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Dan Thornhill – Red Bull Pro Nationals Round 5 Canada Heights

This weekend we took a 3 hour trip to Kent for the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Canada heights.   On arrival at the track, it was looking absolutely awesome and I could not wait to get out there and get racing.

Saturday morning couldn’t come sooner and qualifying was soon around.  Settling into the technical track I felt good on the bike.  Struggling to find a clean lap; I found myself a decent gap to get a clean lap time to secure 2nd place by the end of the session.

Moto 1 did not start to badly just inside the top 10; I soon pushed hard to pick off some positions to make it to 2nd position by the chequered.

Moto 2 wasn’t quite how I wanted to start with crashing in the first corner.  Getting up dead last and a little behind the pack it was a big uphill battle from then on.  With the track being quite fast with one main fast line I found myself with my work cut out trying to pull through.  Fighting all the way to the chequered I ended up with a solid 9th position.

Again Moto 3 start wasn’t spectacular but I managed to push my way through the first corner and stay upright.  Pushing on I found myself in a 3 way battle for the race lead.  Taking the lead at one point I made a silly mistake dropping back into 2nd position.  Keeping a strong battle going all race; I had to settle for 2nd place at the chequered.

Sunday was soon here and Moto 4 of the weekend was similar to Moto 3 a similar start and again a good battle for the lead.  Suffering from a front wheel puncture half way I managed to eventually nurse it to the finish in a consistent 2nd position.

The second Moto of Sunday and the final Moto of the weekend was an exciting one for me.  Getting caught up on the start I found myself buried in the pack.   Settling in after the first lap I found some good lines and started to plug away at the pack in front of me.  By the end of the Moto I found myself right on the race leader and battling for the race win.  Within the last lap I thought I could make a move on a triple into a big bowl berm.  After dialling it in throughout the race I went for the jump again on the final lap but came a little short and crashed into the big berm.  Getting up as fast as I could I managed to keep hold of 2nd position.  A great race for me again just shy of the Moto win.

With a solid and consistent 2nd overall on the weekend I am happy to carry the red plate on to the next round at Hawkstone Par

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