It was another busy weekend of racing for the Phoenix Even Strokes Kawasaki team as three of the teams four riders travelled to Cadders Hill, Lyng for round three of the ACU British Motocross Championship.
In The MX2 class Carlton Husband, still recovering from the aftereffects of a virus which hit just before last weeks Michelin MX Nationals round at Landrake, showed tenacity and heart to battle through the weekend aboard his KX250. On a track which rewards a good gate pick Carlton secured a strong fifth place in the morning qualification session. In race one Husband would start just outside the top ten before making some smart racing decisions and battling into eighth place at the end of the stint. Race two would prove to be challenging for Husband however, as damage to his bike prevented him from charging hard, and he finally brought it home in 26th place, for 14th overall.
In the MX1 class Petar Petrov was looking to build upon his 12th and 13th place finishes in previous rounds of the championship and started positively in the qualification session with the eighth quickest lap time. In race one a technical issue would place Petar back in last place on lap one but his determination and speed saw him rise up back into 12th at the chequered flag. Later in the day there was a pile up just a couple of turns into moto two, unfortunately, but he found a way to refocus and claw his way back up through the field to a season-best eighth place. Despite the setbacks in both races, Petrov would finish eighth overall, making Lyng his best performance of the season so far and a clear indication that he is moving in the right direction.
For Jason Meara, Lyng was a positive experience and a solid step forward after a difficult few weeks of racing. Whilst the race results don’t tell the whole story, Meara showed top 15 speed throughout the day, despite getting caught up in crashes on the first lap of both races. It was race one in particular where Meara displayed his determination by charging back from 33rd to finish 16th. Whilst in race two he would battle for a top ten spot before a small crash on lap 5 dropped him back to 14th. He quickly regrouped to 11th for 11th overall, his best overall result of the year so far.