Podium Success for Samsung Yamaha at Red Bull Pro Nationals

Nev Bradshaw

Round two of the Red Bull Pro Nationals was held over the weekend at Landrake and Samsung Yamaha had their best results of the season so far coming away with three podiums by all three riders.

Neville Bradshaw took overall honours in the Pro MX2 class as did 15 year old Sunny Thompson in the Elite Rookie class. Ben LaMay also made the rostrum in the Pro MX1 class with third overall.

The event originally due to be held at the beginning of the month was postponed due to recent heavy rain and the mc federation made a good decision to leave the track to dry out for a few weeks though they were unfortunate with heavy over night rain preceding the event as Saturday the track was looking perfect but not so come Sunday as it was quite saturated.

Red Bull Pro

Qualifying went for both Samsung Yamaha riders. Ben LaMay, fresh from his British Masters overall win last weekend, posted second quickest time while Neville Bradshaw was fifth fastest overall time but he was quickest in the MX2 class.

Ben Lamay

Both riders got good starts from the off, with LaMay in second while Bradshaw was in sixth. LaMay was chasing British Champion Brad Anderson and was hot on his heels and almost made a couple of passes stick in the opening laps but could not find a way pass. The pair stretched out from the rest of the pack slowly but surely and Ben could not make further inroads to Andersons lead and settled for a comfortable second place finish. Meanwhile,Bradshaw was leading MX2 rider and was riding a smart race putting in some good lap times on the smaller machine and edged himself further up the leader board into fourth keeping a couple of MX1 machines between himself and the series leader Elliott Banks-Browne. That’s where they finished come race end.

Race two and both Samsung Yamahas were looking for great starts once again. Bradshaw gated well inside the top ten while LaMay struck disaster stalling his machine from the off and was dead last with much work to do. Bradshaw was having a battle with his MX2 rivals and a third of the race through,the heavens opened up,making the track treacherous and very slippery. This did not slow or deter LaMay as he was working his was through the field at a rapid rate of knots the and on lap eight of twelve was just outside the top ten. Still with plenty of time left he made up a few more places to finish sixth MX1 rider and seventh in the race, a real good effort from the American. Bradshaw finished an eventual ninth and third MX2 rider good enough for the overall on the day and to close in on the series lead.

Thompson

Elite Rookie

Sunny Thompson stamped his authority on the weekend in the Elite Rookie class by taking pole position on the Saturday and took a 2-3-3 scorecard on the first days racing for the Rookies putting himself in a strong position for day two. Sundays racing was wet so a good start was needed and he did well claiming fourth at the flag. The final race of the day, his Samsung Yamaha pulled the holeshot and he never looked back for a start to finish and well deserved first race win and overall leaving him just five points off the series lead.

Red Bull Pro Standings after two rounds

MX1

Anderson 97 LaMay 70 Dougan 70

MX2

Banks-Browne 85 Barr 83 Bradshaw 79

Elite Rookies

Trickett 384 Pocock 381 Thompson 379

It’s now a trip up north to Duns in the Scottish Borders for round three of the British Championship this coming weekend, where LaMay and Bradshaw go into it, in confident mood to get good championship points as does Sunny, looking to gain some more valuable experience and points at this high level in his tender 15 years. Then it’s a two week break before the series resumes for round three of the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Canada Heights on May 16th.

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