The seventh and final round of this year Garman Arenacross series took place in London’s Wembley arena last Saturday evening where both MBO Sport Yamaha Team riders finished the series with some good strong rides.
Australian Daniel McCoy made the winners podium in third and consolidated his second place in the final championship standings, while the team’s outdoor British Motocross champion Kristian Whatley was forth in the main event, but was the first British finisher in the championship which won him a nice shiny new car for his efforts.
Qualifying went well for the team with Daniel fastest overall and with Kristian improving after some changed settings on the rear suspension.
In the heat’s it was a MBO Sport Yamaha team one and two as Kristian lead Daniel over the finish line, while in Kristian’s second heat he crossed the finish line third behind the more supercross experienced French pair Fabien Izoird and Cyrille Coulon.
Daniel’s second heat didn’t go so well, as while running a strong second place behind the on form Thomas Ramette he had a coming together with Italian Angelo Pellegrini witch resulted in Daniel going over the tough blocks at the end of the straight and resulting in a poor gate pick for the start of the main event.
After the heats had finished, Kristian said, “My first heat was great, but it was all action in the first lap as I followed Neville (Bradshaw) into turn one but he made a mistake and I was in the lead for a short while till he and Fabien got past me over the whoops. I managed to re-pass the both of them as we crossed the finish line for the first time and went on to win”
He added about his second heat, “The start of my second heat was almost the same as the first as Neville and I got the holeshot. I took the lead going into the whoop, but as the race went on Fabien and Cyrille managed to find away past me, so I settle for a comfortable third and a good gate pick in the main”
Daniel said about his heats, “I gated about fourth and made up a couple of places in the opening laps. Fabien went down giving me second behind Kristian and that would give me a good gate pick for heat two. But in my second heat I was second behind Thomas (Ramette) but Angelo was behind me, and I knew he was there. I had run into him in a race at last round and I figured this was pay back time, and he got me good. He was pretty late on the turn so it wasn’t that clean, but that’s racing I guess”
Daniel was knocked over the tough blocks and by the time he had picked himself up and restarted his machine he was way back and finished the race in seventh.
The main was a start to finish win for Thomas Ramette with Cyrille Coulon second for the whole race, which left Daniel third with Kristian forth after catching and passing Angelo Pellegrini.
After racing was over Daniel reflected on the series, “It’s been a good experience to come over here even at short notice to race the series but I am pleased that I have had some decent results with a good team. I have got on really well with the team and hope I can come back and do it again”
Kristian was pleased with what he had achieved and learnt from his first attempt at arenacross and said about the last race and the future, “I had a good start from the fourth gate pick and thought I was going to get the holeshot till I got hit from behind pushing me back to fifth as we went down the first straight. I past Angelo for fourth but the guys up front where riding so well and it was very difficult to pass so I settled for fourth. We made some changes to the bike this week and it seems a lot better and the series has been a great learning experience which I shall build on for next year”
Team manager Jon Giffard gave his thoughts on how the team went over the series, he said, “Our main goal for this series was to get some good results, podiums for the team and for Kristian to get some good practice, starts and training ready for the outdoor motocross series and I think we have achieved that. We have also spent the time getting use to and setting up the new Yamaha which has been invaluable and its all move in a very positive direction. Daniel preformed very well but we wanted to win this championship and think we lost it with Daniel having to acclimatise too quickly to the conditions and the environment of the opening two rounds. Kristian and us as a team have learnt a lot and will come back stronger next time”
Next time the team will be competing in will be round one of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Landrake on Sunday the 16th of March.