What the riders had to say! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 3
Here what some of the riders had to say following round 3 of the AMCA British Motocross Championship at Warmingham Lane.
Interviews and Images by Mike Wood
James Dodd (JSR Thunderroad Honda) 3rd in MX1
“The day started off well with p 6 in qualifying. I went 2-6-2 for 3rd overall but bad start in moto two cost me the overall today but was happy to nearly get the win in the last race. The track was tough today but we definitely have the speed to win. A massive thanks to all the team, sponsors, mechanics and my wife for the continued support.”
Corie Southwood (Langmead and Hay Race Team Kawasaki) 7th in MX1
“I qualified 8th which I know qualifying isn’t my strongest point I love to race and I’m a racer not a qualifier.. I’d been ill all week and first moto had a terrible start, got my way to 6th and started to feel a bit dizzy so had to back off to bring home an 8th. In the second moto I pretty much got the holeshot but Luke Burton had me before I got him straight back and led it. We had an awesome battle but I held on and had my first win of the season which me and the team was really pumped about. Moto 3 I gated top 10 was in about 6th, but went into a rut and my back brake got caught and it ripped the lever off so I couldn’t use it. Only then using the front brake it was a slick track and coming into a corner I lost it and ended up on the ground so I got up and brought home a 17th, bummer but it couldn’t be helped. My team do an awesome job in everything they do and I want to give a massive shout-out to the Billingham’s for making sure my bike was ready to go each moto. It took alot of strain off me because normally I do my own bikes and it’s hardwork between races.”
Henry Williams (Apex KTM UK) 3rd in MX2
“Qualified p5 which was okay as everyone was very close to each other and the racing is what counts. Race 1 p3, good result! got pushed hard all race long and couldn’t afford to make a mistake but keep strong to the end.
“Race 2 didn’t have the best of starts came round the 1st corner about 8/9th then pushed hard through to 4th by lap 6 but struggled to make the pass for 3rd ended up losing a position on the last lap which gave me 5th at the flag
“Race 3 was an awesome race! Got 2nd out the gate and kept on Wainwright for a good 5/6laps almost made the pass stick at one point but it wasn’t to be. After that made some little mistakes which dropped me to p3 at the end of the race.
“Overall I finished 3rd on the day which I was happy with on a challenging track. My speed is definitely there just need some better starts to make life easier and show what I can do. Just want to thank my Apex team for looking after me and the bikes every weekend.”
Jansen Day (LRT Midwest Husqvarna) 5th in MX2
“The day went okay, qualifying I struggled a little to put a decent lap together and ended up P12 not the best but I don’t ever worry to much about qualifying. First race gated about 11th made a couple passes to get up to 8th but couldn’t close the gap in front so ended up P8, race two got a better start I think I was 4th on the first lap made a quick pass to get into 3rd then was able to just do good consistent laps to bring it home in P3, race 3 got a decent start but just struggled to push on and eventually ended up P9 for a 5th overall, joint on point with 4th so overall I was happy with my results but need to improve on a few things for the last two rounds!”
Matt Ridgway (Midwest Husqvarna) 3rd in 125cc
“Race one I worked my way up from about 14th to 3rd felt strong all race. In race two I started about 12th and got up to 2nd before the red flag. In the rerun I had a bad start but got back to 6th. Race 3 had to fight for the podium I knew I just needed a top 5 to get on the box so I was really happy with how my day went. Just need to start getting out of the gate!”
Jamie Powell (SRH KTM) 2nd in the Vets
“The SRH team were a rider down so I made a last minute decision to ride. I struggled in race one with the track being so technical, but got better as the day went on and was pleased to win the last race.”
Joel Fisher (MRS/Suomy KTM) Winner Youth 85cc
“The day started off really well going pole in qualifying and then in all the races I managed to grab the holeshot. I made sure I just focussed on my race trying to minimise mistakes due to the track being very technical.”