Mitch Lewis at Fat Cats - 06/10/2015
We pulled up to Fat Cats Saturday morning after delays in setting off thanks to Joe the mechanic! The sun was out though and the setup was looking good for Sunday so all was well.
I did not have the best of sleeps that night probably due to a bit of excitement and anticipation but hay ho!
Practice and qualifying came and I was slightly disappointed with my qualifying position but never the less it had to do. In the first race I didnt get the best of starts but made hay while the sun shone in the first couple of laps and put myself in 19th. In the last couple of laps I pulled up to 18th but then I think I must have moved awkwardly and pulled something in my back which had me in pain for the remainder of the race.
Race 2 I had another bad start. Managed to pull back some places with my speed but my back would not settle and got worse as the race went on.
By the time it came to race 3 the track had got a couple of burns in and the odd rut. I had an ok start and was in a middle position however I had to make the call no racer wants to make. I made the decision to pull in due to my back and went back to the truck disheartened. Not the best of ends to the year but made it back in one piece! Ill be looking now towards a bit of TLC for my body as I would not want to go through that disappointing end again.
I would like to say a huge thanks to all the people who are installing time in me and helping me along the way! Onwards and Upwards!
Rhian George wins the BEC Ladies Championship! - 20/09/2015
"I began my pre-season preparations, training with my coach Wyn Hughes and my team mate Joe Wootton. We focused a lot on motocross tracks and sand as the first round of the British championship was to be held in Elgin, Scotland and is notoriously sandy. It was great to be practising with two extremely fast and skilled riders. After a disastrous 2013/14 season due to knee ligament injuries I wanted to come back strong for the 2015 season. My speed started to come good and so did my technique although there was still a lot of work to do I was feeling confident. We then went to Doncaster Motor Park for another training session and there was a really woopie section which I found quite difficult. I hit it wrong and I was thrown over the front of the bike. I landed on my head and knocked unconscious while continuing to cartwheel down the track. Wyn was following me and said it was one of the nastiest crashes he had seen! (spectacular). When I came I didn’t know where I was or who Wyn was, it was terrifying. I was taken to hospital and spent the night there with bulging discs in my neck and my lower back from the impact of hitting the track. Between this and the amnesia, it was not a nice way to start my 2015 season.
I spent some time off the bike resting after that, knowing that the first round was fast approaching. We weren’t sure if we was going to be there as the injuries were quite bad. However I was determined and was ready to give it my best shot to secure points for the Championship. Along the epic journey we decided to take a slight short cut (which I am sure was a detour) through Glen Shee. There was about 4 feet of snow along the road sides, it was incredible like we had stumbled into Narnia of something. Being the big kid that I am of course I needed to get my feet soaking wet for a photo. When I finished playing in the snow we continued our journey.
The track was incredibly rough and the special test was right on the beach. Riding injured, my goal was to stay on the bike as it was so easy to make a mistake in that sand test. My fitness was good and I was able to manage the lead both days on what was a very physically demanding track. It was a hard race mentally there was some doubt whether or not my back and neck could take two days of continuous woops and sand however we left Scotland with two wins and the points lead. It was too soon to think about the Championship but to win when injured was a massive confident boost.
The third and fourth round was held at Helmsley. It’s fair to say I do not like this track however the special tests are always a challenge and a lot of fun. Day one was an absolute nightmare, I got lost on the going and ended up reaching the check a different way to everyone else. I was pointed in the right direction to ride what I had missed, only to miss the arrow and ride all of what I had already ridden again. Turns out the piece I had missed would have taken 2 minutes I spent more than 20 minutes re doing what I had already done along with this tiny piece. I dropped 8 minutes. I was frustrated, angry and heart broken.
To me winning was out of the question now. I did my best to put it behind me and focus on pulling time back in the tests. Having ridden here many times I knew the girls in my class would drop time too, I just needed to make sure that I dropped less than they did to claw back some points. I caught one girl up on the going and soon caught the other on the same minute. I knew now that I was no longer in last place and continued to hunt down the rest of my class.
