Hawkstone Park, 22-23 February 2014. After the cancellation of Valence the previous week, the team was looking forward to its first serious race of the season at the Hawkstone International.
The terrible recent weather leading up to the event led many to expect that the meeting may fall by the wayside as it had the previous year but to everyone’s surprise the track and paddock were in superb condition and the scene was set for a great day’s racing in front of a bumper crowd.
With Jake Nicholls sitting this one out after his recent training injury it was left to Adam Sterry and Matiss Karro to fly the flag for the team. Sterry was first out in MX2 and he set a great time which gave him fourth fastest. Karro went one better in MX1 with third quickest.
Race 1 – MX2
Sterry was away well and rounded the first bend in third but a small mistake cost him three places. He looked comfortable until mid-race when a charging Van Dominik tried an aggressive pass and took the two of them out. Although he remounted and continued to the end of the race he was in obvious discomfort and had to sit out the rest of the day with a damaged ankle.
Race 1 – MX1
Karro made a grea t start and was into the first turn with Searle and Simpson and the three of them set an impressive pace which only Todd Waters could live with. Karro started to suffer from arm pump and had to concede third place to Waters but he regained the spot back later in the race to finish in a fine third place.
Race 2 – MX1
Karro took a superb holeshot from Simpson and Searle and hung onto the lead and when Searle came to a stop midway through the race it was left to Karro and Simpson to battle for the race win and the overall. Simpson managed to make a pass on Karro and although he stayed in touch for the remaining laps he couldn’t find the extra pace needed to get close enough to mount a serious assault and had to settle for second, giving a well deserved second overall.
In the mixed superfinal the MX2 boys got a second head start leaving the MX1 guys to chase them down. Karro was away in ninth and progressed to fifth by the end of the first lap. The irrepressible Herlings moved through to the lead and Karro followed him through in a secure second and with Simpson dropping out with a bike problem and Searle crashing twice, the pressure Karro had to endure was from Petrov but he upped his pace and left the Bulgarian in his wake and was able to cruise home for a comfortable second place.
Following an x-ray, Adam Sterry was cleared of any sever injury and following a short recovery period, will be back on his bike.
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