The Oakleaf Kawasaki Team finished off the 2012 season this weekend at the final round of the British Championships, held at their local venue of Little Silver near Exeter, with Alex Snow competing in MX1 and Jake Millward in MX2.
Alex’s day started well as he set the 7th fastest lap time in qualifying which progressed him through into the Top 12 Superpole Shootout, where he improved his position to 5th.
Race 1 saw Alex get out of the gate at the front and he completed the opening lap in 4th position. Over the next 2 laps he lost a couple of place but soon forced his was back into 5th, he was now involved in a battle with reigning champion Brad Anderson to keep his 5th place but eventually succumb to the pressure and was relegated into 6th, 2 laps later though and Alex found himself back in 5th after Martin Barr dropped out of contention from 4th. Anderson was now away in 4th leaving Alex to bring the Kawasaki home in 5th.
Race 2 saw Alex get another good start and this time he was in 3rd after lap 1, as the race went on he was passed by newly crowned MX1 champion Kevin Strijbos, Jason Dougan and Nico Aubin and lay in 6th just past the halfway stage. Things had settled down now and with not a lot more passing going on, Alex finished the race in 6th.
Alex’s good rides in the opening 2 races saw him qualify for the combined MX1/MX2 final race and in this one he got a great start and was in 2nd for the opening 2 laps before being overhauled by World Championship regulars Strijbos and Shaun Simpson. A mistake as the race went into its 2nd half saw Alex drop to 8th and then a few laps later on he lost another position, he was now in 9th and went on to finish the race in that position.
Alex’s results on the day gave him 43 points and 5th overall, his best British Championship finish of the season, and he finishes the season as top Kawasaki rider in 8th, even though he was forced to miss a round with his shoulder injury.
A crash practicing in midweek meant Jake went into the event not fully 100%, and this showed in qualifying as he could only set the 25th fastest lap time.
Race 1 saw Jake still a little off the pace and form that has seen him capture this years Red Bull Rookies Championship and despite his best efforts after being 29th on lap 1, the highest position he could get was 23rd, eventually finishing in 24th.
Race 2 was a similar affair for Jake as he came through after another poor start, pulling himself up into 18th place by the finish and picking up 2 points.
Jake’s 2 points gave him 22nd overall in MX2 but unfortunately he missed the cut for the combined MX1/MX2 race, leaving Jake on a total of 25 points for his debut season in MX2 and 33rd overall in the standings.