Nico` Aubin and the Buildbase Honda team clinched their first national title on Saturday taking the Red Bull Pro National series in the MX1 class.
Aubin set out his stall in qualifying, setting fastest time though it was clear as the gate dropped for the start of the first moto, Barr (who qualified second) was “determined” to use any means possible to try and make up the points deficit coming into this last event and series decider.
After a messy race for position at the front of the field, the Frenchman stalled his motor which actually did him a big favour and took him away from the melee with Barr and Barr`s team-mate Stu Edmonds. At the front, Honda mounted Jason Dougan took the win, with Nico` ending the race in fourth, sandwiched between Barr and Edmonds.
Moto 2 was a lesson in being cool and calm. Having only lost two points to Barr in moto1, a sensible head was needed by the Buildbase Honda rider with no heroics. Dougan could not repeat his first race victory and retired after three laps of moto 2. Barr crashed early on and could only make it back up to 5th. Krestinov took the win and the top podium spot to secure third place in the championship. Aubin kept his head and rode a relatively uninteresting race to take third spot in MX1 and third overall on the day but most importantly, the Red Bull Pro National Championship title.
NICO AUBIN – “I am very happy today. After a slow start to the season, the team now have their first title. I was disappointed not to take the indoor title this year then my injury ended the chance of the Maxxis championship so I had to win this one.
The team have worked well this season through the up`s and down`s and it has paid off. The bike has been great all year and has shown its speed off the line and Ryan (Thorpe) has worked hard to give me a bike which has not let me down.
I am excited to stay with the team for next year and I am looking forward to racing in the Maxxis MX1 class at Little Silver on October 7th, then I will have a little time off before I begin work for next season”.
DAVE THORPE – “This is our first season racing as the Buildbase Honda team, so of course I am pleased to have won a title but I know we have lots of work to do to build on this for the coming years.
The Buildbase Honda team represent Honda UK on the race track and as such it is our job to win races and titles. Honda are a winning company and I enjoy the association with Honda as I come from a winning back-ground too. We have a job to do.
The bikes are great and the team has evolved and worked well all year and this title is a reflection of this hard work and effort the whole team have put in.
We have a good base on which to work, but the work is just beginning. We all want this title to be the first of many for Buildbase Honda”.
RED BULL PRO NATIONAL – CULHAM – FINAL ROUND – OVERALL MX1 RESULTS ON THE DAY
1 – GERT KRESTINOV – ROUTE77 MVR-D HONDA
2 – STUART EDMONDS – TYCO SUZUKI BY TAS
3 – NICO AUBIN – BUILDBASE HONDA – RED BULL PRO NATIONAL CHAMPION
Somewhat overshadowed by Aubin`s MX1 title victory, Buildbase Honda`s MX2 rider Jordan Booker finished the season a solid fifth place in the championship, made all-the-more creditable by his crash and subsequent DNS resulting in no points at Landrake earlier in the year . The MX2 title was won by Neville Bradshaw aboard the Evotech Stevens Honda.