After a strong start to the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at the opening round, the team were hoping to continue that form as they headed to Cadders Hill in Norfolk for the second round.
Blistering sunshine and clear blue skies welcomed the SJP Moto Husqvarna team to the Lyng circuit on Sunday. And the day started with Qualifying for both MX2 and MX1.
In the MX2 class, Dexter Douglas produced a strong lap time for 24th fastest with teammate Tom Neal just behind in 28th position. In MX1, Rob Davidson struggled to pull together a strong lap and finished the session in 16th place.
In the opening MX2 race, Neal struggled on the opening lap with a couple of small crashes while Douglas started inside the top 15 and was riding well early on but made a small mistake. He then started to ride tight and slipped back to 20th place and scored another championship point.
Neal spent the whole race trying to recover from his early mistakes and finished just outside the points in 21st. The second MX2 race saw both Neal and Douglas miss out on scoring points after struggling during the race and suffering from arm pump.
In the MX1 class, Rob Davidson was hoping to turn his qualifying position around with two strong results. In the opening race Davidson didn’t get the best jump out of the start and had to recover to a steady 12th position where he remained until the finish. Then in the second race Davidson was hoping for a better start and wanted a top five result but a crash on the first turn ended all hopes.
After recovering to inside the points, Davidson slipped off again and had to come back to finish 20th at the flag.
The team’s Youth riders now prepare for the second round of the Thor British Youth Nationals at Brampton next weekend, while the Pros next event is at Canada Heights for the third round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship.
Rob Davidson – MX1 – 16th Overall
“Today has been a really steady and slow day for me. My qualifying of 16th wasn’t great and I was annoyed at that. Then in the first race, I rode consistent in 12th which isn’t where I want to be. Then in the second race I was hoping for a strong start and to put in another impressive result but a first turn crash ended that. I then recovered to inside the points and tucked the front again. I then had to come from 22nd to 20th on the closing laps to score a point.”
Dexter Douglas – MX2 23rd Overall
“Today has been ok, i got 24th in qualifying and that was better than the opening round. Then in the first race, I got a good start and was inside the top 10 on the opening lap and then running in 15th when I got arm pump and dropped to 20th and a single point. In the last race, I got a really bad start and had to pass a lot of riders and could only get to 26th at the finish.”
Tom Neal – MX2
“Today has been a real struggle, I didn’t get a good time in qualifying which set me on a bad path all day. Then in the first race I crashed twice on the opening lap and recovered to 21st and then in the second race, I struggled to get into the race. I’m struggling a bit at the moment to transfer my speed during the week to the races.”
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager
“In the MX2 class, Dexter once again scored a point in the opening race but struggled in the second so there is some work to be done there. Tom struggled all day and was in bad positions all day with crashes and mistakes. In MX1 Rob’s first race, 12th was okay as the field is strong but we really aim for him to be inside the top 10 each week. Then in the second race he was involved in the first turn crash and recovered well to get in the points before going down again, but he was pushing hard and we can’t knock him for the effort shown.”