Hawkstone Park is always a challenging circuit, and this time was no exception.
Despite the heavy rain on Friday evening and the poor forecast for the weekend, the track was in its usual rough but perfect self. And while the spot of sunshine on both Saturday
and Sunday made the weekend more enjoyable, this didn’t make it any easier for the riders as they took on the challenge that is Hawkstone Park.

In the youth MXY1 class, series leader and RFX Crescent Yamaha rider, Joel Rizzi, had good, yet tough weekend. In qualifying, Joel had the second fastest lap time in amongst the 250cc riders and topped the chart in the 125cc class.

In race one, Rizzi found himself at the front of the pack in the early stages of the race, before having a big crash which saw him drop down to the back of the field, leaving him with a lot of work to do in order to salvage some vital championship points. Joel fought back to 17th place and set the fastest lap time of the race, going 2 seconds faster than the
250cc rider and race leader Aaron-Lee Hanson.

The remainder of the weekend was much better for Joel as he finished races two, three and four in second, for third overall. As it stands, Joel continues to lead the MXY1 class with a 58-point advantage.

Fellow YZ125 rider, Bobby Bruce, also had a good weekend, with some fantastic results. Bruce qualified sixth in MXY1 and put in a great ride to cross the line third in the first moto. He then went on to finish races two, three and four with a 7-9-7 result for fifth overall. Bobby is currently fourth in the championship, just five points off Kyle McNicol in third.

MX2 Expert riders Ben Clark and Henry Williams showcased fighting spirit throughout the weekend, with both riders finishing well in the top 10.

In race one, Clark had a good start in fourth and was charging for third, but a small mistake cost him a couple of positions, which saw the young rider drop down to sixth. Ben finished the race fifth, ahead of his teammate Henry Williams, who was sixth.

In race two both Ben and Henry had some bad luck. Ben had a good start in 10th and was looking strong as he made his way through the field, before an unfortunate crash that meant he had to settle for 17th. Henry had a poor start in22nd, which meant he had a long race ahead of him, but keen to give his home crowd a good race, the Welsh rider displayed a great show of determination as he made his way back up to an impressive eighth place.

Races three and four were much better for both riders as they finished in the top
10. In the fourth race, Henry was fighting for a spot in the top three but a small
mistake cost him some vital positions, which saw him drop back to 6th. Ben and Henry finished the weekend 10th and 8th overall. Pro MX1 riders Jake Shipton and Nathan Dixon had some positive results as both riders continued to battle with bad luck and injuries. Jake and Nathan qualified 10th and 13th in MX1, starting the day on a positive note and looking strong for the races.

In race one, Jake got off to a great start and was in around the top five, but as the race went on the rough track conditions proved to be too much for his injured back, and in the end, he had to settle for 10th place. Due to pain, Jake decided it was best he missed out on the second moto and instead focus on building strength for the following round.

Nathan’s first race was cut short, as he didn’t make it past the second corner,
following an incident that saw another rider crash into the side of him, forcing him into the chestnut fencing. Due to such a rough crash and the pain that he was in, Nathan had no choice but to sit out the remainder of the race.

For the second moto, Nathan was keen to move past the pain barrier and fight on, in order to pick up some championship points and finish the weekend off on a positive. Nathan got
a fantastic start and was well in the top five in MX1. As the track developed some rougher and deeper lines, the pain in Nathan’s shoulder worsened and as a result saw him lose a couple of positions, but determined to get a good result, Nathan fought on, crossing the line in 7th position.

As it stands Nathan and Jakes are 14th and 16th in the Pro MX1 Championship
standings.

Paul Irwin – Team Boss “We had some bad luck this weekend, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom as we also had some fantastic results. Both our youth and expert riders were fighting for the top positions, so it was good to see them at the front of the field where they belong. Nathan and Jake had a tough time with luck and injuries, but both showed fighting spirit and heart which is very important, and hopefully, we will see both riders back where they belong for the next round in Sherwood”.

James Dixon – Team Manager “Hawkstone is never easy and I think
our riders did a fine job of taking on the challenge. As a team we had some good results and we’re looking forward to continuing with the hard work for the next race”.

Words: Monika Parnarauskaite

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