The third round of the Maxxis 2012 championship took the racing to Norfolk and the beautiful setting of the Cadders Hill circuit. After a strong set of results at Canada Heights, the PAR Honda team were keen to build on their performances and score solid points in all their respective races. The younger riders of Ben and Nathan Watson and their team mate Adam Sterry had great days racing, showing that they are settling well into the team and feeling comfortable on their bikes. In the MX1 class, things were a little more challenging for Whatley and Coutts, both riders leaving the circuit with fewer points than they would have wanted.
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Kristian Whatley MX1
Today was OK, but I didn’t feel quite so comfortable on the bike – we need to try different settings for sand like there is at this track. We’ve got testing next week so we’ll have a chance to make some changes which should be good as I’m still not too at home on the bike. The last race was good – I was running with Simpson and De Reuver but I kept making silly mistakes which were costing me places and I was getting arm pump. We had a problem with the engine which meant I didn’t finish which was frustrating as it was one of the best races I’ve had this year. But you have these days you just have to work from here.
Nathan Watson MX2
The day didn’t start too well – I got a really bad start in the first moto and managed to get to 18th which I wasn’t best pleased with. The second was better as I got a much quicker start and worked my way to 12th which I was happy with. In the last race it was a good start again and I was lying around 11th but I managed to work my way forward to 6th so the three results together gave me an overall 8th for the round – it’s been a good weekend.
Adam Sterry MX2
The first race was really good – I got a good start and managed to hold on and come home with a 9th place finish – I had a big gap behind me and I wasn’t having to push too hard. Second race was going OK and I was about 11th and then I fell off at the bottom of one of the hills so dropped back to 16th but that was alright – it’s the first time I’ve scored points consecutively so I’m pretty happy with that. In the third race I got another good start and was running tenth for the nearly the whole race but I got a bit of cramp in my legs in the last few laps and dropped back a bit to fifteenth, but it was OK because I still scored points in all three rounds so I’m happy. Roll on Milton Park.
Ben Watson MXY2
I’ve really enjoyed the racing today. I qualified in 11th which was not as good as I wanted, but I was able to improve on that for 9th in the first race. The second one was even better – I felt really comfortable with the bike and came in with fifth by the end, which gave me 6th overall for the whole event. I’m now fifth in the championship which is great.
Dorren Coutts MX1
The day went better than if I’d been sat at home! – I broke my collarbone three weeks ago and I’m pretty lucky to be on the track to be honest. I rode once on Friday for about twenty minutes and it felt OK, so I turned up here. I was running well in the first race – better than I expected but the bike had a problem so I couldn’t finish – things can happen like that in motocross! In the second race I battled on and managed to get 4 points, but by the third race I just couldn’t hang on – it was just too painful.
Neil Prince – Team Manager
Adam’s been good today – he wasn’t too many points off a top ten finish so he’s had a really great day. Dorren rode like a superstar really with his broken collarbone – he should have had an 11th or 10th in the first race if it weren’t for the bike problem. Kristian’s been around 5th and 6th all day really but was a bit unlucky in the last race so it’s not been a great day for the 450 guys. The 250 guys were good though so I’m really happy with that.
The team head to Milton Malsor for Round 4 on May 27th, and are hoping for a full house of strong results at the Northamptonshire circuit.