Last weekend saw the first outing for the Verde Sports racing team at the popular Hawkstone International MX. With the track prepped well and the weather holding off, the day produced more than enough quality racing for even the most avid fan.
It was a tough start to the day in MX2 Quali with Mathew Callaghan struggling to put together a couple of consistent laps and he finishing the session 19th. The team remained upbeat, although they all knew that he had his work cut out against the stacked list of world class riders.
Callaghan lined up for his first MX2 competitive moto in the Pro class since making the move up from last year’s rookies. He rounded his first corner mid-pack, slotted into a rhythm and set about fighting his way through to an impressive 10th place finish for the Verde Sports Racing Team.
Once again moto two saw him mid-pack at the first corner. This time Callaghan knew what Level he was up against and was confident that he could catch a good few of the guys in front of him and he set about this from the start.
With just another two laps, Callaghan felt he could have improved upon the 11th place finish that secured him a race in the Superfinal.
As Callaghan lined up for the Superfinal, he knew he would now have an even tougher task on his hands. Not only would he ride against some of the fastest MX2 guys in this race but he would be competing against some of the fastest MX1 guys at the same time. Parts of the track had become very gnarly but Callaghan stuck it out coming home 19th overall and the 11th MX2 pilot to finish.
Overall the Verde Sports racing team thought the weekend went exceptionally well for both Callaghan and the team, providing some excellent results to build on for the season opener at Landrake on March 16, where Callaghan will line-up for the first time in the Maxxis British Championship Pro MX2 Class.