Fat Cat Motoparc, Monday 18 March 2013. It was an all-round successful weekend for Team STR KTM at the opening round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship.
Sterry made a solid start with eighth place in the MX2 class. Barragan looked a class act as he posted second fastest in MX1.
Sterry made a great start and showed real desire as he battled all the way down the start-straight with Bradshaw and Banks-Brown. His bravery was rewarded as he rounded the first turn in fourth and by the second lap he had moved through to third, with Martin Barr chasing just behind. As the race drew to a close, Barr made his pass, but Sterry still finished in a magnificent fourth.
Barragan made a poor start and was only in twelfth as they crossed the line for the first time, but he showed class as he blitzed through to second in only three laps. As leader Searle struggled with his goggles, Barragan started to close the gap and when Searle pitted for fresh goggles, Barragan was through to the lead. However with the advantage of full vision again, Searle was soon back in the lead which he held to the flag with Barragan taking a great second place in his first ever British Championship race.
After a torrential downpour, the second race was always going to be a lottery and so it proved: Sterry gated in eighth but was held up by fallen riders twice in two corners, leaving him down in nineteenth and after two crashes of his own, he could only manage to finish in fifteenth for ninth overall.
Barragan made a much better start and exited the first turn in second behind eventual winner Searle, with Leok in third. Leok made a pass and as the Spaniard tried to fight back, he dropped it. He was soon up and running again and was still in third but Whatley was now in close attendance and they spent the rest of the race fighting over the position. With his machine steaming in the horrendous conditions, Barragan still managed to hold onto third place all the way to the finish to take a fantastic second overall on the day.
Adam Sterry said: “Good day, good first race with a good start; I’m really happy with fourth. Race two, I made another great start but had two riders fall in front of me and then I crashed twice myself in the race, so I was happy to finish in fifteenth in the end. I’m in ninth overall but only a few points off the top five so a good start to the season.”
Jonathan Barragan commented: “I enjoyed racing in my first British Championship race and especially with so many strong riders in the field. The track was good in the first race, but the rain made it hard in the second. It was good practice for me and the team and I am happy with second overall.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner added: “Adam was superb in the first race and was unlucky that the conditions were so bad in the second which made it a lottery.
“Jonathan looked fast all day and looks like he will be one of the main contenders. It’s great for the team to take a podium at the first round and hopefully there’ll be more to come.”