Fantastic Filtec Result at Dean Moorposted Jul 17, 2008
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Sunday the 13th of July saw Filtec GYTR Team Yamaha travel to the North West edge of the Lake District for British Championship action, the Iveston & Satley MCC promoting the 5th round of the 2008 ACU British MMX Quad Championship, in conjunction with the 2nd round of the British Quad Qualifier Championship and the opening round of the inaugural British Youth Quad Championship, at the picturesque but challenging Dean Moor Motocross Park near Whitehaven, Cumbria. With Ricky Tordoff currently 2nd in the ACU British MMX class and James Hellewell taking part in his first British Qualifier race, James missing the opening round due to injury, team mentor Richard Cole was upbeat that both riders would do well in their respective classes, and as the dust settled at the end of a fast and furious days racing, both Ricky and James had delivered outstanding results, Ricky finishing 4th overall despite a frustrating closing race, while James had scored 8-7 for an impressive 7th overall.
After dominating practice to record the fastest time by over a second, Ricky got a poor start by his standards in the re-started opening race, the first attempt red flagged ten minutes in after a nasty off by Mark Watson, Ricky rounding the first corner in a lowly 14th but setting a blistering pace on the opening lap to move up to 8th. With the Lonestar / Ohlins TTX suspension working overtime to tame the challenging circuit, Ricky continued his furious pace in the opening phase of the race, passing David Cowan and Leon Beda on lap two before catching and passing Wayne Tyson and Stefan Murphy on the following lap. Using the excellent grip of the Goldspeed tyres to close the gap to Paul Holmes and Paul Winrow, Ricky was now involved in a three-way battle for 2nd with just ten minutes gone in the twenty-five minute plus two-lap moto. Circulating nose to tail around the fast circuit, the battle ensued for the remaining twenty minutes, Ricky moving past Holmes for 3rd at the halfway point but dropping back to 4th with a painful stitch two laps later. Using his full arsenal of skills to apply pressure and trying different lines to pass, Ricky moved up to 3rd as the last lap board came out, but a small mistake drifting wide halfway around the final lap dropped Ricky back a place, Ricky taking the chequered flag after fifteen laps for a hard fought 4th.
Forced to start from the second row for his opening race of the day, the pick of gate based on the result from the opening round, which he missed through injury, James got a decent start and headed out on the opening lap in 15th and quickly found his rhythm. Using skills and wisdom beyond his years and choosing not to run the risk of re-injuring his healing wrist by taking on the huge jumps along the back of the circuit, James instead relied on his excellent corner speed and gradually began to work his way through the field, making up four positions for 11th at the halfway point in the twenty minute plus one lap moto. Using the awesome power from the SCT tuned YFZ450 James continued his relentless pace for the remainder of the race, James making up further places in the closing stages to take the chequered flag for an excellent 8th.
A slightly better start in his final moto of the day saw Ricky head out on the opening lap in 9th, but setting a relentless pace on the first circuit Ricky crossed the timing beam for the first time having passed David Wray, Wayne Tyson, Willy Waggott and Lindsey Duke for 5th. Using the excellent handling and power of the Yamaha YFZ450, Ricky moved up to 4th a lap passing demoting Justin Reid, before taking the lead on the next lap after moving past Stefan Murphy, Paul Winrow and Paul Holmes, Ricky having made up an amazing eight places in just two laps! With a clear track in front the Elland native began to use his superior speed to pull away from the chasing duo of Winrow and Holmes, and at the halfway point Ricky had opened up a substantial lead when disaster struck, Ricky"s clutch starting to slip. Unable to get good drive out of the corners to lift the front wheels out of the many ruts around the circuit, Ricky"s pace slowed dramatically over the closing stages allowing the chasing pack to catch up, and despite his best efforts to fend of their challenges, Ricky took the chequered flag after thirty minutes action packed racing for a valiant 4th place and 4th overall.
Starting from the front row after his excellent opening moto result, James got slightly bogged down on the line and completed his first lap in 12th. With the circuit now extremely rough and making overtaking more difficult, James nevertheless quickly settled down to a fast pace and began making up positions. Once again using the excellent handling of the Filtec GYTR Team Yamaha YFZ450, James had moved up to 10th at the halfway point, and now confident that his wrist could safely cope with the demands of the huge table top at the back of the circuit, James weighed up and past three more competitors at this point on the way to the chequered flag, James finishing an impressive 7th to round out his day 7th overall.
"Overall I"m happy with my performance and result today, although the result in the last race was a bit disappointing as I had opened up a good lead and was confident that I could win, but that"s racing I suppose. Richard and Ian once again gave me a really fast bike and it worked really well around the circuit, and after a spell in the doldrums I"m really happy with the pace that I had today and know that I"m as quick as anybody else out there. It"s Blaxhall Pit next weekend so I"m looking forward to a good race there and will be aiming to better this result and strengthen my 2nd place position in the points table."
"It"s been a good days racing and I"m really happy with my result. My start position in the opening race was compromised as I"d missed the first round in Desertmartin due to injury so I had a second row start, but I felt confident and comfortable on the bike and was able to make up quite a few places despite not taking on the big tabletop out the back. In the final race I had to work really hard to make my way through as the track was very rough, but I tried the same tabletop and it felt OK so I was able to pick of places there. Overall it"s been a really positive day, the bike was awesome, my pace and fitness is good and the many hours of physio is definitely working as my wrist felt really good and is getting better all the time."
ACU British MMX Quad Championship Results
Winner: John Mitchell, 2nd: Paul Winrow, 3rd: Paul Holmes, 4th: Ricky Tordoff, 5th: Leon Beda
Winner: Paul Winrow, 2nd: John Mitchell, 3rd: Paul Holmes, 4th: Ricky Tordoff, 5th: Justin Reid
Championship Standings (after 5 of 8 rounds)
1st: Paul Winrow 236, 2nd: Ricky Tordoff 167, 3rd: Paul Holmes 154, 4th: John Mitchell 132, 5th: David Hammersley 128