Impressive 450 debut for Hammal at Patchquick! Rob Hooper Racing Team Report
The event is a popular one in the RHR camp with team boss Rob having won the event back in 1978 alongside achieving many team successes through the years.
With the races being Open it was decided that Taylor would race the big 450 for the first time, and straight from the off, he looked at home on the bigger machine posting 4th in qualifying in a strong lineup.
The track was heavily watered for the opening moto, making it tricky for a rider trying to get used to the mighty power of a 450. After a tentative couple of laps where he dropped a few places after making a good start in fourth, Taylor started to ease into the race and was soon gaining on the riders in front of him, eventually finishing sixth less than 4 seconds behind Elliott Banks-Browne in 3rd.
Taylor was undoubtedly enjoying the drive the 450 was giving him from the starts, and another good start put him in the front pack again in Moto 2. On lap 5 he made his way past Luke Burton and into fourth and set about chasing Luke Hawkins in third but would run out of time to make a pass.
Saving the best for last, Hammal in moto 3 didn’t make the best start but making up quick positions he was soon up to fourth and on the rear wheel of Burton again, passing him momentarily on the first lap. The battle with Burton would last most of the moto, but Taylor would make the pass and hold onto a tremendous third position giving him fourth overall, making it a fantastic 450 debut for the young racer.
“It was a great nights racing,” said an extremely happy Team Boss Rob Hooper “Taylor got progressively better as the night went on. He wasn’t relishing racing the 450, but he got on with it and buckled down, and I thought he rode really well, really mature, and he showed a lot of promise that when his time comes to get on that big bike full time, he will be able to cope with it no problem”.
The Team now have a rest weekend before they return to MX Nationals duty at Canada Heights on the 14th July.