After returning from a weekend off from racing, Alex Snow had Previously missed the Patchquick Trophy and British Masters round after having to recover from echolike poisoning he had picked up just before the Red bull Pro national at Whitby.
With the season reaching its half way point, Alex was looking forward to Pontrilas being one of his favourite stops of the year and really wanted to show what he was made off. He started off the morning strong on a very wet and slippery track for qualifying slotting in 6th place.
The qualifying proved to be all in vain as they decided to place all the MX2 riders first to the gate followed by the MX1 riders placing Alex 24th to the gate. Never the less Snow flew out of the gate from the outside to take the holeshot. He then made the most of a great start and pushed hard to hold on to the lead for as long as possible, Snow lead for several laps before Brad Anderson started to increase the pressure from behind, both riders past each other several times before they both came together causing Anderson to momentarily crash, this again gave Alex some breathing room. Snow eventually had to surrender the lead to Anderson just after the halfway mark of the race, he kept up his pace but slipped in to the clutches of Stephen Sword, Sword nipped through but Alex was still riding strongly holding in there, then with 3 laps to go he made a small bobble in the whoops which allow Tom Church through, Snow hung on to the back of church to finish a strong 4th.
The start of moto 2 didn’t get off quite as smoothly for Alex as he would have liked, he span a little on the watered start straight as he round the first turn just outside the top 5. With the ever drying out track visibility was very poor with dust on lap one making things a little more hairy! Alex then made a mistake just at the end of the first lap were he caught the chestnut fencing causing it to bend his clutch leave so badly that the leaver would barely allow him to pull off. He managed to get to the mechanics area were they managed to straighten it slightly and release the leave so that Alex would have full use of the clutch again. By this stage he was almost half a lap down so had to charge from the back, ending the moto 23rd, and 13th MX1. With the bad second moto Alex finished 9th overall, not what he had hoped for but a strong showing of riding never the less.
‘’I’m really happy with today, I think there are a lot of positives to take out of the day, it’s just a shame about the second race as I’m confident I could have had another good result, but that racing! We also changed bikes for this weekend which has a slightly different engine and that seemed to be working really well, so all in all it was a positive day.’’ Commented Snow
With another weekend free Alex is heading down to the Alps in France to watch the Tour De France and to endure some high altitude CV training. Alex will then head to Foxhill for round 5 of the British Championship on 25th July.