One round down, 29 to go!
The British Masters witnessed the teams first official race, with all four riders competing. With some of the UK’s best riders in attendance producing a fantastic line up in both MX1 and MX2 the riders knew they would have to work hard to get some good results. Nez Parker returned for only his second race since August with the pressure of being the Hometown rider and didn’t want to disappoint on his return.
Damon Strydom and Dan Thornhill were first out for qualifying and worked hard to get to grips with the new track layout and posted 16th and 11th positions in qualifying respectively. MX1 was up next with Nez Parker and Ross Keyworth, Nez posting 3rd in qualifying and Ross posting 29th.
A bitterly cold day with a freezing wind sweeping across, didn’t affect any of the racing or the crowds that had assembled to watch throughout the day.
MX2 Race 1, Dan and Damon both had mid pack starts and had to battle constantly throughout the race to pick up 10th and 11th respectively at the end of the first race. With the start being an important factor, both riders were eager to improve on their first race positions. Race 2 and Dan got out of the gate in 3rd, managed to keep his position in the hustle ad bustle of the first couple of corners to stay in the top 5. Consistent riding and some battles with Ben Watson Dan finished in 5th position holding off Matt Burrows and a charging Nathan Watson at the end. A great result for Dan and equals his best result in an adult class in his first competition this year and finished 7th overall on the day. Damon rode well after getting in the mix on the first corner and pushed hard throughout the race to finish in 13th position and 12th overall on the day, a good start for Damon and something he can build on.
MX1 Race 1 and all eyes were on Nez Parker who had a massive 25 minutes travelling time to the track! Nez managed to gate in the top 10 and started to pick riders off each lap, reaching 4th position on only his second race back. Although the team were pleased with his performance Nez wasn’t and was determined to push forward in race 2. Ross Keyworth was faring better in the race than he did in his qualifying session. Not a great start, but managed to find his way into the top 20 before a suspension issue put paid to any more advancement during the race, finishing in 21st. Race 2 and Nez was out the gate and in 3rd position by the first turn and another 3 corners had taken the lead and looked unstoppable. Nez led for the first 3 laps before Nathan Watson made the pass and pulled ahead, Nez rode well to take 2nd position and get 2nd overall on the day from a fast and consistent Gert Krestinov. Ross Keyworth’s luck didn’t manage to change in race 2 after a collision or as we call it ‘racing moment’ pretty much put an end to the race but he still managed to dig deep to finish 23rd and give him 21st overall on the day.
A successful first round for Revo Talon Kawasaki team ending with a 2nd and 7th overall, lots of publicity and many new friends supporting the team. A big thank you to the Preston Docks Team that put together a fantastic track for everyone to ride and congratulations to Ken and the AMCA Masters team for putting on a great event.
We would like to thank all our partners and sponsors who have helped make the team happen this year. Next up for the team, is the first round of the MAXXIS British Championship at Fatcat Moto Parc this Sunday.