Short of Desertmartin in Ireland, Duns in Scotland is the furthest that Suffolk-based John Banks Honda-supported rider Lewis Tombs has to travel to the race, and Tombs was not disappointed this time either.
After qualifying in tenth, Tombs launched himself into the first race in mid-pack. Ninth in the first lap, Tombs held his own against the MX1 bikes in the race, crossing the finish line on the final lap in seventh. In the second race, a crash in the first lap cost Tombs his position in the front of the pack. A second crash a lap later meant a restart in dead last, but he made quick progress up the pack again. With minutes left to go on the clock, Tombs caught a second wind and gathered a few more positions to end the race in ninth for a seventh overall on the day.
Commented Tombs: “Qualifying didn’t go so good, I didn’t get a clean lap in. I ended up tenth in the MX2, so I had a half decent gate pick. The first race was average; I managed to sneak around the inside and managed to come out ok. I was running in seventh in the MX2, and had a small crash. I was back outside the top ten but was riding real good. Towards the end I picked up a few places and ended seventh. In the second race there was a big pileup on the start, I managed to get around and get inside the top ten of the race, but I crashed, being impatient. I crashed again in the first lap and ended up dead last, and managed to get back I think to ninth. I was riding good but making silly mistakes.”