Martin Barr raced to the overall MX2 win at round three of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Blaxhall on Sunday but, as was the case in Russia less than a week earlier, there were very mixed fortunes for the REVO Husqvarna UK riders.
Martin qualified second, two places above Mel, with Dylan a solid 13th at only his third attempt at qualification.
When the gate dropped on the opening moto both Mel and Martin started well with Mel slotting into third on lap seven and Martin holding fifth after a crash as he made a move for second place.
Mel was pushed back to fourth on the final lap but both he and championship rival Conrad Mewse were penalised five places for jumping on a yellow flag which dropped Mel to ninth but bumped Martin up for third.
Dylan crossed the line in 15th for his best finish of the season.
Mel and Martin again started strongly in race two and Mel needed just a couple of laps to take second as Martin sat fourth.
On lap six a front brake problem caused Mel to overshoot a corner and crash back to eighth and he could only pick up one additional place which put him seventh at the flag for seventh overall.
Martin moved into second just after half-distance and held position to the finish to secure the overall win.
Unfortunately, Dylan crashed heavily and didn’t finish.
Mark Yates (Team Principal)
“Yet another sweet and sour weekend for Martin and Mel. I’m obviously a bit disappointed about the decision made after the incident with the yellow flags – I understand the safety aspect but I think it was a little harsh to dock them so many places.
“I think both riders have got the speed and I’m pleased with where they’re both at. Mel’s fallen away in the points a little bit but Martin’s gained from the decision to dock Mel and Conrad [Mewse] positions but that doesn’t detract from the fact he deserved to win today. He’s been riding exceptionally well this year.
“Dylan’s struggling a little bit with confidence. He’s in a difficult position at the moment but a couple of decent results are all it would take to turn that around.”
Martin Barr – 1st (3-2)
“It’s been a weird day and I haven’t really felt 100 per cent. I ended up second in qualifying which gave me good gate picks and my starts were better today compared to what they have been.
“In the first race I was sixth or seventh but quickly made my way up to third. I was trying to cut up inside Josh Gilbert and I tucked the front and went down. That dropped me back to fifth which is where I finished but unfortunately for Mel and Conrad, they got penalised so I jumped back up to third.
“I got another decent start in race two but on the second lap I landed in a braking bump and over-extended my ankle. It was quite sore for a few laps so I just tried to forget about it and keep riding on and I ended up second in the race which was good enough for first overall.
“I’m looking forward now to getting back to 100 per cent and being able to do my preparation during the week because I’m starting to feel it towards the end of the moto but it’s great to be on the top of the podium.”
Mel Pocock – 7th (9-7)
“The first race wasn’t so bad and I finished fourth but unfortunately I was penalised for jumping on a yellow flag which I’m a bit unhappy about because the accident had actually been cleared and there was nothing to have the yellow flags out for.
“In race two we had a technical issue which meant that I had no front brake for the whole race but I was managing it and running second early on when I overshot a corner and crashed. I salvaged a seventh but it was a difficult race.
“Being totally honest, I’m glad I even managed to race this weekend after injuring my knee in Russia. I did a lot of work on it last week with my physio, Julian, so I could be here today.”
Dylan Woodcock – 17th (15-DNF)
“I had a good qualifying but in the first race I struggled a bit and in the last race I hurt my shoulder again. Not a very good day.”
Words: Sean Lawless