With the new season around the corner the Apico Husqvarna team headed to the hillside circuit of Culham on the banks of the River Thames near Oxford. The opening round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean was to be the team’s first event in the MX1 class following much success in the MX2 class.
The track was in good condition in the lead up to the event but overnight rain and light rain during practice and qualifying made the conditions much heavier. In the qualifying session it was vital to get a lap in early with Kristian Whatley finishing fifth fastest with Jamie Law in seventh and Matt Burrows in eighteenth.
After the lunchbreak it was time for the opening race and when the gate dropped Jamie Law fired into the first corner in the lead with Whatley just behind. Law held the lead for the opening laps and looked strong as the pack chased him down. As the race progressed Whatley and Law battle inside the top five with Whatley taking fifth at the flag while Law slipped to ninth after getting a stone lodged in his back brake. Matt Burrows had to overcome a bad start and riding without goggles as he claimed fifteenth place.
The second race saw all three looking for better results and both Whatley and Law got boxed in on the start and had to work hard during the opening laps. As the race progressed all three were inside the top fifteen and looking to push forward with Law and Whatley battling together in ninth and tenth respectively at the flag, while Burrows secured another fifteenth place finish after recovering from an early crash.
Whatley’s 5-10 scorecard gave him seventh overall on the day with Law in eighth overall and Burrows in fourteenth overall.
Kristian Whatley: “The day started well with fifth in qualifying and I was happy with that. Then in the first race I got a good jump out of the gate but I think I shut off a bit too early and then in the first few laps I wanted to settled into the race as everyone was going a bit crazy so I went back a bit and then came good at the end to take fifth. In the second race I had a bad start and clipped another rider and was in seventh at one point but then kept making mistakes and slipping back and came home tenth. I need to work on me suspension set-up as I was struggling a bit in the second race and we have a couple of weeks to sort it all out. ”
Jamie Law: “It’s been a steady weekend for me, I got the holeshot in the first race and then got a stone in the rear brake pedal and struggled to keep the pace and finished in ninth which was annoying as I felt I was much stronger. Then in the second race I got a bad start and then tipped over and had to battle back and was riding well. I’ve finished eighth overall which is a start but not where I want to be.”
Matt Burrows: “Today started with eighteenth in qualifying and I messed up a bit by waiting and the track was getting worse. Then in the race I got water behind the tear offs on the start and had to loss them on the opening lap and battled for fifteenth the finish. In the second race I got a better start and went down and come back to fifteenth again and was riding much better in the second race.”
Sean Burrows: Today has been good solid day for the team, all three riders got some solid points and are around where we hoped they would be today. The riders might want to be higher up but with the conditions today it could’ve been much worse so to come away with a solid start to the season is good for us and we will build on it for the next round at Lyng.
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