The Maxxis British Motocross Championship went into its closing phase with round six at Hawkstone Park this past weekend, and after the departure of Bryan Mackenzie, Rockstar Energy KTM was left with Shane Carless defending the team’s position in the championship.
After qualifying in twentieth, Carless took on the first race. Here, after a start outside the top twenty, the Welshman soon found himself back in the points with a twentieth place before disaster struck. After losing his silencer and falling foul of noise regulations, he tried to salvage as many positions as he could, but to no avail. The threat of a black flag was all too real and he pulled out after dropping to twenty-seventh place, hoping that the second race would be better. The second race saw Carless pull a blinder of a start out of the bag, only to fall foul of a crash and getting to know the dirt close up yet again. Restarting in second-to-last, Carless then worked tirelessly to salvage at least a point, but time ran out with three positions to go.
With nil points in the bag, team principal Darren Wilson commented: “After the events of the last few weeks, it’s been a bit of an anti-climax coming here to Hawkstone Park. We’re keeping this up with Shane Carless alone, and we’re going home with the tails between our legs to say the least. We lost our silencer in the first race while he was lying in twentieth, and that would’ve been a black flag to be fair, and he had the best race in a long while in the second race. Shane gated in seventh or eighth around the first few corners, and in the first lap there were loads of crashes and he got caught up in one of the crashes and came round second-to-last in the first lap. He got back through and then he crashed in the bomb hole on the last lap and that was the day over. The only good thing about this is that we’ll be home early this evening. We hope to announce a replacement rider in the next few days so I’m pumped about that, so we can charge on to the end of the season for our sponsors.”