BRITISH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP R7 - RACE REPORT EVOTECH STEVENS KTM
Evotech Stevens KTM is back on the box for the penultimate Maxxis
The Maxxis British Motocross Championship just wouldn't be complete without a round at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire. And it is here where the championship returned to for the second-to-last round this past weekend.
Team rider Steven Lenoir continued his recent streak of good qualification times by putting in a time at least two seconds faster than everyone else, ending qualifying in second. During the super-pole session, he found another few hundredths of a second to shave off, albeit not quite enough for a pole position.
Determined to prove that he could do better, Lenoir promptly ripped out of the starting gate as part of the top three, and a lap later took the reigns at the front of the pack of roaring MX2 machines. Leading to the end, the first race win was his. The second race again was a good run; this time, Lenoir found himself unable to progress after some interference by fellow KTM rider Nathan Watson, keeping an eye on runner-up, Bryan Mackenzie, instead. He raced across the finish line in third, second but two seconds in front of him.
In the final race, he dialled in his start perfectly, taking command from the outset. Again he found himself in battle against Messrs Watson and Mackenzie, with the former just about hanging on to the lead. With a few laps to go, a goggle malfunction left him with poor visibility, and rather than risking a crash, Lenoir slowed down just enough to maintain control, albeit losing touch with the lead.
The strategy paid off, and by the end of the race, Lenoir found himself in second place at the finish, second on the podium and second in the championship by a point.
Steven Lenoir – MX2 #685
“It was a good day, definitely. Normally Hawkstone doesn't go so well for me, last year I had a disaster here, so I'm pretty pumped. From the beginning of the day to the end I was fighting for the front and it was what I was looking for. The bike, the improvements we made this week were unbelievable and I'm pumped with that. I wanted to push it for all three races and I'm pretty happy. The sand was tough today but I didn't give up until the last few laps when I ended up with sweat in my tear-offs and it was impossible to ride fast and I had to back off.”
Matt Hutchins – Team principal
“Fantastic day for us. We spent a couple of days in Belgium this week training in the sand and changed the setup in the bike. It's definitely paid off today, Steven's been working really hard and it definitely puts us back in the hunt for the championship.”
MX2 Overall result
1. Nathan Watson (HM Plant KTM UK) 72, 2. Steven Lenoir (Evotech Stevens KTM) 67, 3. Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Honda) 52, 4. Elliott Banks-Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) 47, 5. Adam Sterry (Team STR KTM) 43, 6. Martin Barr (VMXMoto.com KTM) 39, 7. Bryan Mackenzie (Pendrich Kawasaki) 36, 8. Graeme Irwin (Heads + All Threads Suzuki) 34, 9. Lewis Tombs (JAR Honda by IFS) 34, 10. Ryan Houghton (Monster Energy Yamaha) 34.
MX2 Championship Standings
1. Elliott Banks-Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) 345, 2. Steven Lenoir (Evotech Stevens KTM) 315, 3. Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Honda) 314, 4. Nathan Watson (HM Plant KTM UK) 270, 5. Graeme Irwin (Heads + All Threads Suzuki) 263, 6. Bryan Mackenzie (Pendrich Kawasaki) 261, 7. Adam Sterry (Team STR KTM) 182, 8. Lewis Tombs (JAR Honda by IFS) 178, 9. Martin Barr (VMXMoto.com KTM) 171, 10. Steven Clarke (HM Plant KTM) 168.