Round 4 of the ever popular Red Bull Pro Nationals Series took place this past weekend at the well known Skelder Bank venue overlooking the picturesque fishing village of Whitby on the east coast. The technically challenging, jumpy track took no prisoners this weekend and with a mix of sun, rain, dust and sadly some nasty spills, it certainly made for some exciting action for the crowds who swarmed around the circuits numerous viewing points.
The TM UK team were there once again with fuel and lubricant support from WP Racing to compete in the incredible two stroke championship as we have done since inception, unfortunately our National MX1 class rider, Stuart Edmonds, still remains side-lined with injury and misses yet another round of the series.
Saturday began as normal with the Open Class 2-Stroke Expert Championship where TM UK rider, Jim Davies, does battle with the 'large capacity' 250cc and 300cc machines on his screaming little TM 125cc machine, showing his class once more Jim took the fight to the 'big boys' and with some incredible riding, a strong will and maintaining a blistering pace on his 'half-sized' machine, Jim ended the day with a 6-5-7 scorecard. These results gave Jim 7th overall on the day and he currently sits in 6th place in the championship standings with a 'spooky' points tally of 162!.
MX Pad rider, Christian Lyth, the quick 'young-gun' who only came into the Expert class this year had a mixed day on his TM 250cc machine, ending the day with a DNF in race 1 with a punctured rear tube, a solid 9th in race 2 and a 12th in race 3 for 12th overall on the day, not such a good day for Chris, who felt a bit under the weather, but he still remains in the top ten in the championship standings.
Guest rider Ross Pottenger on his TM 300cc machine, had a terrible day after taking a nasty spill in the qualifying session early door and hurting his back, no matter Ross took to the track for 2 races circulating for the duration to pick up some valuable points and earning some much due respect from the Red Bull commentary team who witnessed his earlier crash and were amazed he even took part!.
Sunday was another day altogether and after the showers and changeable weather of Saturday Sunday was a clearer, slightly warmer affair. In the 125cc class Jim Davies had the TM 125 MX machine on song once again and after some shuffling on the starts Jim was soon into the mix and fighting through to the leading bunch in both moto's. Unfortunately due to the amount of casualties during the day the 3rd race had to be abandoned due to time constraints and we missed out on some of the best racing of the Red Bull events, the 125's!. Jim put in some solid performances again ending the day with a 2-3 scorecard for 2nd overall on the day, Jim currently sits in 2nd place in the championship standings at the half way point.
Youngster, Ryan 'Chubbie' Hammond, showed some of the form we know he has and ran a good pace this weekend, Chub' ended the day with a 6-14 scorecard, the last race witnessed him dropped numerous places in the final moto as cramp handicapped him and forced him to ride 'leg-off' for the last few laps. This gave Chubbie 10th overall on the day and 12th in the championship standings running as an Expert and not as a Junior as entered.
Unfortunately TM UK's Lewis King also currently sits out with injury after taking a nasty spill at Culham which witnessed him having to have surgery to correct a knee problem, all the best Lew Boy.
In the Small Wheel 85cc Class, Archie 'The Hurricane' Hicks, banged in a brace of good results over the four moto's of the weekend. Archie ended the weekend with a 13-15-14-15 scorecard taking him to 14th overall and his best result to date. With an increase in confidence in the first turn melee young Archie has showed the pace to run comfortably in the top ten with some lap times far better than his final positions give credit. Keep working Arch, we are getting there mate.
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