After the unfortunate loss of Ray Rowson to injury, the team had drafted in the former three times British Champion Gordon Crockard to race this weekend at both the Red Bull Pro Nationals and the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship. The weekend started at Hawkstone Park for the Red Bull Pro Nationals, and with Gordon not having ridden the race bike until free practice on the Sunday morning it was going to be a long weekend.
Sunday at the Red Bull started well with Gordon finishing 6th fastest in MX1 in the Qualification session along with Connor Walkley in 10th place in MX2. After lunch it was time for the first race, and both Gordon and Connor suffered bad starts and had to work hard to recover well. At the finish Gordon had worked his way up into 6th place in MX1, with Connor recovering to 10th in MX2.
The second and final race of the day would see, both riders produce strong rides to finish 5th in MX1 with Crockard and 8th in MX2 with Connor. Gordon’s results on the day gave the Irishman 5th overall in MX1 on the day and for Connor it was to be 8th overall in MX2. Following a long day of racing the team, packed up and headed towards Langrish for the 7th round of the Maxxis British Championship.
The team awoken on Monday morning to well-prepared Langrish circuit for the seventh round of the Maxxis British Championship. The day started with the practice and qualification session. In the MX2 class Connor produced a 25th fastest time, while in MX1 Gordon qualified in 11th before advancing to 10th in Superpole.
In the first races of the day, Connor suffered a poor start but quickly moved into the top 15 before losing a couple places and finishing in 17th. In the first MX1 race of the day Gordon started just inside the top 10 and work hard all race long moving up to sixth at the finish.
In the second block of races Connor and Gordon both suffered crashes and misfortune. In the MX2 race Connor produced a good start and then crashed on the second lap and had to come from the back to finish 21st and in the MX1 race Gordon crashed on the start and twisted the front of the bike and had to pit to repair it, leaving him outside the points.
In the last MX2 race of the day Connor produced a strong start and opening laps to push inside the points. Connor rode strong for the whole race and finished in 16th place for 18th overall on the day. Gordon’s final race of the day saw another top 15 start, after settling into the race Gordon moved forward into 9th place at the finish for 11th overall on the day.
We raced Sunday at Hawkstone for the Red Bull Pro Nationals and when I woke up I didn’t feel well and was sick after the first race, but I had two good results before the long drive down to Langrish. At Langrish I woke up again feeling rough and did badly in qualifying and then just had no luck all day. My speed has been there but I’ve been making silly crashes and mistakes and you can’t do that here, so I need to focus on the end of the season.
Very positive, very pleased, very exhausted and wish that I was fitter so that I could go faster. I’m very happy at the way that rode and the 6th place in the opening race and being able to run that pace. Unfortunately the short notice left me with very little time to prepare as I’ve not been doing lots of racing at the moment. Overall I’m really grateful of Steve for giving me the chance and Paul’s hard work over the weekend. We made some changes over the Sunday to the Monday and with time I’ve learnt more about the bike and been able to ride it better. At least now if I get a second chance I will be able to be better prepared and hopefully run a better pace for longer.
It’s been a really good weekend for both the Red Bull and the Maxxis, at the Red Bull at Hawkstone on the Sunday we had 5th overall in MX1 with Gordon and 8th overall in MX2 with Connor which I was very happy with, Then we had the long trip from Hawkstone to Langrish and arrived late on the Sunday night, then it was up early on the Monday morning to get the bikes through technical and set the Awning up etc. In MX2 qualifying Connor struggled a bit with him still not feeling 100% and had to work hard for 25th place on the gate. In MX1 Gordon put in a good time for 11th which took him through into super pole where he improved to 10th place setting him up well for the day. In the three MX2 races Connor battled hard for 17th, 20th and 16th for 18th overall on the day, Not the best but not a total disaster either. Then in the three MX1 Races, Gordon made a fantastic start to the day with 6th in the first race only for us to suffer a setback in the second race as Gordon crashed on the start when another rider hit him from behind. Resulting in a broken front brake lever and a twisted front end, Gordon pitted and rejoined the race but it was too much to get back into the points. The last race he came from 13th to 9th at the finish which earned him11th overall on the day from two results so it was still pretty good at the end of the day and he did a great job as a replacement. I’m really thankful for Gordon stepping in at short notice and his hard work this weekend representing all the sponsors, Connor has been suffering with a bug, but he has toughed it out all weekend and Langrish was really hard for him, I would also like to thank Teasy for looking after Gordon, Gordon’s mate Steve, Minty and Wesley for keeping Connor going plus Ben, John, Debbie and Richard Blyth for helping with the Awning and food etc at Langrish as without all these people helping out, this weekend would have been impossible so thanks guys, We will now look forward to a couple of weeks break before the final rounds.