Helmsley is a hard track for everyone but more so I feel for girls, mistakes started to happen in front of me. One poor girl crashed and tore a ligament in her knee and the other had major bike problems which caused her to DNF. By some miracle I won that day. I was incredibly angry that I had missed the arrow on the going, but speaking to friends and organisers I was by no means the only one. Day 2 I’m sad to say was no better I had a good lead after lap one. I was relaxed and having fun but when I got to the long enduro test, a plug fouled on the first corner. With my tools at the start of the test, I ran with my bike to the start. The engine was so hot and it was a nightmare to change the plug under so much pressure and panic. I lost a total of 7-8 minutes on that test due to the combination of frustration and the inability to get the old plug out. At this point I had enough of Helmsley, it just didn’t go well for me. Although annoyed and frustrated I continued to race hoping for some points. A repeat of the Saturday then happened when I caught the two girls in front of me and with a better mind set I started to ride well again. I was approaching the end of the lap when I heard shouting, looked down and my friend and main competitor was stuck at the bottom of the ravine. She told me she slid on the root in front of me and fell to the bottom. I got off my bike and man handled it over this root. I finished the day in first place as a result of the misfortune of others and pure determination to finish Helmsley. I now extended the points lead and although still not a fan of Helmsley a really bad weekend turned into a really good one for me and my team.
There was a bit of a gap before the next British and the next big event for me was the Welsh Two Day. I did this riding with fellow Freestyle rider Simon Bird. After a fake tan went wrong there was much to laugh about in the Freestyle awning, namely me and my orange body! Once I saw the entry list for the Clubman class I was a bit annoyed as many expert riders had dropped down to Clubman for this event. Being the ladies class I was automatically on Clubman schedule. We didn’t let this get to us and we had a great weekend. Simon and I walked the tests together and rode on the same minute. It was great to be riding with the whole team. I was having so much fun that I almost forgot it was a race, it was one big chilled out atmosphere all weekend and I loved it. I put in good test times and won both days in the Ladies class. Winning my third W2D. However I had another goal in mind I wanted top 10 in Clubman and with 126 rider in the class it wasn’t going to be easy. My tests were all so consistent and with no crashes or dramas, I DID IT! I finished 8th in clubman outright and to date this is my biggest achievement of the year. Simon had a great result too and Joe won day 2 outright so there was a lot to celebrate for Freestyle!
Round 5 and 6 took us to Knighton, an event I love. Lots of family and friends came to support me here and I wanted so badly to ride well. I walked the tests and I loved them, I had a really good feeling for this weekend. I had recently moved up to a new 2016 Husqvarna TE250 and having only ran it in, it was fair to say I was lacking some experience on it.
Day one was incredible, I had a good lead on the tests and came within 3 seconds of a Ladies World Championship rider. I was so happy after two hard rounds, I was finally able to show everyone what I could do. I won day one and was ecstatic. I was so happy with how I rode and with my new bike. I was so excited to get some practise on it and improve. Day two went something similar I had great test times. I was carrying a head cold which kept causing nose bleeds for me and on one check the officials kindly cleaned me up and rammed tissue up my nose as I looked like something from a horror movie. I made it to the next check and took my helmet off only to have a load of clubman riders looking at me strangely, the blood in my nose had dried to the tissue and the had absorbed most of it causing my nostril look massive, there was blood all in my teeth on my seat down my shirt all over my face and on the parts of the bike. My cousin was there and kindly cleaned me up so I didn’t look such a mess for my parents and Wyn. I got to the cross test and despite looking better than I had earlier, a few people asked had I had a fight with a tree. This was the last test of the day and I wanted to leave on a high. I went in and rode my heart out, everything was going great until I came into the last field only to drop the bike on the camber. With this crash I still put in a great time and won. I had a good points lead now and was feeling confident in my ability to race the 250.
Rounds 7 and 8 were nice and close to home at the Hafren. Having walked the tests with Joe (Wootton) and picking his brains about lines I felt really excited to race, because the cross test just looked awesome! Saturday morning many riders, my self-included, lost a minute on the check after the enduro test, due to confusion as to how far away the check was from the pits.
