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Great Result for Irwin and Heads & All Threads Suzuki debut at FatCats.

A wet and cold day at FatCats motoparc in Doncaster didn’t stop a great turnout at round one of the Maxxis ACU Championship. A heavy downpour on Saturday night left a lot of standing water in the paddock but the track seemed in good shape come Sunday morning, but varying weather made the track conditions change considerably throughout the days racing.
Results for the team were a mixed affair with MX1 rider, Luke Burton, finding his feet and having an anxious start finishing outside of the points. In MXY2, Olly Townsend was unfortunately experiencing technical problems which prevented him from completing qualifying or his race. The day however, no matter how much it rained, was brightened by a third overall in MX2 with Graeme Irwin.
Irwin showed he was there to get on with it and put in a great session during qualifying. He steadily increased his pace which gained him third pick on the gate.
In race one he was squeezed out of the running for the first corner and was a little down the field. By the end of the first lap he had gathered places back and was looking in good shape to make a push for the front until he dropped it mid way into the second lap.
Gathering himself, he picked his way through the field back into the top ten and finished the race in sixth position.
Race two started much better, reaching the first corner with Mel Pocock in first and second, he held second place until Elliot Banks Browne (EBB) managed make a pass stick and slightly gapped the Irishman. Irwin rode intelligently and finished quite comfortably in third and gained third overall on the day.
Seemingly not content with third, Graeme is already thinking about next weekend, saying “It’s a good result, now we just need to try and build upon it next weekend.”
In MX1, Luke Burton has proved he has the speed in training but conditions today were hard for the 23 year old. He mentioned prior to the weekend he was feeling nervous which was compounded with the cold, rain and snow making the FatCats sand much more energy sapping than usual.
Race one saw Burton launch off the gate only to be squeezed wide before the first corner. Battling mid group, the FatCat sand reached out and snatched the bike away from him twice during the race resulting in him coming home in 27th.
Race two, and a better start but this time conditions were a lot sloppier after the snow and whole lot rougher for the MX1 guys. Battling in the points but another drop, a stall and having to remove his goggles meant pace had dropped which cost him time and positions. Burton made a quick stop for new goggles which lost him another five or six places putting him back into 25th where he finished the race.
“Massive thanks to Neil & the team for all the work they have done this week, especially James I can’t fault the bike, it’s been brilliant. I just need to get back into my routine and improve next week.”
MX1
110Tommy Searle743737
27Jonathan Barragan633330
3227Kristian Whatley573027
440Tanel Leok552233
5411Steve Ramon402713
6131Nicolas Aubin391524
79Stuart Edmonds361521
842Nathan Parker332112
9295Ross Rutherford301218
1037Gert Krestinov30246
MX2
11Elliott Banks Browne703733
2685Steven Lenoir603327
35Graeme Irwin522230
4991Nathan Watson452124
5272Neville Bradshaw452421
6711James Cottrell401822
777Arminas Jasikonis381919
8119Mel Pocock37037
9811Adam Sterry36279
1050Martin Barr30300
Picture by Kev Reid

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