Top 5 finish for Grimshaw and Chambers Racing at MX Nationals finale
This weekend was the final round of the Michelin MX Nationals held at Cusses Gorse as the Chambers Racing Husqvarna team looked to finish the season on a high.
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Following on from last weekend’s strong results, Tom Grimshaw was hoping for another podium finish, as McCormick aimed to break the top 10 again.
In the morning qualifying session started well for the team with Tom going 3rd fastest in the MX2 class and finishing less than 1 second from Pole Position. In the MX1 class Glenn McCormick was 12th fastest.
In the opening moto Tom made a good start and was battling at the front of the MX2 class and was in a three-way battle for 3rd position on the final laps and crossed the finish line in 5th place. For Glenn it was a solid race which saw him finish in 11th place in the MX1 class.
The final race of the day and the championship saw Tom claim another 5th place finish after making a mistake early on and having to charge from the back to finish in 5th and posted the fastest MX2 lap time of the race. Glenn again rode a strong racing in his return from injury and claimed 12th.
Tom Grimshaw speak following the races and said ‘I started the day really well with my best qualifying session of the year. I was inside the top 3 for the whole session so I was happy about that. Going into the races I was feeling good and got a good start with the 450’s and was sat in second in the MX2 and closing on the leader, but it was hard to pass and get stuck behind a few 450’s and lost my flow and slipped back to 5th. Second race I got another good race and was pushing forward and then I unfortunately crashed when a rider turned tight ahead of me, and I clipped his rear wheel and went down and had to charge from the back. My riding was really good and I was the fastest MX2 on track and I’m gutted I didn’t have that speed in the first race as I feel I could have won the race, so its been a frustrating day but I will be focussing on the final events.’
Glenn McCormick commented ‘P11 and P12 on the day, I feel like my riding is good but basically not fast enough which is very frustrating as I know where I can be. After missing racing due to injury it is really showing off as I am missing that bit of intensity. But I am still enjoying every minute learning in a tough class, and I am looking forward to finishing the British championship off strong in the last two rounds with this amazing team.’
Tim Chambers – Team Owner – The weekend started with qualifying on a drying track. Tom qualified with a strong 3rd place and Glenn 12th. In Race 1 both got good starts, Tom was running 3rd in class and Glenn 8th both pushed and finished 5th and 11th which wasn’t our strongest finish. In Race 2 both started in mid pack at the first turn. Tom then went down in turn 6 and came around at the back of the pack, Glenn raced and challenged all race in the top ten. Tom fought strong and hard posting the fastest laps in class and fought through to 5th right on the tail of Glenn. Glenn rode hard and scored points on his third race after a collarbone fracture. Tom was the fastest in class and striving for a class win and will regroup and hopefully reach his potential before year end.