Qualifying From Duns

02 May 2010

Go Back As a queue of traffic started to build up on the approach to the circuit as early as 9.30am, a large crowd gathered at the Duns circuit, Zach Osborne continued his qualifying dominance in the MX2 class, not only in the Q1 session, but with a display in the Q2 Superpole which blitzed the rest of the field. The rider from the USA will now go to the start gate first for the three championship races this afternoon.

Current championship leader, Jake Nicholls who inherited the lead at the last round at Mallory Park after Osborne suffered a chain problem, eventually finished in second position in the Superpole session, one better than his Q1 third, and it would appear these two will continue their battle throughout the season. Returning to form, Martin Barr was third, Neville Bradshaw fourth ahead of Mel Pocock and Matiss Karro.

Just outside the top six, Luke Hawkins used the Superpole to his advantage and finished 7th ahead of local man Bryan MacKenzie, with Alan Keet and Elliot Banks Browne rounding off the top ten.

As the heavily watered track dried out for the MX1 class, it was drama right to the end, with Ben Lamay heading the Q1 session and with the pressure on, repeated it in the Q2 to take his first pole position. Jason Dougan held second in both sessions, whilst Josh Coppins first appearance this year was not one he will cherish. Originally third in the Q1, the works Aprilia was difficult to re-start when riders left at 8 second intervals for the Superpole and the Lizard was forced to be last on track. This allowed reigning Champion, Brad Anderson, Stephen Sword, James Noble, Gareth Swanepoel and Gert Krestinov to relegate the Aprilia factory rider down to eighth. However, the biggest surprise was the current series leader, Evgeny Bobryshev, who, having finished fourth in Q1, stalled the big Honda early on in his Superpole lap, which dropped him to 12th pick of the gate, behind Tom Church, Gordon Crockard and Scott Elderfield.

A large crowd is now lining the circuit enjoying the first MX2 race in dry, but very cold conditions.

More reports will be posted later in the day.

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