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DK UK

Manchester

DK UK

Manchester

 

Round 1
The DK Bicycles UK factory team headed to Manchester for the opening rounds of the 2016 season,a full team,new bikes & new kit,things were feeling fresh and everyone was keen to get on track and get on with some racing.
 Block racing returned once again with John Lillingstone and Freia Challis racing in the first block,John was first up as ever on cruiser and took a convincing 3x 1st places in his motos and then a 1st in the final to complete the unbeaten set.
Freia Challis in the 7/8 girls had to fight,with a 2nd and 2x 1st place positions she cruised into the semi where she finished 2nd again,gate 1 in the final was a good option as she pulled down the first straight and stayed there for her first national win of the year.
Block 2 started later than expected but was worth waited my for,with James King back racing after last seasons injury he was keen to make up for lost time,James pulled off some dominating rides as he progressed through the motos,quarter finals and the semi and into the final grabbing a well deserved 5th place.
John Lillingstone fresh from his Cruiser ride was next up on his twenty inch in 30+/Masters,a big squeeze in his first moto gave him a lot to do and he did just that by qualifying for the main,things didn’t go to plan in the final for John as he slid out in the last turn ending his day in 8th.
Championship female were next on the DK agenda as Beth Campbell took her eye catching pink V2 frame to the track,consistent placings saw her into the semi where she progressed grabbing a 3rd and went on to get 7th in the final.
Taylor Andrews was keen to get the track dialled but unfortunately a crash in his first moto pretty my put paid to that as he rolled his last 2 motos due to some ankle pain which also kept him out the following day.
Round 2
Sunday’s racing started with Freia Challis keen to add to yesterday’s win,her usually gritty determined self pulled herself into the final with good moto results and a semi final win,unfortunately a crash with the leader and eventual winner whilst battling for the lead in first turn was not on the agenda but ended her day with an uninjured 8th place.
John Lillingstone brushed aside the Cruiser class with another dominant display taking another unbeaten day on his 24 inch bike.
Block 2 joined the party late in the day with James King looking good from the start,consistent rides saw him get through all the rounds and a deserved place in the final,not quite getting the gate he wanted and getting squeezed he finished in 8th place.
┬áJohn Lillingstone’s gates were on point in 30+,two 2nd places & a 1st along with a 1st in the semi John breezed into the final,again an awesome gate saw him level with the opposition down the first straight a little squeeze put him in 3rd and that’s where he stayed until the finish,not a bad weekend for John with 3 podiums out of a possible 4.
Last up was Beth Campbell in Championship female,with two seconds and a 3rd Beth made a tough semi final but made the final with a well earnt 4th place,stuck on the outside in the final due to gate pick it was always going to be hard for Beth but she never gave up chasing and finished 6th overall.

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