The Putoline Apico Honda racing team took part in last weekends first round of the all new MX Nationals motocross series where on a weekend that saw more weather changes that you could have ever imagined and there number one rider Neville Bradshaw finished first of the MX2 riders, and forth overall amongst the bigger MX1 machines.
The event took place on a hillside Culham Park circuit overlooking the river Thames in Oxfordshire, and as the teams turned up the track was in prime condition for racing, but this sandy venue is always known for cutting up and getting really rough and caused lots of problems for some of the riders.
The pro class had three races, one on Saturday after qualifying, and two more on Sunday after a short practice.
Neville gated well in the first race and was mixing it with the 450 machines going round turn one with his old adversary Frenchman Steven Lenoir just two places behind him.
At the halfway stage Neville made a small mistake and dropped back to tenth, but with fighting spirit he pushed forward again finishing the race in seventh place and was the second MX2 bike to cross the finish line.
In race two, the first on Sunday, Neville gated well again and was fifth going into turn one where all the action was.
By lap three Neville was in forth which he held till an on form Gert Krestinov came past him with six laps to go and Graeme Irwin sneaked past him on the very last lap making Neville sixth, but the first MX2 rider to finish.
The sun was going down as the last race of the weekend started and Neville was eleventh going into turn one, but by the end of the first frantic lap he was in fifth and pushing overall eventual winner Nathan Watson hard.
By the halfway point Neville caught and passed Kristian Whatley to finish forth in the race behind Elliott Banks-Brown, Nathan Watson and Steven Lenoir.
A contented Neville said after racing had finished for the day, “It’s been a solid meeting for me and the team as we have come away with first place in the MX2 class and fourth overall out of both classes. In that last race I was fourth bike to cross the finish line and that’s awesome. I have been getting some good starts all weekend and me and the bike are going well. The track was knarly, but last weekend, dispite feeling good and riding well I just could not make things happen, but here where the track is more technical it’s all come together and I think it showed in my riding. Two weeks time we are back to Lyng which is similar going so that’s something to look foreword to”
The team’s second rider James Harrison did well considering his relative inexperience in the pro class and finished twenty forth in race one, just a lap behind the leaders and finished two better in race two.
But in the third and last race of the weekend he pulled out after jarring his injured ankle in the deep ruts that where hard to see in the low evening sunshine.
He said after, “I pulled out of the last race with problems with vision due to the low sun that caused me to keep dabbing my leg in the ruts which was aggravating the ankle I hurt five weeks ago.
The meeting was cool and I like having to qualify for a race, but they were a bit unlucky with the number of people getting injured and did well to complete all the scheduled races”
The next event for the team will be round two of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship at Lyng in Norfolk on April the 6th.
1 Nathan Watson
2 Elliott Banks-Brown
3 Gert Krestinov
4 Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Apico Honda)
5 Martin Barr
6 Graeme Irwin
7 Adam Sterry
8 Lewis Trickett
9 Bryan Mackenzie
10 Ben Watson
11 Tony Craig
12 Josh Watermen
13 Lewis Tombs
14 Jamie law
15 Jordon Booker