MAXXIS BRITISH MOTOCROSS R7 - STR KTM RACE REPORT
Karro Blasts to Hawkstone Park Triple Win on Fantastic day for Team STR KTM
The scene was set for a terrific day’s racing at Hawkstone Park with Barragan starting the day 28 points behind leader Whatley and Karro down in 5th place, 13 points behind Aubin in 4th and 37 behind Leok in 3rd. With Leok switching to the Italian TM team, it was inevitable that he would not contest the rest of the series, making Karro’s ambitions of finishing the season in the top three even more likely.
In MX2, Sterry was sitting in 9th, just three points adrift of Clarke and five behind Tombs, so was looking for a good result to move him up the standings. The day turned out to be an awesome one for the team with Karro taking all three wins to move into a clear 3rd place in the Championship. Meanwhile, Barragan clawed back six points form leader Whatley on his way to second overall. Sterry had a great day, finishing 5th overall and moving up two places in the Championship to 7th.
In MX2, Sterry was 6th quickest in timed-practice but his chances of improving in Superpole were hampered by Irwin crashing in front of him at the start of the lap, costing him valuable time and leaving him down in 10th. In MX1 Karro was 1.4 seconds quicker than second-placed man Aubin with Barragan down in 5th.
MX2 Race 1
Sterry made a good start and was right in the thick of it fighting for a top five finish but stalled his bike in the bomb-hole dropping himself down the field, eventually finishing in 10th.
MX2 Race 2
Sterry took the hole-shot but was soon passed by the big guns of Watson, Lenoir and MacKenzie and after losing another place to Clarke, he settled into a good rhythm and closed back in to take a great 5th place just 0.8 seconds behind Clarke.
MX2 Race 3
Sterry made another good start and was holding a good position in 6th and when MacKenzie’s bike gave up the ghost, he was promoted to 5th. He started to close in on Championship leader, Banks-Brown and hounded him all the way to the line to take another great 5th place, giving him his best-ever result of 5th overall.
MX1 Race 1
Karro took a huge hole-shot but soon had Whatley on his tail and they checked out. Barragan was struggling in 5th but managed to settle down and by mid-race was up to 3rd but by now the front two were gone and he had to settle for 3rd. Karro was struggling with arm-pump but still managed to maintain the gap to Whatley to take the win.
MX1 Race 2
Karro, again took the hole-shot but this time Barragan was on his rear wheel and the Spaniard soon took the lead. Karro tracked him for lap after lap before making his move and taking his second win of the day.
Karro took his third hole-shot and again Barragan was just behind but this time out, Barragan couldn’t go with him and instead lost three places early on, dropping him back to fifth. Krestinov and Elderfield crashed; handing over third place to Barragan and he took advantage straight away, upping his pace and passing Whatley for second. As they moved into the closing stages he started to close in on Karro but the race was suddenly red flagged due to a serious injury to a rider and the result stood, leaving Karro with three wins to take the overall from teammate Barragan, with Whatley in 3rd.
Adam Sterry said: "Hawkstone Park is one of my favourite tracks so I was looking for a good result. I got three good starts and felt good with my riding all day. I was happy with 5th overall considering the first race when I stalled it. I'm gaining more experience all of the time and I'm definitely moving in the right direction."
Matiss Karro said: "I love this track, old school, with a massive hill and long start straight, although they’ve shortened it a bit this year. I was surprised by my results at the last round and was nervous all day about being able to do it again but I made great starts and rode well all day. I’m now in 3rd place in the Championship which I’m really happy with after missing two rounds."
Jonathan Barragan said: "The track was really good, but in the first race I had arm-pump and had to settle for third. In the second race, I rode really well and in the third not so good but managed to get through to second before it was red-flagged. I took six points of Whatley so am 22 behind going into the last round which looks a lot but you never know in motocross.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner concluded: “That was probably the best set of results the team’s ever had. All three riders rode well. Matiss looks in a different class at the moment and has now won the last six races on the bounce.
"Jonathan needed three wins really, but struggled in the first one with arm-pump which left him down in 3rd, however he was on it in the second race and managed to get back to second in the third, despite some bad laps early on.
"Adam rode well all day and showed he can run the pace of the top guys. He just needs to up the intensity and ride with a bit more aggression and he’ll be another few places up the order."