Injury for Hammal as Todd podiums

Round three of the REVO ACU British Motocross Championship kicked off yesterday, deep in the woods of Swanley, Kent at the Canada Heights Circuit. With both riders in the paddock after Wilson returned from arm pump surgery, hopes were high for a day of unmissable racing. This was almost the case with a strong 3-4 qualifying posted from Todd and Hammal respectively, but a last lap mistake from Hammal would see him sustain a bad finger injury, and unfortunately retire from the day of racing.

With all eyes now on the #20, Todd did his best to let everyone know by grabbing the holeshot on his Kawasaki KX250 in race one. He then displayed a great race of speed and technique, but a few mistakes towards the end of the race eventually cost him the race win and took home 2nd. 

A tougher start in race two meant putting in some speedy laps on the difficult-to-pass track. the Bike It MTX Kawasaki machine moved from the bottom of the top 10 into 2nd, but Todd would eventually finish in 3rd position. Combined with the 2nd from the first race, Todd was able to secure second overall at Canada Heights.

Steve Dixon: Unfortunately I had to miss this event, but the guys in the team know what they’re doing. It was a late decision [saturday] for Wilson to ride, after confirming it was safe to do so on Friday from the doctor following his arm pump surgery. We went in looking for bike time ahead of Russia, so to come away with these results was amazing. We saw a holeshot for the Kawasaki KX250 and some impressive riding from Wilson, so with some work on bike fitness, he’ll be a real force to be reckoned with now he doesn’t suffer from arm pump. The surgery clearly worked well, I’m glad Wilson trusted my choice of surgeon, Professor David Warwick. who was able to get him in at short notice and do a perfect job. It seems like when one thing goes well another goes bad, and in that case, we saw Taylor make a mistake in the last lap of qualifying and badly injured his finger, leaving him unable to race. Once again Prof. Warwick came to the rescue and performed surgery on Taylor this morning to set him on the right path. He will now have a 2-3 week recovery period, ahead of his home GP at Matterley Basin. We will make a last-minute decision just before Foxhill, but at this stage probably not.”

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Taylor Hammal: “A day to forget really. I’ve been looking forward to Canada Heights for a few weeks as it’s my favourite of the year. I felt really confident coming in, so to not even make the start line I was gutted. It should’ve been a good day to claw back some points but that’s racing sometimes. Luckily I’ve seen the doctor this morning and they’ve sorted it out, so just waiting on it to heal. It was worse than initially thought but the recovery time isn’t that long – so should be back quite soon. Apologies to all the team and sponsors.”

Wilson Todd: “A good day at the British Championship yesterday, I went in not really expecting a result after being off the bike for a while following my arm pump surgery – It was more about bike time ahead of the MXGP’s, so I surprised myself a little being out front most of moto 1. Unfortunately, I threw it away with a few mistakes towards the end of the race. Moto 2 started out further back and I had to work hard to pass the riders, but eventually finishing in 3rd with a lack of bike fitness I’m happy.”

Words: Bike it Dixon Kawasaki

Images: Chewy media