REVO Husqvarna UK’s Mel Pocock continues to grow in confidence, which showed with a strong performance at round three of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Canada Heights on Sunday.
Qualifying in pole in MX2 on his FC250, almost half-a-second clear of his nearest rival, Mel then ripped to second in the opening moto after choosing a radical outside gate on the extreme left of the start.
An early crash in race two followed by another slip dropped him to eleventh for fifth overall, but he remains tied for third in the championship.
Mark Yates (Team Principal): "It’s been a pleasing day. Mel got pole, which was brilliant, and he had a very, very good first moto with second place and fastest lap from a gate pick that was a bit out of the ordinary. He picked an outside gate again for race two and maybe he should have been a bit more conservative. It was ballsy, which I think comes from his building confidence, but it didn’t quite pay off second time around. I’m very pleased for him. It would have been nice to have another podium, but it is what it is and we’ll go forward to next week. We’re there or thereabouts with Mel and the bike, so now it’s just a case of everything clicking together."
Mel Pocock: "I don’t think I’ve qualified in pole for maybe two-and-a-half years, so I was very happy to do that. In the first race I got a fifth-placed start and battled my way up to second. I started to close in on Harri Kullas, but made a couple of mistakes and dropped off the tow so he got away, but I was happy with second. I haven’t run up front for a couple of years and it’s a different feeling from battling at the back."
"I didn’t really get a great start in the second race when Todd Kellett went down right in front of me and I lost so many places. I battled through, but slipped off again when I was in eighth so it was a difficult second race. We’ve used a new race engine this weekend and it was a success so that’s really positive. A big thanks to Sam and Mark Yates and everyone who’s helping."
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