Podium and Positive Returns from Injury for Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki
Following a break from racing the Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki team were back in action at Canada Heights for the Michelin MX Nationals.
Images courtesy of Warren Kee
The team went into the event with Carlton Husband holding the Red Plate in the Pro MX2 class and returning to fitness after his recent broken shoulder, along with Jason Meara who was also making his return from a shoulder injury and Sam Atkinson.
The weekend started with qualifying with Sam Atkinson taking pole position in the MXY250 class, while Jason Meara was 6th fastest in the Pro MX1 class and Carlton was 13th fastest in the Pro MX2.
In two MX2 race on the Saturday Carlton rode two solid race to come away with 11th in the opening race after starting outside the top 15 and pushing forward. Then in the second race Carlton improve on his first race result to claim 7th place at the flag.
Jason’s two races on the Saturday would see him start inside the top 10 of the first race and maintain his position to finish in a 8th place for a positive result. The second race saw Jason get another solid start and battle all race long with Liam Knight to claim 7th at the finish.
MXY250 rider Sam Atkinson has a positive Saturday taking second place in the opening race after overcoming another rider in the latter stages for the position. Then in the second moto, Sam started inside the top 5 and managed to move forward into fourth at the end of the race.
Going into Sunday all three riders were feeling positive and looking to continue their solid results with the Pro MX2 and Pro MX1 riders back competing in the same races.
In the first race Jason was inside the top 10 on the opening lap and Carlton was in the top 15 but battling at the front of the Pro MX2 class. As the race went on Jason battled his way into 7th place, while Carlton had a great race to finish in second place in the Pro MX2 class.
After the successful race both riders were looking to end the weekend on a high. Unfortunately, Carlton was involved in a first corner crash with one of the 450’s and had his front brake ripped off and badly bent his front wheel so had to complete the race to finish in 12th and score points for the Championship. For Jason it was another solid race as he pushed from outside the top 10 to finish in 8th.
Carlton’s last race incident saw him slip from a podium finish to 6th overall and drop to second in the Championship and is 15 points off the lead. For Jason his results gave him 6th overall and moved him up to fourth in the Championship and just 1 point from third.
In the MXY250 class Sam finished the weekend with a 4th and 3rd finishes in the two races to claim 2nd overall on the weekend. After three rounds of the Championship Sam now fourth in the standings and just 8 points from third place going into the next round.
Barry Moore – Team Owner – Overall I was really pleased with the weekend, all 3 riders showed great speed and a bit of luck could have seen us with 2 National podiums today, it was great to see Jason back to where we know he should be and I’m sure he will use today as a platform and will be battling at the sharp end for the remainder of this season. Carlton showed even after not riding for 5 weeks after his shoulder fracture he has the speed to battle for this championship, race 1 Sunday was the best I’ve seen Carlton ride this season, he now has a few weeks to get back up to race speed. Sam again was very consistent in the competitive MXY2 class, 4 solid rides saw Sam take 2nd overall and give the team another National podium, it’s going to be an exciting second half of the season.
Carlton Husband – From not riding since the last round about 5/6 weeks ago, the weekend didn’t go too bad. I had a little bit of bad luck in the last race on the Sunday where I totally lost my front brake and bent the front wheel really bad in a first turn crash with one of the 450’s. If that never happened, we would have had a 3rd overall so I am pretty gutted but at the same time I can’t really complain as I am healthy going into the next round so will make sure to come out swinging. Big thanks to the team again for the support.
Jason Meara – Finally I get a break. I’m really chuffed with my weekend and finally put a string of decent results together to bring home 6th overall. After the struggle this year I am so happy I never gave up and stayed focused. I am ready to keep pushing forward now towards the top 5, I have proved to myself that I have the speed for it this weekend so I can’t wait to get going at Blaxhall. Thanks to Barry and the whole Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki team, I am so happy to be a part of the squad as it’s a pleasure every weekend.
Sam Atkinson – The weekend started well by going Pole in qualifying and then in the opening race I finished in second. The second race on Saturday I was in 4th but started to go backwards as I lost my back brake but the race was Red Flagged so I finished 4th. Then on Sunday I finished 4th in the first race after making a couple of mistakes and ended the weekend with 3rd.