The sixth round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship powered by Skye Energy headed to the Foxhill circuit near Swindon for the only hard pack round of the season. The track had been watered overnight with a rain shower in the early hours of Sunday morning made the track in good condition for the start of the day.
Qualification would see Tanel Leok produce a strong lap time towards the end of the session when the track started to dry out and would finish third fastest behind Shaun Simpson on pole and Graeme Irwin, while Jamie Law was able to produce a solid lap time and finish the session in 13th place.
During the lunch break the track was heavily watered making the start key for the opening MX1 race of the day. Both Tanel and Jamie were inside the top six going into the first corner but Tanel was in 2nd place going into the first corner but he unfortunately tangled with another rider which dropped him to just inside the top ten, he pushed forward on the first lap but after getting into 7th place he would suffer a problem on the second lap with the back brake causing the brake hose to disconnect with the rear calliper leaving him with no rear brake. This was obviously caused from the incident on the first corner. As the race progressed Jamie was riding well challenging Brad Anderson for 4th place but he had a scary moment over a jump when his foot peg dug in the ground. He was very lucky to save it losing two places and dropping him to 6th place but it was still a strong result, while Tanel continued to battle on with no rear brake and finish in a very credible 12th place to ride round this place with no rear brake is pretty scary.
The track had dried out before the second MX1 race and once again both Tanel and Jamie got strong starts and moved forward quickly. The race would see Tanel involved in a close four way battle for second place and finish the race in fourth, while Jamie would finish in a solid tenth place.
By the time that the final race came around the track surface was very hard and dry meaning it was very dusty. After making average starts both Jamie and Tanel ended the opening lap inside the top ten and it would see Tanel push from tenth place to finish the race in fifth place, while Jamie would secure an eighth place finish.
After three hard and challenging races Tanel finished the day in sixth overall and remains second in the Championship standings with two round remaining. For Jamie his three top ten finishes gave him ninth overall on the day and moved him up to tenth place in the Championship.
Tanel Leok–today we had some bad luck, in the first race I lost the rear brake on the second lap when the hose broke off, I managed to finish in 12th place but I lost a lot of points. In the second race I didn’t get the best of starts but came through well and was in the battle for second but finished fourth. Then in the last race my start was really bad and I came to battle hard early on and came back to fifth. The track today meant that starts were key to a good result and I couldn’t get out of the gate.
Jamie Law – today has been good, I’ve been battling in the positions were I want to be. In the first race I got a good start and rode really well and finished sixth. The second race my start wasn’t as good but I rode well and got tenth place. Then in the last race I got a top 15 start and pushed forward to finish eighth. It was good to get three top ten results and it’s a shame about the second race as a better result would have improved my overall.
Steve James – Team Manager – we always knew before today that Foxhill would be the toughest round of the year for us, but it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been. In the first race we were pleased that Tanel was able to finish after having the hose disconnect from the rear brake calliper, so to even finish in 12th place was good work. Those points in the first race have kept us in second place in the championship and we still have a 16 point gap over third. Tanel then got a 4th and 5th in the other two races for 6thoverall so it wasn’t totally disastrous. For Jamie I feel he rode really good today he rode strong in every race and pushed forward especially in the first race that was awesome and three consistent rides gave him a top ten overall result which apart from the first round at Hilton, it’s the best overall he has had all year at the Maxxis and definitely the best he has ridden so it’s good to take some positives from today and going forward for the remaining two rounds.