The May Bank Holiday saw the British GP return to its more traditional end of May date, for the Dyer and Butler KTM team the Matterley Basin circuit near Winchester was to be the team’s local event. Coming into the round British MX2 rider Steven Clarke held the red plate in the European EMX250 class and looked to perform well in front of his home crowd. Also competing at Matterley Basin were the teams other riders, Jamie Law and Liam Knight.
The bad weather on Saturday morning saw the schedule shortened, meaning that the EMX250 class would have a joint practice and qualifying session to determine their qualification into the main races. In the qualifying sessions Clarke went out in group A and quickly set the 3rd fastest time on a technical track, while unfortunately the team’s young rider Liam Knight narrowly missed qualification from group B by less than a second and finishing in 22nd place.
Later on the Saturday it was time for the first of the EMX250 class races and when the gate dropped Steven Clarke rounded the first lap in second place behind fellow Brit Ben Watson. As the race continued Steven battled to defend his second place, before a small mistake saw him slip back to fourth place. Another mistake towards the end of the race saw Clarke drop to sixth but quickly recovered to fourth at the finish.
Sunday morning saw the second EMX250 race of the weekend saw drama as the gate dropped. With a bad jump out of the start saw Clarke buried in the mid pack on the opening lap. Clarke quickly put is head down and charged forward and worked his way into the top 10 by the end of lap 3. Once in the top 10, Clarke pushed forward and ended the race in a well-earned 6th place. Steven’s 4-6 results were enough to give him fourth overall and tied on points for third place and extended his Championship lead to 21 points going into the next round.
Over the weekend Jamie Law competed in the EMX300 two stroke class, the all new class gave Jamie the chance to roll back the years and compete on a two stroke machine once again. The weekend started with a Jamie posting fifth fastest time in qualifying. In the first race of the weekend, Jamie started in 7th place and worked his way up to 6th place at the end of the race. On Sunday morning, Jamie headed to the start line for the second of the EMX300 races, when the gated dropped Jamie made a better start and moved into 4th place at the finish to take 5th overall at the end of the weekend.
Paul Hobbs: It was a good weekend with Steven maintaining his lead in the championship, As for the rest of the team Liam knight learned some valuable lessons on the difficulties of qualification at this level. Jamie had a lot of fun getting to grips with a 2 stroke again and I enjoyed watching the racing
Steven Clarke: It’s been a rough week leading up to my home GP, but for as bad as this weekend went I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! 4-5 for tied 3rd overall but ended up 4th. I’ve also extended the points lead to a 21 point gap going into Italy.
Jamie Law: It was a fun weekend riding the 2stroke, the 300exc was a little under powered but I had fun and it was cool to get the races out of the way and then chill and watch MX2 and MXGP.
Liam Knight: This weekend has been a fun experience and it’s a shame that I narrowly missed out on the main races but I have learnt a lot.