The FIM Motocross World Championship returns to Matterley Basin, Winchester, this weekend (18 and 19 August) and Team STR KTM’s successful pairing of Nez Parker and Jamie Law are looking to impress the huge and enthusiastic home crowd expected at the British GP.
After some great results at Loket in the Czech Republic a couple of weeks ago, where both riders recorded top 20 finishes and three Championship points a piece; and with only four more rounds of the World Championship to go, Parker and Law are keen to keep the momentum going on home soil.
Although Parker has suffered more than his fair share of crashes this season the two solid point scoring rides at Loket has given him a real boost going into this weekend’s GP, despite carrying a torn ACL in his knee.
Nez Parker said:”I am really enjoying my new 2013 KTM 450. It is lighter, more responsive and fun to ride. It allows me to ride the way I like to ride and that has given me a lot more confidence. I definitely want to be in the top 20 at Matterley. If I can get in some good starts and put in two solid rides a top 15 would be fantastic. I definitely have the speed to do this and after the two month lay-off I am working hard on my fitness. I am really looking forward to riding in front of a home crowd. That is definitely going to help.”
Jamie Law who had a two month spell riding for the injured Parker this season is now riding for Mattis Karro, who remains on the sidelines following a nasty crash at the Swedish GP. Law now has five World Championship points to his name for his short season and he is determined to get more points on the board.
Jamie Law said: I am really looking forward to the home GP. I have not ridden Matterley before so I have been studying the videos of the circuit and I think I have got the lines pretty much worked out. I have also spent some time training in Scotland at a track near Edinburgh that is pretty similar to Matterley.
“I need points this weekend and I really want to place in the mid to late teens. If you have scored points in both races at a GP you have ridden well. That is my goal. I am also hoping that the home advantage, with all the fans right behind you, will make all the difference to my riding.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner said: “Both Nez and Jamie are very excited about riding in the World Championship on home soil this weekend. They are determined to put in some great performances in front of a huge home crowd. They are riding really well at the moment and if they can cross the line unscathed they will see themselves in the points again. Matterley is a popular track for both the riders and the fans and I am sure that the huge support from the home crowd will give Jamie and Nez a massive confidence boost.”
Matiss Karro remains out of action having suffered severe concussion and a compression fracture to his T8 vertebrae in a crash at Uddevalle in Sweden a few weeks ago.
With spectacular jumps and other demanding obstacles that wow the crowd and a choice of racing lines and ruts to guarantee close racing the Matterley Basin Circuit is extremely popular with both British and International riders and spectators. The circuit was built in 2006 for two of the biggest events in motocross. Not only did it host the British round of the World Championship, but in the same year it represented Britain as one of the best venues for the Motocross Of Nations, pulling in the biggest crowd ever to the event. With over 80,000 people over the weekend it was seen as a motocross phenomenon.
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