Motion Pro Sponsored Paul Winrow 3rd Overall At European Round 2posted May 11, 2010
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Winrow Superb 3rd Overall At European Round 2
Birmingham’s Paul Winrow added to the silverware for Team KTM UK with a fantastic 3rd place overall at the second round of the 2010 GOLDSPEED EMX Quad European Championship recently, team-mates Jason Macbeth and James Hellewell also putting in superb displays of riding to finish 6th and 11th respectively after two hectic days of racing.
With thousands of spectators crowding the banks of the hillside Langrish circuit to cheer on their local riders, the venue on the outskirts of Petersfield provided the perfect setting for some epic battles and entertainment as the best riders in Europe competed in three twenty-five minute plus two-lap motos. Quickly getting the Team KTM UK 505 SX machines dialled in to the challenges of the spectacular Manor Farm track in practice, Saturday’s timed qualification saw Macbeth and Winrow qualify 3rd and 4th in their group with less than a second splitting the top four riders, with Hellewell taking an excellent 7th to also secure a front row start for Sunday’s race action.
A dream start to the opening race saw Winrow take the holeshot and lead the field out on the first of thirteen laps, Macbeth and Hellewell gating midpack and breaking the timing beam for the first time in 12th and 13th. With the soily surface heavily watered beforehand and making conditions a little tricky in the early stages, Winrow continued to blaze a trail out front while Macbeth and Hellewell worked their way through the pack, Macbeth moving inside the top ten within a lap with Hellewell up to 11th. Fifteen minutes in to the race and a slight error had Hellewell circulating in 17th but fighting his way back up the standings while Macbeth continued to blitz his way through the pack to 5th, Winrow maintaining his lead until a mistake on the penultimate lap cost him a position, taking the chequered flag in 2nd with Macbeth coming home a superb 6th and Hellewell battling back to 15th.
A fantastic start to race two saw all three riders gate inside the top ten, Macbeth leading the charge in 7th with team-mate Winrow in tow and Hellewell slotting in to 10th. Circulating at a frantic pace around the fast and furious circuit, Macbeth maintained his charge towards the front and at half distance had moved up to 4th, Winrow two slots back with Hellewell involved in a three way battle for 9th, and as the chequered flag came out after thirty fast and furious minutes Winrow had moved up to 4th with Macbeth crossing the line in 6th, Hellewell fighting to the chequered flag for a well deserved 11th.
The start of the final outing of the day did not go as well as the previous encounter, Winrow gating 6th with Macbeth running midpack, but for Hellewell it had been a disastrous start after stalling on the line and getting away dead last. Quickly finding their rhythm and with the tracks coming to them, all three riders battled hard for position, Winrow suffering from arm-pump from an early stage in the race but settling for 8th and a superb 3rd step on the podium, with Macbeth charging to the chequered flag having moved up five spots to 9th and 6th overall on the day on the countback rule, while Hellewell had put in a gargantuan effort to blast through to 12th, the teenager’s performance outstanding having made up eighteen positions in just nine laps!
Speaking after the meeting, team manager Richard Cole commented “ today has been a fantastic day for the Team, and I am really proud of Paul, Jason and James and the performance that they have put in, all three are outstanding riders. It’s always nice to get a podium result, but to do it at the first ever European Quad Championship race in front of your home crowd is even more special. Paul has shown that he hasn’t lost any of the hunger and drive that have taken him to a record ten British Championships and was unlucky not to win the first heat. With his podium at the opening round, Jason has shown that he is quickly adapting to the bike and I have no doubt throughout the year will get on the rostrum again. As for James, he just keeps amazing me with the maturity that he has for someone so young, his last race today was unbelievable and a joy to watch, and I feel confident that with a little work on his starts he can get finish well inside the top ten. It’s been a brilliant weekend and we now look forward to the opening two rounds of the 2010 GOLDSPEED ACU British Quad Championships in May.”
1st – Matthieu Ternynck, 2nd – Paul Winrow Team KTM UK, 3rd – Romain Couprie, 4th – Davy Brems, 5th – Joe Maessen, 6th – Jason Macbeth Team KTM UK…15th – James Hellewell Team KTM UK
1st – Romain Couprie, 2nd – Matthieu Ternynck, 3rd – Mark Watson, 4th – Paul Winrow Team KTM UK, 5th – Joe Maessen, 6th – Jason Macbeth Team KTM UK…11th – James Hellewell Team KTM UK
1st – Romain Couprie, 2nd – Mark Watson, 3rd – Jan Vlaeymans, 4th – Joe Maessen, 5th – Matthieu Ternynck, 6th – Clement Jay…8th – Paul Winrow Team KTM UK, 9th – Jason Macbeth Team KTM UK…12th – James Hellewell Team KTM UK Championship Standings after Round 2 (of 7)
1st – Romain Couprie 140, 2nd – Matthieu Ternynck 105, 3rd – Joe Maessen 95, 4th – Jan Vlaeymans 90, 5th – Jason Macbeth 89, 6th – Davy Brems 87, 7th Paul Winrow 86…14th – James Hellewell