Mel extends championship lead – Revo Husqvarna update
REVO Husqvarna UK travelled to Sherwood MX Park for Sunday’s fourth round of the Michelin MX Nationals. Racing on a track that was completely new to him, Mel Pocock put his FC 250 in fourth in MX2 as team-mate Jordan Divall posted 10th fastest time.
Report by Sean Lawless – Images courtesy of Nuno Laranjeira
Mel gated well in the opening mixed-capacity Pro race but got involved in a first turn crash. Re-starting near the back, he put on a race-long charge in intense heat to make a pass for third on the last lap. Jordan got a solid start but began to ride tight and faded to 13th. Race two saw Mel lead the MX2 pack around the first turn and he was looking good for the overall win until his effort in the first race began to take its toll and he slipped to second for second on the day. Despite this the result sees him extend his championship lead to 31 points with just two rounds to go. Jordan didn’t get a great start in moto two but quickly found a good rhythm and was able to pass his way up the field to seventh in class and end the day eighth overall.
Mark Yates (Team Principal) “Jordan struggled a bit in the first race. He had good pace but faded a little. The second race was much better for him and he came home seventh with some strong, consistent lap times. “Mel had never ridden at the venue but still qualified fourth in MX2 while he was learning the track. He had great starts in both motos but in the first race there was a pile-up in the opening corner and he went into the back of it and was almost last away. “He got his head down and made a series of strong passes and on the last lap managed to force his way through to third. “He led MX2 for pretty much all of the second race which would have got him first overall but the heat was horrendous and I think he was spent from the effort he put into the opening moto so Micky Eccles managed to get him a few laps from the end. “We’re still holding the red plate so overall I’m pleased with the day. A great team effort by everybody which puts us in a strong position going into round six of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Blaxhall this weekend.”
Mel Pocock – 2nd MX2 (3-2) “I was happy with qualifying and got a blinding start in the opening moto but there was a crash in the first turn which I couldn’t avoid. I managed to push my way through up into third in MX2 but in doing so I expended a lot of energy as it was very hot and I had to work hard. “I had the holeshot out of the MX2 guys in race two which was brilliant and managed to drop the hammer and pull a little lead but was hunted down by Micky Eccles who made a clean pass. I was still pumped to take second for second overall, get a slice of podium pie and increase my championship lead! “A big thanks to Sam and Mark Yates and also Dan Giffard who was on the spanners and Freedy. The whole team is working hard to win the championship.”
Jordan Divall – 8th MX2 (13-7) “In the first race I got off to a really good start but I just started to ride stiff halfway through and got a bit of arm-pump so unfortunately I dropped back which I was disappointed with. “In the second moto I had a poor start but worked my way up to seventh which I was happy about. I looked back at my lap times at the end of the race and they were all really consistent which is great, it’s just a shame I didn’t get a better start. “For the last three weeks I’ve had my head down and have been training really hard so I feel like I’m building and next weekend I like the track at Blaxhall so hopefully I’ll have a good result there and be closer to where I feel I should be. “Thanks to Sam and Mark Yates, Freedy, Kieran and the team.”