The team converged on the historic Canada Heights circuit for the second round of the British Championship and with both riders liking the venue the team was looking forward to some good results.
Qualifying. Karro was fastest in the timed qualifying session with Parker in 11th and both came away from superpole in exactly the same positions.
Race1. Karro made a good start and was in 3rd behind Sword & Snow but was too eager to get to the front and took a detour over the bars to leave him down in 18th at the end of the first lap. He soon set about clawing back positions and by the end of the race he was in 8th, just behind his teammate Parker who had come from 10th on the first lap up to 7th by the finish.
Race2. Karro took a superb hole-shot on his 350, all the more impressive on the uphill start and Parker was just behind in 4th. Parker looked impressive as he battled with with former teammate Martin Barr for the entire race, just losing out to the Irishman, but still taking a great 5th place finish. Karro had Stribos on his rear wheel for the whole of the race even crashing into each other with a couple of laps to go, but the youngster held his nerve and took a brilliant win.
Race3. Karro took another hole-shot and this time had Shaun Simpson on his tail as the pair gradually pulled away from the field. Parker had made a poor start and things got decidedly worse as Jason Dougan’s out of control Honda smashed into the side of him, leaving him on the deck with the front end of his machine looking worse for wear. A flyer remounting in 33rd he started to make progress through the field, only to be wiped out by a tail-ender, leaving him to stroll home in an unfortunate and disappointing 24th, for 11th overall. Karro was being harassed by Simpson throughout the race and just past the halfway mark Karro dropped it handing the lead to the Scotsman and second to Stribos but with Sword now back in 5th, Karro just had to maintain his 3rd place to take the overall on the day, which he did, to take his first ever British Championship overall victory from Sword, with Simpson in 3rd.
Matiss Karro, ” first race wasn’t happy coz i threw away a possible win by going for lead too soon before i had settled into a rhythm. The second race was perfect, led gate to flag. The third race was good, leading again but made a small mistake, but still came home 3rd which was enough to take the overall. My bike was awesome, thanks to my mechanic Ben for working so hard this week. Can’t wait for Valkenswaard next week.”
Nez Parker, ” my speed was good today and I felt good. Had two good results in the first two races but had some bad luck in the last race, got took out twice, but that’s racing. I don’t think any of the top ten had three races without crashing. ”
Team Manager, Steve Turner, ” I’m ecstatic with the win for both Matiss & the team but feel so disappointed for Nathan, who was just plain unlucky in the 3rd race and could so easily have come away with a top 5 today. Matiss is on fire at the moment, but was way too eager in the first race and probably threw away the win, but he fought back to take 8th to give himself an outside chance of a podium. He made amends in the next two races with two hole-shots and two storming performances and with many of his main rivals suffering their own misfortunes he did enough to secure a fantastic overall win to move him into 2nd in the championship. I just need to thank mechanics Ben & Toby who put the hours in this week, with both riders on engine upgrades this week they had a lot of work on to get everything ready not only for this weekend, but also for next week’s GP.”
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