Braintree was another tough weekend for me, struggling to get back into the swing of things after my injury. Training has been going quite well but I still need to get my race head fully screwed on before I see some results! I wasn’t able to make the final either day which I was quite disappointed with but I’ve just got to learn from it and move on to the next one.
Round 9 cruiser: Moto’s 1st,1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st 20″: Moto’s 1st,1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st
We had a week off from racing before Braintree so naturally we headed down there for some extra practice on the Sunday. With warm and dry weather on race day, the track was running fast and the changes to the 3rd straight and berms were a welcome improvement. I wasn’t feeling 100% as I had a cold but my moto’s went well and I chose lane 1 in the semi and finals which helped me get the holeshot and win both classes from the front.
Round 10 Cruiser Moto’s 1st,1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st 20″: Moto’s 1st,1st,1st,Semi 1st, Final 1st
The wind was a little blustery in the morning but it died down later in the day and made jumping the 2nd straight big double easier. I won all my races up the finals and although I was feeling tired due to my cold, managed consistent gates and won both finals in cruiser and vets classes. Happy that the team did well and we increased our lead in the standings with 2 round left next month in Gravesend. Time to start final preparation and tapered training before we head to South Carolina for the Worlds Championships in a few weeks.
Rounds 9 & 10 of the British BMX Series went down in Braintree over this past weekend and my lack of bike time wasn’t ideal going into this weekend.
Only managed to get to the track on Saturday Morning after deciding to commute both days as Braintree is 60 minutes from home… With a few good laps of practice in, I knew it was time to jump the double out the first turn, and on my last attempt, I cleared it!
This might seem fairly mediocre for some, but for The Warlock to get both of my Maxxis Torch tyres off the ground at the same time, is a pretty big step for this old timer!
Saturday racing came around and a 3rd, 4th, 4th in the moto’s, saw me edge into the Semi’s with ease, with a few big names getting moto’d along the way, as always the competition was tough on day one.
A pretty stacked Semi Final as always meant I knew it would be a battle but the power transfer through my HT BMX SX Pedals saw me contending for the 4th place down the last straight, losing out to a photo finish by half an Alienation Malice wheel, which meant it was 5th in the Semi for me!
The B Final soon came around and whilst lying 3rd down the second straight, I made my move on the big double going underneath Jason Lewis and Spencer Cremin, Jason clearly didn’t expect The Warlock to be squeezing through, but I made it stick and stood strong as his handlebars dug into my thigh, but I was too strong, and went on to win the B Final from there!
Sunday came around and the commute in the morning meant I missed the morning warm up, but it didn’t matter, as a quick warm up in the street, got those Maxxis Torch Tyres up to race temperature, and my first Moto ended with a 4th, in what could’ve been a semi-final. The second moto was a 3rd, and that was followed by a 4th in my last moto and clearly onto the Semi Final. This time the pause on the gate in the Semi Final was really short, and I missed the gate by a mile! So I was playing catch up all the way around, but conceding to 6th in the semi!
So another B final loomed, Gate 4 and a great start pretty much level with Jason Bynoe and Jon Western, but I got the Warlock power down through the “Pure Power Transfer System”, and went into the lead around the first long corner, from there a clean lap and another B Final win!
I doubled for the weekend, I now Love B finals again!
Considering lack of bike time over the last couple of months, I am pretty happy with these results, in what is a now a great competitive class, congrats to Alan Hill who wrapped up the title for 2017 some time ago, but it’s an honour to race legends like Hilly, Reidy, Budday, Oggy, Barnard, Gunner and the rest of the Vets!
More importantly for me, the Pure Team are doing a great job representing in both Blue & Red Teams, a real BMX Family… Thanks to all the sponsors for making my weekend a treat, #purebikeco, #maxxistyreuk #htcomponents #alienantion #gshockuk