Round 5 of the Red Bull Pro Nationals saw the Championship return to Canada Heights in Kent. The Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team headed into the round with a more relaxed approach and was hoping for strong results.
The day started with sunshine as the riders took to the track for Free Practice, and Ray Rowson started well with a sixth fastest time in MX1. For Connor the day started with some unfortunate bike issues. Connor was able to post a 14th fastest time in MX2.
Next up was the Timed Qualification session and Ray again produced a strong lap to finish 7th in MX1, while Connor was able to produce a lap time that would leave him in 15th place in MX2. During the lunch break the heaven’s opened for a lengthy, heavy rain shower which left the track very muddy and tricky.
The first race of the day, took place in difficult conditions. After making a mid pack start Ray suffered a crash early on the first lap and remounted dead last. With a lot of work to do Ray dug deep and managed to recover for a superb 6th place in MX1.Connor produced a mid pack start and suffered with a poor opening lap. After the race settled down Connor was able to produce some good lap times and finish in 12th place in MX2.
After the rain cleared off the sun returned and the track quickly dried out and produced great conditions for the second race. When the gate dropped, Ray produced a stunning start inside the top 10 and quickly moved forward settling into a fast pace at the front as he moved into 4th in the MX1 class and was to stay there to the flag. Connor also produced a strong race after a top 15 MX2 start and moved forward to finish in 10th place.
Ray’s two strong results gave him a solid 7th overall, just 3 points off the podium and also moved him up to 8th in the standings after missing the opening round. Connor came away from Canada Heights with a 12th overall result following some mixed results, and ended the day 13th in the Championship.
The first race didn’t start the best, as I crashed on the opening lap and was dead last. I managed to come back to 6th place in MX1, which was good in the conditions after the rain. The second race I got a good start and finish 4th in the MX1 class and 7th overall on the day. Overall it’s been a good day and step in the right direction and we need to continue to move forward.
Didn’t really have much luck again this weekend, and suffered with silly things going wrong. I’ve got to keep my head up high and work on what I know that I can do at the next race.
Today has been a lot better and it has been a long time coming. This week I decided to make a number changes to Ray’s race day preparations to see if it would help him overcome one or two issues that have been holding him back and I’m pleased to say it did help with thanks to Teasy and Ed, Ray has been a different rider this weekend, the overall result of 7th doesn’t show just how well he rode. In the first race he had a crash on the first lap and had to come from last to finish in 6th place in MX1 in difficult conditions. The second race he got a really good start and finished in fourth place in MX1 which was fantastic. We seem to be back on track with Ray and it’s a step in the right direction. He finished the day very happy and with a big smile on his face for the first time this season and he scored 7th overall on day but was only three points off the podium the racing was very close, but Ray also moved up from 11th to 8th in the Championship which is great as after missing the opening round, we still have a lot of ground to make up.
Poor Connor suffered a tough day today starting in free practice with electrical gremlins we changed the ignition for qualifying but then another problem appeared so we sent him out on his spare bike for the first race and he scored 12th in that race, after making a few adjustments to his suspension he went a bit better for 10th place in the second race which earned him 12th overall on the day moving him up a place to 13th in the Championship, so Connor’s goal of getting into the top ten in the Championship is not to far away so it wasn’t all doom and gloom. For Connor we now have a three week break so for the first part of that time Connor is going to come up to the workshop so we can work closely with him to try and get him back where he needs to be. Ray will go to Holland next week for the first round of the Red Bull Pro National European Round at Mill, while Connor will stay home and possibly do a local race.