Fantastic days racing at round three

03 May 2010

Go Back Osborne and Bobreshev the fastest, but Anderson fighting to keep his crown. That is the story from a superb round three of the championship held yesterday at Duns in the Scottish Borders region.

As our previous reports have indicated, Zach Osborne on the Bike It Cosworth Yamaha was unstoppable, recording five first places which included winning Q1, the Q2 Superpole and all three motos - virtually unchallenged. His main title challenger, Jake Nicholls (HM Plant Red Bull KTM) was not able to match the American's pace and suffering a mechanical failure in the second of the now customary three motos, loses his championship lead and the red plate. With an opening moto second, backed up by two very strong third places, PAR Honda's Martin Barr is now third in the title standings, sharing 159 points with Nicholls. Latvian Matiss Karro (MVR-D Suzuki) put in his strongest ride of the year so far, to snatch third place overall on the day with 6-2-4 race results.

Russian CAS Honda rider, Evgeny Bobreshev, extended his lead in the MX1 category to 12 points, but his day was much more demanding after he stalled the Honda in the superpole which left him with 12th pick on the start line. This left him with work to do in the first moto and a small crash at one third distance put him back into ninth, before a strong last quarter of the race hoisted him back into a good haul of 20 points for third place. Those two mistakes were the last the remaining riders saw of him as he had comfortable wins in motos two and three. Stephen Sword (Buildbase CCM) kept his championship hopes alive with three consistent second places. Indeed at one point he was catching Bobreshev consistently at half a second per lap, but at the end he was happy with his day's work stating "there is more to come" when interviewed on the podium.

With Bobreshev's misfortune in the opening moto, Brad Anderson's army of fans were elated with his first race maximum, but his day went downhill from there onwards, mainly due to poor starts. However, in a performance which enthralled the large crowd, his last race charge from 16th on lap one to eventually finish 6th in typical Ando fashion showed he has no intentions of relinquishing his title without a fight. Lap after lap he raced with Carl Nunn (MVR-D Suzuki), James Noble (Proppa.com Honda), Gareth Swanepoel (CAS Honda), his fellow PAR Homes rider who was definitely not under team orders, Scott Elderfield and Josh Coppins (Factory Aprilia). It was Elderfield and Coppins who gave him the most trouble and they swopped places lap after lap, especially with Anderson hanging off the back of the bike on more than one occasion, plus an enforced off the track excursion, but his 4th and 6th places to back up his opening moto win was enough for the lower step on the podium. He is now 33 points behind in the points standings as the series takes a six week break ahead of the next round at Lyng in Norfolk on June 13th.

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