Turning back the clock!

25 July 2017

Go Back Doing their bit for the elder statesmen of motocross, Brad Anderson and Nev Bradshaw may have a combined age of 69 but both still got on the podium at round six of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Blaxhall.

At 36 years old Verde KTM’s Ando shows no signs of slowing down while Nev, three years his junior, has tried – and failed – to retire and is almost as active now as he was a few years back when he still raced full-time.

“I feel as though I was back to my old self, finishing second in the first one and having a good run at Graeme [Irwin],” said Brad, who is one of only three riders still in with a chance of the MX1 title, after finishing second last time out. “We had a good battle but then I tensed up a little bit.

“The second race I knew what I had to do for the overall. Graeme got the holeshot but I felt as though I had better lines and I ended up making the pass and he passed me back and then I got him again.

“Then I totally lost my back brake and all I could do was try and bring it home safe for second overall which I’m pretty pleased with.”

Super-fit Nev raced both the MX2 class as a fill-in for Lombard Express Suzuki and the two-stroke class for DB Racing Honda on his ’02 CR250 at Blaxhall.

A fighting 10th in the opening MX2 moto, he was running 10th in race two when he got a rear wheel puncture.

He backed this up with a 2-3 card on the smoker for second overall and now sits just seven points behind GL12 KTM’s Mike Kras in the championship.

“It’s been a gnarly day,” said the South African. “Coming from dead last in the second two-stroke race was hard. I’ve been struggling with cramps today but I’m happy – my objective was top 10 in MX2 and I got a 10th in the first race and was lying in the top 10 in the second when I got a puncture.

“The first two-stroke moto I was leading for a long time and then James [Dunn] got me. I stayed with him for two laps but then realised I wasn’t going to get him back so I backed it down for the next moto. That last one I had a big crash but managed to come through to third for second overall so it’s decent.”

Both Brad and Nev will be in action at round seven of the series at Preston Docks this Sunday.

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