It was a rare treat over the May bank holiday weekend for the Pendrich Kawasaki team as they contested the 3rd round of the Scottish Nationals at their closest round of any championship this season at Duns in the Scottish Borders.
The Pendrich boys put on a dominating performance over the weekend in front of family, friends and spectators alike as they romped home to victory in both the MX2 and National classes showing the rest of their competitors a clean set of heels.
On Saturday, in the MX2 division, Bryan Mackenzie showed once again what he could do on his KX250f as he ran away untroubled with a clean sweep or race wins and second on the day was teammate, Ross Rutherford. Ross, competing for the first time in years aboard a 250f machine, showed his adaptability and claimed 3 great runner up spots improving on the smaller capacity machine in each outing.
Next up was the National class and it was Rutherford’s time to assert his dominance over his competitors once back on to his more familiar KX450f, taking 3 race wins in an exciting day of action. Ross didn’t have it all his own way though and his main opposition came in the form of teammate, Bryan. Between the two they held the top two spots for the majority of the day and the Pendrich duo, who have been great friends since they were youngsters, provided some of the best racing action the series has seen so far in moto 2 as they went bar to bar in an enthralling battle which had the attention of everyone in attendance. Mackenzie however finished the round on the final step of the podium after a couple of problematic races.
Lee Perfect had an outstanding round three in the big wheel 85cc class abroad his KX85 as he fought for race victories all weekend. The closest he came to securing that elusive first race win came in race one as he lead the field into the last lap before succumbing to the pressure and falling with only half a lap to go. Frustrated with his mistake he fought hard all weekend coming ever so close to taking his maiden chequered flag and landed on the podium in all but one moto as his scorecard for the weekend read 2-3-2-DNF-2, for 7th overall.
Brymac: “It was a good weekend and it’s a track I always look forward to riding. Saturday in MX2 couldn’t of gone better but Sunday was a bit ropey for me and I guess I was pretty lucky to even get 3rd overall on the day. I was in front of the first two races but a puncture towards the end of the first dropped me out of contention and then a mistake on my behalf in the second race opened the door for Ross to get through. After that it was an intense battle between us which was really fun and everyone commented to us about it after the race, so it’s nice to have put on a good show. The last race was just a small issue with my bike but overall I didn’t feel I was riding too bad all weekend and it was good for the team.”
Ross: “I had a cool weekend! I rode a 250f for the first time in a few years on Saturday and ended up second overall behind Bry, but I felt I got a little quicker each moto so I had a blast.
Sunday I was back on my 450 and I got all 3 moto wins in a difficult field and wasn’t given any of them easy. I had to work for each race as I started around 5th each time and worked forward. I had an awesome race with Bry in the second moto which seemed to be the highlight of the day for a lot of people, so it was cool to be apart of that. I’ve had a good couple of weekends in a row now and I’m feeling confident heading to the Maxxis this weekend coming.”
Team owner, Mark Perfect: ” The boys had a clean sweep through Saturday and Sunday was another first class performance from the team. Both Bryan and Ross showed again that they are the leading force in this series right now and Ross has elevated his ‘game’ and was right on point all day as proved in race 2 when he was right there and punished Bryan for a mistake. Bry was a little unlucky but I’m looking forward to this weekend coming for the fourth round of the Maxxis to see our guys take this form into the British championship.”