Hammal nails his first ever Pro win at Wroxton! Rob Hooper Racing team report
Taylor Hammal continued his impressive rise through the ranks with the Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha Motocross team with the MX2 Pro overall win at Wroxton yesterday in the second round of the Bridgestone British Masters.
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Fresh from his best ever Maxxis British Motocross Championships finish the previous weekend, Hammal again showed he has the speed to be a Pro MX2 front runner in any UK series this year.
Although his starts were once again lacking, his ability to pass riders was once again on show at Wroxton, as he made his way from the back in each moto, passing a number of top line 450 riders to go 3-2 and take the MX2 overall and his first ever Pro overall win. Taylor now sits with the joint series points lead with two rounds completed.
“Another good day from Taylor,” said Team Boss Rob Hooper “each week is an improvement on the previous week. His starts haven’t improved, and have gone backwards a bit from Canada Heights, but his riding was excellent. While he is getting these bad starts, he is certainly learning the art of passing people and looking for different lines. So while it’s slightly frustrating, it is teaching him some valuable track craft, and once he does get his starts sorted, he will be a very powerful force I am sure.”
Taylor said of his weekend “Today was another good day. It started a bit steady in qualifying. All day my starts were appalling, but in each race, I managed to pass through people. I was a little frustrated at not winning the second race, but I am still happy with the overall today, and to be leading the championship on joint points so a good day overall.
“I am now looking forward to a good week riding out in Belgium to get ready for the next round of the MX Nationals at Lyng”.
It is hoped that the teams MX1 rider Ryan Houghton will be back this weekend for the third round of the MX Nationals at Lyng. After coming down with a virus, he has missed the last two meetings, but is hoping to begin training and riding again this week, and sitting 4th in the standings he will be looking to continue his excellent form the in the MX Nationals. Taylor sits in 7th in the Pro MX2 class of the MX Nationals but just 8 points off of third so he will be hoping to continue his great run of form and push into the podium positions.