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Barragan on Top Step of Podium at Milton

Milton Park, Northamptonshire, 11-12 May 2013. The team was back at Milton Park for the fourth round of the British Championship and was hoping for a repeat of last season’s successful day when Matiss Karro took all three wins and the overall. However with Karro out with injury, it would be down to Jonathan Barragan in MX1 and Adam Sterry in MX2, to try their luck on the tight twisty track.

In MX2 Sterry struggled with the track and couldn’t get a good lap in, resulting in him missing out on the super-pole with only the 14th best time. Barragan seemed to like the track and after posting second quickest in timed practice he had to settle for 3rd in super-pole as Leok edged him out by just one hundredth of a second.

MX2 Race 1
Sterry went down on the first turn and was dead last in 36th but he looked like a different rider than in qualifying and blasted through to 23rd by the end of the first lap. By mid-race he was up to 15th but it was getting harder to pass the quicker riders and he had to be content with 13th at the flag.

MX1 Race 1
Barragan made a decent start in 5th and was quickly through to 3rd behind leader Aubin and Leok in 2nd. Leok took the lead and Barragan began to push Aubin but midway through the race he started to suffer from arm pump and had to drop the pace. The three of them had already built up a good lead and held their positions to the finish.

MX2 Race 2
Sterry made a good start in 4th and was immediately on the pace. He soon started to push third placed rider, Mackenzie but as he tried to make a pass, they came together and he went down. After picking it up in 7th he was quickly back on the pace again and back through to 5th. Only the front two were lapping faster than the youngster but the gap to 3rd and 4th was just a bit too much to make up, however a 5th place finish was impressive, nonetheless.

MX1 Race 2
Barragan wasn’t away quite so well second time out, rounding the first turn in 8th but he was looking confident and aggressive as he made light work of the opposition to move all the way through to the lead in just a few laps. As the rain fell and the track became increasingly greasy he slid off in a corner handing the lead back to Leok. After re-starting in 3rd he moved back into second and reeled Leok in again only to put it back on the floor and go back down to 3rd again. This time he was further back by the time he re-joined the race but he was clearly the fastest rider on the track and after re-taking 2nd he charged after Leok but ran out of time, finishing just two seconds behind the Estonian.


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