Dyer & Butler KTM travelled to the sandy circuit of Hilton Park in Wolverhampton for round one of the Maxxis British Championship.
Qualification marked the start of the day, with both Liam and Steven both posting good times earlier in practice the team hoped for the same in Qualifying. Steven set the fastest time in qualifying and Liam a creditable 16th giving them both good gate picks for the races to come.
Race one saw Liam fly out the gate, while Steven didn’t get such a good start he was still within the top ten. A couple laps in saw the team mates battling it out for third, Steven moved into third and began to chase the leaders. While Liam made a small mistake and dropped back to sixth. Second placed rider Adam Sterry was docked 10 places meaning Steven and Liam moved to second and fifth respectively.
Steven had the better jump in race two and was second around the first corner, Liam on the other hand still was inside the top five. After a mechanical issue with Adam Sterry’s bike Steven moved into the lead and hot on his heels was race one winner Ben Watson. Liam was having another outstanding ride in fourth and had a good gap on fifth. A couple mistakes saw Ben Watson go through on Steven, but Steven was hot on his heels trying to get him back, until a small tip over put stop to that.
Steven Lenoir #685: “Today went good, I didn’t expect it to be that good really, with a little bit of an injury and being really sick on Friday night. In qualifying I went pole, I’m really surprised because it wasn’t by best. First race I didn’t get the best of starts I came back to third then the leaders were a little too far to catch. Second race I made a better start and was in second and was pushing for the lead then Adam Sterry had a problem, so went through into the lead. I was comfy but one lap I made so many mistakes in a row and Ben Watson went through, I was pushing him but on the slowest corner on the track I made a dumb mistake and tipped over. This is the way it goes, I’m happy with two seconds and will be pushing at the next one.” Results: 2-2 – 2nd Overall
Liam Knight #134: “Today wasn’t a bad day, I qualified 16th I thought that’s where I might be. I stated around 5 gates from the start box in the first race and I nearly holeshot. I was third out of the corner. I was running third for the first five laps until Steven pasted me, I then stalled it going down the hill and couldn’t get it started again quickly but still finished 5th. Second race I had another good start, I was around fourth, and it stayed that way really until the end.” Results: 5-4 – 4th Overall
Paul Hobbs (Team Manager): It’s been a great start to the season for the team today, second and fourth in the championship. Steven and Liam have done themselves proud today and can take a lot of confidence going into the next round at Lyng. It’s a bitter sweet moment as it wasn’t the greatest day for UK motocross, and I echo many of the comments that have been made. But more importantly for now we wish Mel a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to his family.