Lyng in Norfolk was the venue for the third round of the MAXXIS ACU British Motocross Championship (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May) and although the area had suffered a week of torrential rain leading up to the event the track was in near perfect condition.
Matiss Karro was quickest in the first qualifying session with Nez Parker in 5th but neither rider could maintain their positions in super-pole with Karro having to settle for 4th and Parker for 8th.
Parker made a fast start in the first race but his attempt to get past Alex Snow saw him go down. With no way to get back on his bike as the field converged on the stricken rider he was forced to wait until the last man had passed before remounting. With the whole field in front of him he set about clawing back positions and rode superbly to move up to 12th at the flag. Although moving forward a couple of places after starting in sixth place, Karro wasn’t quite as fast as the front three and had to settle for a 4th place finish.
At the start of the race Karro was out of the gate in 6th and pushed hard throughout, but as in race 1 he was only able to progress to 4th. After starting in 11th, Parker rode superbly throughout and moved up to 5th place, finishing just one second behind his teammate.
Karro was out in 3rd and looked a little more comfortable this time around. Parker made a poor start that put him down into 19th place. Despite some grief his hand injury, sustained last weekend in Italy, he forced his way through the pack and by the chequered flag was rewarded with a fantastic 6th place for 6th overall. This takes him to 7th place in the British Championship rankings.
Karro, meanwhile was up to 2nd place from the start and was able to maintain that position throughout which was enough to put him on the 3rd step of the podium. As a result, Karro will go into the fourth round at Milton MX Park, Northampton on the 27th of May in third place overall, behind leader Kevin Stribos and second placed Shaun Simpson.
STRKTM Team Manager, Steve Turner said “I am really happy with both lads today. Matiss didn’t feel right today, but stuck to the task and was rewarded with another podium finish. Nez had the worst possible start to the day but never gave up and looked more confident than I’ve seen him before. He rode superbly in all three races for some great results.”
Matiss Karro said: “I’m really pleased to get another podium finish in the British Championship. We’ve had a really positive start to the campaign and that will give us a lot of confidence going into the next race in Northampton later this month.”
Commenting, Nez Parker said: “The team put in a lot of work ahead of this weekend’s race and we’ve all benefited from it. I’m delighted that I was able to force my way into seventh in the Championship and hopefully I can add more points and move further up the rankings at the end of this month.”
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