A couple of little mistakes, mainly trying to ride the 250 like a 125 had me on the ground several times however the cross test was so much fun and I set some decent times on it.
After a talking to from Dad I decided that racing the enduro test wasn’t the best idea. So I rode slower and sure enough was riding faster until the second to last corner. I put my left leg out to corner, my foot caught the rut and my boot was stuck. The bike fell on my knee forcing it to twist. I heard my knee POP and sure enough I screamed the test down. Kindly my competitor’s dad lifted the bike off from my knee and I scrambled back on to finished the test.
In an extreme amount of pain I dropped the bike against a fence and Colin from Freestyle and the paramedics came over to see what had happened. Funnily enough the paramedic knew me from past mishaps with my knee and so I ended up sat track side stripped down to my under shorts where they examined my knee. Colin tried to distract me from the pain by making jokes about the holes in my socks.
The examination led to suspicion of knee ligament injuries specifically my MCL and ACL. I had worked so hard all day that I was not prepared to hand over my result so I got dressed and with some help got back on the bike and rode to the pits. My uncle who also races kindly followed me back to the cross test where I would need to do my final test. I was struggling to lift my knee to change gear and found that I could only change gear through standing. The minute penalty from the check had been scrapped for everyone so I knew I didn’t need to be a hero in this test to win but after the crash there was nothing between myself and 2nd place and time wasn’t on my side so I couldn’t hang about too much. I kept telling myself it’s this test then its over, whatever happens in 10 minutes time I will be back at the awning finished for the day. My turn came to go into the test, I felt nervous and apprehensive I didn’t want to lose but the same time I didn’t want to make my injury worse. I set off and immediately went into a left sweeping corner the pain was unreal but I could get the balance to push on. There was a big step up after a few more corners, adrenaline took over and I hit the face of the jump flat in 4th I flew through the air dreading the landing thinking I’d made a silly mistake. I landed and my knee was fine with the impact, the tight left corners were almost impossible so I kept my foot on the peg to corner.
I pushed hard into every right hander I knew I had too, the step down was fast approaching and before I could think about it I was already in the air having not shut off. I landed deep into the next corner. I did my best were I could and finally finished. There was just the wait to see the times, after all of that I needed to know if I had won. I had done it, I was 10 seconds faster.
After taking my knee brace off we knew it wasn’t good as my knee began to swell up. Regardless I went to watch the Championship class through the test and after a quick chat with Saint Johns there, Dad decided it was time to go to A and E. We weren’t long until we were seen. The doctor said he didn’t think it was anything major perhaps a twisting of a ligament but nothing more. With this in mind we decided that we would race day two.
I was in a lot of pain day two but with the okay from the Dr we decided to race with my knee strapped up. I was coping okay with the tests although I was riding very cautious and the check times were quite slack, which meant I didn’t need to push on the going. A lap was taken off for day two which worked in my favour. We used our heads and we managed to win day two.
With 8 wins all I needed to win the Championship was another 3 points out of the total 60 available. My main competitior needed to win all three of these rounds to win the Championship. At the Natterjack she finished in 2nd, which secured me the 2015 British Championship.
After examination at the hospital it is confirmed that I have partly torn my MCL and have bursitis in my knee from all the cycling and rehab I have been doing. I now need total rest but I am hoping that my knee will be better for the last round at Muntjack, Diss.
I would like to thank all my sponsors at Freestyle for everything they have done for me, I also want to thank my Dad and Mum for getting me to all of the events and looking after me this year. I also want to thank everyone who supports me and cheers me on at the events, it means the world to have your support!"
Mitch Lewis trying out the new 2016 Husqvarna Motocross bikes! - 08/09/2015
"I didn't get that much sleep last night, I just wanted to see the 2016 Husqvarna motocross bikes up close and personal! The first impressions were great and I personally love the new look and the new shape!
