RFX Crescent Yamaha got off to a flying start to their Michelin MX Nationals campaign at Preston Docks, for the opening round of the series.
Lyng was initially the first stop on the championship calendar but due to some flooding around the track the MX Nationals crew were unable to run the event there but were quick to find another fantastic venue in time for the weekend.
The team awning was busy, to say the least, as the youth riders, Ben Clark, Joel Rizzi and Bobby Bruce joined the squad for the first time this season.
In MXY1, Joel Rizzi was dominant throughout the weekend, going on to win all three of his races, finishing the weekend off as the series leader in the class. Fellow 125cc rider and teammate, Bobby Bruce made some good progress, finishing fourth in race two, and eighth overall that weekend.
In the Expert MX2 class, Henry Williams proved himself a fighter and a hero. After a mid pack start Henry fought all race to pass through the pack to fourth in really tough conditions then disaster struck as the bike lost all drive within sight of the line, at the end of 25mins of racing Henry somehow found the energy to drag his bike through the mud to the line showing people just how much he’s prepared to fight to finish races and score vital championship points. Henry went on to finish second and fourth in races two and three, which put him fifth overall.
Ben Clark made his rookie debut in the class a memorable one, as he bagged his first podium of the season. Ben qualified fifth, before finishing second in race one, with a 10th in race two and a 5th in race three, putting him third overall.
Last but not least, it was time for the Pro Fastest 40 races, and in MX1, rookie Nathan Dixon continued to make progress, going on to set the ninth fastest lap time in qualifying as well as setting a new best result of sixth in race one. In race two, an unfortunate crash in the first corner left Dixon more than half a lap down from the rest of the field, which made for a tough race. In the end, after a couple of small crashes, he fought his way back to 13th place, which placed him 10th overall.
Paul Irwin – Team Owner
“This weekend was fantastic for the team. It’s always good to see our riders on the podium so early on in the season, Joel is now leading the MXY1 Championship, Ben is 3rd in MX2 Experts Championship with Henry close behind. Nathans speed again shone out as he collected solid points in Pro MX1 Championship following his 6th in race1”
James Dixon – Team Manager
“It was great to have our youth riders join us in the team awning this weekend, the atmosphere has been great. Every rider proved themselves this weekend so we’re all looking forward to the season ahead. Hopefully Jake will be back with us soon to complete our team line up”
Words: Monika Parnarauskaite
Images: Elliot Spencer