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Kiwi Scotty Columb joins us with his own unique brand of humour, keeping us up-to-date with his latest experiences racing in the United Kingdom.
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Meanwhile, the Suzuki star from Queenstown reports in after another hectic few days …
“Well it has been a few weeks since I last filled you in on what’s been going on and how my racing has been going and let me tell you I have been between 3rd and 5th gear. Sometimes pinned in 5th and also a little time spent cruising in 3rd as you do.
“I believe my last report was “Straight outta Brampton” where I placed 6th and 5th. Currently I race four domestic championships over here for the Relentless Hooper Suzuki Team in MX1, the 4 Stroke MMX, The British Masters, Red Bull Pro Nationals and one of the most hotly contested domestic championships in the prestigious Maxxis British Champs.
“On May 25th I raced the MMX in Frome near Bath, the Roman City of England, it was a hard pack and fast course. Race one I took a chance and lined up on the inside aiming for the holeshot, I got a good jump but got pinched in by another riding and went into turn one in a terrible position and could only manage 6th by race end.
“Moto 2 and I changed gates and rocketed along the start straight rounding the 180 degree first turn in second. Brad Anderson (the current British MX1 Champ) led for the first few laps before I put a move on him and took over the lead, Brad passed me again only for me to find another way around him and regain the lead before letting Brad sneak in front again going down a tricky off camber hill. I positioned myself to regain the lead but was roosted repeatedly and felt my goggles loosen on my face, a few turns later they fell right off my face! Riding without goggles I did my best continually blinking I attempted to keep charging in the dusty conditions and managed to only drop one position, I finished moto2 in 3rd.
“Following that I was off to Wales for a evening race two hours from my UK base. It felt like New Zealand with the green hills and … sheep. This was just a bit of extra training and a fun race for me we had 4x 12 minute Motos and best of all some good pocket money was on offer.
“I had some good lap times, had a lot of fun and placed 2nd in all Motos which was a solid performance. It drizzled all night and by the time the last Moto came around we needed head lights but the show must go on and it did. It was an eventful night with a fair bit of carnage mixed in there. Brad Anderson and I collided twice and he went down after we collided in the Super Final.
“Plus there was a collision between my team-mate Marty Barr and after I made a move up the inside. I felt like a All Black battling the British Lions and after the race was over they both said they owe me one to which I replied with a wry smile, what a naughty boy I am.
“Next was the Grand Prix of England and what a forgettable weekend. I was doing pretty well all weekend and looked forward to racing the GP boys once more but the weekend had other plans…
“Qualifying was going well till I got cross rutted and went down hard bending my bike and being forced to retire before moto’s end. The result was 2nd last gate pick I had Tony Carioli on my outside.
“Race 1 I got tangled with another rider and had to with draw from the Moto. Moto 2 and same gate pick but I managed to quickly move thru the pack in to 16th and was quickly catching the guys in front of me when bad luck struck and somehow a whole bunch of the track bunting got wrapped around my rear wheel, I lost my rear brake and DNFed.
“One of the worst weekends ever racing for me was finally over. Super disappointing weekend for me and I was gutted not to score some good moto finishes.
“The next weekend was Red Bull Nationals in Dracula land, Whitby. Now THIS was a track, it was my first weekend ever racing there and man was it awesome it had wicked soil this brown grippy dirt and the jumps- sooo-sooo many jumps I gotta say I wish every track was like this one.
“Local boy James Noble took pole in qualifying, I was a close second and feeling pumped to get out there and race this trick track! Moto 1 and I got boxed in and exited the first turn toward the back of the pack and my attempts to pick up more places were hampered when one rider fell in front of me and the another shut the door on me and took me down I managed to salvage 5th place by moto’s end.
“A cool new thing at Red Bull Nationals is their “1 Lap Van Slam” which is a one lap sprint race, I pulled the holeshot and took the win and now have the series lead. At the end of the series whoever wins the sprints gets the use of a VW transporter van so fingers crossed you guys a free van would make life a lot easier next year!
“Moto 2 and I got a great start and was in 3rd but made a silly mistake pushing too hard and tucked the front wheel, stalling the engine as I went down and could only catch back up to finish 6th for 4th overall for the day.
“Bam Bam Baa. The weekend just been was round 4 of the Maxxis British Champs at Hawkestone Park, a mere 45 minute drive from my base.
“Qualifying went well (7th) which was just 0.7 of a second off pole. To be honest I didn’t want to ever return to this track after losing a good friend of mine there four years ago. Back then I was racing the British 2-stroke champs with a very good friend Richard Fitch. Richard and I were battling for the lead and Rich was just ahead of me when he crashed heavily and suffered terrible injuries. He lost his life that day and I didn’t want to return let alone race that track again.
“Race 1 and I started back in 12th but slowly moved my way up to a comfortable 7th with 3 laps to go when I somehow managed a “Whirly Bird” off a jump (a “Whirly Bird” is when you spin uncontrollably in the air without your bike) I hit the ground hard on my backside I caught my breath and got going again as quick as I could but finished a frustrating 16th. Moto 2 I managed to finish 9th but was simply thankful the event was over. Onwards and Upwards!
“R.I.P. Rich Fitch my boy, gone but not forgotten. He was better man than I’ve met and a great racer.”
Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com