The second round of the Michelin MX Nationals at Preston Docks came with its ups and downs for RFX Crescent Yamaha. In contrast to the last time the team visited
the venue, it was all sunshine and no sign of rain whatsoever. This was not the only difference, as the Preston Docks track that we once knew, was a completely reworked circuit.
In the youth class, Joel Rizzi and Bobby Bruce rode exceptionally well throughout the weekend with both riders making an appearance on the podium. Rizzi went on to win all four of his races in the 125cc class, taking the top step of the podium and further extending his championship lead, with his teammate Bobby taking the third step, with a 5-2-2-4 result.
In the Expert MX2 class, YZF250 riders, Ben Clark and Henry Williams fought hard all weekend to pick up some positive results. Ben picked up two 6th place finishes which put
him in 8th overall at the end of the weekend, with Henry managing two top ten results which placed him 14th overall.
Our Pro riders had a tough weekend. In qualifying, Jake Shipton and Nathan Dixon qualified in 10th and 11th in MX1, but as the Pro Fastest 40 class is MX1 and MX2 mixed, this
placed both riders further down the start order. In race one, Jake had a good top ten start and was doing a great job of holding off his rivals in the early stages of the race,
but the lack of bike time in racing conditions made for a tough race and in the end, Shipton had to settle for 14th in MX1.
In race two, Jake only completed four laps, as he was struggling with
his recent back injury in the tough conditions.
Nathan had an unlucky weekend, as he was caught up in a crash with another rider in the fourth lap of the first race, which forced him out of both moto’s one and two. The crash was caused as a result of another rider falling on the landing of a jump, leaving Dixon with nowhere to go. As a result of such a violent crash, Nathan and the team decided that it was best to sit out the rest of the day’s races and instead focused for the next round at Hawkstone Park, in a week’s time.
Words: Monika Parnarauskaite
Pic: Elliot Spencer