STR KTM RACE REPORT - 2013 MAXXIS BRITISH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 8
Team STR KTM's Barragan and Karro Secure 2nd and 3rd in Championship Final Round
The scene was set for an intense day’s racing at the final round of the Championship with four riders in contention for the top three places. Barragan started the day 22 points behind leader Whatley, Karro a further 40 points back on Barragan and Anderson in 4th, 24 points behind Karro. The track had taken a bit of a dowsing throughout the week but with the weather being remarkably warm and sunny it was in much better condition than everyone expected.
In MX2, Sterry was second fastest in the timed session but could only manage sixth quickest in the super-pole. In MX1, Karro took super-pole with Barragan in 5th.
MX2 Race 1
Sterry made a good start in 5th and battled with the leaders throughout. He moved through to 4th on the second lap and briefly into 3rd after a fantastic pass on Lenoir. The Frenchman took the place back and it looked like Sterry was going to have to settle for 4th but a crash by Clarke promoted the youngster back up to 3rd and he fought off a late charge by Mackenzie to secure his best ever British Championship race finish.
MX2 Race 2
Sterry had a great jump out of the gate and looked like he would hole-shot until Watson went straight on at the corner and ploughed straight into him, leaving him on the deck where he was run over by a number of competitors. After restarting in 34th he rode like a man possessed to blast his way all the way back to 8th at the finish.
MX2 Race 3
Sterry made a superb start in 3rd but lost two places on the first lap dropping him down to 5th. He closed in on Barr in 4th and made a concerted effort to pass the Irishman but as he struggled to find a way through he was mugged by Lenoir and Irwin, pushing him down to 7th and despite his best efforts on the last lap he just failed to force his way into 6th, finishing just three hundredth of a second behind Barr. His 3-8-7 finishes were enough to give him a well deserved 5th overall, further cementing his 7th overall in the Championship.
MX1 Race 1
Karro didn’t have his customary good start and was down in 7th with Barragan two places further back. The Spaniard's Championship challenge was dealt a blow with a crash in the woods section leaving him to struggle home in 14th and with Whatley taking the win, it was pretty much game over. Karro found the track hard-going and had to battle to get through to 4th, but a small mistake late-on left him frantically trying to restart his machine before eventually rejoining the fray to finish in 5th.
MX1 Race 2
Barragan made a good start in 3rd with Karro down in 7th but the Latvian looked much more comfortable this time out as he cut through the pack to move into 2nd by the end of lap two. Barragan was going in the other direction and was soon pushed down to 8th but managed to rally to secure 6th at the finish. Karro chased after leader Whatley but couldn’t make any impression and had to settle for 2nd. With Anderson down in 7th, the Championship podium was decided with Whatley in an unassailable 50 point lead with just one race remaining. Barragan was secure in 2nd from Karro who was 26 points in front of Anderson.
MX1 Race 3
Race three was a disaster for Karro as Aubin cleaned out Whatley and Karro on the first turn. Whatley was able to carry on, albeit without a front brake, however for Aubin and Karro it was game over as their machines were too badly damaged. Barragan made his best start of the day in second but lost a couple of places in the early laps. He rode a steady race throughout to seal 4th at the finish giving him 6th overall on the day with Karro a disappointing 9th.
Adam Sterry said: "Being the last round, I wanted to finish on a high so I went with the mindset: all or nothing! I had a great feeling from the start, being 2nd in qualifying. A mistake on my super-pole lap dropped me to 6th but I was still happy with that. Race one was my favourite race of the year battling the whole race for 3rd which I got so I was really happy with my first ever Maxxis podium. Race two I got a great start only to be taken down on the first turn and run over. I pushed on from 34th to 8th by the flag which was a really good ride. The last race was similar to the first race with seven guys all at it but I lost my rhythm and eventually finished 7th for another 5th overall; a good end to the season. I'd like to thank team STR, RMJ academy, mum and dad and everyone else as it wouldn't be possible without them. I’ll be looking for a good winter and come out swinging for 2014."
Matiss Karro said: "I think it was terrible day for me because of the last race. It messed up my statistic of finishing on the podium every time I've raced in a British round. I didn’t like the track but happy that I remained 3rd in the Championship. Thanks to the team for all the help this year and now I’m looking forward for next year."
Jonathan Barragan said:, "I found the track difficult and I crashed in the first race which made it hard to get a good result. I tried my best but I never really got on the pace. I want to thank the team for their help this year and my mechanic Mat for giving me a good bike.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner concluded: "Apart form Adam’s great performance, this was the worst round of the season for us. Jonathan never put Whatley under any pressure and the challenge just fizzled out and Matiss DNF’d the last race which ruined any chance of another podium. The only good thing was that Brad was too far behind before the start of the last race to nick third off Matiss. It’s been a difficult year and in one way I’m relieved to have finished 2nd and 3rd overall, but on the other hand second is the first loser and we want to be winners. We will carry on working hard and with Jake and Matiss on board we should be in the mix again next year."