Pendrich Kawasaki opened their 2013 account with a commanding performance at the Scottish Nationals season opener at Tain, in the Scottish Highlands, seeing all of it’s 4 team riders landing on the podium in their respective classes.
Sunday was the day of the National (MX1/Open) class and the Pendrich Kawasaki MX2 duo were joined by the teams 450 rider, and defending National class champion, Ross Rutherford.
Hoping to repeat the success of his MX2 victory, Mackenzie set his stall out early as he poled the morning qualifying session on the mighty KX250F in the unforgiving conditions of the Tain sands. The only hiccup of the day came in race one while fighting off a serious bout of arm pump which seen Mackenzie relegated to 3rd, but he bounced back to win each of the final 2 races, and the overall to currently sit atop of the series standings.
Rutherford had a ‘rock solid’ day, however played catch up in each of the three moto’s as he struggled with his starts which made his hat-trick of second places, and just missing out on victory in the opening moto by a mere second, even more impressive and he finished runner-up overall for the day to give Pendrich Kawsaki a 1-2 on the podium.
Struggling with the aftereffects of the previous day’s efforts and on a smaller capacity machine to many of his rivals, Mark fought hard to place himself just inside the top ten in 10th overall.
The teams Big Wheel 85 rider, Lee Perfect, had an outstanding weekend as he competed for the first time aboard his KX85. After a problematic morning on Saturday, Lee went on to only improve as each race wore on and landed himself on the podium in 3 out of his 5 moto’s to take 3rd place overall, and a headful of confidence, away from the weekend.
Team principle, Mark Perfect snr; “It was a long awaited return to racing and one that couldn’t of come fast enough for us. The boys all rode awesome and each landing on the podium is exactly what we were looking for to kick-start our year and in those conditions shows that all of our guys have been doing their homework. The racing aside I was very happy too with how the team worked together and how our bikes and pit set up was presented so it’s all really positive.”
Bryan Mackenzie; ” It’s been a long time since I last raced, almost 5 months or something, so I found the weekend ended up as much about remembering old routines and getting back into it as it was about racing. It was awesome to be back though and other than the killer arm pump I got in the first National moto, I had a really good weekend. I’m most pumped about my bike though, BC, with the help of Pro Circuit and CGH, has made me an absolute wee ripper and it’s nice to know that already we have a mega bike!”
Ross Rutherford; ” All in for me it was a good weekend. I watched the rest of the boys blow the cobwebs off after a full winter training on Saturday and couldn’t wait to line up with them on Sunday to get in amongst it too. I had a good day with a trio of 2nd places but gave it a good run for the win in the first and last moto’s but just fell up a little bit short. All in all I was happy with how I rode, happy to get the first race nerves out of the way and happy with how everything went within the team.”