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Dan Thornhill – Red Bull Pro Nationals – Culham Round 3

This weekend was the third round of the RedBull Pro Nationals at Culham Park in Oxford.  With the track as always; absolutely prepared to supreme conditions, I felt so excited to get out there and  race.

Rookies being out second on Saturday’s schedule, plenty of lines had appeared straight away.  Getting out on track I soon felt very at home with both the bike and circuit.  Putting in some good lap times I made pole position with a comfortable two seconds advantage.

With everything feeling good it was race time.  Moto one start was not what was needed; buried down the field I had my work cut out coming through a strong and fast group.  Getting my rhythm early on I pushed up the pack to the top 5 where I then found myself hitting some trouble colliding with another rider going down one of the fast hills.  Getting back going I again pushed up a couple of places to secure a 4th place at the flag.

Again, Moto 2 didn’t start brilliantly but was better than the first Moto.  As the track started to dry, it became quite one lined in some places but finding some good areas to pass I moved on to push into 2nd place with a couple of laps to go.  With my heart set on hitting the front I did my upmost to catch up which I did but ran out of time as I went over the finish line 0.025 behind the race winner.

Moto 3 start was what I had been looking for all day.  Grabbing the hole shot I pushed on to make a little gap and settle down.  Settling into a good pace I found myself making a silly mistake on lap 4 to lose the lead.  Picking myself up and starting again I plugged on again to move to the front which I did and managed to capture the win at the chequered.

With Saturdays racing over Moto 4 on Sunday morning had soon come around.  Again sorting out my starts I grabbed a solid hole shot and made sure that this time I made no mistakes, which I did and rode a solid moto to win at the flag with a 15 seconds advantage.

Moto 5, and the final race of the weekend;  with the track being super beat up and rough I did the best thing and grabbed another holeshot leading the first half the moto; I came under pressure for the lead. Making a little mistake in one section I lost the lead, keeping the leader in my sight I rode a smart ride just keeping the pressure on and finishing in a solid second place at the chequered to take the Overall on the day and the Championship lead!

I would just like to say another big thank you to everyone who are making all this possible for me.

Cheers to Kev Reid for the photo.

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