Last weekend the Apico Husqvarna team head to the Kent circuit of Canada Heights near Swanley for the next stop of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean.
With the country in the middle of a mini heat wave, the track was in great condition after the wet weather earlier in the month.
When Stuart Edmonds and Matt Burrows took to the track for the MX1 qualification session there were already a number of lines formed around this technical track.
After setting some solid lap times Edmonds finished the session 12th fastest with Burrows in 21st position.
When the gate dropped for the opening race both Burrows and Edmonds made good jumps, but unfortunately, Edmonds would go down on the second corner and had to work his way from back of the field.
For Burrows, he would start just outside the top 10 on the opening lap but would be forced to retire early on due to a small mechanical problem. Meanwhile, as the race progressed Edmonds was pushing hard and worked his way into the points on the opening laps and continued to push forward into 10th place at the flag for a well-earned result.
After a good opening moto Edmonds was looking for another strong ride, while Burrows was hoping to put the opening moto behind him. From the start Edmonds made a great start and was battling at the front in the early stages and rode a strong race to come home in sixth place. Burrows also started well and was inside the top 10 but a few small mistakes cost him time and he would finish the moto in 17th place.
Edmonds’s two solid rides gave him ninth overall on the day and moved him to 12th in the championship points.
For Burrows, his one point scoring ride gave him 19th overall and 25th in the championship.
Stuart Edmonds: “It’s been a great day for me after the results at the first round, I feel I have proved what I can do. I qualified in 12th, which is good considering I made a couple of mistakes on my fast lap.
“In the first race I went down on the second corner and made it hard work for myself in that one. I pushed hard on the opening laps and got passes in early and got up to 10th and felt smooth.
“The second race I got a good start and was picking riders off. At halfway Monticelli got by me and I tried to close back in but I ran out of energy after the first race and from then it was a case of managing sixth and keeping Searle behind me.
“To get ninth overall is great and I’m enjoying the bike and looking forward to working hard before the next round and want to thank the Apico Husqvarna team and everyone who supports me.”
Matt Burrows: “It’s not been so bad but I’m still struggling a bit with my chest and stuff. In the first race I was riding okay and then we had a small bike problem and had to pull out. The second race I got a good start but rode bad. I started feeling better towards the end of the race and got 17th.”
Team Manager, Sean Burrows, commented: “Stu rode really well today coming back from last to 10th in the first one and then in the second race got a well-deserved sixth place. Unfortunately, we had a problem with Matt’s in the first race but finished the second race and got some points.”
What’s next for Apico Husqvarna?
The team now have a two-week break until the Maxxis championship moves to Blaxhall in Suffolk on May 6.