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Rd 5&6 – Cumbernauld – Pure

Pure Bicycles Race Report

Scotland May 2017

The Pure Bicycles team all headed north to the Cumbernauld track near Glasgow at the weekend for rounds 5 and 6 of the British BMX national series.

 


Jared Hill

Round 5 Moto’s – 1, 3, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 2 Final – 7

The day started ok, practice was bae! Manualled up the step up into the 1st berm and got some manuals in down the 3rd straight too. Racing started ok. I was leading the semi but got passed down the 3rd straight. I was a bit annoyed with myself but I still finished 2nd. The weather was rubbish and by final

Time it was raining really hard. I chose not to wear my goggles because they were foggy but wish I had now becsyde first i wheel spun on the gate and then I got dirt in my eyes. I finished in 7th which I was’nt very happy about because I wanted to podium like last year.

Round 6 Moto’s 2, 1, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 7 B final – 2

Felt better today and ready to get a podium. It was going well in the motos and the quarter but the semi was horrible. I had 1st pick but I chose to go in gate 3 which was a mistake. I really should have gone in 1 like Mum and dad said. I didn’t get the best gate and I got cut off straight out of the gate. I finished 7th in the semi. I was really upset and annoyed with myself. Mum told me to forget about it and try my hardest in the B final. I got a better gate and I was close to Xander round the track but I had to settle for 2nd.


Harrison Bell

I was so looking forward to rounds 5&6 at Cumbernauld as it’s a track i race on a lot, so I hoped that would give me a slight ‘home’ advantage!

Round 5, Saturday. Weather played a big part with sunshine to start & torrential rain for most of the day! Although we’re used to it in Scotland ! Motos all had fast riders in, but I managed to win them all, also winning my quarter & semi-finals too! In the A final I got 3rd place after a battle taking it right on the line. I was really pleased to get on the podium again & proved to me that racing until after the line does get results! (As my dads always telling me!!) Round 6, Sunday. Big improvement in the weather today, I was feeling really confident. Motos I finished 1st,1st,3rd. Quarter I got 2nd, semi 3rd. So happy to get another AFinal and finished 4th! Really happy again with how it all went.

Looking forward now , to rounds 7&8 in Manchester!


Ben Curling

Saturday for round 5 was a good day I went through the rounds with a solid performance and then finished on the top spot , finishing 1st in the A final.

Sunday round 6. Started the day as I finished on Saturday winning my 1st and 2nd Moto , progressed through the quarters and Semi’s and finished 2nd in the A final. Overall a great weekend in Scotland .


Matthew Gilston

Scotland rounds 5&6 Saturday:

Motos- 2nd, 3rd, 2nd Quarter-4th Semi-4th final-4th I was pleased with my results, especially my semi and final as both races where from lane 7.

Sunday: Motos-2nd, 3rd, 2nd Quarter-2nd Semi-crash, 8th B final- 4th I felt really fast on Sunday but unfortunately in the semi the rider In front of me fell off and took me and another rider with him in the first corner. I learnt a lot from the weekend and I’m now looking forward to Platt fields national!


Luke Mendes

Round 5: Moto’s 2nd, 2nd, 1st, Semi’s 3rd, A Final 7th

The day started off good going through the moto’s, but by moto 3 the heavens had opened up and the track stayed wet for the rest of the day.

The semi was torrential, which cause me and a few other riders to wheel spin out the gate, but I managed to pick up my momentum and hold on to 3rd and go into the main.

In the final I had gate pick 6 due to the semi, which left me on the outside going into the berm, in about 4/5th position, the 2 riders in the front were fighting for the hole shot position which resulted in 1 of them crashing, leaving myself and another rider with nowhere to go, all 3 of us went down and once we had all gathered our bikes it was a 7th place finish for me.

Round 6: Moto’s 1st, 7th, 1st, Semi’s 3rd, A Final 5th

It was a dry forecast for Sunday and I started well with a win, then on the 2nd moto while fighting for the hole shot I lost the front end of the bike coming down the back end of the first jump, sending me sliding along the track, it took a while to pick myself up and get myself together, but I managed to finish the lap. I was pretty grazed up from the fall, but still manage a win in the next moto. I got another 3rd in the semi, giving me pick 6 again for the main, I had a good start running in 4th, but let a rider through on the inside going down the second straight into the second berm, finishing up in 5th for the day.


Josh Buston

Round 5: Motos – 4th, 3rd, 1st Quarter – 2nd Semi – 5th B Final – 1st

My class had 20 less riders in comparison to Birmingham but none of the main competitors were missing, this made the moto’s more difficult than previous rounds. My day started quite shaky having to come through the pack in the first moto to only claim a fourth, followed up by a 3rd in the second however my lap was better than the result suggested. Finished off the moto’s well with a win, and took that momentum into the quarters coming from gate 3 to claim a second. This is when the heavens opened, a massive downpour changing the track conditions completely. I decided on gate 5 for the semi having had fourth pick, into the the first turn I was in 4th and qualifying for the A final. A coming together with a rider in front of me left me in fifth out the first turn, I lined up a move down the third straight but a mistake ended my chance of catching him. Made the most of the B final squeezing a win on the line.

