Lanes Honda successfully concluded its year programme at the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Foxhill last weekend. With both MX1 riders out of action due to ongoing injury, it fell to MXY2 riders Oli Benton and Charlie Putnam, and MX2 rider Ben Putnam to fly the flag.
Qualifying for Ben ended in twenty-ninth, while Charlie and Oli recorded seventeenth and twenty-eighth respectively.
Charlie’s first race got underway well with a start in fourth, but Charlie soon found himself on the ground twice in rapid succession, sending him backwards halfway through the pack before remounting. Another crash late in the game left him outside the points in twenty-fourth. The second race didn’t get off to as good a start, but this time Charlie remained mounted throughout and fought his way back to ninth for a fourteenth place overall on the day. With this result he also secured his ninth place in the championship.
Oli on the other hand got around the first corner in twenty-first, but he quickly settled into a rhythm in twenty-third before catching up to his rival in front to end a place up in twenty-second. The second race got off to a much better start, but it quickly turned sour as Oli tangled, quite literally, with another rider, and spent several minutes getting his bike unstuck. Thoroughly wound up, Oli was back on the warpath and returned to the points with just minutes left on the clock. His position garnered him a final point and twenty-fifth on the day for a twenty-sixth place in the championship.
For Ben, the first race started off well enough. Mid-pack through the first corners, two small crashes dropped him out of the top twenty. After working his way forward several positions, another crash put paid to any chance of any further progress, leaving him in the back for the remainder of the race. His second race was virtually identical to the first, and this time Ben decided that considering the round, it was not worth getting injured over, and called it a day.
Ben Putnam – MX2 #111
“The weekend didn’t go to plan, I had a lot better starts and felt a lot better with the feel of the bike. I was a lot happier on it, but the results didn’t show it. But never mind, it’s the end of the season now, so we’ll have a strong winter and get back to it next year.”
Charlie Putnam – MXY2 #91
“Qualifying wasn’t that great, we qualified seventeenth. I wasn’t happy and was a bit low when we came in. In the first race I got third into the corner, was fourth for a few laps and crashed, crashed again, had three crashes and ended up twenty-fourth or something. In the second one I did a bit better, gated around sixth, dropped back to thirteenth and pulled back to ninth again with no crashes, so I’m going away happy.”
Oli Benton – MXY2 #63
“Today didn’t really go that good, in qualifying I had a crash, so it set me back a bit and I qualified like twenty-eighth or something, which wasn’t too good. In the first race I got a better start, I started to pull through alright, but it was still not a good result. I think I finished about twenty-third in that one. In the second race I had a really good start, was inside the top ten for the first few laps and then had a get-together with another rider and his handlebars went in the back wheel, so we had a bit of a palaver trying to get them out. Once we got untangled though I pulled back through to twentieth. It was alright, injury-free, so good season really.”
Clinton Putnam: Lanes Honda Team Principal
“Our main pro riders were out this weekend with Alfie and Scott injured, so we brought in the MXY2 riders, Charlie Putnam and Oli Benton. We had reasonable rides from them; the first race didn’t go according to plan for Charlie, but he made up for it in the second with a seventh. Ben is still struggling with a mental block, but we’ll keep on going hopefully with a better next season.”