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Words: Monika Parnarauskaite

Desertmartin, as always, never fails to put on a great event. With perfect track prep and great atmosphere, the team was ready to take on Ireland by storm, for round five of the Maxxis British Championship.

It wasn't all plain sailing but there was some great racing and that's what keeps it exciting and on our toes! 

Once again our MXY2 rider Ben Clark took a wild card in MX2 and continued making good progress in the premier class and fight for points.

In race one Ben, got held up in the first corner but put in an impressive ride to come through the pack before a mechanical issue caused a DNF.

Picture © Elliot Spencer

Keen to make a better impression in race two, Ben fought hard and went on to cross the checkered flag in 26th.

“It was a mixed weekend for me,” said Ben. “I had some good starts and I know I am leaving Ireland with lots of positives and I know what I need to be working on for the rest of the season in order to pick up my first pro points”.

In MX1 qualifying both Nathan Dixon and Jake Shipton put in solid performances leaving Nathan in 13th and Jake in 15th.

In race one, Jake got a fantastic start in 11th but unfortunately his recurring back injury started to play up again which saw him drop down the order to 21st. Following Race 1 the decision was made to sit out race 2. After the meeting Jake and the team took the difficult decision that Jake should take a break from racing until he is 100% fit so unfortunately it's likely that he'll miss the next few races with a possible return later in the season.

Picture © Elliot Spencer

Keen to show the world his building speed on the YZF450 Nathan came into the weekend focused on solid results. He started off race one in 16th before getting caught up in a huge crash on the opening lap which saw the rookie drop down to dead last leaving him with a lot of work to do in order to get back into the points.Showing the grit and determination we've come to expect from Nathan he gave it a 110 per cent for the rest of the race and fought his way backup to a fantastic 16th place setting impressive lap times as he carved his way through the pack.

Race two was much better for Nathan as he timed the start perfectly,and found himself in 9th place in the opening lap of the race. Some small mistakes cost him a couple of positions, but he battled to stay up there with the rest of the pack putting on a strong performance to finish in the top 10 in his rookie season.

Picture © Elliot Spencer

“I've really enjoyed racing in Ireland, I've been looking forward to taking my speed from training through to racing and this weekend that's started to happen” said Nathan.

At the beginning of the season, I said I would be happy with finishing in the top 20 and scoring some points because I didn't really know what to expect, but lately I've found myself fighting for the top 10 which I'm really happy about and I know I've got the speed to do more” he explained.

“Now I'm really looking forward to racing at Sherwood for the MX Nationals”.

Next race for the team will be the fourth round of the Michelin MX Nationals at Sherwood, where we will be hosting all six of our riders under the team awning!

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