Pendrich Kawasaki

This past weekend our Pendrich Kawi race truck loaded up and headed north to the bottomless sand of Tain for round 1 of the Scottish Motocross Nationals, a circuit notorious for winter training and also hosting the first round of the Scottish Motocross Championship thanks to it’s all weather capabilities. This year however a week of dry weather left the sand drier than in years past making it even softer than usual and as a result the gnarliest surface we will come to ride this season, no question.
The youth programme ran throughout Saturday and Pendrich Kawaski Rookie (youth MX2) rider, Lee Perfect, had a fairly turbulent day (to put it modestly) as he started his career of 250f racing. Comfortably taking pole position in qualifying, Lee had a difficult opening two moto’s of the season showing plenty of speed and determination, but paying the price with small errors. Lee lead at points, dusted sand off of his grips more than once, and had to recover in each outing to collect respectable 3rd and 6th place finishes. The third race of the day however, and in the roughest conditions, Mr Perfect finally managed to combine speed with patience and rode a textbook race to claim his first race win onboard his Pro Circuit tuned KX250f and sits 3rd place in the series standings after round one.

Sunday was the turn of the ‘adult’ portion of the Scottish Motocross National Championship and both Lee and I were entered into the prestigious National class (open class) onboard our Kawasaki KX250f’s. It was set to be a tough day with all of Scotlands big hitters in attendance and we were a couple of the very few that opted to ride MX2 bikes.

After qualifying in 1st and 8th (Lee), surprisingly we rounded the first turn of the opening 20 minute + 1 lap National race both inside of the top-3. I quickly pushed into the lead before completing the first lap and went on to scoop up the race win comfortably while the young’un dogged it out in the middle of the top-10 eventually coming over the line after disposing of the reigning National champion in the dying stages to claim 6th.

Race two and this time I took a surprising holeshot. It was by no means easy, as the track was unbelievably rough by this point of the day already but I went on to another comfortable race win and had a lot of fun en route. Lee, well, all I know about his race was that one minute he was going round and the next minute he was cheering me on at the side of the track after frying a clutch to the point he literally had no forward drive anymore. Great job, kid.

The final moto of the weekend started in much the same way as the second as I took another holeshot on the mighty KX250f practice bike. But it was short lived as missing a gear over the first jump is not the hot ticket for keeping hold of the lead position. After a couple of laps chasing the leader, I made my first mistake of the day which was induced by my lack of patience and as I made my move and took over the race lead I jumped into a trackside banking crashing heavily and got finished off by getting landed on. I had to take a minute to decide wether I was alive or not but I was eventually able to throw my leg back over and salvaged a 3rd place for the moto and take the overall win on the day. For Lee, this moto was to be much like his final race of Saturday and the best of his day as he earned his first National class top-5 by finishing 4th. Unfortunately, his second race DNF ruined potentially a great first day in the adult ranks for the nipper as he took 14th overall.
he dying stages to claim 6th.

Race two and this time I took a surprising holeshot. It was by no means easy, as the track was unbelievably rough by this point of the day already but I went on to another comfortable race win and had a lot of fun en route. Lee, well, all I know about his race was that one minute he was going round and the next minute he was cheering me on at the side of the track after frying a clutch to the point he literally had no forward drive anymore. Great job, kid.
The final moto of the weekend started in much the same way as the second as I took another holeshot on the mighty KX250f practice bike. But it was short lived as missing a gear over the first jump is not the hot ticket for keeping hold of the lead position. After a couple of laps chasing the leader, I made my first mistake of the day which was induced by my lack of patience and as I made my move and took over the race lead I jumped into a trackside banking crashing heavily and got finished off by getting landed on. I had to take a minute to decide wether I was alive or not but I was eventually able to throw my leg back over and salvaged a 3rd place for the moto and take the overall win on the day. For Lee, this moto was to be much like his final race of Saturday and the best of his day as he earned his first National class top-5 by finishing 4th. Unfortunately, his second race DNF ruined potentially a great first day in the adult ranks for the nipper as he took 14th overall.