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Rd 1 & 2 – Manchester – Pure

 

British BMX Series Pure Bicycles Race Report

Manchester March 2017 Round 1 & 2

 

Harrison Bell

Round 1- 2,1,1 in Motos, 2 in QF, 5 in semi, won B final.

This was my first race in the factory Pure team and was keen to get the season of to a great start, I was pleased with my riding all day but just got squeezed out in the semi final but I bounced back and took the win in the B final.

Round 2 -1,1,2 in Motos, 2 inQF, 3rd in semi, 5 th in A final

I was pleased with Sunday & determined to do better than Saturday, I had a strong semi final on Sunday and qualified through to the A final. I raced great all weekend beating guys I usually don’t. So looking good & promising for the season ahead.

Jared Hill

Round 1: Moto 1 – 1st, Moto 2 – 1st, Moto 3 -1st, Quarter – 1st, Semi – 3rd, Final – 2nd

Round 1 started well and Jared was feeling confident, especially when he beat the no 1 in his Moto. Come the semi however, a late gate saw Jared at the back but a crash in the 1st berm and some determination on Jared’s part saw him fight back to 3rd place and a place in the A final. An outside lane pick left him with him with some work to do but with a good gate Jared was marginally in the lead to the 1st jump. He could’nt quite get over enough to hold the lead and so tucked nicely into 2nd and finished in 2nd. Jared was upset and disappointed as he had his mind set on winning, within a short space of time he had recovered and reset for day 2.

Round 2:

Moto 1: 1st,Moto 2: 3rd,Moto 3: 2nd, Quarter: 1st, Semi: 2nd, Final: 1st

Round 2 started off well again, a slight blip in the 2nd Moto did’nt put him off and he was fully focused on making it to the A final again. With 3rd gate pick from the semi, Jared was adamant he was going outside of Xander, however, after some convincing from his Dad that gate 1 was his best option, he surprised us all when he actually chose gate 1 and with another great snap he led the race from start to finish with a big fist pump over the line for good measure. His first words were “looks like Dad was right, gate 1 is bae”.

Despite the late drive home and the offer of a lift to school, Jared was back on his Pure the next morning, training for rounds 3&4 in


Matthew Gilson

Round 1: Motos- 1st, 2nd, 2nd Quater-3rd Semi-6th B final-2nd

The day didn’t go as I planned, I was quite tired because I didn’t get enough sleep for racing which meant I wasn’t as fast as I could have been. I ended up in the B final and holeshoted it but was caught down the last straight.

Round 2: Motos- 1st, 1st, 2nd Quater-3rd Semi-2nd A final- 1st

Well I managed to get enough sleep on Saturday night which set me up well for racing. I got 2nd in the semi so that allowed me to have a good gate pick in the final and luckily I ended up in lane 1. In the final I was seeing going down the first straight but I made a move in the first corner and I lead the race from there to the end.


Ben Curling

Round 1

I was on fire all day … won all 3 Moto’s , the quarter final and Semi final .

Unfortunately came unclipped down the first straight in the final but dug deep and came back to take the 4th spot in the A Final

 

Round 2

 

I started the day the same as Saturday by winning all 3 Motos , the quarter final and the semi final . This time I stayed in my clips and took the top spot finishing 1st in the A Final .

Luke Mendes

I was unable to race Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2017 National BMX Series in Manchester after suffering a broken ankle at the beginning of January practicing Parkour.

I underwent surgery to pin the break back in place, and had 6 weeks in a cast, with only 5 weeks with the cast off until the National, it was always going to be tight whether I make it.

In the end I wasn’t ready but my recovery and training is going well, and it’s looking good for me to be ready for the next National in Birmingham at the end of April.

I still went up to Manchester on Saturday to watch the racing and support the team, with great results coming through from them all over the weekend.


Josh Butson

Round 1:   Motos – 2nd, 1st, 2nd, Quarter – 6th

After some round 1 nerves I felt like the motos went very well, I was going good and had the results to show it. I had a good gate in the quarter final and tucked in behind the leader going into the first turn, then I got squeezed from both sides and had no where to go. I chased the rest of the lap but wasn’t able to make it to fourth to qualify for the semi final. A disappointing start to the season, but I knew day two would go better.

Round 2: Motos – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Quarter – 2nd , Semi – 6th, B Final – 5th

The day started off really well, winning the first moto and then getting a second and a third off of two difficult outside gates. I knew for the quarter I had to be stronger into the turn, the first straight was almost a replica of the day before, good gate and followed the leader into the turn. This time I got out the turn and held on for a second. In the semi and final I was amongst the busy pack in the first turn again and could only finish sixth and fifth respectively. A better day two overall but I look forward to the rest of the season and am confident better results will come.