The first bike I had a go on was the new FC250. I couldnt believe that they could be able to improve on the 2015 FC250 but they managed it. Every expectation I had was totally exceeded and I am really happy with how the bike felt.
Next up was the FC450. The 450 was an absolute animal and I loved every bit of it. The power is delivered fantastically and the bike has got such a nice feel in general. I just love the power of this bike over all others!
Lastly I put a leg over the new 125. This thing was so much fun and for a 125 did not have bac power at all. The noise is what I loved most about the 125, it was just singing! On the whole, all the new 2016 completely exceeded my expectations. How they managed to improve on the 2015 models in so many ways is astounding!
I would love to say a big thanks to Husqvarna and Freestyle bikes for having me today, it was awesome!!"
By Mitch Lewis
Mitch Lewis at Canada Heights: 3 wins out of 3 races! - 24/08/2015
"Arrived at Canada heights after a 15 minute journey which makes a pleasant change. The weather was good to start and the track had been prepared well. We were there for a Mid Sussex Club meeting. I scrutineered and signed on ready for our first race, in the Youth Open group.
We were the last group out which allowed the dark clouds to roll in. Proceeded to the start gates and got gate 42 pick out of the lucky dip bag (something I've not done for a while-happy memories). Proceeded to gate position and sat in the heavy rain
Got a good start to race 1, the track was challenging and slippery due to the rain but all went to plan and I proceeded to the chequered flag, very very wet but in first place.
Race 2 was a Lucky dip bag improvement to gate peg 31. The weather had improved too and the sun was shining. I got another good start and again came home to take the chequered flag.
Race 3 was another improvement in my luck when I drew get 28. Sun was shining and the track was at its best. I was really looking forward to riding the track. I didnt get as as good a start as the previous 2 races but I worked my way to the lead by lap 2. I had really started to gel with the bike and took the final race win and the overall victory for the day.
The bike was on point yet again, washed her lubricated, prepared and ready for the next ride.
It was nice to do a club round and see some old faces and catch up with people I have not seen for a while.
Big thank you to freestyle and all the sponsors that help this happen.
Big thanks to the race team, nan on the food, Dad on bike prep, Mum on the enthusiastic cheering, my sister on the mobile Freestyle advertisement campaign and Max on the race watch and start times. Good fun, nice and local, oh and a 15 journey home with clear roads!"
By Mitch Lewis
European Enduro Championships in Finland by Joe Wootton - 12/08/2015
"This was the hardest event I've ever done. The going was extreme and relentless, the tests were physical, and the terrain was a mixture of sand and rock. The first test was all on rocks, constantly bouncing on top of rocks. The second test was more of a soil based track with more of a flow to it with a couple of steep rock climbs and the third test was a motocross sand test, with some huge bumps all round the track.
Day 1 and I started off steady, I was almost a bit shocked at first. The terrain was a lot different to what we have here, it almost felt like learning how to ride again. The second half of the day I picked up the pace but with some very fast Fins in my class, I could only manage a 4th. However my nearest rival in the championship finished 4 positions behind me in the race so it wasn't such a bad result. Day 2 was a day of mistakes. I couldn't put a lap together without making a mistake, and with such strong riders in my class you cannot afford to make any. All the tests where getting a lot rougher by now, there was getting less soil between the rocks and the holes where getting deep. I struggled and had only a 6th place to end the day. I'm pleased with the overall weekend though because it put me into 2nd in the Championship going into the last round in Germany at the end of October. Thanks as always to Freestyle, Wyn, Husqvarna, my Mum and Dad, and all my sponsors for their time and support."
by Joe Wootton
MX Nationals at Hawkstone Int. by Mitch Lewis - 12/08/2015
"The MX Nationals penultimate round at the famous Hawkstone Circuit.
We arrived on Friday evening after a long journey to Hawkstone and set up camp. The weather was hot and sunny all weekend.
Saturday Morning, Qualifying started off really well in the first half and managed to set the pace. Unfortunately I had an incident on the top of Hawkstone Hill. Causing a few injuries and a damaged bike, which led to a 2nd place qualifying position.
