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Oakleaf Kawasaki – Hawkstone Park race report

Oakleaf Kawasaki travelled to Hawkstone Park in Shropshire for the penultimate round of this seasons Red Bull Pro Nationals. Following on from recent good results Alex Snow was looking for a Podium finish in the Pro MX1 class, whilst Jake Millward was looking to extend his points lead in the Rookie Championship, and Tommy Alba was also looking for some good results in the Rookies as he continues to recover from Illness and Injury.

The Rookies weekend started well for Oakleaf with Jake and Tommy putting their KXF250’s in 3rd and 8th respectively in the qualification session, and it got better in the 1st race as Jake romped home with a start to finish race win, Tommy’s race wasn’t so good though as he claimed a 9th placed finish.

Race 2 saw Jake sat in 2nd off the start behind Jordan Divall, Jake eventually found a way past on lap 6 but Divall fought back and the pair swapped places lap by lap until Jake eventually got the better of him to take another race win. Tommy had a better race this time out and after starting inside the top 10 he fought his way into 5th by the finish.

Race 3 saw Jake repeat his feat of Race 1 and take another excellent start to finish victory, and this race also saw Tommy finish inside the top 3 with a great 3rd after coming through from a poor midpack start.

Race 4 saw the 2 Oakleaf riders in 2nd and 3rd away from the start with Divall just ahead, but with 4 laps done, heavy pressure forced Divall into a mistake with Jake inheriting the lead with Tommy just behind and the pair rode away to a great 1-2 finish.

The 5th and final race of the Rookies weekend saw Tommy grab the holeshot and lead early on with Jake not far behind, but disaster struck for Tommy as he crashed hard on the 2nd lap, handing Jake the lead but to everyone’s surprise he jumped up and remounted in 10th. Jake was now out in the lead and looking odds on to take a clean sweep of race wins for the weekend but he had Matty Callaghan for company in 2nd, and with a few laps left Callaghan found a way past Jake, Jake now decided to ride smart and instead of getting caught in a battle and settled for a comfortable 2nd and safe points. Tommy meanwhile was carving his way up through the top 10 and ended up crossing the finish in 4th.

Jake comfortably took the overall win and top step on the podium for the weekend with his dominant performance, and he now has a 107 point lead in the championship as it heads into its final round next month, and he was joined on the podium by Tommy, who’s solid weekend gave him 3rd overall and shows that he is well on his way to getting back to where he wants to be.

After all the excitement in the Rookies it was now Alex Snow’s turn in the Pro MX1 class and after a setting 4th fastest time in qualifying, the Team was confident of a podium finish at the end of the day, and this was looking a real possibility as Alex blasted into 2nd on the opening lap behind Martin Barr. Alex had series leader Nico Aubin right behind him, but he was riding well and Aubin couldn’t find a way past. Eventually Aubin did make a pass leaving Alex in 3rd and then not long after Gert Krestinov also found his way past Alex, leaving him in 4th. The next rider was a fair way behind and Alex rode on to a fairly comfortable 4th placed finish.

After 4th in the opening race Alex was hoping to get in the top 3 in race 2 and he started well to sit 3rd on the opening lap but then as the riders were returning into view from the far side of the track Alex crashed hard, the crashed forced him out of the race and on his way to hospital, Checks revealed that Alex had partially separated his shoulder on the ac joint, and he is unfortunately going to be off the bike for a few weeks, hopefully returning for next Red Bull Pro National where he will look to retain his top 5 placing the Pro MX1 Championship.

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