The third round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship was held at the popular Kent track, Canada Heights. With Jake Nicholls taken out of the running due to injury, it has left the MX1 championship wide open between ten riders. It has now been narrowed down to just five riders, however, and Brad Anderson is one of those riders.
Canada Heights is a popular track that always attracts a good crowd and this weekend was no exception. The paddock was packed with more spectators there than at any of the other British rounds. The track was pretty slippery in places for the qualifying sessions, as the anticipated rain didn’t arrive. A lot of minor crashes made it difficult to get a fast lap in, so it was left to both experience and a little bit of luck of the draw.
Jake managed to find some good lines, but was unable to string together a fabulous full lap in the MX2 qualifying session. He wasn’t the only one though, so he managed to finish with a top-ten time that gave him the tenth gate pick for the day.
Jake got an excellent jump out the gate and scooted up the hill in the top five at the start of the first MX2 moto. There was a big crash on the second bend, however, and Jake got caught up in it, so that put him towards the back. Jake gave it his all and pulled through to fourteenth place, so was really on form, but then his brake pedal broke clean off. It was obviously weakened in the initial fall. The track was very rough and Jake had little control without his brake, so he had no option but to finish the race in a very disappointing thirty-second place.
Millward had another excellent start in the second and final encounter, as he came around the second bend in third. It was a fast race. The track resembled a speedway with sharp edges. Jake’s shoulders ached, as he held on tight on this tough track. His speed started to slow, but he was still strong, and he finished ninth.
Despite excellent starts, Jake just did not achieve the results that he so desperately needed after round two. His unfortunate brake damage in race one resulted in no points, then race two just did not go to plan. That gave Jake sixteenth overall, which does not show what he is truly capable of. This leaves him thirteenth in the championship heading into the next round.
In the MX1 class, Brad’s qualification was very messy. There were so many people coming off that it was near impossible to get a decent clear run. But, as Brad said, it was the same for everyone. Brad’s best time was on his sixth lap, when he managed to secure the seventh-gate pick for the day.
Brad came round the first corner in second in the first MX1 encounter. Irwin then found a way through and was closely followed by Elliott Banks-Browne. That left Brad to battle it out for fifth. A red-flag situation occurred soon after that, however, so the race ended just after the halfway point. This left Brad in fifth at the finish.
It was all about the start for Verde KTM and Brad’s second race was no exception. Anderson holeshot and held onto first place for a few laps. After losing three positions, he refused to let a spot on the podium get away and continued to apply pressure the whole race. It was not to be, however, so he crossed the finish line in fourth place.
Brad finally had some excellent starts this weekend and had two consistent rides. With a fifth and a fourth, he finished fourth overall. That leaves Brad fourth in the championship now, just twelve points behind third place. Hawkstone, however, is also one of Brad’s favourite tracks, so he'll be hoping to close the gap on those ahead of him.
Jake Millward: "Gutted that my brake lever snapped in the first race. I had pushed so hard to come from the back. I was chuffed with my starts today, but the track took it out of me today and I really ached in race two. That made it hard to hang on."
Brad Anderson: "Good starts made racing a lot easier. I had two solid results (5-4) that gave me fourth overall. With Whatley and Nicholls out for most of the season, it is going to be a close battle between five of us to get those top three places in the championship."
Adrian Kirk: "It has been a disappointing start to the season and today was no exception. Jake rode well in his first race and Brad was consistently good throughout, but the results aren’t quite what we anticipated going into round four. Let’s hope things will turn from now on. Some good tracks are ahead. Hawkstone, Desertmartin and Preston Docks are definitely three favourites for both riders."
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