The first round of the Maxxis British Championship was held at the teams home track, which had been battered by heavy showers throughout the previous week as well as Saturday night. The track had taken the weather well and was in great shape for Sunday mornings qualifying session.
After quickly settling in to the first couple of laps Gert posted 7th fastest, was happy with his times and remained upbeat and excited for the racing. ‘My bike feels really good and is awesome to ride’ commented Gert ‘It’s great to get started with racing and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in’.
In the first moto Gert started around 10th place and within only a few laps, moved quickly up to 6th place and was comfortably closing in on the group of riders ahead of him. Unfortunately, Gert had suffered with goggle problems and eventually had to remove them, which impeded his progress. At the close of the race, the number 37 rider had moved his Kawasaki in to 5th place finishing only one and a half seconds behind former world champion Steve Ramon in fourth. Gert said ‘I had a problem with visibility due to the conditions from early on and waited as long as possible before I had to remove my goggles. Once they were off it was a matter of doing the best I could’.
In the second moto the track was incredibly wet after continuous snow and rain since the first race. An imperative clean start was short lived for Gert because as he rounded the first turn he was drenched from head to toe in freezing cold, track surface water from his fellow competitors. It was almost impossible for any of the riders to wear goggles due to the terrible weather conditions, Gert removed his and restarted in 35th place and then dug deep to claw his way back up to 17th and finishing joint 9th overall on the day.
Team manager, Ian Bradleys’ comments: ‘It’s been an indifferent day and there was such a contrast between motos with the second race been so wet. I’m happy with Gerts results today. He dug deep and showed a lot of heart and determination. The bike is working really well and the conditions were unfortunate, Lyng will soon be upon us and we’ll be ready for it”.
Image by Richard Blyth