ASA United Gas Gas glad to be back at the races!
It’s been a long off-season for the ASA United boys. The team have been hard at work overhauling the operation, ready for the ’21 Season! After the MX Nationals Season Finale, and a few GP Races in Europe, the ASA boys saw out the end of 2020 having just announced their move to GASGAS. Team Principal, Lee Tolan emphasised how exciting it was for ASA United to become the first Official Motocross Team for the Manufacturer in the UK. Nonetheless, the work does not stop with just a few bike changes as many of you will know!
Report by Marc Carter – Images courtesy of Elliot Spencer
New Bikes, New Riders, a complete kit and livery overhaul… it has been hard work for the guys, but we are glad to finally be back racing!
After having a few of the lads over in Spain, grafting and putting hours into the new machines whilst getting some good bike time in, we had no doubt that the lads would come into the season looking sharp and ready to give it 110%.
After having such a long break from racing, the team were eager to roll out in full force at the First Round of the British Championship at Culham. With our Young Gun Archie Edwards heading the charge on Saturday for the opening round of the British Youth Championship aboard his GASGAS MC65; Archie racked up some valuable Championship points, whilst also proving he is more than capable of running inside the top ten, with a 10th Overall!
Going into Sunday, all four of our Pro Riders would take to the gates. With Steven, Bobby and Tom lining up in MX2, and Jack Brunell flying the flag in the MX1 Class, ASA United GASGAS were certainly well represented at the season opener!
Steven Clarke looked to spearhead the MX2 assault early on in Race One. The #511 snatched a Holeshot, before coming home in sixth in the opening moto, kickstarting his 2021 campaign in style. Race 2 would prove more difficult for our Northern pilot, as a crash on the start straight forced a charge from the back of the pack, collecting 12th and some important points to keep his title chase alive!
“After a killer holeshot in Moto 1, it wasn’t the ideal start for Moto 2… tough race coming from the back but I managed a 12th and earned some decent points. A few scrapes and bruises but I’m all healthy and ready to fight at the next round!”
– Steven Clarke, MX2
Making the leap to the MX2 Pro Class, Bobby Bruce made his Professional debut at Culham on a 125! Firmly focused on preparing for the EMX125 Series, Bobby decided to pit his GASGAS MC125 against the Best of British last weekend. With an obvious disadvantage, lacking the extra horsepower of the 250s, Bobby was still able to show his mettle, natural riding ability and raw speed, coming home 14th in the opening moto ahead of the likes of Motocross prodigy, Liam Everts and the current reigning EMX2t World Champion, Brad Anderson. Unfortunately, a crash in Moto 2 led to Bobby withdrawing from the final MX2 race… nonetheless, we are certain the young talent turned a few heads on Sunday, that’s for sure!
Tom Murphy, another Pro MX2 debutant took to the line for ASA United GASGAS, gaining valuable experience with the top riders in the UK. Tom will be sure to take away a few lessons from the opening round of the Championship, we look forward to working with Tom and helping him progress at these early stages of his Professional Campaign and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!
In the MX1 Class our Supercross Specialist, Jack Brunell battled hard in a stacked 450 Class. Taking home an 18th and a 17th in Moto 2, Jack was happy with his results and happy to be out doing what he loves most!
“Was good to race the weekend, happy to come away safe and had some fun with the boys and brothers!”
– Jack Brunell, MX1
Taking in everything from the weekend, it was a good start to 2021 for ASA United GASGAS, plenty to take away for the boys but certainly a steady start to the season with plenty of signs of promise. That’s all we can hope for! The guys are great ambassadors for the sport, with professional attitudes and admirable work ethics, it’s evident we have a team of determined young men under the awning this year and we look forward to seeing them striving forward each and every time they swing their legs over their GASGAS machines!