Tian Isidore

Round 1 – My day started off well, I felt strong and good on my bike and managed to take 3 Moto wins. There weren’t many in superclass so we went straight to the final. I had an inside gate and got off to a decent start and managed to stick in 2nd throughout the lap, even when it got tight down the last straight! Next up was the Junior men supercross race. I did a bit of practice on the supercross hill and second straight pro side just to warm up and then I was ready for racing. There were only 7 of us in junior so it was Grand Prix. I got a pretty good start in my first race and came out of the first corner in 3rd. After a good third straight I managed to move up to 2nd and get a better gate pick for the next race. My next lap was really smooth and it helped being on the inside from the start, so once again I finished second. There was only one more race due to it being Grand Prix. Having the inside helped again, although I didn’t get the first jump very well, coming up a bit short, I was able to take the first corner tight and come out in second. After a strong lap I managed to come into 1st down the last straight and took the win overall.

Round 2 – It was an early start for the 16+ national indoor cup. I felt pretty sketchy in practice, not quite as good as yesterday. Today’s racing was mixed in with the elites so it was always going to be tough. I was on the outside in the first Moto but after others got a bit caught up, I managed to come through to 3rd, a solid first result. In the next race, my start wasn’t the best so I got caught up at the back and didn’t manage to get through so I finished 5th. I had a tough last Moto and I needed a good result to get to the final. After the first jump, there was a crash next to me and I thought I was clear until a handlebar got caught in my back wheel, shooting me forward off of my bike. I took a hard fall and that was the end of racing for me. Overall, I had a successful weekend of racing and I’ve taken a lot of positives from it, it was just a shame it ended with a crash.

Alan Hill

Round 1 -Saturday

 

Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st, 1st, 2nd, Semi 1st, Final 8th

Results 20″: Moto’s 1st, 2nd, 1st, Quarter 1st, Semi 4th , Final 1st

 

I was feeling confident after training hard all winter and recent performances at regional races. I crashed in the cruiser final on the technical last straight going for the win but was not injured. After a messy semi final in the Vets class, I bounced back with a great gate to win from a tougher outside lane. Always takes me a while to feel comfortable on the track but after 11 laps of racing, I felt smooth and ready for days 2 battles.

Round 2 -Sunday

 

Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st, 1st, 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st

Results 20″, Moto’s 1st, 1st, 1st,Quarter 1st, Semi 2nd, Final 1st

 

Feeling a little tired and sore from Saturdays crash, I drew some easier moto’s so could save some energy for later in the day. My gates were strong again and I only lost one lap all day to finish the weekend happy with a double win. A great start to the year and looking forward to getting some more riding time in mid week now the nights are lighter. 4 months to the World Championships so I will be working hard to be as fast as I can be when we get to Rockhill, South Carolina


Neil Stewart

Rocked up in Manchester on my New V4 Pure Bicycle, sporting the Maxxis Orange Livery and a brand new set of Maxxis Torch Tyres, undoubtedly the best tyres I have ever used, upon the best BMX Frame I have ever ridden!

Now attached to this machine via the brand new HT SX Pedals, which are simply awesome, hardly any movement, meaning power transfer at its best, thanks HT Components…

Practice went well, which is better than my pre-season training, which had been lacking this past winter due to other commitments at work etc.

With 45 riders listed in Vets, and I was down to just race on the Saturday, it was going to be a tough race day.
It started well, with a second in my first Moto of the day, then that was followed by a third in my second moto, and a fourth in my last moto, ensuring qualification to the stacked quarter finals in Vets…

4th pick saw me in gate 3, and I was fourth until I left the door open in the second corner, and form there I couldn’t get back up to the qualifying spot, my day was done, and although disappointed, it my was my own fault, 3 sessions in the winter is not ideal training..

Note to self… Eat Less, Train More and Go for it!!!


Kyle Evans

This was my first race back after surgery to fix my wrist problems post Rio, I raced the SX open on Saturday night and had some solid laps and qualified to the final, I did not get my best start in the final and got squashed on the inside of the pack so decided that rather than risk crashing and risk injury I backed off and finished a safe 6th

The Sunday open SX race was a similar small field but I put in many solid laps and finished the race of with a win in the final, it was great to be back racing and I am looking forwards to racing in Zolder Belgium next weekend.


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