Tough Luck in Lombardia for Revo Husqvarna!
Mid-pack starts and a first-turn crash resulted in another tough weekend’s work for REVO Husqvarna UK riders Martin Barr and Mel Pocock at the MXGP of Lombardia in Northern Italy.
Heading into round seven of the EMX250 championship lying 2-3 in the title chase, the pair showed they have the speed on their FC 250s to run at the front with Mel setting the fastest lap right at the end of race one.
But poor gate picks following average times in qualification put them on the back foot in both motos and with the start vital on a track where passing was difficult they made life difficult for themselves.
Mel’s 9-5 scorecard earned him ninth overall. Martin was sixth in the opening moto but a crash in the first turn of race two left him almost dead-last. In soaring temperatures he came back to 12th but the damage was done and he ended the day 11th.
With the next round at Lommel in Belgium on August 5, Mel still holds second but is now 19 points off the series lead with Martin third a further 13 points behind.
Dylan Woodcock was also in action in Lombardia but after making the cut at the last two rounds he went out in the LCQ.
Mark Yates (Team Principal)
“The last couple of rounds we’ve struggled in qualifying and Mel and Martin really need to focus on this. They don’t need me to tell them how important it is because qualifying position determines gate pick which can have a massive impact on where they are exiting the first turn and at the moment it’s their starts that are letting them down.
“I’m confident that they’ve got the speed – Mel set the fastest lap by almost a second in the first moto at Ottobiano on his final lap when the track was at its roughest – but if they can’t gate in the top handful of riders it is always going to be an uphill battle for them.
“It’s not the end of the world yet – there are four rounds left and Mel’s only 19 points behind and Martin’s just 13 points further back – but they’re making it hard for themselves when they have to fight through from the back. The next couple of weeks we’re going to focus on starts and also putting in fast laps.
“After qualifying for the previous two rounds Dylan missed the cut which is disappointing but I’m confident that when we go to Lommel for the next round we can all get through to the main races and that Mel and Martin can challenge for moto wins and the podium.”
Mel Pocock – 9th (9-5)
“We’ve got to try to not let the championship slip any more. I’m 19 points down now which is
obviously not ideal but there are still four rounds left.
“There are positives – I know that my speed is not a probIem – but I need to work on my starts and qualifying times but it’s difficult when the track is so flat at the start of the day and there are so many youngsters willing to put everything on the line.
“Lommel’s next and it’s never flat there so I’m looking forward to clawing back some points.”
Martin Barr – 11th (6-12)
“It was another pretty poor weekend. The last two rounds have been very testing with bad luck and poor results which is not what I’ve been working hard for.
“In race one I made an average start and it was a very hard track to pass on but no excuses, it was the same for everybody. I managed to get back to sixth at the flag which is okay but not what I’m after. The championship leader was in front of me which means he pulled more points on me.
“Race two I wanted to make amends with a better start but I crashed on the first corner and gave myself a lot of work to do – I think I ended the first lap in 26th – so I had to put my head down and eventually got up to 12th.
“It was a frustrating weekend. From leading the championship to being 32 points behind is very hard to take in but I’m not going to let it beat me. Lommel’s next and I’ll be looking to turn things around and take the championship down to the wire.”
Dylan Woodcock – 29th (32-25)
“I didn’t put in a great time in qualifying and in the LCQ I didn’t go forward which wasn’t good enough. It’s the Maxxis at Desertmartin this weekend and I’m aiming for a good result. I’m just going to keep on racing and keep on trying to improve every weekend.”