Mel picks up a place at Preston – Revo Husqvarna update
After the high of the previous round at Blaxhall where Mel Pocock recorded a season-best second overall the REVO Husqvarna UK team was forced to dig deep at round seven of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Preston Docks on Sunday.
Report by Sean Lawless – Images courtesy of Nuno Laranjeira
Carved out of land on the banks of the River Ribble, the man-made sand circuit is always a tough test of both man
and machine but Mel headed into the event feeling confident and hoping to improve on his fifth place in the MX2 championship on his FC 250. After qualifying in ninth Mel fired out of the gate in the opening 25-minute plus two lap race but almost immediately developed an electrical problem that blunted his charge. With his bike threatening to cut-out for the full race duration he was unable to maintain his usual pace but still scored valuable points after nursing it home in 10th.
Out on his spare bikes for race two, Mel gated near the front and was in eighth after the opening lap. He then quickly moved up to sixth which he held to the flag for seventh overall. Despite his problems in race one Mel has now advanced to fourth in the championship and with just one round to go is within 14 points of third.
For his team-mate Jordan Divall it was a case of continuing to build following a period of inactivity but after qualifying 16th he struggled with both starts. Lying 23rd after the opening lap of race one he pulled through on
a track where passing was tough and at one point was up to 16th before dropping back to 18th at the flag.
Race two was a similar story with Jordan going from 23rd on lap one up to 17th by the end to finish the day a disappointing 20th overall.
Mark Yates (Team Principal)
“It’s not been a good day at the office for us really. Mel had a small problem in race one with an electrical issue but he managed to limp home in 10th and in the second race he had a much better run on his spare bike with a sixth
so we’ve scored solid points. Jordan is still struggling a little bit with the aftermath of the loss of his friend Steve Lenoir. He’s just lacking a little bit of aggression in his riding but I think if he could get a good start and be near the
front his lap times would be a lot better than when he’s stuck in the thick of it. Every week he needs
to keep pushing on and see if he can get through that.”
Mel Pocock – 7th MX2 (10-6)
“The first race we got off the line and on lap one picked up an electrical fault so taking that into account I think I did extremely well to get the bike home in 10th because it kept wanting to stop which was tough going for 30 minutes. We switched bikes for race two but no two bikes ever feel the same. I ripped a good start and rode to a solid sixth. It’s not been the best weekend compared to Blaxhall but the team worked well between races which I’m proud of them for and they got it spot on so credit where credit’s due and this time it was due in the pits.”
Jordan Divall – 20th MX2 (18-17)
“It’s not been a good day at all. Qualifying was all right so I got a reasonable gate pick but in the first race someone clipped my front wheel on the start straight so I had to come from the back and once you got behind someone it was so hard to pass. In the second race I got closed in on the start and it was the same story, like a train all the way around. It’s frustrating but there’s still one round left so hopefully I can turn things around.”