For John Banks Honda-supported rider Lewis Tombs, Lyng is home turf. A mere forty minutes from home down the Norfolk A-roads, he is intimately acquainted with the venerable track’s quirks and foibles, and it is here where on a cold May bank holiday morning, he found himself qualifying for the third round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship.
After qualifying in fifteenth, Tombs got off to a good first race start in eleventh. Running into stiff opposition in the form of Adam Sterry, Tombs was unable to make any progress beyond tenth, ending the race one position up. For the second race, Tombs had to pick a new gate position, which in turn presented him with a great start in seventh. Keeping at bay younger Honda-mounted rivals Ryan Houghton and Jordan Booker, Tombs found himself in sixth with a lap to go, ending on a Maxxis career best. Building on this success, Tombs selected the gate again for another smashing start in the top group around the first few corners. In lap two, Tombs found himself several positions down, but solid progress throughout the race kept him in sixth position to the two-lap board. There the steam ran out, and Tombs had to relinquish several positions to end the race in ninth for a sixth overall on the day.
“I’m really pleased with today,” declared a very happy Lewis Tombs at the end of the day. “I qualified in fifteenth, I got a good feel of the track and was pleased with everything, so wasn’t too bothered about just missing out on super pole, because I still had a good gate pick. In the first race I got an average start and got stuck behind Adam Sterry, so stayed there for tenth. In the second race someone took my gate, so I got a space further to the middle which got me a real good jump, and I was sixth off the start. I lost some positions to a few of the faster guys, but then Elliott crashed, so I stayed behind him the whole moto and followed him home. Then Neville broke down and I ended up sixth which is my best result ever, so I was pumped with that. In the last race I had another good start, was fourth and then Irwin and a couple of other guys passed me, so I was sixth for most of the moto. With three laps to go, I was just drained, really tired and lost three places. But overall it was a good day!”