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Dan Thornhill – RBPN Race Report, Hawkstone

This weekend we took a trip to one of England’s most famous circuits of Hawkstone Park for the penultimate round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals.  As ever on arrival the track was prepared to its immaculate best with an awesome setting for some great racing.

Qualifying was soon around and being out second, the track had just started to chop up and some flowing lines began to form.  Managing to put one solid lap in, I ended up with a solid lap time slotting me second in the session setting me up with a good gate pick for the races.

Moto 1; started good with a top 5 start, pushing round the first few corners I soon settled in and started to set on moving forward.  Managing to move up into 3rd by the half way mark I then pushed into a comfortable 2nd by the chequered.

Moto 2; and our final moto of the day started similar to the first; starting within the top 5 I again tried to repeat the first moto by pushing on early and fighting all the way to the end.  This time I managed to push into 3rd and that is where I settled for the rest of the race to finish solid in a podium position at the flag.

Moto 3; and the first of Sunday’s racing.  With the track left rough from Saturday it was starting to get really choppy and getting very technical when it came to line choice.  Again managing another top 5 start I pushed quickly into 3rd position before finding myself making a strong impression on 2nd position.  At the half way mark I was settled in 2nd and that is where I stayed to the chequered.

Moto 4; the final moto of the weekend and this time the track was super rough.  Gating how I wanted I managed to pull a clean holeshot and leading for the first part of the lap before battling to secure my position.  Slotting into 2nd for most of the race I kept pushing on and setting some solid consistent lap times everything took a big turn for the worst with about 3 minutes left on the clock I got all out of shape down the famous Hawkstone Hill and took a big hit to the floor.  With the bike coming over and pinning me to the floor on my back I managed to get straight up to get back going.  Trying to get the bike started with the electric start it just wouldn’t fire up.  Whilst watching rivals just float on past I managed to get going on pass a few riders to save a bad race with a 12th position at the flag.  In some severe agony I managed to capture 2nd overall and continue to extend my championship points lead.

I would just like to appreciate the support from all my continued sponsors and to the people who took care of me after the race.  I now plan to get my back healed and look forward to the final round in two weeks.

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