After a successful weekend at the sixth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Hawkstone Park, Team STR KTM headed to Matterley Basin, Winchester for the British GP, round thirteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
In an eventful day, Jamie Law secured his sixth Championship point while another knee injury prevented Nez Parker building on his recent good form.
In sweltering heat on a fast but technical track both riders found it hard going. They fought hard with Nez Parker finishing the qualifying race in 19th and Jamie Law in 24th.
Parker made a decent start but Law hit the start gate and was last away. With a great recovery Law came out of the first corner in mid pack with Parker a few places behind. However two corners later Law found his race completely ruined as a rider crashed in the turn resulting in a number of following riders, including Law, running into the back of each other.
Parker managed to navigate round the pile up and set about making his way through the field, finishing the first lap in 20th with his teammate trailing back in 30th. Parker made up more places and was fighting for 16th when disaster struck on the finish corner. As he wound on a bit too much power his back end stepped out and as he stuck his leg out he severely twisted his knee. It was game over for the unlucky Parker with another trip to the MRI scanner on the cards in the coming week.
Law meanwhile was really struggling with the conditions, his cause not helped by him picking up a bug during the week prior to the GP which he had not yet managed to shake off. He never gave up though and fought all the way to the chequered flag, eventually crossing the line in 22nd.
With his teammate sidelined it was down to Law to give the team something to shout about in race two. The tough Cumbrian vowed to get into the points this time out and made a decent start just outside the top twenty. He fought his way through to 20th but lost the tow on the group in front and by mid-race was coming under pressure from a charging Marc DeReuver. Although he had to give ground to the Dutchman, Law somehow found the energy to launch another attack and amazingly started to record his fastest laps of the race. He suddenly started to claw the gap back on fellow British riders Graeme Irwin and Alex Snow in front and with just two laps left he made the pass on Irwin to get himself back into 20th. Although completely exhausted he still tried for all he was worth to catch Snow but just ran out of time, finishing just one and a half seconds behind. However he had achieved what he had set out to do, finishing inside the top twenty with one more World Championship point.
Team Manager, Steve Turner, said afterwards, “I’m absolutely devastated for Nez, I can’t believe his bad luck. He was already riding with a tear in his left ACL, now it looks like he’s torn his right one.
“Jamie kept it quiet that he was ill but after seeing the state he was in after the first race it was pretty obvious there was something wrong with him. I’m so impressed with his attitude and determination. I haven’t a clue where he found the energy from to fight his way back into the top twenty in the second race.”
Jamie Law said: “I have never felt that bad at the end of any race in my whole life. I was completely wasted. I’m pleased I got into the points in the second race but I never want to feel that bad again.”
Nez Parker said: “What can I say? I’m just gutted. I just stuck my leg out and caught my knee and it just seemed to pop. I’ll be going over to see Dr Claas in Belgium in the next couple of days to find out what the damage is.”
Team STR KTM now head to Manor Farm, Langrish, Hampshire, on the 27th August for round seven of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship. Jamie Law, who has replaced Team STR KTM’s injured lead rider Matiss Karro has risen to seventh overall in the Championship standings after a great showing in round six at Hawkstone Park. Nez Parker also had a season best performance and lies in 11th in the standings.