It was to be a disappointing day for Wayne Smith and the Samsung Yamaha team on Sunday at the final round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals, held at Wakes Colne, Essex.
After leading the series from the outset, going into the final two races Wayne had a very slender eight point advantage over nearest championship rival, Neville Bradshaw.
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The fast circuit had been prepared well with lots of water making it technical in places and producing some interesting racing for the large crowd in attendance.
In qualifying Wayne put his Samsung Yamaha for an 8th place pick of the gate, although being quickest MX2 machine and it was hard to make a good start amongst the MX1 machines particularly on the fast uphill start straight.
It was not the best of starts for Wayne but once he got settled into a race pace he settled in around 10th position and such was the pace of the race it was hard to make up some extra positions on Bradshaw. In the end Wayne brought his Samsung Yamaha home in 10th and the 5th MX2 rider leaving all the hard work to do in the very last race of the season.
Race two was simple as in terms of the Championship, Wayne had to beat Bradshaw and it was Bradshaw who had the advantage on lap one, only a few bike lengths apart, the race was on.
It took Wayne a while to get into his stride and midway through the race started to make his case for the championship and for the remainder of the race had the crowd and commentator on their toes as he was embroiled in a fierce battle with Scott Elderfield. This was to be the deciding position that counted for the championship, and with the pair swapping positions on numerous occasions, it was Wayne that lost out with two laps to go thus giving the Championship to Bradshaw by what seems like a mere second as they finished the championship tied on points.
The team now head to Landrake, Cornwall for the final round of the Maxxis British Championship in two weeks time on Sept 27th.