The only thing more surprising than Dylan Walsh making it to the gate at Canada Heights was that the super-fast British-born Kiwi didn’t bag a holeshot in the opening race.
That and a collision with points leader Tommy Searle conspired against the REVO Seven Kawasaki pilot from taking the MX1 overall victory, missing out by a single point on Sunday as the team contested round three of the 2021 REVO ACU British Motocross Championship fuelled by Gulf Race Fuels.
Still sore after his heavy fall last weekend at FatCat, Walsh qualified third but didn’t manage to pull one of his trademark fast starts in the opening moto. However, he pulled through from an initial seventh and was sitting in second in the closing stages when a collision with defending champion Tommy Searle dropped him back to fifth.
Second time out and the 23-year-old made no mistakes out of the gate, nailing the holeshot and leading for the full race distance to end the day in second overall and reduce the deficit to the series leader to just four points.
“We’re buzzing after that second moto,” said Team Principal Mark Yates. “We switched to a scoop tyre for the second race which was especially effective in getting out of the gate and up the hill into the first turn.
“I’m really pleased for Dylan. He proved today that he’s a rider who is worthy of wins and titles at this level.
“We’ve struggled a bit over the last few weeks with set-up – don’t forget, a 450 is new to us and we’re also learning a new bike – but I’m confident that we’re now getting there, especially with our understanding of the relationship between the suspension and the level of engine braking that comes with the bigger motor.
“We did a lot of work with the bike last week and Dylan absolutely loves the changes we’ve made so he was feeling very confident. The crash in the first moto was unfortunate but second time out he was in a different class and now we’re only four points off the championship lead with everything still to play for.
Dylan Walsh said: “Today’s been much better. I made the wrong tyre choice for the first moto and got a bad start but I worked my way up to second before Tommy and I came together.
“I’d like to thank Mark, Sam and Josh for the work they’ve done on the bike. It’s night and day different – it’s wicked! I’ve got that monkey off my back and feel so confident. It should have been an overall win for me but I’ll take that win in the second race and we’ll carry this momentum into the next round at Foxhill.”