SOMERSHAM rider Jordan Holliday battled torrid weather conditions to take a win at a soaking Mildenhall track on Sunday, and kickstart his push for the big-wheel 85cc motocross championship.
After one win, one second place and one fourth place in the three races, Jordan sits 11 points behind the championship leader, despite having missed the first two rounds with a neck injury.
With a rider’s two lowest scores being disregarded for the championship standings and 40 points for a win, the title is still within reach.
“He’s put himself under a bit of pressure, because he missed the opening two rounds,” said Jordan’s father Roger Holliday.
“We’re both confident that he can win it, but we know that he can’t make any mistakes.”
The 12-year-old cruised to victory in the first race, winning by twelve seconds from the 38-strong field.
A torrential downpour before the second race made conditions difficult for all riders, with poor visibility forcing many to race without goggles.
Jordan was in second position before he fell attempting a pass for the lead.
After restarting the bike he rejoined in 16th position, well down on the leaders.
He then started a charge through the field, passing riders on every part of the track to regain second position by the flag.
“It was a hell of a ride in the second race – everyone was cheering him on because they could see he was miles faster than anyone else on the track,” said Holliday senior.
“The conditions were horrendous by that time. I think some other clubs would have cancelled the race.”
Heavy rain made the third race a lottery, and Jordan became bogged down after leading into the first corner.
He was able to remount and start another charge from the back, climbing from last position to fourth, to secure second place overall for the day.
“He took some big risks by coming off the racing line in the last race. A lot of riders were falling because of the water, but unfortunately not the riders at the front,” said Holliday senior.
Jordan has only recently returned to action after being out for several months due to a neck injury, and is still building up race fitness.
The next round of the championship will be held at the Essex MX near Harlow on Sunday June 28.
Source The Hunts Post