Round 4 of the Maxxis British championship took place at Milton Moto Parc, near Northampton. The recent heat wave and clear blue skies Saturday and Sunday ensured that the organisers would be tested to the limit to control dust.
On Friday, the eve of the race, the Apico Suzuki team suddenly had a different look to it. Damon Strydom has now left the team along with his personal sponsors Revo-Tech. Also Lewis Gregory’s on going injury has spurred the team to find a short term replacement and this was to be Jamie Skuse.
In MX2 qualifying Luke Hawkins was 11th and improved to 8th in the superpole. In the first race Luke didn’t get the best of starts but a superb first lap saw him come round on lap 1 in 15th and he fought his way to be challenging for 8th place when he twisted his ankle badly in one of the many deep ruts now sun baked on the track. Luke finished 13th.
Race 2 saw Luke make a good start ending lap 1 in 8th place however a fall on lap 3 was very costly and spoilt his chances of scoring points.
Jamie Skuse having his first race on the 450 performed very well, 20th in qualifying, an 18th place finish in race 1 after being held up in the first corner was a very commendable performance. With another point scoring race in race 2 his day was spoilt by a last lap crash which left him winded and trapped under the bike until assistance arrived.
The teams 85cc supported rider, Joe Jefferies was in attendance for the inaugural super mini championship at the Maxxis championship. A brilliant 5th in race 1 and a 12th in race 2 saw Joe take 9th overall.
Rob Hooper – Team Manager
A difficult week and an even more difficult weekend, we know from Luke’s speed in superpole that he is capable of much better in the race, we just need to find a way to unlock that potential. Jamie rode well, more testing time will allow him to be more comfortable on the bike, which he describes as the most power full bike he has ever ridden. Joe Jefferies rode very well on a very demanding circuit for the 85.
Jamie Skuse MX1
A great opportunity for me to show why I should be in the British Championship. I only rode the 450 for 2 hours before this event so to get an 18th in race 1 and 20th overall in MX1 on the day is pleasing.
Luke Hawkins MX2
Superpole was my best of the year with an 8th. The first race I had an avarage start (15th) and pulled into 8th. After teaking my knee I ended in 12th. Race 2 was going well until a rider went down in front of me. Overall not the best day but looking forward to Fatcat this weekend.