Kristian Whatley (MBO Sport Yamaha) has dominated the MX1 division this year and took his sixth overall win of the season, sewing up the title in Sunday’s opening moto.
“It’s great to take the championship before the last round. I made it easy for myself today with some good starts which I don’t really ever seem to get here which meant I could ride my own race,” said the newly crowned MX1 Champion.
Graeme Irwin was pleased with his 2013 MX1 debut: “I’m over the moon with a 2-2-1. The track for the last race was the gnarliest I’ve ridden in a while but it’s good to see a track left alone as it sorts everyone out and you get to see who puts the work in. I ride a 450 smoother than a 250 but I think I’m still exciting – there’s still the odd bit of aggression comes out.”
Alex Snow took the last step on the MX1 podium: “It’s been a good weekend. The first couple of RBPNs we did after I returned from injury were just horrendous – I expected way too much and it didn’t come together but the last couple of weeks it’s been getting better and better and I’ve had three solid rides this weekend. It’s good to get back on the podium for my confidence and for the team.”
While it’s done and dusted in MX1, the MX2 class is just about as close as it gets. Defending champ Nev Bradshaw (Putoline Honda) came into the event having wrested the series leader’s red plate from Steven Lenoir (Evotech Stevens KTM) at the previous round but poor starts hit him hard and the Frenchman took three wins to snatch the plate back and take a narrow lead in the standings.
“I’ve got the red plate so it’s really good. I was hoping to pull a few points back so it’s great to have the lead again. I rode strong all three races so it was a perfect weekend and I hope to do it again at Culham, says Steven Lenoir”.
Putoline Honda pilot, Neville Bradshaw managed 2nd overall but was not happy with his starts: “It’s been tough. My speed has been good but it’s pretty much been just the starts. I’ve not been getting out the gate. The last race I got out the gate with Steven and we put down some hard laps but I just had nothing for him today. He rode better than me and was the better man out there.”
Martin Barr fought hard for his MX2 3rd overall: “It was a tough day but I’m happy with the way I was riding. The first race today me and Steven were going at it but I got a rear flat tyre with three laps to go so he got away a bit. The last race I didn’t make such a good start and went down the first lap, then I went down again but I fought for the whole race.”