Nico Aubin took charge of the championship leader`s red plate at the weekend`s Red Bull Pro National race at Canada Heights in Kent. The MX1 Buildbase Honda rider took the overall win after another action packed day on a constantly changing, technical circuit.
The weather had a great deal to play over the weekend, with blazing sunshine followed by bursts of rain, turning the track from quite hard-pack into a soft, rutty mess in one moto, then back to “tacky” in a matter of minutes.
Red Bull Pro National qualifying saw Aubin trailing the leaders for much of the session, then launch the CRF450 to the front of the field on the very last lap to take pole position.
Moto 1 was led from start to finish by Martin Barr who took the win from Jason Dougan with Alex Snow a steady but distant third. Nico was forced to come through from a poor start and a first turn incident which included series leader Stephen Sword who started the race in last place. Nico`s reward was fourth spot.
No mistakes off the line from the French Buildbase rider in moto 2, as he took a massive holeshot and didn`t look back. Sword was persistent and threatening second for the first half of the race but Aubin was always in control and at the flag won the race by 30 seconds to take the overall win on the day and joint lead in the championship. (Aubin takes the red plate ahead of joint leader Sword due to his overall wins in the series so far).
AUBIN – “ Yes, this was a good day. I am very happy. The bike is good, I am getting back to form and I am beginning to ride how I know I can. I am looking forward to Hawkstone Park”.
RED BULL PRO NATIONAL – ROUND FOUR – CANADA HEIGHTS – MX 1 OVERALL ON THE DAY
1 – NICOLAS AUBIN – BUILDBASE HONDA
2 – MARTIN BARR – TYCO SUZUKI by TAS
3 – JASON DOUGAN – ROUTE 77 MVR-D HONDA
RED BULL PRO NATIONAL – CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS
1 – NICO AUBIN – BUILDBASE HONDA – 167 POINTS
2 – STEPHEN SWORD – TYCO SUZUKI by TAS – 167 POINTS
3 – MARTIN BARR – TYCO SUZUKI by TAS – 156 POINTS
After a tough day, two, top ten positions in the MX2 race consolidated Jordan Booker`s position in 8th place overall in the championship.
Three wins and two second places confirms Josh Gilbert`s position at the top of the Big Wheel Red Bull Elite Youth Cup Championship.
Gilbert was in stunning form throughout the weekend on the Buildbase Albion 150 four-stroke Honda and now has his sights firmly set on the title.
GILBERT – “This weekend was tough. The track was so difficult but I`m very pleased to have won. The conditions were well suited to the four-stroke power of my 150, when it became wetter, I could find traction where everyone else was slipping around. I just have to focus on Hawkstone Park now. I can`t wait”.
RED BULL ELITE YOUTH CUP – BIG WHEEL – OVERALL ON THE DAY
1 – JOSH GILBERT – BUILDBASE ALBION HONDA
2 – JORDAN ECCLES – KTM
3 – SCOOTER WEBSTER – VAMPIRES ROCK KTM RACING
RED BULL ELITE YOUTH CUP – BIG WHEEL – CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS
1 – JOSH GILBERT – BUILDBASE ALBION HONDA – 944 POINTS
2 – TODD KELLETT – TWISTED 7 TEAM GREEN KAWASAKI – 778 POINTS
3 – SCOOTER WEBSTER – VAMPIRES ROCK KTM RACING – 691 POINTS
With only two rounds remaining, the championship is really warming up and the penultimate round of the Red Bull Pro National motocross championship is at Hawkstone Park on 25th and 26th August.
This championship will go down to the wire… Don`t miss it.
See you there.