A bright Saturday was followed by torrential rain that turned the Fatcat track into a Beach Race on Sunday. Conditions were very tough and the rain did not let off throughout the day.
On top of the weather the Redbull Pro Nationals always attract the fastest 40 riders in the UK on MX1 and MX2 machines. The team was split Sunday with Lewis Gregory’s replacement Jamie Skuse riding in the South West, leaving Luke Hawkins to carry the team. Given Luke’s turn of form from Milton the previous week, the Apico Suzuki team were full of optimism for this round.
Unfortunately the conditions were tough and the weather and track suited the 450’s more so getting the all important start was going to be hard. Luke qualified in 21st (11th in MX2). The rain was relentless and by the time for the first race at lunchtime the track was rough and wet. First Race Luke finished 17th (11th in MX2) in the rain.
Race two Luke got a a mid pack start and then started to surge through the field moving from 20th up to 13th, producing some fast laps and began to catch Booker and Cottrell. Unfortunately the conditions brought on some arm pump and Luke settled for 15th (7th in MX2) putting him 7th overall on the day and 7th in the Redbull Pro Nationals. 10 points separate 4th –7th so Luke is in with a great chance of finishing in the top 3 of the championship.
Rob Hooper – Team Manager
Luke again made progress especially in the second race, his speed was good, but was still just missing one little piece of the puzzle which we need to achieve the results that we know Luke is capable of. Luke was successful in bringing the bike home in both races which was testament to his commitment and the bikes durability.
Luke Hawkins MX2
Today was tough, the 450’s were getting the drive out of the gate and the track and weather were perfect conditions for them. It was a case of hitting the first corner and trying to push through. Each week I’m feeling faster, more confident and I’m training hard. With Tim and Rob behind me I know I can keep pushing forward.