastest British rider in the Elite Rookies class, second only by 0.2 seconds. With the schedule changed to introduce a Pro class qualifying race, the Rookies class would only have four races, two each day.
In the first race, a slow start meant that Harrison had a tough job ahead of him. After disposing of one Dutch rival, Harrison found himself mingling with his usual rivals at the front, racing across the finish line in fourth behind Dan Thornhill. The second race of the day also got off to a slow start, and his progress was hampered by a mid-race crash that cost him four places.
On Sunday morning, Harrison promised to do better, and promptly delivered with a great performance in fourth from start to finish. The second race improved slightly, with Harrison working hard to end the race in third, enough to put Harrison on the podium with a third overall on the weekend.
Explained Harrison: “I was expecting to do a lot worse, considering how we hear how fast Dutch riders are. I qualified in second with a Dutch rider in front of me, with English riders filling out the rest of the top ten. The first race was good, but I had a bad start and slowly made my way back through to fourth which I was happy with. In the second one I had a bad start again but was getting tired with the track, crashed midway and finished eleventh. Today was a better day, I had a fourth this morning, started there and just stuck there, and then third in this race, where I started in the front and just tried to hang on. The track was really rough and it was hot, so it was hard to keep going and stay with it really. With a third overall I’m really happy.”