Season best performances from riders Nez Parker and Jamie Law were a fantastic boost for Team STR KTM at round six of the Maxxis British Motocross Championships held at Hawkstone Park at the weekend.
There was a particularly fine display from Jamie Law deputising for injured lead rider, Matiss Karro and mounted on Karro’s 350, whose efforts in the three races saw him jump to seventh overall in the Championship standings.
Nez Parker, back after two months on the side-lines with an ankle injury, competed with damaged knee ligaments, yet on board his new 2013 KTM 450 also put in a season best performance to climb the Championship table to eleventh place.
With Karro out for the foreseeable future the new combination of Parker and Law were both looking forward to showing what they could do on their new mounts
After posting ninth and 11th respectively in the timed qualifying session both riders stepped it up in super-pole with Parker taking a superb fifth with Law in sixth.
Law made a great start in fourth with Parker back in tenth and as the race settled down Parker closed in on his new teammate and the two were running sixth and seventh. As the race progressed the rough track took its toll on the pair with them both suffering from arm-pump. They were unable to hold off the advancing Whatley and Krestinov and had to settle for eighth and ninth at the flag.
Similar starts in the second race again saw Law in fourth early on with Parker a few places behind. Law had to give ground to Barr and Potisek but settled into sixth with Parker now on his back wheel. For a few laps it looked like Parker was going to make the pass on Law but the tough Cumbrian held him off to take sixth despite another huge effort on the final lap by Parker who had to be content with seventh.
Law made his best start of the day in second behind Max Anstie but was soon passed by Simpson and Barr and later by Strijbos, the winner of the first two races. Parker was a little further back in 12th but soon progressed through to ninth but despite all his efforts he was unable to improve any further. Parker’s 9-7-9 points haul saw him move to sixth overall, his best result of the season and despite missing two rounds of the Championship he has moved up to 11th in the standings.
Law, meanwhile had reeled in Barr and the two of them fought over fourth for the second half of the race but try as he might Law just couldn’t make a pass stick, eventually crossing the line in fifth just one second behind the Irishman. His 8-6-5 scorecard gave him his best ever British Championship finish in fifth place, moving him up to seventh in the Championship, just one point behind Whatley.
A happy Jamie Law commented: “The bike was awesome today. I can’t believe how good it was off the start. I felt really good out there and ended up with my best result ever so I’m really pumped and can’t wait to ride the bike in the Czech GP next week.”
Nez Parker added: “I am happy with my performance today, I haven’t raced for two months and also came here with an injury to my knee which I will get a scan on later in the week. I’ve got to be happy with sixth overall after being out for so long. I like the new 450, it handles really well and is a lot easier to ride than the 2012 bike and I’m looking forward to riding it next weekend at Loket.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner, said: “ I came here a bit deflated after losing Matiss but I have to say the lads certainly put a smile back on my face. They both rode really well and I’d have definitely taken fifth and sixth overall at the start of the day. They both looked good on their new bikes and I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform in next week’s GP.”