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JAR Honda Wins Despite Meeting Catastrophe

JAR Honda by IFS continued with its aim to dominate the Irish Championship by travelling to Tandragee in County Armagh for the second round.

On Saturday morning, things were already looking good as team riders Wayne Garrett and Lewis Tombs qualified in third and first in the MX1 and MX2 classes.

Both riders continued their strong showing in the first race. Garrett found himself in fourth off the line and soon battled with Gary Gibson for second. Once past Gibson, he set his sights on leader Richard Bird. Disaster struck in the last lap as Garrett prepared to move in on Bird; a moment of contact led to a high-side. Dazed, Garrett got back on the bike and finished the race in fifteenth in his class.

Tombs was also in the front of his class and soon found himself in the lead. Fending off any challenge with style, he took the chequered flag as the first MX2 bike across the line.

For the team, that was the end of the day as an accident in another class involving spectators forced the abandonment of the meeting. The team wishes the rider and spectators involved a speedy recovery.

The team next makes the trip to Landrake in Cornwall for the inaugural round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals.

Lewis Tombs – MX2:

“The weekend didn’t go so well. I qualified in pole and won the only race we got before the meeting had to be cancelled. It poured down afterwards too.”

Wayne Garrett – MX1

“We were going good, I pulled up from fourth and on the last lap going for the lead tagged the back of the leader, went down, knocked myself silly and ended twentieth overall. Then racing was abandoned after an accident involving some spectators.”

Richard Rea – Technical Co-ordinator

“I was satisfied with both our guys speed today, but unfortunately there was an incident in another class which involved a rider’s bike going into the crowd and injuring spectators, leaving the club no option but to abandon the meeting.

“Wayne was riding very strong in the first race until he had a heavy crash on the last lap while trying to take the lead.  Thankfully he wasn’t injured and was able to finish the race.  Lewis won the MX2 class while finishing fifth overall and scoring maximum points, finishing further up in the overall was going to be hard here with the long uphills but I believe he had the pace to do so the rest of the day. We wish the spectators and the rider a speedy recovery.”

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