Twisted Concepts Race Report Birmingham National.
Birmingham National is always a highlight of the race calendar and one of the most anticipated races of the year. The challenging European standard track favours the brave, with it’s steep 5 metre start hill, big lippy jumps and massive bowled out berms. It’s a winner with the fans of the Elite too; the pro section is big and technical and requires a good run in to make it through, even in ideal conditions. The weather report wasn’t exactly ideal either, with strong gusts of wind and rain showers predicted all weekend, which could make for exciting racing and unpredictable results in all classes. Friday saw the team arrive and set up the amazing new team gazebos, which looked highly professional and perfect for a squad entering the team pit area for their first season. With the team sponsors logos printed proudly across the front and sides for all to see, we looked every part the real deal, with a seating and refreshment area, the amazing looking factory race bikes lined up out front absolutely glistening in the sun (when it shone), then most importantly for the older riders and Pros, a roller area for warm up and warm down. Now could the riders back up our polished image with some gleaming results? Everyone got through a hectic and very busy Friday practice session without disaster, which is always a relief, but it was cold when the sun went behind the ominous looking clouds and windy, which would be a precursor of what we had in-store for the rest of the weekend. Elizabeth “Maggie” Bown (with definitely no ‘r’!) 8 year old Girls.The 8 year old girls class is becoming one of the best classes to watch as the season starts to progress, the standard has gone through the roof this year with numerous ‘W’ and ‘E’ plates racking up in every moto and our Maggie is starting to prove she’s a real force amongst them, taking on and beating most them as often as they come in ahead of her. Saturday’s moto’s were all pretty tough, seeing Elizabeth having some great battles with W7 Esme Brook of Bunnies Bikes, some going our girl’s way, some Esme’s, So with a 2nd, a win and a 4th in the motos it was on to the semi where she got the job done with a 3rd putting her into the A final, where she put in a solid lap, mid pack, getting into 3rd for a while, but just getting out pumped down the last straight ending up coming 4th. After Saturday’s successes Elizabeth was on a high of fortitude and mettle. She smashed out her motos with a 1st, a 2nd and finished off with another win to get through to the semi’s. The semi was a tough race, but there’s no such thing a an easy semi in the 7-8 girls and Maggie came home in third putting her into the A final for a second day running. The final was going to prove to be a hard fought affair, Maggie got squeezed a bit into the first jump, but rode a great roller and made up a few positions over the step up and step down, after riding a great corner line she managed to exit the first berm in 4th place. The race was then on for a podium finish, getting extra cranks in down the third straight she gained on the the girl in 3rd place and hooked a sharp high low, pulling her level for a last straight pump race to the line for a photo finish. All the team held their breath and Elizabeth was given the 3rd, giving her a national second podium of the year. It’s hard to believe this is Maggie’s first season of nationals as she’s becoming a real force in the 7-8 girls and giving the big Euro and World ranked riders a run for their money on every encounter.