Dad got the bike washed and carried out the repairs following on from the accident and thankfully the bike was ready to go in time for the first race.
I had a bad start to race 1. At first I had a wasp in my race shirt and got stung on the inside of the arm, then a poor start left me in a mid pack position. I pushed hard and made passes to get into 2nd place, the gap was too big to the leader and second place was my finish result.
I had a good start to race 2, which left me in a good position to fight for the lead. I sat behind the leader for a few laps and got a good rhythm going, I then decided it was time and put the hammer down. I started to pull away in the lead setting the fastest lap of the race 2 in the process. However after a couple of laps my arms started to pump up. This is not something I normally suffer from so I backed off a little. Luckily the hard work had been done and I took the chequered flag. Thats an awesome feeling and makes it all worth it.
In race 3 I got an average start, made a couple of passes and pulled up behind the leader. I passed him and set what was to be the fastest lap of the weekend in our MX2 Expert class, then my arms started pumping again! I pushed on trying to ride loose as possible but the arm pump was not yielding.
Banks and I had a good battle, but a bit of bad luck with a back marker and Banks came through. My arms were knackered and did not have any thing left in them to fight back so was forced to settle for second.
Before race 4 we made a couple of changes to the bike set up to see if this would help my arms.
An average start set me up and I was working my way through the pack when my arms started pumping again! I couldn't believe what was happening and felt frustrated that I had to settle for second again.
The bike however never missed a beat all weekend and I am so excited about the FC 250 2016 model soon coming.
Overall race result for the weekend was 2nd. A good weekend in all but frustrating to be suffering with arm pump suddenly!
I have been in touch with Dan my trainer and he said he has a couple of methods to try that should help with this so fingers crossed my next event should run smoother.
Thanks of course to Freestyle, all my sponsors and supporters, my Mum for her help and to my Dad for keeping the bike going for the 2 days!"
By Mitch Lewis
British Enduro Championship at Knighton by Joe Wootton - 05/08/2015
"My goal for the weekend was to be in the top 5. With such a strong class it's always going to be a challenge but I felt confident I could achieve this goal because I have been training hard leading up to it. I felt good on the bike, and throughout the day I was putting some good times together which placed me 4th leading into the last two tests. Both test were grass, but one had a nice extreme section which I really enjoyed. Going into the back to back at the end of the day I knew there was not much between 3rd (David Knight) and me in 4th. I gave it my all, but fell short of 3rd by 2 tenths of a second. My best result at a British so far though!
At the end of day 1 Jamie McCanney was in the lead, Steve Holcombe in 2nd, David Knight 3rd and myself in 4th
Day 2 came and after walking one of the tests the night before I was determined to get a top 3 in this days racing. Everyone had upped there game, so I pushed that bit harder than the day before. It was going well, because after the first lap the top four of us were only seconds apart. Unfortunately I think I was pushing a bit too hard and made silly mistakes, which made me loose sight of the top 3. After a steady start, Tom Sagar was getting faster as the day went on. He was putting on the pressure. I ended the day in 4th but only a second in front of Sagar.
Jamie McCanney took the Championship class overall for the weekend, David Knight 2nd, Steve Holcombe 3rd and myself in 4th.
Very pleased with how my riding is improving every weekend. My next event is this weekend coming up in Finland for the next round of the European Enduro Championship where I'm currently in 3rd place.
Thanks to Freestyle for your support, Wyn for all your coaching, Husqvarna and all my sponsors and of course my Mum and Dad and family for their help through these weekends."
New Blonde on the Block: What to consider when buying your first bike! - 09/07/2015
So with all the excitement over the 2016 Husqvarnas coming out it seemed only right to move onto the subject of purchasing your bike. Not that I am looking toward getting my first bike, I still much prefer 4 legs than 2 wheels but it got me wondering..what are the key things to look for when getting your first bike?
