Progressive day of results for Oakleaf Kawasaki
01 August 2012Go Back The Oakleaf Kawasaki Team headed to Hawkstone Park in Shropshire for Round 6 of this season's Maxxis British Motocross Championship with hopes of good results after Alex Snow and Jake Millward's good results the previous weekend whilst in action at the Red Bull Pro Nationals. The team's other two riders, James Dodd and Tommy Alba weren't racing at Hawkstone as, in James' case recent shoulder surgery sees him ruled out for the remainder of the season, and for Tommy there was no MXY2 class at this event.
Alex's day started in fine fashion as a 6th fastest time in the MX1 class qualification session saw him qualify for the Top 12 Superpole Shootout, but he was unable to improve on his position there and actually slipped to 9th.
Race 1 saw Alex get away from the start in the top 10 but he lost a place on the 2nd lap, leaving him in 11th as the race began to take shape. It all went wrong on lap 4 for Alex though as a heavy crash saw him in the dirt and winded, after remounting at the back of the pack in last he took a couple of laps to get himself together again before mounting his comeback to try and salvage points from the race but his battle was to be in vain as he could get no higher than 25th by the time the finish flag was waved.
A similar start from Alex in race 2 saw him again just inside the top 10 in 10th after a lap, and this time he was hot on the heels of the riders ahead. After 5 laps he found his way up into 9th and a further 3 laps on he made 8th his own. Just as an 8th place finish was looking a dead cert, Alex was unfortunately passed on the final lap of the race to cross the finish line in 9th.
Race 3 wasn't the familiar MX1 only race but the mixed MX1 and MX2 class for the Top 20 on the day in each class. A great start in this one saw Alex 5th on the opening lap. A few laps in Alex lost a place but was now holding a comfortable 6th place with 7th a fair way behind, and some steady riding from Alex saw him bring home a lonely 6th at the finish.
Alex's results for the day gave him 9th overall and Top Kawasaki rider on the day with 27 points despite his no score in race 1, and he now sits in 9th place in the championship just 15 points behind 6th with 2 rounds to go.
Jake started his day in the MX2 class with a 21st position in qualifying, but was hopeful of better finishes once it came to the racing.
In race 1 Jake didn't get the best of starts and after 2 laps he was down in 30th position, but he was beginning to settle into his rhythm as soon started to pick up some places. After 6 laps Jake was up into 25th and his steady progress continued as he continued to make passes on every lap. With 2 laps remaining he made it into the points as he made a pass for 20th place and brought it home for a point across the finish.
Race 2 saw Jake get another poor start and he was again down in 30th early on, but this time out he couldn't make the progress and make passes like he did in race 1 and spent the whole race mixing it in and around the mid to low 20's eventually crossing the finish line in 27th.
Jake's results weren't good enough to qualify him for the final race of the day and he now lies in 29th in the championship on 22 points.
Rider comment from Alex Snow:-
'It's been an up and down day really, it didn't start so good, I was 6th in qualifying but ended up 9th after superpole. In the 1st race I was struggling with the track a little bit then I went down hard a few laps in, and I banged myself up a bit, my ribs are still real sore and I couldn't breathe to well, so that race was over for me really. Then in the 2nd it went better but I still struggled with the track, I got a 9th but I wasn't overly happy about that, and then in the last race I got a good start and pushed at the beginning, I finally found my rhythm and ended up 6th so I was quite happy with that to finish the day off. Overall itís not been a great day but I was happy with how it ended.'