The Maxxis British Championship Series reached the halfway point in the season this past weekend when it visited the gnarly and rough sand track of Cadders Hill. Cadders Hill is located in Lyng in the small English county of Norfok. It would prove to live up to the reputation as one of the toughest on the British Championship circuit for Samsung Yamaha rider Ben LaMay.
Riding with torn ligaments in his ankle due to a practice get off earlier in the week, Ben LaMay managed to put in a lap that would put him sixth on the board after qualifying in the MX 1 division. With a solid gate pick for moto 1, LaMay was able to come out of the first turn in 8th place. Securing two more positions before the checkered flag, Ben was able to finish moto 1 with a solid 6th place finish.
Moto 2 started out much the same way as moto 1. With the track getting rougher and more gnarly with every lap, Ben was able to hold onto 6th place in moto 2 even with an off track excursion and stalling the bike in a deep sand corner.
The British Championship decides the overall off of a three-moto format and does not groom the track between motos. Moto 3 would definitely be the moto that would test the endurance of both rider and machine. Another solid start for the Yamaha, Ben was running in a solid 5th position and closing in on 4th place when a broken chain sidelined him from the remainder of the 3rd moto.
The 6-6-DNF was good enough for 10th overall. Despite some bad luck and an unpreventable equipment failure, Ben sits tied for 8th place in the championship standings just 53 points out of the top 5.
This week will be a week of rest and rehab on the torn ligaments in preparation for this weekends Red Bull Pro National at Silverstone. Sitting 2nd in the Red Bull Pro National point standings, Silverstone will be another important round in the young American’s season abroad.