Battling Buildbase!

18 April 2019

Buildbase Honda’s Josh Gilbert and Lewis Tombs almost made it a double podium celebration at the second round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Lyng on Sunday.

Josh topped MX2 qualification and holeshot the opening 25-minute plus two lap moto and led until over half-distance before dropping back to second. In race two his start wasn’t as good but an eventual fourth-placed finish was good enough for second overall.

“In moto one I got a perfect start and got away a little bit for the first five or six laps,” said Josh, “but then I tensed up and Conrad Mewse closed up and passed me which I’m a little bit annoyed about.

“There was a little bit of argy-bargy off the start in race two and I ended up about fifth or sixth and had to scrap for the whole race. It was tough but I was actually happier with the second race than I was with the first because I was more relaxed and my fitness felt fine.”

Lewis’ form on a 450 has been a revelation since he’s joined the team and he ran 4-4 in the points-paying races, only missing out on his second consecutive podium on a tie-break.

“It’s been a good, solid day,” he said. “The Buildbase Honda is such an easy bike to ride and it handles like a dream – I’m also quite big so it suits me.”

Team boss Dave Thorpe was very happy with how his riders performed at the challenging Norfolk circuit.

“We’ve had a great day,” he said. “Lewis has been given an opportunity to show everyone what he can do on a 450 and he’s grasped his chance with both hands. As a team we can’t fault his attitude, he’s been absolutely brilliant.

“Josh holeshot the first race and for the first six laps he was outstanding and had a good 15 seconds on Conrad Mewse but he possibly got a little tired riding at that pace with the grand prix boys which is understandable.

“In the second race he didn’t quite make the start and got caught up in a real battle. The last lap was frantic but Josh did what he needed to do to get second.”

Picture © Nuno Laranjeira