The sixth round of the Maxxis British Motocross championship will be remembered for quite a few different reasons mostly the weather — superb sunshine at the beginning of proceedings then torrential rain at the end of the day, but what a day.
Both Fork-Rent Suzuki riders performed well in front of a packed Skelder Banks crowd in Whitby.
Jason Dougan — MX2 – #46
Jason Dougan aboard the #46 machine didn’t have the best qualifying position but still managed to gain eleventh best qualifying time.
“Backmarkers got in the way so 11th place wasn’t what I was looking for.
When the gate dropped for moto one Jason shot out of the gate to hit the first bend in third, after a small mistake Jason lost a couple of places but got back into the groove and raced nearly the entire moto bar to bar with Carl Nunn.
“Me and Carl raced the whole moto up until the last five minutes – I took quite an easy fourth place at the end.
The second race was ruined by the torrential downpour which made the track very difficult for all riders.
“I didn’t get a good start in moto two, I just couldn’t get into it really and my rhythm just wasn’t there — it was just an average day.
Jake Nicholls — MX2 – #45
Team mate Jake Nicholls set hearts pounding in the Team Fork-Rent awning with a superb seventh place in timed qualifying aboard the #45 Suzuki machine.
“Qualifying went well – I managed to get some good laps in and ended up seventh.
After a poor first moto start Jake put together one of his best races of the year, within three laps Jake was charging down Stephen Sword for tenth place and looking good.
“I didn’t get a good start but I came through the pack passing riders early in the race.
I was charging after Swordy for tenth place but left it just a little too late.
Race two saw Jake battling with team mate Jason for most of the race and secure a most deserved ninth position.
“I didn’t have a great start but my first lap was pretty good, I battled with Jason for a bit and ended up ninth — which I was pretty happy with.
It was nothing spectacular today just a solid day really.
Team Manager — Mark Chamberlain
“It was a pretty good day for the team today; Jake had his best qualifying of the season so far which gave him a lot of confidence.
Jason had a good solid ride for fourth place in race one and Jake also put in a real strong ride from twenty seventh place to eleventh at the chequered flag.
So overall for the day both riders performed well and both are looking strong in the championship
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For more information on the team including rider profiles and images from Whitby – please visit www.forkrentsuzuki.com.