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March 20, 2013

Harsh Maxxis start for JAR Honda by IFS

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After the cold and wet weekend in the Emerald Isle, JAR Honda by IFS was hoping for a little more sunshine for the first round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship. The hopes of a possible salvaged race day were dashed on Sunday morning when the ACU instituted a wet weather timetable that eliminated several elements of the usual schedule, and brought home the stark reality that the weather would not be any better than the week before.

The morning qualifying session saw MX2 rider Lewis Tombs qualify in twenty-fourth after an on-track incident during the session precluded him from getting a good fast lap under his belt. For MX1 rider Wayne Garrett, things were not much better with a time that put him in thirty-fifth.

The first race proved to be a bit of a challenge for Tombs. A middling start was soon turned into a top twenty position in the pack, and progress up the pack from there followed. In the closing laps, Tombs settled into a good rhythm in fifteenth, taking the position at the finish flag. Whereas for many the second race was a nightmare, for Tombs it was an opportunity. After getting through the slaughterhouse of the first two corners, he found himself in twelfth. From there, a solid and steady ride proved to be the best course of action, earning him a tenth place and a twelfth overall on the day.

Garrett did not fare much better. A start from the outside left him at a severe disadvantage, and finding himself stuck just outside the top twenty did not improve matters. With the finish timer was clicking down to zero, Garrett found a few rivals to pick off before the chequered flag, ending the race so tantalisingly close in twenty-second. The second race looked to be a foregone conclusion with some points in the bag, but much to the team’s dismay, rider and bike stopped dead on the track, unable to continue, with just seconds remaining. For Garrett, nil points on the day was a bitter pill to swallow.

Wayne Garrett – MX1:






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