We came to Preston Docks for the penultimate round of the British Motocross Championship with both our MX1 riders of James Harrison and Dan Thornhill in the championship top 10, alongside Josh Coleman looking for points in MX2. The track was in prime condition, even with some heavy overnight rain. We also had a special guest in the awning as we hosted four time World Superbike Champ (and winner of the 2014 I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here!) Carl Fogarty (MBE) and friends in our hospitality area.
Dan and James took to the track for MX1 qualifying with Dan on a high from his 5th overall at the previous British Championship round and James still struggling with a tiring sickness issue. Dan put in a time that was 9th fastest with James a second further back in 14th place. Josh qualified id 32nd fastest in MX2.
MX1 race one was a flying start from Dan, rounding the first turn in third place behind Graeme Irwin and Brad Anderson. Dan held third and built a good cushion in the early laps as he focused on tagging onto Anderson. James had a poor start just outside the top 20 and was looking at making some passes early on. GP podium finisher, the Finn Harri Kullas, was closing slowly on Dan and made the pass on lap 8 to push Dan to fourth. Then Ryan Houghton, Nathan Watson and Gert Krestinov made late charges to try to close down Dan, but to no avail, as Dan amazingly dropped his lap time by 3 seconds on the last lap to pull away from the chasing pack and close to within 3 seconds of the Flying Finn. Dan was not to be denied 4th place, his best ever British MX1 result, and was jubilant as he crossed the line. A weary James worked his way to 14th place for 7 valuable championship points.
MX1 race two and another flying start from Dan in 4th place this time, behind Graeme Irwin, Watson and Stu Edmonds. And a much better start from James too on the edge of the top 10. This time Dan couldn’t quite break the chasing pack in the early laps, as his race one exertions to their toll. Dan did hold 4th until lap four but then got swallowed up by Kullas, Anderson et al. Dan was pushed to 10th by lap nine and held on to that place til the finish. James had a much better ride to 12th place as he edge closer to Rob Davidson at the finish.
Dan’s results gave him seventh overall and moved him to ninth in the MX1 Championship standings while James finished twelfth overall and remains eight in the MX1 Championship. James is only 19 points behind fourth placed Rob Davidson going into the last round at Foxhill, so there’s still an awful lot to play for.
MX2 – Josh got oh so close to his first championship points of the season with 22nd in race 2, following 25th in race 1.
Next race for the team is the final round of the Michelin MX Nationals series at Crookwood Motoparc in Wiltshire on August 12/13.