Fresh from world championship battle at Valkenswaard, Evotech Stevens KTM made the trek into the Norfolk countryside for the third round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship this past weekend. With much improved weather, the round promised to be a shake-up compared to the very wet and cold first round further north a month ago.
Undeterred, Lenoir went to the start for his first race, where he got off the line in sixth. Battling throughout, he made some progress in the latter stages of the race, moving into fifth and reeling in Bryan Mackenzie with just corners to go. Not able to make his pass stick, Lenoir pocketed fifth place and vowed to do better in the next. He made good on his promise in race two, soon finding himself in fourth place where he faced intense competition in Nathan Watson. A last-lap move by a rival cost him a place to end in fifth again.
The final race arguably was the most difficult for Lenoir. After another good start in the front of the pack, he found himself battling for a top five position again when he suffered a badly damaged front brake disc. Frustratingly, he was forced to back off the pace and had to let several riders past to end twelfth at the chequered flag, taking seventh overall on the day.
Team principal Matt Hutchins commented: “Steven rode hard this weekend, in race one he was moving forward all race, just missing out on snatching fourth place from Bryan Mackenzie and recording the second fastest lap time of the race. In race three a badly damaged front disc meant Steven had to cruise for the remainder of the race just to make it to the finish in twelfth. Ending the day third in the championship standings just a couple of points from second-placed fellow KTM rider Nathan Watson, the team are looking forward to the next round at Milton Park.”
Steven Lenoir (#685): I rode solid all day; I was unlucky in race three after a few laps, where I had to go slow to finish the race and get some points for the championship. After a few races now, I know what I have to work on; we will be a lot stronger at the next following round.