Double Podium for Apico Husqvarna at Blaxhall

July 07th 2016 | by James Burfield

Blaxhall near Woodbridge in Suffolk provided the perfect venue for round six of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean. The sandy circuit had been prepared perfectly ready for the event. With the hot weather conditions both Steven Clarke and Bryan MacKenzie were looking to continue their control at the top of the championship standings.

In the morning qualifying session it was Bryan MacKenzie who posted the second fastest time with Clarke in seventh after a crash early in the session, while in the MXY2 class Alexander Brown suffered some bike issues during the timed session and finished ninth fastest.

After the lunch break it was time for the gate to drop on the opening MX2 race of the day. As the riders fired into the long right hand first turn it was Clarke who was at the head of the field and narrowly missed out on the holeshot while Mackenzie had to work his way forward from a top 10 start. During the opening half of the race Clarke hounded race leader Adam Sterry and eventually took the lead at the halfway stage and claim the race win with MacKenzie working his way into third. 

The second of the MX2 race was looking to be a repeat of the opening race with Sterry and Clarke at the front of the field. This time Clarke decided to settle for second until five laps from the end when he crashed twice on the same lap and had to recover to finish seventh. Once again MacKenzie suffered a bad start and had to put on a hard charge to get to the head of the field and was gifted second place following Clarke’s mistakes.

MacKenzie’s 3-2 scorecard saw him finish on take the second step of the podium with Clarke in third overall. Clarke continues to lead the MX2 Championship with a seven point advantage over Sterry and a further seven points over MacKenzie in third.

In the MXY2 class unfortunately Alexander Brown suffered a bad start and opening lap and was pushing forward when he had a crash at the halfway point and reinjured his shoulder and retired from the race and the rest of the meeting after seeking medical advice.

The team now have a month until the next round at Preston Docks on the 21st August.

Bryan MacKenzie – “today has been really HOT and tough conditions for all of us out on track today. As much as I was looking forward to the last round at Leuchars as it was my home round, this a track that I really like as it’s not deep sand and therefore suits my style more. Overall my results were good today considering that I made two bad starts and had to push hard all day long, but I left myself to much work to do in each race and with there being no more concrete starts left this season then hopefully I can get some good starts at the last two rounds and make a push for the title.”

Steven Clarke “it’s been a bit of a tough day with a crash in qualifying when I landed on another rider’s bike and finished seventh fastest. I recovered well in the first race and almost grabbed the holeshot and rode a steady first half of the race and then closed the gap on Sterry and made an epic pass around the outside for the lead and rode it out for the win. Then the second race was a different story as Sterry found an extra gear so I decided to ride a steady race in second place. Unfortunately about 4 laps from the end I changed my line on the step down and went down and then after stopping to straighten out my bars I crashed a second time and had to mount a charge from eleventh to finish in seventh at the flag. I managed to claim third overall and retain the points lead so for a bad day it has been ok and we now have a few weeks before the next round”

Stuart Summers “Today has been a day of up’s and downs for Steven and a consistent day for Bryan with a 3rd and 2nd place finishes but at a large distance from the leader and lost a few points to Sterry. Steven gained some points on Sterry in the first race with the race win but lost a lot due to mistakes in the second race. Overall we are happy to be coming away with the Red Plate and after the opening race Steven proved that Sterry is ‘clearly not the fastest rider in the British Championship’ and look forward to taking the title fight to the last race of the year at Foxhill”

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