World Stars head for Scottish Borders

26 April 2010

Go Back Fresh from some major successes in Sunday's Dutch GP at Valkenswaard, the top teams are now preparing for the third round of the ACU Maxxis British Championship at Duns this weekend. Current MX1 Championship leader, CAS Honda imported Russian, Evgeny Bobreshev, was a star performer in the Dutch sand with a fifth and ninth place in the two energy sapping motos and now holds 12th in the world rankings. His CAS team mate, South African, Gareth Swanepoel, holds 13th poistion, just in front of the Aprilia Factory rider Josh Coppins, who makes his 2010 Championship debut this weekend. Buildbase CCM rider, Tom Church, holds 21st in the world standings and will want to make his mark on the domestic series the team have focused on this season. He will be joined by friend and team collegue, Stephen Sword, who has rested for the past two weeks in an attempt to shake off a virus which has affected his recent performances.

In the MX2 class, the riders current rankings are even higher with Zach Osborne and Jake Nicholls currently holding 8th and 11th positions, resuming their domestic battle they both desperately want to get their hands on whilst Latvian, Mattis Karro and Mel Pocock are both in the top 20 on the world stage.

However, there are a host of riders who are not following the world trail who could be worthy of podium places at the end of the event on Sunday, including the PAR Honda pairing of Ray Rowson (now back from injury) and Scott Elderfield who cleaned up with maximums at the ACU's MX323 round at Little Silver yesterday. Brad Anderson and Gordon Crockard are also on form after moto wins at a non championship event over the weekend and will want to carry their successes forward to climb the leaderboard, especially Anderson who lost his Championship lead at Mallory Park five weeks ago.

The action starts at 9am with Timed Qualifying and the first of six championship races off the grid at 12.15pm. Duns in situated in the Lammermuir Hills, midway between Newcastle and Edinburgh and is easily reached from the A1 and A7 trunk roads.

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