James Dunn carried his great form from round three of the B2S series at Blaxhall into round four of the EMX250 championship at Kegums in Latvia where he finished eighth overall.
Proudly flying the two-stroke flag for his GL12 Racing KTM team in the middle of a field of four-strokes, James was 19th in Saturday’s timed practice session.
But when the gate dropped on the first moto he put the No.2 machine up at the sharp end of the field to come home in sixth
A bad start in race two the following morning left him with a lot of work to do but he fought hard to come home 13th to take his best overall finish this season.
“I had a great weekend in Latvia,” he said, “and made some big steps forward in qualifying where I put in a solid sprint lap which is what I have been struggling with so far this year.
“In race one I felt really good on the very gnarly track but in race two I had a terrible start.
“I pushed through well to 12th on the first lap and made some passes but a big mistake put me off the track and cost me a few places. Still, my goal was to get in the top 10 this weekend so I’m very happy with eighth overall.”
Team boss Bob Buchanan, a fervent two-stroke fan, was delighted with his rider’s performance.
“James went to Latvia trying to carry his good form from Blaxhall and managed a fair lap to qualify 19th which helped ease a few nerves before giving the two-stroke an eye-opening eighth overall.
“This was one of the most workman-like performances I have witnessed from James.”