Chambers Racing Husqvarna MXGP of Great Britain – Team Report
Chambers Racing Husqvarna kicked off its 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship campaign at the MXGP of Great Britain at Matterley Basin at the weekend with Jake Millward racing the MXGP class and Tom Grimshaw representing the team in MX2.
Images courtesy of Nuno Laranjeira
Heavy rain leading up to the event made track conditions treacherous but both riders, despite their lack of experience at this level, rose to the occasion with Jake going through to the points-paying races in 23rd on his FC 450 and Tom making the cut in 40th after struggling with arm-pump.
Crashes in both motos restricted Jake to 30-28 finishes while Tom battled hard all weekend on his FC 250 to a 36-34 scorecard.
The team now travels to Holland next weekend for round two at Valkenswaard.
Tim Chambers (Team Principal)
“I’m really pleased with how the guys rode. I think Tom was a bit bewildered to start with – it was his first home GP so he was bound to be feeling a little nervous – and he got arm-pump in qualifying but in the last race he got out of the gate well and was running something like 28th to start with. His lap times were reasonable and he rode really, really well.
“Jake got tangled up in the first race and came off but he showed good speed and mixed it with a few of the guys he’ll be racing in the British championship so it was very positive.
“Don’t forget that was only Tom’s third GP and Jake’s second so you can’t be upset. It’s a proud thing for me as team manager to see my riders give 100 per cent and they definitely did. They’re good lads and I just want them to do the best they can.”
“I felt comfortable but I didn’t feel as though I could go as fast as I know I can for some reason and I’m not really sure why. I was riding a bit tense but I enjoyed it.
“I crashed in both races which was unfortunate but that’s just one of those things. You’re racing against the fastest riders in the world so it’s never going to be easy and I didn’t have any expectations, I just wanted to have two solid races and enjoy it.
“Timed practice went well but I crashed on the first lap of the first race and struggled to get going again. I was so far back but I pulled through to 30th which wasn’t too bad and I was riding all right. In the second race I got a bit of a better start and was just outside the top 20 but I fell off and lost a lot of places.
“I struggled to find a good flow but after all the rain the conditions were a lot better than I expected them to be.”
“Conditions were pretty much perfect for the last race on Sunday but Saturday was very hard.
“I was disappointed with my riding all weekend and the first race wasn’t great but for the second I decided to just send it and I actually rode well and although I faded a little bit towards the end I know that if I can carry that pace for a full moto I’ll be all right.
“I went out for timed practice and felt fine but as soon as I went for a fast lap my arms pumped up to high heaven which was frustrating.
“It’s a big learning curve and I need to calm down a bit – it’s tough trying to dial the track in while you’re constantly getting hassled by the best riders in the world and that’s something I need to adapt to but it’s only the first round and I’m confident I can build from here.”