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Lanes Kawasaki end Red Bull Elite Rookie class in fourth place

With the motocross season ticking down to the final rounds of the championships across the country, Lanes Kawasaki made the trip to Oxfordshire’s Culham track. With the news earlier in the week that the days had been reversed due to weather, this meant that the two team riders James Harrison and George Fountain would only have two sets of races on Saturday, with the remaining three on Sunday.

Thus, on Saturday morning, bleary-eyed riders lined up for their qualifying session. Harrison put in an uncharacteristic time in for twelfth-fastest, while Fountain ended the session in twenty-ninth.

Harrison’s plan for the weekend was to end the season in third overall, a plan that looked to be well within reach with his first two race results. Second in the first race and winning the second after leading from start to finish, it was down to the three Sunday races to make the crucial difference. Sunday morning’s first race continued the good results for Harrison. Second in the first race after a not-so-stellar start, he ended the second race of the day in third after a half-time switch with rival Ben Watson, repeating the result in race three of the day for a second overall and a fourth in the championship.

Fountain on the other hand struggled with conditions and a bug. Nonetheless, he put in a good quartet of performances. In the first race on Saturday, Fountain ended twenty-fifth, following up with a twenty-third place in the second race. On Sunday morning, Fountain battled the bug again to end his first race in twenty-fifth, and his final race of the day ended with a twenty-fourth place for a twenty-ninth place on the weekend.

Commented team principal Dean Lane: “James seemed a bit off in practice on Saturday morning; he couldn’t get a clear track to put a quick lap in, but the poor qualifying didn’t seem to bother him once the racing began. He rode solid all weekend to end in second overall, finishing the RedBull championship off well. George was suffering from a cold all weekend but still put in a good performance overall. He has the ability to get consistent top twenty results, and we will work on a few things through the winter. Thanks to both boys, they always do us proud.”

James Harrison (#153): It’s been a good weekend! Qualifying yesterday was really bad, don’t know what was happening, was still half asleep and qualified twelfth, but then I had a much better race. In the first race I had a second, I won the next race, got the holeshot and pulled a good lead. It rained really hard today, the first race wasn’t too bad and I got a second, and the next two were really wet and I managed to get two thirds I think.

George Fountain (#57): Yeah, the weekend went well for me, I really enjoyed it. The track was brilliant. Apart from not feeling well, hence not doing the last race sunday, but overall it was a really good weekend. Thanks to everyone, a special thanks to everyone at Lanes Kawasaki for keeping my bike up and running this weekend…

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