The Maxxis British Motocross Championship hit its halfway point this past weekend as teams from across the country descended on Milton MX Park on the outskirts of Northampton this past weekend. For Evotech Stevens KTM, it’s been a busy time and the team was looking forward to build on recent successes.
Team rider Steven Lenoir improved on his qualifying time in the super-pole session, ending the morning in fifth. He then followed it up with a great start in his first race; pushing hard for second place came with a cost though, as the dreaded arm pump made an appearance and Lenoir was forced to back down to end in fourth. The second race was much improved as Lenoir got through the nightmare of the first corner in the lead, hotly chased by current MX2 champion Elliott Banks-Browne. After a long battle, he had to concede the position but kept the lead in his sights until the end.
With the weather turning nasty and wet, the track’s clay surface turned slick and treacherous. For Lenoir however, this proved to be perfect. Snatching the lead from race leader Neville Bradshaw, he checked out, rode smart and kept Banks-Browne at bay to the end, gifting the team its first win of this year’s championship. With his second overall on the day, Lenoir now moves into second in the championship as well.
Steven Lenoir – MX2 #685
“This was a good weekend; in the first race I just could not pass Nev and got bad arm pump, so I had to slow down and finish fourth. I was pretty upset to be honest. In the second race got the holeshot and fought with Elliott for the lead all race long and I was happier with the result; I wanted to win badly. The last race, with the rainy conditions, was definitely mine. I managed to pass people really quickly in the first corners and when I was in the lead, I was really focused to not make any mistakes. I won, so I’m really happy tonight. The bike, the team, everything’s been brilliant for a few weeks now and the work’s definitely paid off.”
Matt Hutchins – Team principal
“It’s been a fantastic day for us! We had a win in the last race, which is the first win in the British for the team and it’s really good for the championship. Everything’s been going well, we’ve made lots of improvements to the bike and Steven’s riding really well as well. Big thanks to KTM and all the support they’ve given us this year, as well as our sponsors 365 Resourcing, DanTek Recruitment, Haan Wheels, Alpinestars, CI Sport, Troy Lee Design, GSP MX, RaceFX, Acerbis, Aquaflow, LR Designs, MukJunkie, Renthal, Samco Sport, Maxima Racing Oils, Twin Air, Hardcore Racing, Dunlop, Vortex Ignitions, RXR Protect, Raptor Titanium, Joe Miller Creative, Trevor Pope Motorcycles and Totally Dynamic.”