CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS FOR FREEMAN AT BSEC RD6
Championship glory for Brad Freeman at round six of the British Sprint Enduro Championship when he won the 125 Youth class while Tom Sagar and Jonny Walker claim top six results in the Elite class at Westwood, Sheffield.
There was delight for KTM UK’s Brad Freeman at round six of the highly competitive BSEC at Westwood when he secured his sixth win of the season to clinch the 125 Youth class. Mastering the technically demanding forestry based course with ease, Freeman immediately put himself into the driving seat and led his class from the end of lap one. Continuing his blisteringly fast pace throughout the day, while setting times that would see him challenge for a top ten result in the overall classification, Freeman marched on to take his sixth win of the year and wrap up the championship with two rounds to spare.
There was also winning delight for KTM UK’s Steve Holcombe when he secured his third consecutive race win in the Under 23 category. Finding conditions very much to his liking, Holcombe claimed a 22-second lead at the end of lap one. Extending it to 56 seconds by the end of lap three, the KTM rider looked on course for a comfortable victory. However, suffering a crash on lap five, Holcombe saw his lead reduced. Pushing hard on the final two laps, the Devon based youngster regrouped to take the win by just under one minute.
In the Elite category, Tom Sagar enjoyed a strong performance. With round six of the series featuring a wealth of world-class enduro talent, the Welshman fought hard for fourth overall. Placing inside the top three during the midway point in the day, Sagar slipped back to fourth as the effects of the physically demanding terrain took its toll.
Making his first appearance in the 2013 BSEC season, Hard Enduro expert Jonny Walker joined Sagar in the Elite class. Intent on using the event as essential training, Walker featured solidly. Adapting quickly to the format of racing, Walker immediately began to battle for a top five result. Moving within striking distance of claiming fifth, Walker crashed on lap six to end his day sixth overall.
In the Expert class, Richard Ely picked up from where he left off at round five and claimed a well deserved win. In the Women’s class, Katie Walker chased Jane Daniels home for the runner-up result.
The 2013 British Sprint Enduro Championship concludes with rounds seven and eight in Oxford on August 31/September 01.
Tom Sagar: “I really enjoyed the course - I think it’s probably been the best round of the championship so far. I was pushing hard today to match the pace of the leaders and held third overall during the halfway point in the day. Fitness just let me down a little towards the end. Those guys race full time and were able to keep that pace right until the finish. But overall it’s been a good day. I’m happy to finish fourth overall in such good company.”
Jonny Walker: “Riding this round of the BSEC has been a real confidence boost for me. I felt I needed to improve my speed and that’s exactly what I have been able to do. There were a lot of world-class riders competing and it’s been rewarding to know that I can match their pace. Aside from one crash on the sixth lap I was never too far away. Ending the day sixth overall has been a solid result.”
Steve Holcombe: “I felt good all day. On the first time run I managed to set a fast time and that sort of set me up for the rest of the day. I knew where my pace was and how everyone else was doing. From there I just rode as smooth and as fast as I could. It’s been great to get three wins in a row now and with two rounds left in the season the Under 23 championship is still all to play for.”
Brad Freeman: “I’m really pleased to have come away with the 125 Youth title and to do it by winning every round has been a real bonus. Leading into this round I knew it was possible to win it if I could take another victory. After I looked at the course I felt it was going to suit me. I pushed hard on the first three laps and opened up a good lead. After that I just tried to control my advantage and not make any mistakes.”
1. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 50:30.36; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 50:52.62; 3. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 50:55.63; 4. Tom Sagar (KTM) 51:32.01; 5. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 52:05.40; 6. Jonny Walker (KTM) 52:19.52; 7. Mark Roberts (KTM) 53:05.91…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 46:09.03; 2. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 47:06.57; 3. Gethin Humphreys (Sherco) 47:36.46; 4. Swan Servajean (Yamaha) 48:17.36; 5. Fraser Flockhart (KTM) 48:48.82…
1. Brad Freeman (KTM) 47:16.46; 2. Lee Sealey (Husaberg) 49:08.40; 3. Tom Kirk (KTM) 52:44.24; 4. Jack Staines (KTM) 53:37.62; 5. Jordan Ridgway (KTM) 54:11.41…
1. Richard Ely (KTM) 49:15.44; 2. Antonio Deu (Beta) 49:42.30; 3. Scott Austin (Sherco) 50:19.23; 4. Brad King (Kawasaki) 50:20.12; 5. Dan Beaven (KTM) 50:42.64…
1. Jane Daniels (Husaberg) 53:57.84; 2. Katie Walker (KTM) 56:49.28; 3. Hannah Styles (Husaberg) 57:18.60; 4. Jade Gordon (Husaberg) 1:03:03.38