MIXED FORTUNES FOR KTM UK AT BRITISH SPRINT ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP RD3
It was a case of mixed fortunes for KTM UK backed riders at round three of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship in Saints Well, Wales on May 26.
Struggling to find pace on the fast, dry and bumpy Saints Well course, Elite class riders Tom Sagar and Daryl Bolter ended their day fifth and eighth respectively. But proving that he’s now back to full fitness following injury, Steve Holcombe claimed an impressive second position in the Under 23 category while Brad Freeman once again topped the 125 Youth Cup class.
Entering the third round of the series as the championship leader, Bolter hoped to add another win to his 2013 tally at Saints Well. However, unable to gel with the fast paced course the Crescent Motorcycles backed rider frustratingly ended his day in eighth position. The result pushes Bolter back to third position in the championship standings.
Hoping to benefit from local knowledge, Sagar too failed to find his form on the Welsh course. Not favouring the rough and choppy conditions, the Welshman delivered a safe performance on his Colwyn Bay Motorcycles backed KTM to claim a top five result.
Making his first appearance in the 2013 series, Devon based Steve Holcombe delivered a solid performance. Back to competitive action following a long winter layoff due to a thumb and shoulder injury, the Crescent Motorcycles KTM rider soon found his stride. Looking fast and smooth on his KTM 250 EXC-F, the 2012 Under 19 BSEC champion placed within 10 seconds of class winner Jack Rowland to claim the runner-up spot.
Continuing where he left off at round one, KTM’s Brad Freeman delivered another stunning result at round three. Easily topping the 125 Youth Cup class by two minutes, Freeman’s times would have seen him finish inside the top 15 in the overall classification.
The British Sprint Enduro Championship continues with rounds four and five in Llangrove, Monmouth on July 6/7.
Tom Sagar (Elite – 5th): “It’s been a bit of a steady day for me. I struggled to gain confidence with the track. It was quite fast in places and I wasn’t comfortable. In the end I opted for a steady ride and did my best to salvage a top five result.”
Steve Holcombe (Under 23 – 2nd): “Round three has gone much better than I expected. After a long layoff I only started to ride my bike again four days ago. I started off quite steady in the morning and then slowly upped my pace. After a couple of years on a two-stroke this was my first time racing my new four-stroke in anger and I loved it. It worked awesome and the suspension was fantastic. I feel that with some more practice I can continue to improve.”
Results – Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, Rd3
1. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 59:24.88; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 59:47.22; 3. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 1:00:17.37; 4. Jordan Rose (TM) 1:00:29.04; 5. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1:00:39.01... 8. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 1:02:00.26…
1. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 54:22.22; 2. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 54:32.71; 3. Gethin Humphreys (Sherco) 55:54.36; 4. Frazer Norrie (KTM) 56:31.53; 5. James Dent (TM) 57:06.53; 6. Neil Chatham (KTM) 57:22.74…
125 Youth Cup
1. Brad Freeman (KTM) 55:42.57; 2. Jack Staines (KTM) 57:48.64; 3. Lee Sealey (Husaberg) 1:00:10.34; 4. Ashley Scott (Yamaha) 1:00:38.85; 5. Drew Slevin (Yamaha) 1:03:15.53…