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MX2 Top Ten Miss At Foxhill, MX1 Win At Downpatrick For JAR Honda By IFS

Foxhill near Swindon is arguably one of the most challenging tracks in the United Kingdom, but for team rider Lewis Tombs, the track is very familiar, having ridden here a lot in the past. Flying the flag alone this weekend, the MX2 rider qualified in 12th after the super pole, and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The first race was a consistent ride in tenth, where Tombs engaged in battle with Grand Prix rider Harri Kullas and Jordan Booker, building a decent gap over the latter by the chequered flag. In the second race, Tombs got off to a mid-pack start and spent the first half of the race recovering positions. With but a few minutes to go on the clock, Tombs recovered to ninth, only to have the position snatched away from him with a lap to go.

In the mixed-class super-final race, Tombs found himself at a distinct disadvantage. Trapped in a group of larger capacity bikes, he struggled to make progress, but he showed his potential by keeping pace and continuing to challenge his more powerful rivals throughout the race. Ending the race as the eighth MX2 class rider across the finish line, he earned another precious point, ending the day in eleventh.

For Wayne Garrett, the weekend was a spectacular turnaround. After opting to race the Ulster Motocross Championship at Downpatrick where he is in the running for the MX1 championship, he again showed that he was capable of more than has been visible across the Irish Sea at the Maxxis so far this year.

After qualifying on pole, he then put three solid wins together for an overall win on the day, seeing off competition by Richard Bird and Gary Gibson, and putting him back on track for the next round of the British championship at Desertmartin. With this result, Garrett now also carries the distinction of being one of the most successful riders in the championship’s Premier class, second only to neighbour Gordon Crockard.

Lewis Tombs – MX2:

“It was an okay day; I qualified twelfth in super-pole, I had a good feeling with the track and was quite positive for the first race. I got a good jump and got round the first corner quite a tidy and was around eighth, and battled away there for a bit, lost a few places and gained a few places, Kullas got me with a few laps at the end which is a bit annoying but I am happy that I got tenth. In the second race had a bad start, worked my way through and had a good battle with Trickett and Kullas again. Kullas got me around four laps from the end. And then the last race I struggled a bit but ended up coming away with a point, which was just hard work against the 450s, so overall not such a bad day.”

Wayne Garrett – MX1:

“Qualifying went well; I went pole and set myself up for the races. In the first race I got the holeshot and led feeling comfortable for the first few laps before the race was stopped, then got away in second in the restart. After a few laps I got to the front and won comfortably. In race two I got away in second and after few laps again found myself in the lead and went on to win again. In race three I got the holeshot and stayed there to finish. I felt real comfortable on my bike all day and am really happy to finally reward the team with a good day’s results!”

Richard Rea – Team Coordinator:

“I’m happy with Lewis today, he rode strong in all three races and you could see throughout the day he was progressing. The last race was strong with an eighth in MX2, but I’m not so happy with the point-scoring system in that last race because he only scored a point for riding so hard. But it’s the same for everyone I guess. We’re happy with the progress he made, and it’s on to the French Grand Prix next weekend.

“For Wayne the decision to stay at home this weekend and concentrate on the Ulster Championship has paid dividends and he has now asserted himself as one of the main protagonists. It’s a great lift for not only him but also Kenny and the rest of the crew for all their hard work.”

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