2013 MAXXIS BRITISH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP R5 - STR KTM
Double Podium for Team STR KTM at Foxhill
With Matiss Karro given the go-ahead to resume riding again after his recent wrist injury, the team was at full strength for the trip to Foxhill near Swindon. The iconic hard pack circuit was in good condition, the weather; hot and sunny and the riders were looking forward to posting some good results, especially Jonathan Barragan who started the day in 3rd place in the Championship behind leader Tanel Leok and second placed Kristian Whatley.
Sterry was first out in MX2 but struggled a bit with the track and missed out on super-pole by only managing 15th fastest time. In MX1 timed-qualifying, Barragan was 6th and Karro 9th but in super-pole they upped their game with Barragan posting 3rd fastest and Karro going one better to 2nd.
MX2 Race 1
Sterry made a great start in 3rd but in the high intensity that is the norm on the first lap in racing of this level he lost a few places, dropping him down to 6th. He settled into a good rhythm and although he lost one more position he still finished in an impressive 7th place.
MX2 Race 2
Sterry made another great start and was again in 3rd but he battled harder to hold onto his position than in the first race and rode another quality race to finish in 6th.
MX1 Race 1
Karro was out of the gate like a scalded cat and took the hole-shot with Whatley just behind. Whatley soon found a way through and the two of them had their own personal battle for the whole race with Whatley holding on to take the victory. Barragan got squeezed out on the tight first turn and was down in 18th, but blitzed his way all the way up to 3rd place, but with the two leaders, 17 seconds ahead by this time, he was never going to close that gap and cruised home in 3rd. With Championship leader Tanel Leok suffering a big crash on the opening lap, leaving him with a broken collar bone, the fight was well and truly on to see who would end the day as the new leader.
MX1 Race 2
Karro took his second hole-shot of the day ahead of Aubin, Barragan and Whatley. Karro had another race-long battle, albeit this time with Aubin and they exchanged places a number of times before the Frenchman managed to make a pass stick to take the victory. Although suffering pain in his wrist, Karro still managed to hang onto 2nd from Barragan in 3rd.
MX1/MX2 Mixed Race 3
Karro took his third hole-shot of the day with Barragan just behind, followed by Whatley and Anderson. Barragan missed a gear going up the first big uphill and Whatley was through. A determined Anderson was intent on taking revenge on the Spaniard after an aggressive pass in the first race left him on the deck and he attempted to repay him at the bottom of hill, leaving Barragan to back-off or go down. The two of them banged bars for a few laps before Barragan made a clean pass and pulled away, but the altercation left him five seconds behind Whatley.
Karro was looking comfortable at the front but as the race entered the latter stages, he started to suffer increasing pain from his wrist making too many mistakes and he made the smart decision to back-off. Whatley subsequently took the lead followed by Barragan with Karro forced to cruise home for 3rd. Whatley took the overall, with Karro 2nd and Barragan 3rd. Whatley is now the new Championship leader, with Barragan in 2nd, Aubin in 3rd and Karro moves up to 8th.
After starting in 14th, Sterry suffered a crash at the bottom of one of the big hills and was only able to manage to recover to 27th. Although posting a no-score, his two previous results still gave him 9th overall and he remains in 7th in the Championship.
Adam Sterry said: "The weekend went pretty well and I'm really feeling good on the bike. I made great starts and apart from my crash in the last race, I rode well all day. I'm going to Ernee for the second round of the EMX250 Championship with more confidence and looking for a good result there."
Matiss Karro said: "After my injury, to come back to a hard-pack track like this and finish on the podium is really good. The wrist was sore but a little pain keeps me sharp!"
Jonathan Barragan said: "I liked the circuit a lot. In race one, I made a bad start and had to push hard to come through to third. The other two races, I had good speed and I am happy to be on podium again. For the Championship I am now in second and am going good. There's many points left to fight for and I'm really excited to do well and fight for the Championship."
Team Manager, Steve Turner said: "It was a good day today. We made some changes to Adam's bike and he made some great starts and rode well. He needs to get used the intensity on the first lap but he's learning fast and will only get better.
"Matiss surprised me, I didn't think he would come back that strong. If he had been fully fit I'm sure he would have taken all three wins. He showed he has learned from his crash in Portugal and backed-off when he was getting sketchy rather than risking another crash.
"Jonathan rode a storming race in the first one and was steady in the second. The third race he was unfortunate to miss a gear and lose second place, which then left him in a battle with Anderson which ruined his race. Without that mistake, I think he would have held onto second and he would have been the one inheriting the lead from Matiss instead of Whatley. He's now moved into second in the Championship and there's all to play for with three rounds still to go."