The Scottish based Pendrich Kawasaki squad took their recent home form south of the border at the weekend to record the Pro MX2 overall win and a top 5 placing in Pro MX1 at Preston Docks for the opening round of the British Masters series. Team MX2 rider Bryan Mackenzie carried on his winning form of late by notching up yet another overall win with 2 consistent 2nd places while Mark Perfect also scored well inside the top 20 and took home 16th overall.
Ross Rutherford showed he will be a force to be reckoned with this season as he battled his way to two very creditable 5th places in Pro MX1 aboard his KX450f – the second one coming from a mid pack start – to earn himself a 5th place overall in a very established field.
Big wheel 85 rider, Lee Perfect, had mixed fortunes as he raced over both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was to prove to be his better day of the weekend as he bagged two results within the top 10 but Sunday it all came undone as he crashed hard in the final race resulting in a DNF putting a dent in his overall placing.
Team principle Mark Perfect commented; “I’m very pleased. This is a great championship and to come away with the Pro MX2 championship lead and 5th place in Pro MX1 with Ross, if you offered us this at the start of the day we would of taken it. All of our guys rode well all day and on a very rough track too and our bikes looked very competitive which is nice to see at this point of the season. Mark just needs a little more bike time and he will definitely start pushing further up the pack and Lee was great on Saturday but maybe wasn’t focused enough on Sunday with all the boys racing and mistakes cost him what could of been a very good overall.”
Brymac: “It was kinda bittersweet as although I was happy to win the overall of course, I’m annoyed I never won the races. In the first race I took the lead but pumped up something terrible and had to just accept the result, but it frustrated me. The second moto I thought I could have won too and battled hard for it but passing was really difficult and then I had a problem with a few laps to go which messed up my mojo and I struggled to concentrate after that. We’ve got to be happy though, the rest of the team are but I just wanted more out of myself.”
Ross: “Race day was awesome for me, I felt relaxed and comfortable in quali but I got caught behind a few guys and never quite got a full clear lap. In race 1 I gated around 10th and made a few moves quickly, struggled with a bit of arm pump towards the end but managed to pass for 5th on the last lap. Then moto 2, my start wasn’t as good and I had to fight all race. My fitness was good and I managed to pass fairly well on a one lined track and got back to 5th again. I’m gonna work on starts before next weekend and I’m confident I’ll be at the sharp end of it. All in it was a good day for me and the team as a whole, big thanks to them too”
Photo By Ade Threasher