Mitchell Leads the IOPD British Pro Class Quad-X Championship
1st & 2nd Result for Team ATV World Yamaha
John Mitchell & Paul Holmes take the overall 1st, 2nd in round two.
The Bank Holiday weekend saw the opening of the IOPD British Pro Class Quad-X Championship. It was also rounds three and four for the other classes within the Championship. Team ATV World Yamaha had all five riders racing.
Dean Thompson had another outstanding result on his ATV World Yamaha Blaster in the 200cc Standard class – winning all five races and taking the holeshot on three occasions. His display of total dominance in his class was awesome to watch, and he now holds a commanding first place overall in the championship.
Tom Fletcher was moving fast through the pack this weekend .
Tom Fletcher made an impressive return to the championship after a fractured wrist at the last meeting resulted in a DNF. Tom was riding in the expert class on his ATV World Yamaha YFZ450 and after some disappointing starts, made plenty of passes on a very one liney track. In race four, he came from the back to take fourth place, proving he is well on the road to recovery after his injury.
Paul Holmes took the fastest lap in race three.
Round One – Pro Class
John Mitchell made a solid start to the IOPD British Pro Class Quad-X Championship with two second place finishes in round one on Sunday afternoon.
Paul Holmes had taken second place overall in the Pro Class warm-up event last month and was out to impress in the first two rounds of the Pro Class Quad-X Championship. Having qualified third for round one, Paul got off to a poor start in the first race and then got a flat tyre on lap four. Despite pushing hard, he made 12 th place. In the second race, Paul got off to another shaky start but managed to work his way up through the pack, making a final pass on Ricky Tordoff on the last corner and taking fifth place.
John Mitchell even had time to take this picture of his team mate, Tom Fletcher.
Round Two – Pro Class
Qualifying in fourth, Paul Holmes got off to a good start and had one of his best ever rides. Looking smooth on the corners and riding at a blistering pace, he took second place, finishing just behind first placed Paul Winrow and also taking fastest lap of the race. John Mitchell made third place.
During the day, the heavens opened and the rain poured down. The Pro Class riders cast a vote as to whether they should continue as a number of riders felt the track was unsafe. Meanwhile, the controversial decision to continue had already been reached by the race organisers who proceeded with sending out all the other classes with no incident. It was then the turn of the Pro Class riders to take to the starting line. Unfortunately a number of riders had decided not to ride in race four.
John took fastest lap in the final race and now tops the points in the Pro Class Series.
The team ATV World Yamaha Quads on display.
Paul Holmes did start and was again riding on the pace in third place. Everything was going great until an unexpected fault appeared, meaning he had to make do with fourth. Paul took second overall in round two with John taking first, an outstanding achievement for both riders and the team.
John Mitchell was also riding well. The set-up on his ATV World Yamaha Laegers was superb – and it showed as he went from sixth on the first corner to finishing in first place. It was a fine display of gritty championship-winning attitude, taking his points tally up to the top spot. John is now in first place overall after the first two rounds. He said afterwards “I was really happy with my bike, the suspension was particularly good and the new Holeshot GNCC tyres handle really well in sandy and muddy conditions”.
Thanks again for all the support from sponsors who along with their outstanding products have helped develop the team race quads for the 2007 season.