The third round of the British Masters championship took place at the scenic Skelder Bank circuit, just outside of Whitby. Graced with another weekend of sunshine and a perfectly groomed track, the Pendrich Kawasaki team were out in high spirits and full force looking for a good weekend.
Pro MX2 rider Bryan Mackenzie was hoping for a good day under the Yorkshire sunshine and mentioned that he favours the conditions of the Skelder Bank circuit but was unfortunate to be collected in an early race pile up at the start of moto one. Restarting the race at the rear of the pack, Bryan rode a strong and forceful opening section of the race to claw his way back into the higher ranks of the field before colliding with another rider and undoing all of his previous efforts leaving it all to do again. Undeterred he soldiered on to claim a hard fought 10th position by the end of the 25 mites + 1 lap.
Race two was fortunately a completely different story for our Brymac. This time starting at the front of the field and avoiding all the carnage, Bry took the lead briefly early on before settling into 2nd place on lap 4 but continued to push the race leader and the two opened up a sizeable gap over the rest of the pack. Unable to mount a challenge again for the lead, Bryan brought home a great 2nd place finish to award him with 5th place overall – a fair result after an eventful opening race.
Ross Rutherford has been a revelation to the British Masters Pro MX1 class this season already banking top 5 places in the opening two rounds of the series and was once again pushing back into those accustomed positions in race one before his progress was suddenly halted and eventually forced out of the race due to a mysterious mechanical issue.
Determined to grab a top result in race two, Rutherford got off to a tentative start as he tried to find his feet round the circuit which had now developed and changed dramatically since his early exit of race one. As the race wore on the #295 started to find the fastest lines and began to look like his normal assertive self and moved forward but ran out of time and was unlucky not to break into the top 10, finishing 11th.
Fourteen-years-old Lee Perfect demonstrated just how much he has improved in his first season competing south of the Scottish border. The KX85 BW pilot only put one foot wrong the entire weekend as he let go of the #101 machine momentarily in the opening moto but more than redeemed himself as he went on to then grab his first ever top 5 race positions of his young career in a British standard event on his way to carding 8-5-4-5 moto scores to earn him 6th place overall for the weekend.
Brymac commented about the weekend: “I was looking forward to coming here as it’s always prepared really well and it’s just my kind of place. I feel I’m starting to ride a little more like myself again now and even though I had the two incidents in the first race I was happy with how I rode. The results were completely different but the difference between the two races was the start – getting the start clears you of all the carnage and loose cannons in the pack early in the race and that’s what pretty much determined the script for the two races.”
Ross commented: “In the first race I was riding really good and got settled quickly but developed a small bike problem which resulted in a DNF. Moto 2 my start was terrible and I just struggled for most of the moto. I got a bit of speed again at the end of the race but it was too late by then and I was pretty disappointed. I’m looking forward to Foxhills this week and hope to get my funk back.”