STR KTM’s smiling boy Matiss Karro courageously goes three for three north o’ the border…
The team made the long journey up to Scotland for some more sand practice and with only a week to go before the Maxxis British Championship kicks off at Fat Cat Motoparc the conditions at the Leuchars track turned out to be perfect preparation. After having his butt kicked at table tennis by his boss on Friday evening, Karro, who hates losing at anything, was all fired up and vowed to make his competitors pay as he struggled to come to terms with his defeat.
After qualifying second, Karro took a great hole-shot on his KTM 350 from Steven Sword and Jamie Law and started to build up a sizeable lead. He eventually brought it home 28 seconds ahead of Sword with reigning Scottish champion Ross Rutherford in third.
Much of the same in race two as Karro took another huge holeshot from Rutherford with Law in third as Sword came through in last after a first corner crash. Karro gradually pulled away to cross the line again 28 seconds in front of second place, this time from Rutherford with Daniel Hutchinson in third.
Karro took his biggest holeshot of the day to ruin any thoughts his challengers may have had of heading him in the last race of the weekend and with Sword retiring on the second lap with a sore neck suffered in his race two crash there really wasn’t anyone in the field who looked likely to give the young Latvian flyer any serious trouble. Karro repeated his impressive performances of earlier in the day and cleared off into the distance, eventually bringing it home 39 seconds ahead of Law, with Rutherford another 16 seconds back in third.
Karro was please with his day’s work. “I’m really happy with today. Three races, three holeshots and three wins. Was good practice for next week at FatCat and I’m really confident after today’s results. The bike was good, I struggled a bit with my suspension in the first race but made a few adjustments and was perfect in last race. Tea’s on me tonight!”
Team boss, Steve Turner was equally happy with their foray north of the border “Matiss was impressive today, he looked in a different class. We came up here because of the deep sand which was good practice for next week and Matiss took full advantage of the perfect conditions to post three confidence boosting wins.”