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

A much better start to the day in round 6, with two wins and a third in the moto’s. These results gave me first choice gate pick in the quarter final, choosing gate 1 I closely followed the eventually round winner to a second place. I think that the quarter final was the fastest lap of my weekend. Unfortunately, from this point on was a re-run of the day before. I was in a qualifying spot again in the semis, this time into turn two, only to finish fifth. And taking the win in the B final this time leading it out from the gate. It is certainly annoying to come away without making a main this weekend having been in a qualifying spot both days, but to be there in the first place is a positive and know I just need to stay there!


Neil Stewart

British BMX Series Rounds 5&6 – Cumbernauld, Scotland

The long road trip to Cumbernauld in Scotland is always worth it, as the Centurions really know how to put on a good event, and they didn’t let us down although the weather on Saturday tried to spoil it?

I hadn’t ridden my bike since the B Final at Birmingham last time out, due to other commentating commitments in Europe, Supercross World Cups and UEC Euro rounds, so Friday practice I took it easy as it was also really hot and humid.

Come Saturday I felt fine, but my first Moto was stacked and I ended up 5th, not a place I am normally in, but with the rider numbers at 31 in Vets, it was going to be tough to make the semis either way. Second Moto was also tough but I managed a 4th, but that still meant there was a bit of work to do in the last moto as I wanted to be in the Semi without fail… The third moto came around and I dived into the first corner knowing my Maxxis Torch tyres would hold on and came out in 3rd where I held that to the line… Then the weather came, it wasn’t looking good with thunder & lightening in the background it was going to be a Semi Final in the Rain, and as I went round to line up in the pens, the heavens opened, and then some! I managed to keep my Maxxis tyres out of the mud and fairly dry compared to a lot of others, I saw many wheel spins on the gate in the previous semi’s, and I was hoping this wasn’t going to happen to me!

I had lane 8, not ideal, but I knew what I was going to do, the gate went down and my Maxxis Tyres didn’t slip one bit, so the power was being transferred through my HT Pedals to the Maxxis rubber on a very wet track, but I was stuck on the outside, my gate was almost too good, but I stuck to my tactics and went high low in turn 1 and went from 8th to 5th in the first corner! Unfortunately the leading 4 got away and it was a B Final for me on day one. I Holeshot the B Final, but in the first corner I heard Gunner Screaming I’ve got no brakes! (Chrome Rims and rain don’t mix) and he swooped us all to take the win, so I ended up 4th in the B Final on Saturday. I haven’t raced in conditions as bad as this since I took the National Win (novice) at Herne Bay in the 80’s!

Day 2 and Sunday racing, the weather was so much better, and so was my racing! Took a 2nd behind Hilly in moto one, and then a 3rd in moto two without drama, and then a 4th in moto 3, so easily through to the semi on Sunday! The weather was perfect, but unfortunately I had gate 6 in the Semi! With some fast snappers either side of me, being Cremin and Knight, I knew I would have to be on point out the gate, and I was! Powering my ballast down the hill into 4th, and with a fairly smooth lap, hanging onto that vital final qualifying spot in 4th as I crossed the finish line! Yesssssss, I had managed to get into the A Final, I was over the moon! The final came around and I was just happy to be in it, but I had gate 8, so Saturdays Semi tactics came into play again! I didn’t get a great gate and wheelied down the start hill and lost valuable traction down the first straight! I high lowed the first corner but it didn’t gain me any places and by the third straight I was done, my legs had burnt out, whilst Western and Davies messed about in the last turn I thought I might be able to squeeze past western for 7th, but whilst he was trying to get clipped back into his awesome HT Pedals, he turned right into my path, so I had to brake to avoid a collision. So I ended up 8th on the line, I managed a little celebratory power wheelie across the finish line which the crowd seemed to enjoy!

Thanks Pure Bikes, the fastest frames in the world, probably… Thanks Maxxis Tyres and the Torch model, that didn’t let me down in the wet at all, and to HT pedals, I had tightened them a little for Scotland and they were on point as always… See you in Manchester, hopefully…


Alan Hill

Round 5 -Saturday

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

Results 20″: Moto’s 1st, 1st, 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st Having never lost a lap in Scotland at the previous 2 years races, I was keen to keep the momentum going and extend my lead in the series rankings. I was getting the first jump smooth which helped me get out front even if my gate a little slow sometimes. The rain started later in the day and my tyres didn’t let me down when I needed grip out of the gate as I progressed to the finals on cruiser and 20″. After some close racing with my longtime buddies, I held on to the holeshot in both finals to finish the day with maximum points.

Round 6 -Sunday

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

Results 20″: Moto’s 1st,1st, 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st A brighter day greeted us on Sunday morning and even gate 8 in both class moto’s couldn’t spoil the great atmosphere Cumbernauld Centurions had created. Feeling a little tired on Sunday as normal, I took wins in all my moto’s and qualified to the finals with semi wins too. My gates were not the best in both finals but I got out good enough to pull the holeshot and maintain a smooth lap for a double-double weekend.

Looking forward to racing at my favourite track in a few weeks for round 7&8 in Manchester where I hope to be able to wrap up the series titles in both classes.


Thanks to all our Team sponsors

  • Casio G Shock
  • Maxxis Tyres
  • Faith Race Clothing
  • HT Pedals
  • Phaze Products
  • Alienation Rims

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