After a hot and sunny May Bank Holiday at home, JAR Honda by IFS made the trek to Northamptonshire this past weekend for the fourth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Milton MX Park. Mixed weather conditions made racing trickier towards the end of the day, but was fine and sunny for the morning sessions.
The MX2 qualifying session saw team rider Lewis Tombs put in the fifth-fastest lap time, although he scored slightly worse in the super-pole session, going to the start line in eighth. In the MX1 session, Wayne Garrett put in a time that put him in twenty-third place.
Tombs could not have asked for a better first race start. Avoiding the mess that is the first corner, he soon moved into sixth, where he attempted to stay close to the leaders. With minutes on the clock he was forced to concede his position, ending the race in seventh. Bad luck struck in the second race, where Tombs made a mistake whilst in fifth, ending the first lap dead last. Undeterred, he leap-frogged his way to twenty-second in a matter of minutes. From there he then made some late race gains, passing three rivals in the final lap to end the race in fifteenth.
In the last race, a race start in sixth around the slippery circuit turned into a run in tenth before making his move with just seconds to go on the clock, taking ninth from Kawasaki rider Lewis Trickett, and ending the day in seventh. This marks the half-way point for the championship and Tombs finds himself in eighth overall.
For Garrett, this round proved to be a turnaround. Mid-pack in the first lap of the first race, he slowly settled into a rhythm in eighteenth, putting in a solid ride and scoring his first points of the season. In the second race, his hard work in the first was nearly undone. Starting in twentieth, he found himself on the ground soon after. Restarting in last, he then worked his way forward before crossing the finish in twenty-third. In the final race, with rain making things more difficult, he made good on his second race start by repeating it. This time though he stayed on two wheels, gaining nineteenth and putting in a solid effort, reeling in eighteenth with two laps to go, and finishing the day overall inside the top twenty.
Wayne Garrett – MX1:
“Today’s been a bit better for me. I’m still not 100% happy with how it went; it’s progress and every round seems to get a little bit better. I ended today with two eighteenths and a crash in the second race which put me dead last. That made the second race tough and I just missed the points. All in all it’s not been a bad day, it’s lifted me a little bit after several hard weeks of racing, so I’ll just try to keep the momentum going and hopefully come the next round I can get top fifteens and heading for the top twelve.”
Lewis Tombs – MX2:
“Today was a steady day, not bad. I did well in qualifying, got a good feel for the track and was fourth in the first part of qualifying. I dropped back to eighth in the super-pole, but it wasn’t a big drama. In the first race I had not such a great start, but managed to sneak round the inside corner and came out about eighth and kinda just stayed there and managed to get seventh. I’m very happy with that. In the second race had a good start again, made a mistake on the first lap, went down, went down again, and went down a third time, and was dead last. Managed to get back to fifteenth, which I knew meant I was riding good. The third race was real tricky, the weather made it really slick. Had a good start, was running fifth, but my lines weren’t good and dropped back to tenth, and worked my way past Trickett in the last couple of laps.”
Richard Rea – Team coordinator:
“This weekend was a mixed bag really. Lewis qualified well and took that momentum to the races, although a crash in race two and the terrible weather in the last race made it unable to better his seventh in race one, which was great. With Wayne we have made a step forward and he looks more comfortable on the bike and was able to score points. We will continue to work hard with him and ensure he gets back to his full potential soon.”