Conrad Mewse wasn’t 100 per cent as he entered Canada Heights for the third round of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship. Feeling very under the weather, the MX2 red plate holder couldn’t top the timing charts but still posted the fifth-fastest lap in Qualifying.
In the first moto, Mewse could not translate his gate position into a good start, as he found himself on the cusp of the top 10 at the end of lap one. Undeterred, and despite not feeling quite at his best, he fought on to take sixth.
The second moto was much kinder to Mewse – he quickly moved into the lead and even a mistake at the halfway point could not derail his charge. Mewse won the moto by seven seconds and set a lap time that was three seconds faster than anyone else on track. Third was the spot that he occupied in the overall classification, and most importantly, he extended his advantage in the championship to 41 points.
“I had to dig deep today,” said Mewse. “I was sick all week and came into this race really flat.
“Today was one of my bad days, but I capitalised in moto two and was pleased to extend my championship lead. Looking forward to the start of the MXGP series now!”
Adam Sterry had a positive start in the MX1 division, as he set the second-fastest time in qualifying. A crash on lap one of moto one left him with the mountainous task of salvaging as many points as possible, but he did that well and stormed into eighth to claim a solid haul of points.
A stronger start in moto two put Sterry inside of the top 10 and he picked off multiple riders from there to take fourth at the chequered flag. That result left him in sixth in the overall classification – he now sits fourth in the premier-class standings, just 18 points down on the red-plate holder with four events still to run.
It was a frustrating day for Welshman Sterry. “Going down on the start in moto one and then not having such a good start in moto two made it a difficult day,” he said.
“The track was very hard to pass on, so I needed to get the starts to put myself in a better position. We are going to test on Tuesday and then see what we can improve on for Russia.”
Roger Magee (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team Owner): “It was a mixed day for the team at Canada Heights, but we were not alone as there were some surprising results from other riders and teams – on the balance of things they totally deserved their placing and it has made the 2021 British Championship even more interesting.”
Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee will now venture outside of the United Kingdom, as round one of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Russia on Sunday (June 13). The Grand Prix of Russia marks round one of a 20-round series that will include visits to 16 different countries.