Irwin and Kullas talk about their day at Weston!
Weston-super-Mare was host to round four of the MX Nationals where Harri Kullas managed to claim second overall on the beach circuit.
The Heads & All Threads Suzuki rider had been looking forward to riding in the deep sand and after taking fourth in qualifying he powered through to take second in both motos, promoting him to third in the championship and just a single point behind second and first.
“It was nice to go on the real sand this weekend. I enjoyed it straight from the first lap. It was a challenging track, but really nice.
My starts weren’t that good, and I lost my back brake in both races so I couldn’t push 100% to stay with Tanel Leok, but it was still good to get second place in both races. It’s good points in the championship, and it’s really close now.” — Harri Kullas, MX1, #151
It was a bittersweet weekend for the teams Northern Irish rider, Graeme Irwin, who struggled with bike setup in the first moto, but managed to secure sixth.
After a fall in the first corner of the second moto, Irwin stormed through the field into sixth, but a damaged radiator resulted in his machine stopping at the half way point, ending his race and dropping him to fourth in the championship.
Irwin was also taking part in the Pro Nationals Motocross Festival the following day, but came down with food poisoning that night. Despite his illness, he qualified in first on Sunday morning and soldiered on to take and impressive second and fifth for third overall.
“I got a good start in the first race, but I felt uncomfortable on the air forks when challenging for the lead and dropped to sixth.
We changed the forks for the second and I felt a lot better, but I went down in the first corner. I came back to fifth and was riding really good, then the bike stopped.
I’m disappointed because being in the hunt for the championship was great, and now to have it pulled away through something like that is frustrating.
I think my speed is good, it seems the rougher the tracks are getting the less comfortable I feel, so it’s something we need to work on and do some more testing. If we can get that right then I think we’ll be in a position where I can fight for the win throughout the day.” — Graeme Irwin, MX1, #5
“A good weekend really. Harri secured second overall and climbed up in the championship. It’s really tight up there now with just a single point separating the top three.
Graeme was riding well, it’s just a shame his crash in the second race damaged the radiator and caused the bike to stop — he was storming through the field.
Considering he came down with food poisoning over night, he did well to ride on Sunday in the Pro Nationals, but to get on the podium after that sort of illness is a great result really.” — Neil prince, Team Manager.