KTM UK rider David Knight took a double win at Round 2 of the GBXC Sprint and Cross Country Championship held in Dorset over the weekend. Saturday’s Super Sprint was held over 2 special tests with riders doing 6 laps on each. Using it as a test session, Knighter had mechanic Steve Plain working hard before the first test when his 450 KTM split a fuel pipe on the sighting lap. David grabbed his 300 2-stroke and won the opening 2 tests before starting work on the 450.
Getting off to a steady start on the 450, KTM’s Tom Sagar put in a couple of fast times to take a narrow lead at the half way lunch break. Knighter and mechanic Steve Plain made some more tweaks and went to the second special test for 6 more intense stages. Knighter clawed back the lead, bit by bit, as he and Sagar fought a great battle, with Knighter taking the win by just under a second from Sagar!
Round 2 of the ACU GBXC British Cross Country Championship was held on Sunday. David dominated Round 1, but the track at Rogershill was very fast and easy, so it looked like being a much closer affair. Riding the KTM 450, David started in third quickly taking second and moving into the lead on lap one. He gradually pulled away to a four minute lead at the end of the race over young Jack Edmondson who had a great ride and Daryl Bolter, a KTM UK clean sweep. Tom Sagar unfortunately retired after a few laps.
David Knight reflects:
“I really enjoyed the Super Sprint. I went into it to test some things on the bike and wasn’t really bothered about trying to win. Myself and Tom had a really intense battle so it ended up being extremely exciting and great fun for us and the spectators. To be honest it could have gone either way, Steve and I improved the bike to make it easier to ride as my physical condition is still holding me back on longer physical tests. Luckily, I didn’t really have any problem with that in the sprint which was great.”
“Sundays GBXC was tough, I started well and got to second out of turn 1 and knew I had to get past young Jack and make a break as the track was fast and choppy with very little time to make up. I passed Jack half way around lap 1 and put in a couple of good laps. Around the hour mark I had a 2 minute lead but my hands were blistering badly as I’ve not been able to do much riding with this virus. I just tried to do as little as possible and keep a steady gap. I got the lead up to 4 minutes somehow as I was having trouble holding on and my hands were in agony as the track got rougher and rougher. My last 2 laps were so steady as I was in a lot of pain but the hard work at the start had paid off. It was great to get another win with only 1 round of the series left. Hopefully on Tuesday the doctor will give me the go ahead to start training and do some tough riding sessions again as it’s difficult to race when I’m unable to do any graft in the week to keep fit. A big thanks to Plainer who worked like a slave all weekend for me, we want to win and we are both working very hard to bring everything together so I’m very strong for the second half of the season.