TOUGH END TO ENJOYABLE SEASON FOR BARR

October 10th 2012 | by James Burfield

Tyco Suzuki British MX1 rider Martin Barr reflects…

I have to say I was really fired up for a strong end to the season at Little Silver on the Tyco Suzuki RM-Z450 last weekend, but unfortunately it all didn’t go quite to plan for me. I’ve had five no scoring finishes in the last six British Championship MX1 motos, which is not what you need to be challenging for a championship – and I’ve finished the season in sixth place.

The best part of the meeting at Little Silver was first qualifying where I ended up second fastest. Superpole was then going really good until the front end washed out on me, leaving me twelfth gate for the race starts.

I ripped the holeshot in the opening race, was feeling really good and actually started to pull away from the pack. My RM-Z450 was working great. Unfortunately I had a bad lap or two, which allowed Strijbos to close the gap on me, and both he and Simpson eventually got past.

I was confident I could get back on them, but the bike developed a little ‘miss’ and eventually lost power and we ended up having to retire from what looked like being a very strong result.

In race two I was inside the top eight and put my head down to force myself up to fifth. With five minutes to go I was closing in on Anderson and Dougan and feeling really good and comfortable, until the front end washed out again on me and I crashed on the face of a jump.

It was a pretty big crash and I’ve injured my shoulder a bit. That was the end of my day and the end of the British season for me. I’m really disappointed, as I wanted to end the season on a high with Tyco Suzuki. I have shown good speed this year on the RM-Z450 and proved that it wasn’t just luck with a number of strong finishes. I’d just like to thank Philip Neill, Adam Lyons and all the Tyco Suzuki boys for their support this year after a rocky start to my season. It was very enjoyable.

Martin Barr #50

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