Stephen Sword maintained his position at the top of the Red Bull Pro Nationals MX1 Championship table after carding 2-3 during round four of the series at Duns in Scotland on his RM-Z450 Tyco Suzuki.
His MX1 team-mate Martin Barr was third in the opening moto and the sixth MX1 machine across the line in the combined second moto. The Ulsterman remains third in the championship standings, nine points behind double winner at Duns, Nicolas Aubin, with Stephen Sword eight points to the good at the summit.
Dubliner Stuart Edmonds continued to show his true potential with an impressive third place overall in the MX2 class. The Irishman carded 6-2 for his day’s efforts and in the second combined moto he finished seventh overall, one place ahead of his MX1 team-mate Martin Barr. He now climbs to fifth in the MX2 standings.
Stephen Sword [MX1]:
“Duns went well considering I was off the bike for four weeks. I had good speed, qualifying fastest, but just lacked a bit of race time. I’m a bit disappointed as I wanted to win but I still hold the red plate and I will be in much better shape for Canada Heights in two week’s time, where I will be aiming for some wins. I felt good on the bike all day, apart from when I lost my rear brake in the last ten minutes of race two. My back didn’t cause me too much pain but I’m sure I’ll be stiff tomorrow!”
Martin Barr [MX1]:
“It was a frustrating day for me. I was third fastest in qualifying and holeshot the first race. Swordy passed me and we had a good battle, before I got back to the front and started pulling away. Unfortunately I made a mistake and had a big crash and ended up third. In race two I went down at turn one and when I started coming back through the field I went down again. I put my head down and managed to get back to sixth. I have the speed so I’m looking forward to Hawkstone this coming weekend.”
Stuart Edmonds [MX2]:
“That was a brilliant meeting for me taking third overall. In the first race I struggled a bit, but managed to take a strong sixth. I pulled a good start in the second moto and pushed myself up to second place giving me my overall podium, which I am very happy with. A big thanks to my mechanic Phil and everyone at Tyco Suzuki as the RM-Z250 was running superbly at Duns. I’m now going to push on and hopefully get on the box again at Hawkstone this week.”
Adam Lyons – Team Manager:
“Great results all round. Swordy did himself proud coming back from injury and still leads the championship after two determined performances. Martin is a bit frustrated with his rides yesterday, but he has the speed as we have already seen this year and should show well at Hawkstone. I’m delighted for big Stu, as he’s finally beginning to see what rewards come from hard work, and he’s more than capable of repeating that feat on a regular basis.”