FEATURE TEAM REPORT: Rob Hooper Racing’s Ryan Houghton secures 2nd overall in British Masters Championships!
Ryan Houghton and the Rob Hooper Yamaha Racing team landed their second Pro podium place in a National Championships at Cusses Gorse on Sunday, by firming up 2nd in the final round of the Bridgestone British Masters Championships.
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Coming into the weekend Houghton was still in contention for the title, sitting just 22 points behind series leader Elliott Banks-Browne. With 2nd in qualifying behind Banks-Browne, Ryan certainly had the speed to challenge his championship rival, who he beat at the same venue just two weeks before in the MX Nationals.
It was Banks-Browne who showed his hand first in moto 1, and came through on lap one in the lead, but Ryan wasn’t too far behind, having to work through a few places to reach second. On lap 3 disaster struck, with a stone getting jammed in the chain guard, causing the chain to come off and end Ryan’s race.
All that was left now was for Ryan to secure his runner’s up spot in the championships, and to go out of the series on a high. After a poor Moto 2 start he made light work of the opposition, to once again be in second chasing down Banks-Browne who was in the lead. A 5 second gap remained between Ryan and the race leader throughout the Moto, as he pulled clear of the chasing pack to finish up with an excellent second in the race and in the Championship.
Team Boss Rob Hooper was happy to have netted another podium position saying “I have really enjoyed this series. There has been 6 rounds of hi level great racing, and we are really happy that Ryan finished on the podium in second.
“It was shame about the first race as Ryan had got himself into a comfortable second position and that would have been enough for second on the day.
“Ryan rode really well again and has grown so much in confidence over the last couple of months. He now believes that he should be challenging for race wins and that he should be up there with the front runners, and with his speed improving, and with his work ethic second to none he thoroughly deserves the results he is getting”
The team make their third visit in a row to Wiltshire this weekend, when they compete in the 8th round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championships at the former GP circuit of Foxhills. Ryan will once again be the lone RHR representative, and he will be looking to improve his current 6th place in the MX1 standings.