One step forward, one step back for Team Green Kawasaki at Lyng
But that’s better than two steps back! The second round of the Maxxis British MX championship was another day of what could’ve been for Team Green MX UK with team riders Lewis Hall, Keenan Hird and Kacey Hird having mixed fortune.
Images courtesy of Nuno Laranjeira
Jeff Perrett – Team Manager
“It was another tough weekend to take, but we have to take the positives out of it somehow. It started off badly with Keenan crashing in qualifying and breaking his wrist, a couple of fingers and what we think might be an ACL knee injury. If that’s the case, that will be him out of action for a long time, maybe even the whole season. I hope that’s not the case.
“Kacey got off to a solid start qualifying fifth in the MXY2, but a big first lap crash in his opening moto put pay to any podium chances. He pulled back to 11th but that looked like a struggle for him. I think the crash took the wind out of his sails. The second moto was a better result for him coming in eighth but he wasn’t riding at his best, and he knows that. So he has to go away and work on bridging the gap to the front. That’s where he wants to be and that’s where we expect him to be. I believe in his ability and know he can turn it around.
“Lewis was just really unlucky yet again. He qualified well in ninth, his best ever in the pro MX2 class. The first moto was a strong ride from a poor start off the concrete. That’s something he needs to practice more. From a long way down he kept grinding away through the pack to get an 11th place at the flag. Second moto he made a better start after we spoke about changing his technique off the concrete. He got himself into ninth at the half way stage and was closing in fast on the battle in front of him for seventh and eighth and then he had an issue with the bike. We’re not sure exactly what it is yet, but it sounds like something electrical. I’m gutted for him because he was looking on for his first ever top 10 in the Maxxis British championship, not only in the moto but overall. Let’s just hope he gets better luck at the next round and he can keep that performance level or even better it.”
Keenan Hird #429 – MX2 – KX250
“I don’t know what to say really. I’m just really gutted that I crashed and have injured myself again. I’m pretty down at the minute and don’t really know what to think. I’ll go away from here, go and get myself checked over and then have a talk with mum and dad and decide what is the best thing to do. I know one thing, you’ve got to be fit and healthy to race at pro level and be 100% fit, and right now my body is far from it.”
Kacey Hird #28 – MX2 Youth – KX250
“I’m frustrated at the minute. It’s just not happening for me. Maybe I’m trying too hard? I don’t know… I feel great when I get out and train and have been doing more fitness work than ever and feel fit and healthy but I just can’t seem to find that feeling at the races. I know I’ve just got to keep grinding away and try and figure it out. Hopefully, starting next weekend at Hawkstone for the MX Nationals.”
Lewis Hall #9 – MX2 – KX250
“Obviously I’m a bit gutted at the minute. I felt good out there and had a good weekend going on until the bike problem. My start in the opening moto made that one hard work but the second one was better and the race was going really good. I felt strong and had good energy to push to the end. I had Liam Knight and Zander Brown in front of me and closed in on them quite quickly. I felt confident that I could pass them into seventh, but it wasn’t to be. Anyway, it’s been and gone now and I’ll take the positives from the way I rode, because I know I’m improving all the time and going in the right direction.”