Hammal hits an all-time high in Maxxis stunner! Rob Hooper Racing – Team Report
Taylor Hammal came of age at Canada Heights on Sunday claiming his best ever Maxxis British Motocross Championships result with a stunning performance and 6th overall in MX2 and the Expert class win for the Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha Motocross team.
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All eyes were on Hammal as his MX1 teammate Ryan Houghton was laid up with a nasty virus and the teenager from Hampshire didn’t disappoint showing a mixture of speed, tenacity and for the first time this year some great starts.
Qualifying gave the team hope that this could be Taylor’s day with a good 11th. Speed has not been Hammal’s problem this year, but posting a quick qualifying lap has been a tough nut to crack, but not as tough as making a decent start.
In Moto 1 though it all came together as for the first time this season, he made a great jump from the grid and came through the first lap melee to pass timing in 8th. Showing great pace, he moved into 6th by lap 4 and settled in that position for the remainder of the moto for his best ever Maxxis race result.
Taylor’s start was much the same in Race 2 circulating on the opening salvo in 9th and bearing down on those ahead. After moving into 8th on lap 3, he made a mistake and stalled and took what seemed to be an age to get going again, rejoining the race in 17th and with a mountain of work to do. Not deterred the 575 wound up his YZF250 and carved his way through the field posting lap after lap of blisteringly fast times to pull through to a fantastic 7th place.
Team Boss Rob Hooper was cock-a-hoop with the performance of Taylor saying “A very good day from Taylor; he has ridden fantastically. His best ever result in a Maxxis round in the first race and not a better result in the second race, but it was an excellent ride. He made two good starts, and then stalled it in the second race and went back to 17th. I thought that had ruined his race and he would be lucky to make the top 10, but he really set about the job and in the last four laps the amount of ground he made up, and the people he passed was fantastic. It was a really impressive day from the lad.”
Taylor was, of course, delighted with his day and said “I am over the moon with today after the way the last few weeks have gone. Finally, I got two half-decent starts just inside the top 10 which for me is really good. In the first race, I made a few passes but struggled to get past 6th at the time, but when I did, I just rode my own race by myself and just wanted to keep it upright to the finish. The second race was much tougher. I really struggled to pass in the first part of the race and then stalled it in a corner. I couldn’t get it started but managed to in 17th. I was so angry I rode really hard up to 7th at the end. I ended up 6th and 7th for 6th overall which I’m really pleased with. Overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the track and everything about it. Big thanks to Rob, Will and the team and also everyone around me for all of their support.”
The team will be looking to use this result to push on with their season as they head to Wroxton on Sunday for the third round of the Bridgestone British Masters. It is unknown at this point if Ryan will be well enough to ride.