The first round of the Maxxis British Championship was held in the same atrocious conditions as shrouded the rest of the UK in the middle of March.
Despite the huge rain showers and a Fat Cat Motoparc track in Doncaster that was challenging to say the least, Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle conducted a one-man master class to win both wildcard races he entered by a considerable margin.
As a debut for many Kawasaki riders and teams, including Brad Anderson, Nez Parker and Gert Krestinov, the battle was as much in the face of prevailing conditions as it was against a formidable opposition.
Gating alongside the best motocross competitors Britain has to offer, Kawasaki riders fell foul of a raft of bad luck on the day with many taken out by other riders in early lap melees. Remounting after such clashes, title hopefuls in MX 1 and MX 2 respectively, Brad Anderson and Bryan MacKenzie, both continued stoically for race finishes and rewarded those hardy souls that turned up to spectate.
With Brad salvaging a decent second race MX1 finish on his KX450F, a sixth place was at least some reward especially in light of the shoulder injury he still carries from a previous weekend’s mishap
In the case of Nez Parker, Ross Rutherford and Gert Krestinov, there was time after the event to reflect on points scoring places to kickstart their attack on MX1 glory with each ultimately posting solid top ten results.
For spectators and keen paddock watchers alike there was much to admire in the MXY2 race as MJW Kawasaki rider, and title hopeful, Robert Davidson recovered from dead last on the opening lap to courageously fight back through the entire pack and achieve a stunning and well-earned second spot at race end.
“There is no doubt that the weather played a major part in today’s results”, said Racing Coordinator for Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Burridge.“ That said, a championship is not decided on the results of the very first weekend of racing. It was the same for everyone, and think we will all look back on this round as simply a way of cutting our teeth in 2013 and as a springboard for greater success in the coming rounds.
As one of the most celebrated graduates of Team Green in the UK, Tommy Searle, showed in this pre Valkenswaard shakedown meet what a truly world class rider he is. Both of his wins were totally inspiring in their margin of victory.
Of course I hope that all Kawasaki riders competing at this opening round in Doncaster saw what could be achieved and will ultimately attain that level of race-craft on their Kawasaki machinery in 2013.”
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