After a week long trip staying away from home in the Pendrich Kawasaki team truck, riders Bryan Mackenzie, Ross Rutherford and big wheel 85 pilot Lee Perfect took to the second round of the British Masters championship at the famous Foxhill circuit.
Ross set the tempo for the day in race one as he aggressively worked his way into 5th position by half distance and looked more than able to progress further, but unfortunately ran short of time. Race two seen a confident Rutherford fight for the holeshot but overcooking the first turn slightly in his bid to be there first and running a little wide relinquishing a couple of positions which he fought to take back in the opening laps. Whilst making the move back into 5th place however Ross collided with a rider dropping him back a handful of places once again, but not to be disheartened though he went back to work on getting his way back towards the front of the pack but was dealt the final blow when a rear wheel puncture disappointingly took him out of the picture and 24th in the moto wasn’t what the man from Glasgow deserved.
Mackenzie also started the day well by claiming the pole position in MX2 qualifying and turned the first pick of the gate into 2 great starts in each of the moto’s. Race one seen Bryan fight for the lead on the opening laps before suffering with arm pump which relegated him to 3rd to which he held to the finish. Race 2 and Brymac positioned himself well and fought tooth and nail for the lead for the first half of the moto before another round of arm pump forced him to slow his pace to reduce the risk of a crash on which was now concrete-like soil. Another 3rd position was earned by Mackenzie to give him second overall on the day.
Big wheel 85 rider Lee had an up and down weekend, aside from the hilly nature of the circuit. Working away at it all weekend and gaining confidence in each moto, his goal was to finish inside of the top 10 around the daunting circuit, but he just missed out with two 12th and an 11th place in the final three races.
Team owner Mark Perfect: “On paper it’s been a pretty successful weekend. Ross had an outstanding first race and fought hard to earn his position. His second race was just unfortunate otherwise I was expecting the same sort of result as the first and he was well on his way to doing so. He’s really improved his ‘hard pack’ riding and is confident right now.
Bryan again fought at the front of the pack all day and showed he is one of the fastest MX2 guys. It’s just unfortunate that his bike fitness isn’t quite there for the speed he can ride at just now due to missing so many valuable weeks off the bike but hopefully he can start back on the bike this week.
Lee, well this is a whole new experience for him. He’s never seen hills like this before and it was just about trying to get him through the weekend and build his confidence which I think we done successfully.”
Ross Rutherford: “The day went great for the most part. I had a good start in moto one and moved forward and felt good on the bike. I got another great start in the second heat and was fighting into the top 5 again when I had a small tip over but I was recovering well from that when I got a puncture which then more or less ended my race. I could of moved up a place or two in the championship today hadn’t it been for the puncture but there’s still plenty of more races to go. I left super happy with my speed and my bike so a big thanks to everyone for that.
Brymac: “I’m not really too happy with today. Although 2nd sounds like a great result I can’t keep throwing races away due to arm pump. I’ve not been doing any midweek practice since before I blew my knee out 9 weeks ago and then with the addition of the shoulder injury a month ago, I’ve just been going from race to race. I hope now I’m at a point where I can start doing things properly again and return to some sort of normality with my riding programme.”