The 2013 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship kicked off on Sunday 17th March at FatCat Moto Parc near Doncaster. The sandy circuit played host to the opening round for the second year, but after heavy rain in the week leading up to the event meant the conditions would be much different this year.
The heavy rain overnight meant that the race timetable was changed to a ‘wet weather’ timetable, meaning that there would only be two races per class for MX1 and MX2, while the MXY2 would have 1 race.
After a delayed start it was time for the MX1 qualifying session with all three riders out on track. Brad Anderson was riding for the first time after injuring his shoulder two weeks ago and posted a steady 16th place in the wet and tricky conditions, while Dorren quickly settled into the session and produced a number of fast lap times to finish in 6th place. Connor Walkley also produced a steady lap to finish 25th fastest after struggling to get a clear lap. Also competing in the MXY2 class was Ben James qualifying in 30th place for the main race.
After the lunch break it was time for the opening MX1 race of the season and as the gate dropped both Brad and Dorren made good starts, but drama struck on the opening lap when Brad was hit by another rider, damaging the Oil Cooler and ending his race before the end of the first lap. Dorren continued to ride strong and produced a great race to open his season with an 8th place finish. Connor pushed hard in the opening laps after a bad start and following a crash and pit stop for goggles and gloves Conner retired to prepare for the second race.
Next up was the only race of the MXY2 class and Ben suffered a bad start and had to work hard to push forward during the race. The track conditions made it really difficult for Ben as finished the race in 21st place, just missing the points by one place.
The second race of the day saw the track in a bad condition following a heavy rain shower making conditions very hard for the riders. The start saw both Dorren and Brad inside the top 10 and both moved forward reaching 5th and 6th places. Brad would go on to finish in a well-deserved 6th place after struggling with his shoulder. Brad’s 6th place was enough to give him 14th place overall on the day. For Dorren the race was going well until he suffered a problem with the bike as the heavy conditions caused the bike to get so hot it stopped but, after getting the bike restarted Dorren recovered to finish in 14th place for 11th place Overall. Connor’s day went from bad to worse with another bad start and crashes causing him to lose his gloves, goggles and hand grip as he went on to finish in 24th place.
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