Twisted Concepts Race Report
East Anglia Summer Regional Series Round 1 Milton Keynes 03/04/2016
Sunday saw the a large representation from the team take a slice of race action at the first round of the East Anglian summer series at Milton Keynes BMX track. MK is the home club for quite a few of the riders, so expectations would be high, with all riders wanting to deliver the goods in front of a home crowd. There had been heavy rain in the week in the build up to the event, the car park had been flooded out and a popular Easter Holiday coaching session had been forced to cancel, so the whole event had even been in doubt at one point, but the weather cheered up, the ground dried out and it was all go. The morning of the event saw the team gazebo set up in the sunshine in prime position, the bikes kits shone, but would the riders carry that factory sparkle through to the racing? The track was in surprisingly good condition and running quickly on the day, just a bit loose in the dirt berms, which would lead to some exciting race action, riders having to balance grip with nerve and speed and a bit of home track knowledge coming into play. The meeting was attended by plenty of travelling racers all on a trophy hunt, as it was the Spring Classic with podium prizes in all classes, which would see the standard of competition rise even higher. So how did they all do?
Elisabeth ‘Maggie’ Bown raced in with the 8 year old boys, a highly competitive class containing riders more than capable of making National Series A finals, even Worlds finals. Maggie had crashed a couple of times racing hard the previous weekend in with the boys at the Southern regional at Runnymede, so this would be a real test of character and strength for her. She rode steadily in the motos, getting a 4th after being pushed onto the grass, a fantastic 2nd, then 3 in the final moto, so sensible riding and not taking unnecessary risks paid off ensuring herself a slot in the A final. Come final time Maggie was growing with confidence, riding well and running mid-pack into the final berm, when the lead two riders tangled and one went down, so with lightning reactions, quick thinking and a small slice of luck she avoided the chaos that ensued and came out in 3rd holding the podium position to the line. A great result in stacked class and a boost in confidence after the previous weekends spills.
Harry ‘The Rockstar’ Kirby is really getting to grips with his new bike, he’s loving the stiffness of the Epik carbon rims and the instant engagement of his Onyx hubs. We’ve been testing a few set ups and gearings out and it’s really starting to come together and so are his results. He rode a steady first moto, coming 4th, just getting an idea of the amount of grip in the corners and out of the gate, after a couple of wheelspins down the start hill in practice. He felt happy with grip and let rip in the next two motos getting massive holeshots and winning both races, giving him a great second pick in the A final. He got another cracking gate in the main too, drag racing for the lead into the first corner, slipping into second place he tore through the triples trying to get the lead up the inside, but his front end stated washing out on the loose surface, showing great reactions and counter action he caught it, but lost enough speed to be pushed back into 4th, where he would remain until the finish line. He was disappointed not to get a trophy, but still really happy with his overall performance and has many positives to take from the meeting.