ANDO GETS SOME PODIUM PIE
Round 4 of the Maxxis British Championship was at the popular Suffolk track, Blaxhall Circuit. It was a fantastic sunny weekend and it brought out a big crowd. There were 4 classes running so it was a busy schedule. Verde had just two riders today, as Liam Knight is still injured from Canada Heights. So Dominic Lancett was racing in MY2 Youths and Brad Anderson was putting his Two-Stoke through the paces in MX1.
The track was dry, fast, relatively hard pack, quite tight with some good jumps and well prepped. A bad accident on the start straight, in Race 1 of the MX1, put the racing behind 1 1/2 hours but, apart from that the day ran smoothly. We obviously wish all concerned in the crash a fast recovery.
Dominic had a good qualifying time, coming 3rd in the MX2 Youths on his KTM 250SX-F. Race 1, however, just didn’t go to plan. Although he got a good start, coming round in 5th, he then got caught in a cross rut whilst making a pass, came off and ended up back in 17th place. With his head down, he pulled through to 9th place but his championship position was now hit hard. Race 2 was much better. He still didn’t ride as he knows he can, but a good start and a solid ride meant he came home with 2nd place in Moto 2.
Brad’s qualifying times were never expected to be too good on his 250 two-stroke against the 450 SX-F’s. However, 10th place gave him a decent gate pick, which led to pretty good starts for the rest of the day.
In Race 1 Brad got an excellent start and was sitting in 3rd when it was red flagged due to a horrific crash at the end of the start straight. The race was restarted 1 1/2 hours later and once again Brad got a good start. He was on fire and definitely giving it 110% Ando style. Every inch of his body showed that he wanted to win and he was giving it his best shot. He rode awesome. He got stuck behind Pocock for a good few laps and it was only when Searle passed both riders that Brad pulled his finger out, got past and pulled away. Too late to catch Searle, Brad only managed 4th place. A damn good ride and by far the best Maxxis Ride that Brad has had on his two-stroke.
Race 2 was another good start for Brad. Out the gate in 6th. He rode a good solid race. Brad soon passed Dixon and Dunn but in return Kullas and Krestinov pasted Brad and checked out. Brad was once again chasing hard behind Pocock but this time it was not to be. So Brad finished Moto 2 in 6th place.
Dominic ended up with a 9 - 2 for 5th overall for the day. Just two points behind 3rd meant his first race crash cost him the podium. Onwards and upwards to the next round.
Brad got an excellent 4 - 6 for 3rd overall and his first MX1 podium on his 250 two-stroke. What an achievement and an excellent morale boost for his journey to Russia for the EMX250t next weekend.
QUOTE FROM TEAM MANAGER ADRIAN KIRK:
So pleased with Ando’s performance today. I honestly never thought we would see a ‘250 Two-Stoke’ win an MX1 British Championship. As usually Brad has proved us all wrong. Next job is to get the European Red Plate back in Russia.
03 June 2019