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Solid Day For Oakleaf Kawasaki At Hawkstone Park

It was happy days at Hawkstone for the Oakleaf Kawasaki team. A brisk breeze cooled the picturesque setting, but the racing was hot, and the boys in white & green had a good result.

The MX2 class were out first for open practice and qualification and Jake Millward put in a 2:14.653 to secure 18th pick of the gate.
In the first race, Millward gated and fought for 12th for most of the race until untimely he dropped back a little and crossed the line in 15th.
A rough start in the second race had Jake down in 18th, but he made his way up into the top 15 at the halfway  point. Millward battled with Luke Remmer for 14th  in the latter stages and fended his position until the chequered.
The third and final race had Millward in 13th off of the gate, but a small mistake on lap 4, and he dropped back into 17th. The track was quite churned up and rough, but Millward put in some solid laps and pulled his way back into 14th to take 16th Overall

The day started a little slowly for both Shane Carless and Alex Snow in MX1. In qualification Snow posted 13th fastest with a time of 2:14.443, just missing out on the top 12 and Superpole by .2 of a second with Carless just .2 behind that in 14th.
In the first race both Carless and Snow gated well and were inside the top 10. Snow jostled for position and was in 12th at the half way point, before taking 11th in the final two laps. Carless had made a mistake early on and dropped back into 16th but managed to climb his way back up to finish 13th.
A slightly slower start to race two but the outcome was much better. The first lap had Carless in 9th and Snow in 11th, but Snow made short work to drop in behind his team mate and the pair moved up through the field together with Carless crossing the line in 7th and Snow just 3 seconds behind in 8th.
The third and final race was cut short with a red flag, but the Carless & Snow show aired again. Both started just inside the top 10 in 8th and 9th respectively and moved up together. The track had become gnarly and was claiming a few riders to it sandy bomb holes, but a steady race had Carless come home in 5th and Snow 2 seconds on his tail.
The Overall was a 3-way tie between Carless, Snow and Talon Kawasakis, Nez Parker for fifth, but the pair had done enough in the last race for Carless to take the 5th spot and Snow the 6th.
The final Maxxis ACU British Championship round is on the 6th of October at Farleigh Castle, Wiltshire.

Red Bull Pro Nationals round six is on the 31st of August – 1st of September back at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire.

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