Oakleaf Kawasaki made the short trip to Matterly Basin , Winchester for Rd13 of the FIM World Motocross championship.
After the year the team have had so far competing in British championship and Red Bull Pro Nationals ,Team Owner Shaun Anthony took the Team to to the next Level with Alex Snow competing in the highly ranked MX1 class for the chance to prove the team can compete at the highest level .
Pulling in to the Pro pits and having the chance to set up next to the best Teams in the world was a experience and appreciated being such a passionate team .
Qualification race for gate positions took place on the Saturday afternoon and Alex had the chance to get dialled in during the morning with free practice , he made a slight mistake after holding his own for the majority of the race in 15th and ended the qualification with gate pick 20.
The team re grouped and prepped for Sundays main events and Alex was more than confident in showing what he can do against the top 40 riders in the world.
Sunday was upon us , the sun was shining and the crowed was growing for what was going to be the best race meeting on the world calendar for 2012.It was a great experience to be there with the 400 rider parade lap to represent the Festival of Motocross this was a massive crowd booster in what was going to be a Quality’s days racing and filmed live on Motors TV for the home viewers.
Race 1 and the gate dropped and we was to see Alex Snow aboard his Oakleaf kxf450 come out of the first corner in the top 15 there was a crash in turn 2 and Alex was to get through the melee of riders and put himself in 11th position , the passion of the team in the pit lane was amazing and has he came past for the first lap the whole team where hanging the pit banner cheering him on in what was going to be a long 30min +2 moto , , Alex continued to hold his own and was the first British rider as he set into his comfortable rhythm, within lap 5-6 Alex had started battling with the likes of Seb Pourcel and Jonathan Barragan , Alex keeping his head carried on riding his own race and showed his consistency eventually for the proud moment of the team coming across the line in 20th and scoring 1 point .
Race 2 The heat was immense for what the UK had experienced in the last few months , Alex took to the start for the final race of the day and again made a blistering start against Factory bikes and massively experienced riders unfortunately for Alex he gave it to much throttle coming out of turn 1 which cost him some few seconds and knocked him out of the top 20 , but he kept his head and made his way through the pack finally catching Graeme Irwin and battling with Marc de Reuver, this again was another long 30min+2 moto and all Alex’s commitment in training through the year was paying off as he settled in and rode another superb race aboard his Oakleaf Kxf450 and crossed the line in 19th position and took another 2 points again to the delight of himself and the team and in front of the bumper British fans .
Team Manager Shaun Anthony commented: “coming to the British GP is normally for spectating and cheering on the British riders , to be here with my team is a dream come true and the way the Team and Alex have preformed the weekend hopefully will show the ambition of the team , we were 1 of 4 British teams to make the appearance and the only UK Kawasaki team and hopefully our job represented Kawasaki motors and Ross Bur ridge in a respectful and professional manor and we appreciate everybody’s help this year, sponsors and followers. see u at the Hawkstone and Langrish ”
Alex Snow commented “Overall I’m happy with the weekend . Its always hard to come in and expect too much from a one off round , my aim was to score points in both moto’s which is what I did so I’m pleased about that . it was a great experience and cant wait to try another one. Massive thanks to the team as everyone pulled together and made the weekend very stress free”