Goldspeed ACU British Quadcross Championships Round Two, June 12th 2011
ATV World Yamaha rider John Mitchell took the overall win at the Duns MX Track in round two of the Goldspeed ACU British Quadcross Championships onboard his Laeger’s Yamaha YZF450R.
On a rough and muddy track, John was running ninth in qualifying until in the dying seconds, he made a flying lap to get fourth. This gave John a good gate position and as race one started, he stormed into second position just behind Paul Holmes. John continued to press and Paul came off. Now leading, he surged forward and increased his lead to 15 seconds ahead of Paul Winrow and Jason Macbeth. On the penultimate lap, John stalled and was passed by the two Hondas. He quickly rejoined the race and blasted his way up to Macbeth, managing to retake the position but Winrow had since finished and John had to accept second place.
Determined to increase his points lead, John started race two looking for the lead but found a pile up going into the first corner. Trailing in tenth place John pushed and began closing in on the leaders. Soon it was Holmes up front with Watson and John putting the pressure on. The action had spectators on edge as the fast riders tussled for lead position. Already hurting from coming off in race one, Holmes was passed by Watson and John. Watson was fast but John was right behind him and took a better line through the main tabletop, rocketing past Watson midair in one of the most impressive overtakes of the round. The two stayed tight for a few more laps until Watson came off a tabletop and dropped his position to a resurgent Holmes. John steered his quad past the finish line, claiming first place and the overall win.
The overall victory means that John has won six rounds out of six entered so far this season. This is his best start to a campaign since 2007 and he was clearly delighted after extending his lead in the British Championships.
“I pushed hard in both races and was unlucky when it stalled. It could have turned out differently - better or worse. It’s been one of those rounds. Lots happening with a number of crashes and offs. My Laeger’s Yamaha has been absolutely flawless this season and I have to say thanks to ATV World for the work they have put into it. Duns has been a rough track today and the way the Elka suspension handled it has been superb. I’m feeling fit and fresh, even when I’ve finished two races so really looking forward to round three.”
1st John Mitchell - Yamaha
2nd Jason Macbeth - Honda
3rd Mark Watson - KTM
John and the rest of the team would like to thank the race organisers Quad Racing Scotland, riders and supporters who all contributed in making the Championship round two an excellent event. John’s next race will be the QRS Championship Round 4 on the 26th June. Thanks again for all the support from sponsors who along with their outstanding products have helped develop a potential championship winning team for the 2011 season.
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