RFX Crescent Yamaha at Canada Heights
It was sunshine and blue skies at Canada Heights, for round two of the Maxxis British Championship, a rare occurrence in British motocross, but nonetheless greatly appreciated and enjoyed by both riders and spectators. With some light rain in the early hours of Sunday morning, the circuit was in prime condition by the time the first group took to the track for their timed-practice session.
In MX1, Nathan Dixon had a tough weekend. Having been stuck down with tonsillitis he was really suffering but powered through to qualify in 13th position. In race one, a tangle on the opening lap and a small tip over meant that Nathan was left having to fight back from outside the top 30 and in the end had to settle for 25th place.
Dixon went on to grab a much better start in race two, but was unfortunately caught up in a third turn crash, which saw him drop down the order to last. After spending the majority of the race making his way through the pack, Dixon was determined to finish the weekend on a positive note, going on to pass a total of 20 riders, crossing the line in 19th and scoring some vital championship points and setting some good lap times.
In MX2, Henry Williams continued to make progress despite a couple of problems throughout the weekend. In race one, Williams was pulling through the pack up to 24th, but was forced to end his race prematurely following a nasty crash, leaving him and his bike feeling worse for wear.
In race two, Williams got a much better start in 20th, but was still struggling with his first moto crash and went on to finish in 27th. All in all, Williams says he learned some valuable lessons and is looking forward to the next round of the series at Blaxhall in two weeks time.
Youth rider, Ben Clark did not let his nerves get the best of him as he made his first wildcard appearance in the premier MX2 class. Clark had two positive races,
finishing 25th in race one and just edging on picking up his first pro championship points in the second race, where he finished in an impressive 21st place.
Paul Irwin – Team Owner
“Canada Heights presented some challenges but we tackled them as a team and the lads did a grand job. It was great to have Ben join us for his wildcard debut in the pro MX2 class, and despite feeling nervous beforehand he did a fine job and was very close to scoring his first pro championship points, all respect to Nathan who raced despite suffering badly with tonsillitis.
Words: Monika Parnarauskaite Images: Elliot Spencer