With Tanel Leok back from his recent injury, all the MX1 main contenders lined up at Desertmartin for the sixth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship. With rain forecast for pretty much the whole of Sunday it was going to be a testing time for all on the wet, sandy circuit.
Sterry was first out in MX2 and posted ninth quickest in the timed-qualifying session but a mistake on his super-pole lap dropped him down to 11th. In MX1 timed-qualifying, Karro was second, just ahead of teammate Barragan and would stay in second after the Superpole but a mistake by Barragan left him in seventh.
MX2 race one
Sterry made a good start in fifth but stalled his machine on the first lap and was left at the back of the field. After re-starting, he carved his way through the field in the early laps to move all the way through to 12th at the finish.
MX2 race two
Sterry was away in eighth but a couple of mistakes left him down and after hitting a post with his right foot and twisting his ankle he was left to ride through the pain to eventually finish in 11th. With three back-to-back European rounds to deal with starting next weekend the decision was made to pull him out of the final race and save risking any further injury.
MX1 race one
Karro carried on where he left off at Foxhill as he took the hole-shot. Barragan made a bad start in 12th but was soon blasting his way through the field, swiftly moving through to fourth but as he passed the pits he was gesticulating that something was wrong with his bike and he was proved right as it expired on lap seven. Karro, meanwhile looked sublime as he controlled it from the front and took a magnificent win.
MX1 race two
Karro took his fifth British Championship hole-shot on the bounce but this time out he had Leok on his tail and the two of them set a blistering pace as they battled for supremacy. Barragan started in eighth and swiftly moved through to third but it didn’t look like he would have any chance of progressing any further until two laps from the end when Leok pushed a little too hard in his pursuit of Karro and hit the deck. Barragan found himself on the rear wheel of the Estonian and flew past to take second, sixteen seconds behind Karro who took his second gate to flag win of the day.
MX1 race three
Whatley took the hole-shot this time out with Karro in fourht just ahead of Barragan in fifth but the Spaniard hit a soft spot and went over the bars leaving him at the back of the field. Karro rode calmly and picked off the riders in front to move up to second where he gradually closed in on Whatley.
Barragan hammered his way through the pack and remarkably moved all the way up to fourth by lap five but the gap to Leok in third was too big for him to have any realistic chance of improving any further and he had to settle for what he had.
Karro had rode patiently throughout the first half of the race but was now right on the rear wheel of Whatley and on lap seven he made his move and took the lead, however a mistake in the rollers at the back of the circuit handed it back to Whatley.
But Karro wasn’t finished – passing Whatley in exactly the same place as the previous lap to take over at the front again. He rode consistent laps to the end of the race to take his third win of the day and with it the overall from Leok in second and Whatley in third.
Barragan had to be content with seventh overall which was enough to keep him in second in the Championship. Despite missing two rounds with injury, Karro has still managed to move up to fifth in the Championship and is just 13 points behind Aubin in fourth.
Adam Sterry said: “I was really looking forward to Desertmartin as it’s one of my favourite tracks. Qualifying went okay and I made a good start in the first race but I stalled it and had to come from the back of the field. I got back to 12th which I was happy with, especially considering the conditions.
He added: “In race two, I was going okay until I hit my foot on a post and twisted my ankle. I managed to finish in 11th but the ankle was pretty bad and we decided to sit out the last race and not risk any further damage ahead of the EMX250 race next weekend in Sweden.”
Matiss Karro said: “I surprised myself today; I was pretty confident that I would do well but with the track so wet and with it raining all day it is easy to make a mistake and crash. But I rode really strong from the first race and with my fans cheering me on I ended with the perfect result,” said the delighted Latvian.
Jonathan Barragan said: “The track was really good, but the weather was not so nice so it was tough conditions. I rode well but I lost points with the DNF.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner summed up the day: “It was the perfect day for Matiss. He dominated the first two races and in the third race he showed great composure and control and didn’t just go crazy to get to the front straight away. Instead he took his time and thought about it before making his move. We’re not used to this from Matiss, I think I need to take him to see a Doctor!
“No, seriously he is learning from some of his previous mistakes and is thinking a lot more about his riding. It was disappointing to have mechanical failure for Jonathan and instead of taking points off Whatley he’s now further behind in the Championship. He rode well in the next two races, especially the last one after crashing on the opening lap. Adam rode okay in the first two races but injured his ankle and we decided it would be best if he sat out the last one. He has three back-to-back European races starting next weekend in Sweden and we didn’t want to risk any further damage.”