Colmer retains red plate in a weekend of positives for GRT Holeshot KTM!
It was great to see spectators back at the track this weekend for round 2 of the 2021 REVO ACU British Motocross Championship at the famous Cadders Hill circuit near Lyng in Norfolk. After rain during the week the track was in perfect condition and turned out to be a real treat for riders and spectators alike.
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This being a one day event, the GRT Holeshot KTM squad comprised of three riders; Kyle McNicol on his KTM SXF250 in MX2, Ollie Colmer on his KTM SX125 in the 125cc class and Finley Evans on his KTM SX85 in the Big Wheel 85cc class.
The combined 125cc and Open classes were first to hit the track bright and early on Sunday morning. Ollie Colmer put in a strong performance to take P3 in qualification, with the top 3 125cc riders all sitting on the same second at the end of the session. Ollie had an unusually lacklustre start in race 1 but fought his way through the pack in the first few laps, getting up to 2nd place very quickly. Unfortunately by that time the leader had slipped away, but Ollie kept pushing until the flag for a very solid P2 finish. In race 2, Ollie was back to his fast-starting self and battled in the top 3 all race, taking P2 at the flag with only 4 seconds separating the top 3, this gave Ollie 2nd overall for the weekend and extended his Championship points lead, ensuring that he retains his red plate for round 3.
Finley Evans arrived at Lyng as the BW85cc Championship leader after round 1 having not ridden at the Lyng circuit before. A couple of small mistakes in qualification on his flying laps whilst learning the track meant a P12 qualifying position and everything to play for in the races. After a superb start in race 1, unfortunately Finley crashed out of 2nd place towards the end of the first lap giving himself a lot of work to do. A 10th place finish at the flag was the result, good solid points for the championship. In race 2 Finley got bogged down in the first turn again giving himself a tough job, but he kept pushing forward right until the end for a P6 finish, giving him 6th overall for the day and leaving him in 3rd place in the Championship, 15 points off the new series leader.
Kyle McNichol continues to serve his MX2 apprenticeship in a fast and furious group of 250cc British Championship riders; he came into the event confident and knowing that he has done all he could with his training on and off the bike in the build-up. After a solid P23 in qualification, having had a reasonable start Kyle avoided first lap carnage in race 1 and kept his head down to finish in 23rd place. Race 2 saw a more confident Kyle finding his feet with the track, and after a much better start than in race 1 he kept charging right to the end of the moto, finishing in 19th place, his 23/19 scorecard giving him 22nd overall on the day.
Jon Giffard, GRT HOLESHOT KTM Team Manager said ‘Overall it was another solid weekend for the team with lots of positives, including the welcome return of spectators to the REVO ACU MXGB Championship. We’re super pleased that Ollie has retained his Championship red plate, Finley sits in a good position to take him forward for the rest of the season and Kyle continues to hit his personal targets and make improvements in a class stacked full of talent at every race meeting’.