I brought this question to our sales manager Simon. He has many a rider or non rider come to him wanting to find the best, first off-road bike for them. They may or may not already be familiar with bikes, be it (quite often) a road bike or sometimes a learner pit bike. But when moving onto the full sized Husqvarna/KTM/Yamaha (whatever your flavour) there's more to think about than just what colour you like best. There's so much to consider that it is often difficult to know where to start so we have put together a few key points of what to think of first.
To start with the model of bike you choose will be very dependant on what you plan to do with it. A motocross bike is a specimen built for competition riding with sharp, immediate power ready to speed you out of corners and up over jumps. Brilliant for track riding and racing, however not suitable when you want to go up steep hills, through woods, round twisty enduro courses that require softer power delivery and suspension. This is what an enduro bike is for and is very good at. The more gradual acceleration keeps the grip in the tyres and allows you to go anywhere. If you have ever tried to ride up a steep muddy hill on a motocross bike you probably wouldn't have got very far with the short, sharp torquey power making the tyres instantly slip and slid all over the shop.
Motocross bikes are also not often road registered and are very difficult to get registered. This means you will not be able to take it out green laning or trail riding.
Two stroke or four stroke is another kettle of fish altogether but comes under the category of model. It is often personal preference, some people will swear by 2 stroke, and other will only ever ride a 4 stroke. A 2 stroke will be easier and cheaper to maintain, the 4 stroke is a more complicated engine. However 2 strokes require oil to be mixed with the fuel which means trail riding you must carry oil with you, you can't just fill up at the nearest BP. We would often recommend having a feel of both to decide which you find more comfortable.
At our Husqvarna test day in Wales on the 26th of July we will have many new customers looking to try the 2 or 4 stroke of a similar size engine to make the final decision for them. Difficult to judge but yet another thing to consider.
Secondly, engine size is a big factor. We have so many road riders coming through our doors talking about 1000cc beasts and getting a little put out when we suggest to them a 125. However off-road is a different ball game entirely. You are in this to have fun and what is not fun is having your arms pulled out every second. Also taking a bike off road is nothing like on road, with the different ground conditions, rough terrain and obstacles such as small rocks, ditches etc even a supposedly “flat” field can make you hit the deck within seconds soon as you hit a slight bump.
Off-road riding involves so much more balance and weight control than you could ever imagine. The slightest little undulation in the ground can throw you in one direction and the bike in another.
This is in no way intended to put you off because that is indeed the enormous fun of riding off-road, it is simply to emphasise the need for a small engine until you are able to make the most of the deceptive power an off-roader has under its belt.
Lastly don't be put off by how high the seat feels when sitting on it. It is designed to be tall, and not designed for you to be able to put your feet down. However if you are really worried or are not the tallest of people we at Freestyle have designed a specialist linkage kit which allows the bike to be lowered to your specification. It is able to be fitted to Husqvarnas Motorcycles from 2014 model year onwards only and is not available from anywhere except Freestyle making it a completely unique product.
I could go on and on about different makes, models, brands, different tyres you can put on, what to look for in a second hand bike but maybe those are things which should be covered in their own blog.
For now I will leave you with these initial ideas of where to begin when choosing your new machine.
1. Do you want MOTOCROSS or ENDURO. What do you want to do, where do you want to ride? Consider the different types of power that is given to you by each model and whether you prefer 2 or 4 stroke. If you are interested in coming a long to our Test day in Wales on the 26th July just get in contact with our Wales branch to book your place. Hopefully this will help secure your decision.
2. Engine size. If you are new to off-road it will be a surprise how much power is hidden in that 125. Don't be put off if you currently ride a 1000cc beast on road. Trust me, you wont be disappointed!
3. Lastly, size isn't everything. If they are too tall or if you just don't feel safe not being able to put your feet down, we can help. Also remember, part of the fun is in the falling off and they don't weigh half the amount of your BMW adventurer. Just contact either of our branches to find out more about the unique linkage kit, only at Freestyle
We hope this helps and takes a little guess work out of this exciting sport. Our ethos revolves around fun and without the proper information fun can so easily be ruined. It wont be the dream you thought it would be without the correct machine.
