Identiti Bikes Race Report-The Brits.
The Identiti BMX Factory Teams race schedule seems to have been non-stop this year, with the guys hitting up races at all levels. This past weekend the team were down at Cyclopark in Kent for the 2014 British BMX Championships having all qualified through their respective regional series.
The Cruiser guys were involved in the thick of the action in the first days racing and Shane Redgewell went about his business in the 15-16 class as he looked to retain his 01 plate, earned in 2013. He breezed into the final with consistent race results through the motos and semi finals and lined up in the top 4 qualifiers. Out the gate there was a scramble for the first jump and he got a little squeezed but dug in mid pack. As the race entered the last turn he was looking to make a move in the last turn when a couple of guys went down, taking him with them. He got up unscathed and rolled home in 7th. Not the finish he was after but he was ready for day two. Jools Allen was looking for a Main event place as it was 26 years to the day since he won the British title. His day got off to a shaky start though when he high sided in the first berm of the first moto and narrowly avoided serious injury thanks to his Carbon TSG Advance helmet. Shaken but not deterred he got back on the bike and set about trying to find some results to get through the qualifiers which he did, with an awesome 3rd place in the semi from gate 7. In the final he was up with the contenders and diced with the pack throughout the lap to take a solid 6th place.
Day two rolled around and it was time for the 20” racing which again had Shane up with the contenders for a podium finish in the 15s. With solid track speed and technical efficiency he made his way through to the final, again in the top four qualifiers. The charge down the first straight almost mirrored his cruiser final and he was fighting mid pack into the first turn when a competitor crashed, splitting the pack. With great reactions Shane avoided the mayhem and slotted himself into 3rd where he finished untroubled by the pursuing field. It was great to have the team’s first podium finish of this prestigious event.
In the Vets class Jools was feeling the effects from his crash on the Cruisers and nearly pulled out of racing after practice due to the pain. After a little support from his team mates he decided to press on with racing, taking it one race at a time through the day. We’re glad he did as he progressed through the motos, quarters and then the semis to take his place in the final. The first time he’d made the finals on both bikes at the Brits since 1991 (how long ago……..). Off the gate he didn’t get the best start and was trailing the pack, bit took an inspired line on the first turn to put himself up to 6th which he held onto for the finish.
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The big three of the team in the Championship classes were out there dicing with the best in the country looking to bring home some silverware for the team. Billy Luckhurst took his place on the gate in the Elites but crashed out twice in the motos leaving him with an early bath. He still looked good doing it though. Regrettably, the same fate befell our Charlee Green after she took a customary win in the first moto; she crashed out hard in the second and was left seeking help from the first aid team. She was back in the team tent a while later, nothing broken but out for the day. Gutted!! That left it down to Joey “The Queen of Radness” Gough to take on the Championship Women singlehandedly. As ever her smooth and fluent style came to the fore as she jumped through the burly, fast and tech track with ease and took her place in the main as top qualifier. Down the first straight she was on point but an outside gate pick left he with work to do into the first berm. Out of turn one, she was well clear of the pack in 2nd and gave chase through the lap to take the Silver step of the podium.
Overall, the Identiti team had had an awesome weekend and would like to thank the guys at Cyclopark and in the South Region for all their hard work putting on an excellent event.
Many thanks to all the team and support staff for their continued hard work and also Halo Wheels, Gusset Bikes, Decade Europe and TSG for all their support in keeping the team rolling and looking their best. See you all trackside!!