Though suffering the ill-effects of a serious head cold, Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont still managed to finish among the points at the latest round of the British Masters Motocross at Foxhills at the weekend.
Riding for the Maxxis Apico Suzuki Team in the United Kingdom, the BikesportNZ.com rider finished 24th and 14th in his two MX2 class outings.
“I was quite looking forward to racing at Foxhills as I rode an event here last year and it is a cool track,” said Lamont.
“The track was a bit wet in the morning and had been groomed in most areas as there was racing the day before. The terrain is hard pack but very tacky when watered. It’s set in a big gully so there are plenty of hills to jump up and down off.
“In practice and qualifying, it was the MX2 class that was first up, but, as the timing system was down, we just had a 20-minute free practice. The track was a bit muddy but ruts were formed in no time. When it came to gate pick they went off the series overall points and as I hadn’t raced in this series I was one of the last.
“Race one, I got a reasonable start considering the gate pick I got and was somewhere around 15th-20th around the first corner. About three-quarters of the way through the race I had managed to work my way up to 11th and was on the tail end of five riders that were battling it out.
“I followed them for a while, but I had better speed, so I went to choose a different line around the outside to make a pass when I cross-rutted and went down. It took me ages to get the bike into neutral and when I finally got going again I was in about 24th place with a big gap ahead of me to the next rider and with only three laps to go, I had no time to catch and pass anyone.
“For race two I got 24th pick of the gate, so again not a good position to be in.
“I got a great jump out the gate and round the holeshot corner first; was quickly passed by two riders through an s-bend and luckily avoided being taken out.
“I managed to hang on to fifth for the first lap and then dropped back to sixth behind my team-mate. I was in a very good sixth place when I stalled in a rut and when I got going again I was in 15th. I managed to pass one rider before the end of the race to finish in 14th.
“The set-up and the power of the bike are still very new to me and as I get a few more races under my belt I’m sure it will be great. The bike and team are awesome.
“I have not had any real racing since February, so I am a little rusty when it comes to this level of competition. I am pretty happy with the way I have slotted in in such a short time here and I just need to iron out a few issues.
“Having a bad cold all last week certainly hasn’t helped, as I was unable to train for most of the week; hopefully I will shake that off this week and be ready for this coming weekend in Ireland (round five of the British Motocross Championships).”
WULFSPORT PRO MX1
1 Brad Anderson (PAR Homes Honda) 95 points 2 Kristian Whatley (Samsung Yamaha) 94 3 Stephen Sword (Buildbase CCM) 93 4 Elliot Banks-Browne (DB Racing Honda) 86 5 Bryan MacKenzie (Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki) 82 6 Matt Moffatt (Danger UK KTM) 72.
WULFSPORT PRO MX2
1 Banks-Browne 100 points 2 MacKenzie 94 3 Neville Bradshaw (Honda) 90 4 Scott Probert (SSS Honda) 84 5 Luke Hawkins (PAR Homes Honda) 78 6 Jamie Skuse (Honda) 74.
SCOTT ACERBIS MXY2
1 Paul Coates 147 points 2 Dan Thornill (Suzuki GB) 133 3 James Rutter 129 4 Ryan Williams (KTM) 121 5 Damien Strydon 111 6 Jordan Wills 99.
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