The VMXMOTO.COM KTM team (Michael Mahon #113 and Martin Barr #50) headed to round three of the Red Bull Pro National (RBPN) series at Culham Park, Oxfordshire.
A natural track in the Oxfordshire countryside, which had being well prepared, and with the sun shinning , it was set to be a great weekend of racing. Saturdayconsisted of a free practice session , qualifying session and one race for the pro class, with a further two races on the Sunday.
Michael set out in practice and familiarized himself with the track for the coming qualifying session. During qualifying Michael posted a time that gave him 34th pick on the gate in the mixed mx1 and mx2 pro class.
When the gates dropped for race one Michael found himself inside the top 15 and after a couple of laps and few mistakes he fell back a few positions and was outside the top 20, Michael settled back in and started to up his pace and picked off a hand full of riders to finish in 17th.
Sunday morning and the sun was out yet again and after an early morning practice session Michael was feeling much better on the track and was eager for the first race of the day.
As they rounded the first corner Michael was inside the top 10 and was looking to push forward but unfortunately made a costly mistake on the heavily watered track and found himself on the ground, he remounted in last position and pushed hard to finish in 18th position.
The third race saw Michael get a poor start put pushed through the race and picked off riders each lap to finish in 11th position, his best result of the weekend.
Michael Mahon #113 17–18–11
“This weekend went ok for me, the track got pretty rough and with it being so hot it was a tough weekend all-round I have learnt a lot here and I feel like I made a bit of progress so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks, id just like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me.”
Michael Mahon 113.
Even though the track was prepped to pristine condition, it isn’t one of Martin’s favourite tracks but he was still on a high from his 1st win of the season in Desertmartin the previous week in the British championship.
Qualifying started out ok where he posted the 5th fastest time in mx2.
Race 1 got underway and he made a pretty good start running 3rd in mx2, about 3 laps into the race Lewis tombs had a crash which moved him up the 2nd right behind Steven Clark, He sat in behind him the whole race before making a move into the lead with one lap to go to bring it home for the win
Race 2. He made another decent start running 4th in mx2,at the half stage mark he was up into 2nd and trying the catch Bradshaw who had about 5seconds on him, he put a charge on with two laps to go, but he was too late and finished 2nd just 1 second behind Bradshaw.
Race 3 Martin made an awful start and was way down the field with a lot of
work to do. He had worked his way up to 4th in mx2 but was still 8 seconds adrift of Bradshaw, whom he knew he had to beat to take the overall win. He put his head down and reeled him in and pounced with 3 laps to go, to move into 3rd. He settled for 3rd which gave him the overall win.
Martin Barr #50 1–2–3
“I was over the moon with the win and the overall win, and I am delighted with the way I am riding after my injury. I have a few weeks off now but will be training hard to keep up this form. A big thanks to everybody who is helping me out, without whom, it wouldn’t be possible for me to race. Cheers, Barty #50”
Words Bignoel Motocross PR.
Image By Kev Reid ©