Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday Highlights from Red Bull Pro Nationals

After a day of red hot action?pardon the clich� but believe me it has been?the fat lady has sung on the first three motos of the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup at Whitby?s fabulous Skelder Bank motocross circuit.

In the Rookie class, series leader James Dunn started where he left off by blitzing timed practice ahead of Jordan Divall. Race 1 saw Dunn put in a commanding performance, taking the win by 11 seconds over Jamie McCanney, a feat he wasn?t able to maintain in the second race after an uncharacteristic mistake saw him finish back in 5th, with Paul Coates taking the win. In the final race of the day Coates put himself at the pointy end of proceedings until his steed gave up the ghost at near half distance, handing the lead and race win to Dunn.

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The Big Wheel class sees its big guns, Fraser Viner and Ben Watson, up front and battling hard as the pair try to wrestle the lead from each other both in the races and in the Championship standings. Viner takes first, and indeed second, blood as he takes the wins in the opening races with Watson right on his tail pipe, the pair of them way ahead of third place man Michael Eccles. In race 3 the roles are reversed and Watson makes amends taking his first win of the day, paving the way for what should be a couple more epic battles in tomorrow?s final motos.

In the Small Wheel class Sid Evans takes two wins, but a difficult second moto sees him finish in a lowly 7th place, enough for Jay Hague?s 2,1,2 finishes to put him at the top of the days points standings. ?It was alright but I could have won the last one? sighs Hague ?But I got a front puncture with three laps to go while I was leading! Hopefully I can go out and win tomorrow and take the overall, I?m just going to look for good lines and hopefully that will be the trick.?

The 65cc class is nothing if not consistent with each moto seeing the same top four finishers. Dylan Woodcock finds a fine streak of form as he notches a pair of wins and a third ahead of Harry Kimber, who in turn takes three second spots with Alex Brown consolidating his pair of thirds with a fine win in the final moto. Series leader Jed Etchells manages a trio of fourth places and is sure to come out firing on all cylinders tomorrow as he tries to keep himself in top spot!

Photos: Ian Roxburgh

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