Last round of the British National series was at Bringewood and it was going to be another wet one. The track was one which has not been used for several years and it was taped out pretty straight, so it was going to be fast. Due to high winds the start had to moved further down the track.
Saturday practice was wet, and the track was very greasy so the whole team switched to Full Michelin Mud tyres. The top section was slowly getting worse as the day went on and by the end of the day it was a comedy scene as rider after rider fell off in the axle deep ruts.
Sunday it started off wet, but the sun did appear mixed with rain showers. The talk was all about the top section and how do you get through it.
The race would be won or lost in the top section.
Words by Jeremy Coe Youth category
Last weekend I was at Bringewood racing the last round of the BDS series. Arriving Saturday, I was looking forward to practice. The first few runs the track was mint. I knew that there was rain forecast so wasn’t sure how the track would react. Unfortunately, the rain made the track worse in my opinions and made the track very awkward in places. I was running a Michelin wild mud up front and a cut wild mud on the rear. I felt like I had good grip regarding the slippy conditions. I got some good practice in on Saturday and was feeling good for Sunday’s racing. I got enough practice in on Sunday morning so knew the conditions for racing. My seeding run was ok regardless a few big mistakes but put me in 9th. I knew I could go faster so was very keen for race runs. With a small crash at the top I rode smoothly trying not to make any more mistakes. I felt like I pushed well and ended up with a 6th in my category which is best national result. Lots learnt at the weekend and now one last race next weekend at Hopton for the last round of the Pearce series. Looking forward to it1st Run: Seeding run: 3:09:265 9th
Race Run: 2:56:397 6th
14th Overall British National series
Words by Joe Killner Grand Vets category
Having now had the shoulder diagnosed as a torn tendon which needs surgery this weekend was again all about damage limitation. Wet conditions would not help.
After the 1st practice run I switched to flat pedals and full Michelin mud tyres and this really helped with the grip and control. I was starting to enjoy the track but after a lunch stop the conditions at the top of the track were like a battlefield. Many cameras were waiting to capture the moment you fell on your face. I figured out the best way through the slop and called an early end to the days practice.
With overnight rain and wanting to protect the shoulder I opted to not practice Sunday morning and decided to use the seeding run to test the conditions. It was pretty bad at the top and at one point I had to run through the slop to get going. It was a steady run with no dramas, but I was back in 7th.
Race run, and I knew what needed to be done, I avoided the main ruts and thanks to the crowd I caught an inside line and made it out relatively clean. Through the middle jump section and into the last woods I was feeling good. I crossed the line 24 seconds faster than seeding run to come in 5th. I was so happy to get on the podium and secured my 1st ever National series overall podium as well.
Seeding Run: 4:14:06 7th
Race Run: 3:50:682 5th
5th overall in British National series
Words by Josh Mead Junior category
I felt pretty relaxed coming into the weekend and was excited to get riding. I was feeling good as I didn’t feel like I had any pressure and I had nothing to lose. Track looked like it was going to be flat out and there weren’t too many lines to choose from so I was expecting some tight racing. I felt confident after track walk and ready to get riding. After raining all day on Saturday, the track got worse and worse and there were a lot of very deep ruts at the top that were easy to get stuck in, so after a few runs on my dry tires I decided to use my Michelin muds. I took my time and had a look for lines where I can stay out of the main ruts and carry speed through the sticky sections. Practice went well on I got my lines sorted for Sunday. It continued to rain on Sunday which made the track even worse. I changed a few lines after doing two runs in the morning and felt pretty chilled for my seeding run. I took it pretty easy for my seeding and got down pretty clean with no crashes. I didn’t find out until I was going up for my race run that I seeded first, and I would be the last man down. I stayed pretty relaxed though and just focused on my run and staying smooth. I made a few mistakes on the top section of the track but felt pretty strong after the fire-road into the motor way. I kept it clean and finished 4th. I’m really pleased with my result as one of my goals was to get on the podium this season. I was even more pleased and surprised that I finished 5th overall after not having the best national season
Seeding Run: 2:55:623 1st
Race Run: 2:50:307 4th
5th overall in British National series
This was an excellent weekend for the team and has showed how all the training and hard work has finally paid off.
Thanks to MIJ for organising a good race in very testing conditions.
We are hoping for more podium success this weekend at the last round of Pearce series at Hopton.
Photo Credits: Muddy Shots Sports Photography.
Many thanks to all our sponsors who have made this a season to remember.
- Ison Distribution
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- Friction Media
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- Unior Tools
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