Also please remember your fun will be instantly ended by injury if you are not properly protected. Always wear a helmet when riding your bike and if possible boots and armour as well. Falling off is a lot less painful when you have a lovely Shoei lid and Leatt gear to take the brunt of it!
Joe Cadwallader wins at Fat Cats BSMA Nationals - 07/07/2015
"We arrived at Fat Cats Saturday morning and the track was perfect. It was well watered and smooth and I felt confident but a bit nervous.
The first race I had a mid pack start then made some good passes on the first couple of laps, I managed to get back up to 3nd with 4 laps left. I tried to make a pass for second pace which meant I had to go around the out side burm. Not many riders used that line so it was soft which meant my front end tucked and sent me over the bars! I got back on though and still fought back for 3rd in race 1.
In race 2 the track was rough so it suited me more. I had a bad start and on the first lap I came through to 10th. I got in to a good rhythm and started to make good time up on the leaders. Mid race I managed to get into 2nd chasing down Oliver Constidine, I made the pass and pulled 20 seconds clear on him to win the race!
I had 4th off the gate in the third race of the day. I put in good 3 laps and went in to the lead then from there I focused on staying smooth and not losing to much energy because the track was especially rough, I managed to keep the win though which I was pleased with.
In race 4 the track was flat with no lines and I'm not the best on these tracks. I got 5th off the gate then made some good passes to get in to 3rd. Because I had a good points lead all I wanted was a 3rd in the race and thats what I finished with.
The last race I needed to get at least 3rd to win the overall. I got a good start and was third going in to the first turn. Alex Walton and Oliver Constidine were having a good battle just in front of me but I took it easy and stayed out of trouble, following both of them. But then Alex hit a back marker over a blind jump and because I was close to him I couldn't stop so I hit him and went over the bars again. I picked the bike back up and managed to take second and that was enough to win the overall!!
Exceptionally pleased with the whole weekend. Some of the tracks were testing and not my favourite conditions but Im pleased with my riding and think I have learned a lot. I was approached after the days racing by Stewart Watkins who asked me a few questions like how I felt the weekend went. It was really nerve racking as it was a lot of attention at once and I wasnt used to it but I did my best and thanked all my family, Justin Morris, all my sponsors and of course Freestyle"
By Joe Cadwallader
The Welsh 2 Day Race Report by Joe Wootton - 30/06/2015
"Great two days of riding! I would like to congratulate the organisers on a well run and enjoyable Welsh 2 day. The first day started off steady. There's 3 special test loops each day, and in each special test the Championship class had to do a back to back in each test. In the first test I posted some good times, which placed me 2nd with only a couple of seconds in front of 3rd but was still a fair bit off 1st. Test 3 and 4 were much better. Posting times that were only seconds away from 1st place rider. I was pleased how my riding was improving throughout the day and extending my lead over 3rd. The last 5th and 6th test was on pure grass. This was my best test of the day. Our top 3 rider times were only seconds between us. Day 1 finish: 1st Steve Holcombe, 2nd myself and 3rd Jamie Lewis The second day was awesome. The loop was in reverse, but the tests were the same way round. It meant that we knew the tracks and we could push harder on the second day. I had good times at tests 1 and 2. They were right up there in the top 3. Tests 3 and 4 were on the motocross track. It was half grass and half motocross track, with lots of dust berms. It was my favourite test, and it showed in the time. Steve had made a couple of mistakes on both tests, so that meant I had a 6 second lead going into the last tests. Test 5 and 6 I knew I had to give it my all to beat Steve. Test 5, I lost 4 seconds to Steve, there was only 2 seconds between us, this ramped up the pressure on the very last test. I knew when I finished that it was a fast time, but I had to wait for Steve to come in. I got him by 1 second so overall for that day I won by 3 seconds. Day2 finish: 1st me, 2nd Steve Holcombe and 3rd Jamie Lewis Overall results: 1st Steve Holcombe, 2nd Joe Wootton and 3rd Jamie Lewis Thank you as ever to all our sponsors for there support and all the helpers I had for the event."
By Joe Wootton
Photo credit to Garry Barnes