EVOTECH STEVENS KTM: 2013 MAXXIS BRITISH MOTOCROSS VICE CHAMPIONS
Lenior finishes the British MX2 season second overall
After several years' absence, the Maxxis British Motocross Championship returned to world-famous Farleigh Castle for the season closer and so did Evotech Stevens KTM. With bright sunshine over the weekend, the final race of the season would be hotly contested.
Sunday morning's qualification session was tough for team rider Steven Lenoir. The new track and the slippery conditions in the woods made it hard to get a good fast lap in; despite this, he was finished sixth in the super-pole session.
For Lenoir, his last chance at the championship depended very much on his results here and after going around the first corner in fourth, he soon found himself tracking the man to beat, fellow KTM rider Elliott Banks-Browne. With two laps to go, he found himself behind Banks-Browne again, but time ran out for him to make a pass for the lead.
In the second race he rocketed around the first turn and into an immediate battle with Bryan Mackenzie for the lead. The pair fought tooth and nail, pulling away from the rest of the field. With just minutes left on the clock, Lenoir made a small mistake in the technical wooded section of the track, recovering superbly to bring home fourth place.
With the title now decided, the final race of the day would be an all-out battle between Lenoir and Bradshaw for second in the championship. Lenoir blasted his Evotech Stevens KTM into the lead with an impressive holeshot and again a battle with Mackenzie ensued. It was however to be short-lived as the pair touched at high speed going into the chicane, resulting in Lenoir hitting the dirt. He remounted in eighth place and proceeded to ride the race of his life. After some heart-stopping inside moves down the hill sections of the track, he pulled up to the back of the leading group and crossed the line in fourth, securing another podium finish and the all-important second position in the championship.
Steven Lenoir – MX2 #685
“I ended second in the championship, so I managed to have a good day. I was out front on a track I don't really like, so I'm really pleased with what the team's done all year. I need one more next year!”
Matt Hutchins – Team principal
“It definitely went right down to the wire in this one. It's been a real action-packed day for us, but Steven came through with a superb display of riding today. Ending the championship in second position for us as a team is a fantastic result. I would like to thank Shaun Sisterson at KTM UK for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to ride KTM. Thanks also to Nigel Budgen and Sean Barnsdale for all their hard work throughout the season, Wayne Stevens and all of our sponsors for their continued support. Without these people none of this success would be possible.”
MX2 Overall result
1. Elliott Banks-Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) 69, 2. Bryan Mackenzie (Pendrich Kawasaki) 68, 3. Steven Lenoir (Evotech Stevens KTM) 58, 4. Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Honda) 54, 5. Adam Sterry (Team STR KTM) 47, 6. Martin Barr (VMXMoto.com KTM) 43,
MX2 Final Championship Standings
1. Elliott Banks-Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) 414, 2. Steven Lenoir (Evotech Stevens KTM) 373, 3. Neville Bradshaw (Putoline Honda) 368, 4. Bryan Mackenzie (Pendrich Kawasaki) 329, 5. Graeme Irwin (Heads + All Threads Suzuki) 299, 6. Nathan Watson (HM Plant KTM UK) 294, 7. Adam Sterry (Team STR KTM) 229, 8. Martin Barr (VMXMoto.com KTM) 214, 9. Lewis Tombs (JAR Honda by IFS) 206, 10. Steven Clarke (HM Plant KTM) 184.