44Racing and the British 4X circus travelled to Redhill for the final round of the National series. With four new corners and much bigger jumps, recently added, anything could happen with overall championships and series positions still up for grabs.
Having had the threat of rain and strong winds leading up to the event riders were surprised to have a dry morning to learn and practise the smooth and flowy track. Sadly, the weather didn’t disappoint and come racing, the heavens had opened leaving a super wet and unpredictable track. The team had made their way to the top of the track to take shelter under the trees and watch the start of racing in the Novice categories. Racing on the slick track, the main difficulty seemed to be just keeping the bike upright with some of the early motos taking up to three minutes for all four riders to complete the course.
Nearly as soon as the Novice races had finished it was time for the Youth category to brave the conditions. Having no idea how hard to push on the slippery, clay, surface Bardolph Kerr crashed out in turn two. With no way of fighting back Kerr finished his first moto with a disappointing fourth. As the track dried out throughout the day Bard was able to push more and more enabling two further second places before a win in the last moto. With good moto results Kerr moved from the motos and into the semi finals. Taking second Bard made it through to the A final and secured himself a place on the series overall podium. Being pushed wide in the first corner Kerr struggled to get back into the fight for first but managed to hold onto third. With a good result at Redhill Kerr finished fifth in the Youth overall. A great result for the Rockstar athlete in only his first season in the category.
British 4X Series - Youth - 5th - Bardolph Kerr
Connor Hudson also got caught out by the wet, in his first, moto crashing in turn two. Taking a fourth here followed by a second in moto two Chudson hoped to do well in the final races to secure a place in the next round. Making a move for first in turn one Connor came together with another rider, pulling his derailleur into his Halo back wheel. Unable to finish the race Chudson rushed down to the 44Racing Rockstar pits to try and get his bike fixed ready for the final moto. Unsure whether his broken gearing would hold for the final moto Chudson was nervous out of the gate but was still able to fight with the lead riders and finish third. With a crash and mechanical problems Connor wasn’t able to move on into the finals. Todays result put Chudson twelfth in the overall standings.
Next up for the team was Junior racer Joe Mallinson. Managing to keep his Last Rufus upright, Joe took second places in his first three motos. Despite a third place in his final heat Mallinson still transferred on into the semi finals. With the harder of the two races Joe tried an inside move on the leading pair, into turn one. Unable to pull it off and falling slightly behind Mallinson had to settle for a place in the B final. With a great first corner move Joe was able to take second place and finish sixth overall on the day. Having had the sixth place at Redhill, Mallinson finished seventh in the Junior overall.
In the senior category Jack Hudson looked to be managing the wet conditions battling for the lead in his first moto. Crashing twice on the final grass turn Hudson was forced to settle for a third place. Making the mistake of pushing too hard on the grass, again, Jack crashed out in his second moto with a fourth. Desperate to try and improve his result Hudson went on to take two second places but still just missed out on a place in the quarter finals. Jack finished sixteenth in the senior result having had disappointing results here and at South West Extreme.
Jack Hudson Going Down
Joining Jack in the Senior category was Mop Head. With a crash in his first two races Mop was still able to take a third and a second. Backing up these two results with another two second places Mop secured himself a place in the quarter finals. Getting pushed out in turn one Mop Head was unable to make the top two and failed to transfer further. In the Senior overall Mop Head finished eleventh.
Rockstar Energy Drink athlete Jake Ward got off to a fantastic start in the Elite category with a second and two firsts. Coping well in the slippery conditions Ward went on to take another win and move through to the quarter finals. Getting sandwiched out of the gate Jake was unable to make a fight for the top two in turn one. Still on the pace of the front pair Ward was unable to make a pass. With a fourth place in his quarter final Jake Ward didn’t progress any further in the racing. In the series overall Ward placed seventh. A brilliant result in his debut year in elite.
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