Motocross in the UK rarely gets better than this.
Almost against the odds, bearing in mind the bad weather we have been having lately in the UK, the British round of the FIM World Motocross Championship was a fantastic, sun-soaked event, each of the four days offering great racing action from all classes.
Highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the welcome winning from of British Kawasaki rider Tommy Searle who stunned the cheering crowd with back-to-back wins in the MX2 class. Series leader Jeffrey Herlings had no answer to the British hero who was no doubt energised by the 6,000 strong home crowd.
Our own team boss Dave Thorpe led a precession of every rider in the event (approximately 400!) around the track on Sunday morning (on their bikes) prior to racing. A fantastic and quite unique spectacle which had the spectators roaring before any gate had dropped. (DT even managed to pop one of the uphill doubles and in doing so won a £5 bet which will of course go to charity!)
Buildbase Honda MX2 rider Jordan Booker found the weekend tough, though still managed two finishes, 26th in moto 1 followed by an improving 23rd in the second race.
JORDAN BOOKER – “I didn`t get starts today and found it hard to make many places in the race. Everyone was going really fast and on this kind of high speed circuit, I know I need more preparation for GP`s. I enjoyed it and the crowd were great”.
FIM MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN – MX2 OVERALL ON THE DAY
1 – TOMMY SEARLE – KAWASAKI
2 – JEFFREY HERLINGS – KTM
3 – ZAC OSBORNE – YAMAHA
The MX1 class was owned and controlled by Antonio Cairoli who was only briefly headed all weekend, his team mate Max Nagl fought to a gallant second with Kawasaki mounted Gautier Paulin in 3rd spot.
Nico` Aubin took the Buildbase Honda to a fantastic 10th place in the first moto, battling with the established global MX1
stars and holding his own on this big stage. In moto 2 Aubin missed the start and was forced to fight for every inch of his 15th place at the flag.
NICO AUBIN – “This was a good weekend for me. I felt good on the track and I was happy with my riding. I had to dig deep to find the energy to race for a full 40 minutes as I`m used to the shorter National races but considering everything, I am pleased. It was a great event and I think a good result for the team”.
FIM MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN – MX1 OVERALL ON THE DAY
1 – ANTONIO CAIROLI – KTM
2 – MAX NAGL – KTM
3 – GAUTIER PAULIN – KAWASAKI
The Womens FIM World Motocross Championship was sewn up by impressive Yamaha rider Chiara Fontanesi who finished second overall on the day with a win and a third place. Kawasaki`s Livia Lancelot battled well for the overall victory but lost the championship. British KTM rider Natalie Kane gave the partisan crowd something to cheer about, making the final place on the rostrum.
Buildbase Honda`s Danni Marsh finished outside the points with a brace of 23rd places.
DANNI MARSH – “This weekend was not good for me. I have loads of work to do on tracks like this. I found it very hard. Bad starts didn`t help matters but I know what I have to do to be up there in the points”.
FIM WOMENS MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN – OVERALL ON THE DAY
1 – LIVIA LANCELOT – KAWASAKI
2 – CHIARA FONTANESI – YAMAHA (2012 WMX WORLD CHAMPION)
3 – NATALIE KANE – KTM
The Buildbase Honda team have a busy bank holiday weekend coming up, firstly at Hawkstone Park on Saturday and Sunday for the Red Bull Pro Nationals, then to Langrish in Hampshire for the Maxxis British Championship on Monday.
Image by Ray Chuss