The fifth round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals headed to picturesque Whitby over the weekend, and perfect weather drew a sizable crowd to witness some fast, close and exciting racing and Samsung Yamaha riders Ben LaMay and Sunny Thompson both getting on to the podium, both taking race wins.
LaMay once again showed his raw speed by posting another pole position, clearly showing he’s adapted well to the British culture in his first season, and his all out style is suited to the British circuits. In the Rookie class, Thompson was third fastest in qualifying.
No representation for Samsung Yamaha in the MX2 class this time out, as last years champion Neville Bradshaw is out for around five weeks due to the T7 vertebrae he broke at Lyng, while still recovering from his shoulder injury and will be back again when he’s 100% fit.
Red Bull Pro Nationals MX1
After dominating the previous round a week earlier at Silverstone and in touching distance of Brad Andersons lead, LaMay needed a good start but crashed very early on in the opening race and was right at the back of the field. It did not take long for the Samsung Yamaha to start ripping back up through the field and he came home a very respectable fifth place finish, salvaging some decent points in the process.
After the disappointment of the race one crash, LaMay took charge of race two from the opening lap and took control of the race and was never headed throughout to claim a well deserved race win, clawing back some points he lost to Anderson in the opening moto.
Red Bull Rookies
Sunny Thompson came into round five laying second in the standings wanting to come away from the weekend one place better. His intentions were clear on day one where the racing was very close, losing the first race by less than two seconds. He backed up his first race effort with a race win next time out. The final race of the day was another second place finish for Sunny this time by the narrowest of margins only a second separating the leaders over the line. The Rookies contest for the overall on the Sunday with two races and in their first race of the day, the Samsung Yamaha finished third, while the final race of the day Thompson managed another runner up place which was good enough to secure the overall win and take over the points lead going into the next round.
Both Samsung Yamaha riders look forward to their next outing on weekend July 10/11th which again is the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Pontrilas near Hereford, which has been brought forward on the schedule and both riders will be looking for solid performances on current form.