Victory and Podiums at Desertmartin for SJP Moto Husqvarna Team – Team Report
This weekend saw the SJP Moto Husqvarna team head across the Irish Sea to the stunning circuit of Desertmartin. The former GP track was in fantastic condition when the team arrived and set to provide a great challenge for all the riders.
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The team travelled to Ireland early to spend three days riding and training with the RMJ Academy and gained some valuable bike time prior to the event. Unfortunately, the team were dealt a tough blow during the week leading up to the event when Small Wheel 85cc Championship leader Finley Evans suffered an injury and was forced to miss the event. Aside from Evans absents the team were are full capacity with Hudson Roper and James Barker both returning from injury.
The weekend saw a mix of sunshine, rain and heavy winds across the weekend but provided some great racing. The Saturday qualifying sessions saw all the team riders produce some great lap times which gave them good gate picks for the rest of the weekend.
In the 65cc class Reece Jones rode to a solid set of results over the weekend going 7 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 3 to claim a well-deserved third overall and narrowly missed the Rookie overall by just 1 point as he continues to lead the main championship standing. Team mate Archie-Jay Girdham went 8 – 5 – 5 – 8 – 4 to take home 5th overall but could have been higher had it not been for a few small crashes and is 5th in the standings.
The Small Wheel 85cc class saw the team focussed their attention to Billy Askew who was looking great on Saturday with 3 – 4 – 4 results, unfortunately, a crash resulted in a 13th in the opening race on Sunday which damaged his overall before taking 2nd in the final race for 4th overall and 2nd overall in the Rookies. Billy now sits 5th in the championship with two rounds left. Female rider Lucy Barker went 19 – 19 – 18 – 23 – 21 but suffered a few crashes as she claimed a well-deserved 20th overall and 8th overall in the Rookies.
With 4 riders in the Big Wheel 85cc class it was to be a busy weekend for the team with hopes that Charlie Haymen could continue his strong form. The Saturday saw Charlie take a two wins and a 3rd before claiming another two wins on the Sunday for the overall and to extend his championship lead by another 7 points to 16. Desertmartin saw Jayden Haigh claimed another strong BYC overall result of 7th but also could have finished higher if it wasn’t for some small crashes on his way to 10 – 6 – 12 – 7 – 8 results, his results also gave him 5th overall in the Rookies. Jayden also moved to 6th in the championship standings and closed the gap on the top 5.
Returning from injury saw both Hudson Roper and James Barker take some solid results to claim 16th and 19th overall respectively as they both gained valuable bike time at the British Youth Championship after being on the side-lines for so long.
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager – “Obviously at was a massive blow with Finlay getting injured and even tougher for him to be there to see his title hopes slip away! Reece and Archie had a mixed bag of results on a tough track. Reece wasn’t too confident going into the weekend but did enough with some strong rides to hold onto the red plate. Archie was riding well but a few mistakes cost him. In the Small Wheels Lucy rode solid but a couple of crashes got her frustrated. Billy did a fantastic job with some great finishes but a crash in one of the moto’s denied him the podium he deserved. Charlie put in a fantastic performance with 4 Moto wins and increased his points lead in the Big Wheels. Jayden has some strong rides with 3 small crashes in the 5 races but still managed to secure 7th overall. James and Hudson made their comeback to the British scene this weekend and both got some valuable moto’s under their belts.”