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Ashley Wilde – Race Report


So this weekend we moved onto Milton park for the Maxxis British Championship. This was to be the first round of the championship since making the move to the Honda.

The track was in perfect condition on the morning, I was feeling pretty calm and relaxed going into the day as I had been putting the hard work in on and off the bike with my riding coach RMJ

Qualifying: The track was in really good shape and I was enjoying riding it. I found some good lines straight away and was flowing nicely. I keyed an ok lap in on my first lap but then after that I didn’t really get a clear lap. I wasn’t very clever in leaving a good enough gap in front of me and I kept getting held up half way round the tight and twisty track. I ended the session 18th which wasn’t where I wanted to be but I know I had more in the tank.

Race 1: After a mid pack start I really put the hard work in early and made my way up to the front and was sitting in 10th after 4 laps. I was riding really good and felt comfortable and 3/4 of the way through the race I was in 9th. The last 3 laps I seen Gert Krestinov was closing me up and I rode tight as I didn’t want to make a mistake. He managed to make the pass on me and I ended up finishing 10th

Race 2: The rain had started to fall and it made the track very slick in places. Again I made another average start and at the midpoint I was sitting in a comfortable 12th. I tried to make the pass for 11th and in doing so going wide and the rider behind stuck it up the inside and put me down. It was a pass that has been noted to be returned in the future. I quickly remounted and finished the race 14th.

Race 3: The rain had carried on and at this point the track was wet. I knew a good start was needed and I managed to get one. At the end of lap one I was 9th. I didn’t really take any chances through the race as it was really slippy. I lost a few positions and dropped back to 11th at the finish.

Overall: Today has been a turning point for me and my season has been restarted since getting on the Honda. 11th overall on the day is a big improvement on the first two rounds. I am going to keep working hard and pushing forward on cracking the top 10. A big Thanks to everyone who made switching from Kawasaki to Honda possible.

Picture by Jemma Lavender

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