Birmingham National Series Race Report
23/24th May 2016
Jared was feeling confident of a good result in Birmingham after two great training sessions., on a track where he had previous national success with a win in 2014. With strong gates and track speed he transferred through the qualifying stages with ease on Saturday but had to work hard in the semi final to recover from a slow start, and with a strong finish managed to secure 3rd and a place in the final. With the promise of a new helmet from his parents if he won both days, Jared took the hole-shot in the final and held the lead to take his first national win for 2015. Day 2 and full of confidence, Jared won every lap and went on to take a dominant win in the final, ensuring he will be wearing a shiny new D3 helmet at rounds 5&6 in Scotland.
Jared’s own words – “I felt really happy after 2 great wins after the weekend was over. On the second day I felt really confident after my win on the first day. I liked jumping the first jump most of all. On the first day in my first moto I jumped the first one on the last straight but I found out it was slower so I didn’t do it in the rest of my races. I’m looking forward to racing in Scotland with my new D3, blue helmet”
Jared also found inspiration from big brother Kyle (red team) who had his best national results in the 8 years he has been racing. On the Saturday Kyle was on the cusp of winning his first national after making an awesome move in the first berm promoting him from 3rd to 1st , he led all the way to the last straight and was just passed shortly before the finish line. Being the younger rider in the 13-14 cruiser, this was a very strong performance from Kyle and he carried this through to the following day where he finished a strong 3rd. (even after a crash in his 1st moto) Kyle also made it to the semi’s in the 13’s on both days, this was Kyle’s personal goal for the weekend and he is very proud of his achievement. Kyle took a 2nd and a 4th in his B final on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Nine weeks after breaking his wrist snowboarding Luke was back in action at Birmingham National.
He had been off the bike for 7 weeks, and with only 2 weeks to prepare it wasn’t ideal, but at least we gave the broken bone time to get stronger and not risk further time off the bike.
Having missed the first round this was the first time Luke was repping the Pure team at a National.
Luke was slightly anxious on Saturday morning before the racing, unsure of where his pace was relative to the other riders, but it was clear after the first moto’s that he still had decent pace.
Saturdays moto’s were spent getting his new pedals, shoes and cleats sorted, as in 2 of the moto’s he unclipped, but with the help and advice of some of the team and new cleats the issue was resolved.
Luke made his way through to the A final and although the rider next to him unclipped on the gate before it dropped, Luke manage to keep his focus and had a decent gate and was running in 5th place, then going into the second berm he made a move and passed a rider into 4th place, which is where he finished.
On Sunday Luke took a couple of moto wins on his way into an A Final again, he didn’t get the best of gates this time, running in 6th for most of the race and finishing in 7th, when they went over the line.
Overall, a very successful return to National racing. He was lacking race fitness and his gates have slowed, but now he is back on the bike these are things he can work on.
Only 3 weeks until the next National in Scotland, which is quite a small gap, but looking forward to going there again this year.
Saturday morning started the best it could, and i took the first moto win. My gate was great and the rest of the lap followed without any major mishaps. I then went 2nd, 2nd in the remaining two motos, in those my gates weren’t my best and stopped me from taking the win in those. The quarter final didn’t last long, a clash with another rider at the bottom of the start hill left us both hitting the floor and that bought my Saturday to a hault. Sunday was a near re-run of the day before, a good start winning the first and second moto and a third place in the last. Quarter final time and an unclip out the gate left me with a lot of catching up to do, and if only there was an extra metre of track then i would have made the all important fourth place. A weekend to forget for me but only down to unfortunate and unlucky events. Looking forward to redeem myself in Scotland for the next round.
Birmingham was a great weekend of racing in with the older boys!
On day one I didn’t start off so great with a 6th in my first moto but I made up for it with two 3rd places in my next two Motos. In my semi I didn’t have the best of starts and then got caught up in carnage in the first corner so I had to pull out of the pro. I fought back throughout the race but unfortunately only came away with a 5th so didn’t make it to the final.
The second day was a lot windier than the first, making the pro section pretty tricky. I didn’t manage to get over all 3 in my Motos but still finished 3rd, 2nd and 4th. I had the best gate of the weekend in my semi final and came out of the first corner in 2nd and stayed there for the rest of the lap. I was happy to make it to the final and I had quite a clean lap so managed to come away with a 4th!
It’s a great challenge racing in superclass and I’m looking forward to the upcoming nationals.
I didn’t have the best of preparations for the Birmingham national after crashing the week before at a regional race and injuring my finger. Feeling comfortable on the track after some good practice sessions a few weeks earlier, I qualified for both cruiser and 20” finals with wins in the semi-finals to get a good gate pick on the inside. Battling hard with local rider Andy Shaw into the 1st turn I managed to take the lead and hold on for the win in round 3.
I couldn’t repeat my semi final performance in the Master’s final but rode a good lap for 3rd to finish off Saturday’s racing.
With a better start in Sunday’s cruiser final I took a commanding lead to finish the day unbeaten with maximum points. A good start in my 20th race of the weekend put me in contention for the win in Masters but a slow exit from the first turn cost me momentum and I finished the weekend with a disappointing 5th.
Hoping the finger heals up fast so I can get back to training and preparing for Cumbernauld, Scotland in three weeks.
Rounds 3 & 4 of the British BMX Series went down in Birmingham this past weekend, and after a lack of practice due to work commitments I knew it would be a tough weekend in the Vets Class…
I installed my new Maxxis Torch Tyres for these two rounds, to test out the new Rubber, and to be honest they were perfect and on point.
On Saturday I managed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Moto’s, with a 3rd in the Semi Final, which meant another A final for the “The Warlock”, Maxxis Tyres and Pure Bicycles!
The gate dropped in the final and it wasn’t my best lap of the day, and I ended up 7th, but still really happy just to make the Main.
On Sunday the weather looked a little dodgy, but my Maxxis Torch Tyres held out really well, with 2nd, 2nd and 5th in the Moto’s, the Semi Final went perfectly and I managed a 2nd and that meant another A Final for my awesome Pure Bicycle…
The Vets A Final was pretty stacked to be fair and I was just happy to be there, but I gave it everything out of the gate and I got a fairly good start, I got a little sandwiched down the first straight and was lying in 7th again, I thought come on Warlock pull your finger out! So I jumped the 3rd straight last double into the last corner to overtake a fellow Vet, (Slight Rimmer) who then accused me on coming over on him down the last straight, I’ve seen the video evidence, and he was dreaming, so a secure 6th place for me on Sunday in the Main event…
A good weekend all round, with two A finals again…
Birmingham national was an enjoyable one. It was good fun to race a UK national again. It was good timing to just forget about all the politics that’s been going on behind closed doors and just race. I put together some very solid performances although, the finals didn’t go as planned I gave it my all. Thanks for Pure Bicycles, Maxxis & Daniel Sturgeon for the support.