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Mixed Fortunes for Emberson Yamaha at historic Hawkstone

Mixed Fortunes for Emberson Yamaha at historic Hawkstone

Round 6 of the British Motocross championship touched down at the Salop MCCs track at Hawkstone. The circuit is always a tough challenge for bikes and riders alike, and this year was no exception, with bike problems and crashes affecting many teams results throughout the day. The Emberson Yamaha team of Graeme Irwin and Steven Lenoir were no exceptions in this with both sharing misfortune throughout the day. Despite the problems, the riders were able to come away with a respectable haul of points from their days work, and still manage to maintain places in the top five with Lenoir in 4th on 254 points and Irwin tied for fifth with Aubin.

Steven Lenoir

“It was a bad day.  Qualifying was OK – I got 9th in and then improved to 4th in Super pole.  But in the first race I came together with Mackenzie and went down which I was really unhappy with. In the second race I crashed two times and the second one was a really big off – I was lucky to come away without injury so in the last race I took it really easy to avoid crashing again. The track was really sketchy and I didn’t like it at all. It was a bad weekend, so I’m hoping next time will be better.”

Graeme Irwin

“In Qualifying I started off third behind Pocock and Aubin, so was happy with that, and I was able to keep that place in the Super pole. In the first race I was sitting in third behind Elliot Banks Browne and Pocock, but unfortunately for him Elliot bike had problems which gave me a second place finish.  In the second moto I got taken down coming off the start straight – it was a fairly massive crash so once I’d got going again I could only fight my way back to thirteenth. The bike was pretty bent up so really I was just happy to finish and keep some points. In the third race we were mixed in with the MX1 riders, but I was running third in the MX2 guys and twelfth overall which was OK for me. I missed the podium by just a few points to Bradshaw, so it was a shame about that second race – I’m gutted about it really.  But hey – I live to fight another day!”

John Giffard Team Manager

“The day started pretty good with the super pole with the guys getting third and fourth in Super pole, so we thought it was going to be a good day, The first race got off to a really good start – Graeme was in second and Steven was about fifth, But then Steven had a big crash at the top of the hill and from that point went backwards before eventually climbing back to 8th which was a good turn round in the circumstances. Graeme finished second so that was pretty good for us. It didn’t go so good in the second race – they both took big crashes so didn’t finish where we wanted to. The third race was the mixed race and the team were quite strong in that one. It’s not such a good format for the MX2 guys because of the points situation but it’s the same for everybody. Graeme ended the day just off the podium in fourth from Neville Bradshaw. Stevens’s day was not good for him and it’s not done our championship much good really. But we are still running fourth and fifth in the championship which is a strong position to be in and I hope that the next round is a bit luckier for us.

Round seven of the championship is the penultimate round at the Langrish circuit, just outside Petersfield.  With the top honours in the championship still to play for, the Emberson Yamaha team will be keen to put this weekend’s challenges behind them and grab a handful of podium finishes in at the Hampshire circuit.”


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