Cab Screens Deos Group Racing – Race Report
Round one, Michelin MX Nationals – 3rd March 2019

With the winter prep and a lot of hard work from the team in the past weeks and months, we arrived at round one of the Michelin MX Nationals in confident mood.

Qualifying –

The Sunday race schedule was brought forward an hour, to try and beat the incoming storm, set to hit the area late afternoon. Harri led a lot of the session until Elliot Banks-Browne posted a fast lap for pole, pushing Harri back to second by 0.3 seconds. Dan on his national comeback race, following shoulder surgery, posted 14th fastest in MX1.

Race One –

A dream start for the team as Harri got the holsehot with Dan having an incredible gate from the inside, following Harri round in 2nd place on lap one. Harri edged away from the chasing pack, regularly posting lap times around 2 seconds quicker than anyone. Dan’s lack of race fitness showed as he lost 2nd place early on but battled hard for every position. Harri eventually won by 20 seconds from Josh Gilbert (MX2) with the next best MX1 rider, Ryan Houghton, 28 seconds behind Harri. Dan finished a strong 11th and was happy with his points haul. Our first ever National MX1 race win and a very happy team.

Race Two –

The rain came down before race 2 but the track was still in great condition. Another great start by our two riders, as Harri again lead into the first turn, with Dan holding 4th place. Harri edged away from Josh Spinks, riding his own race and doing enough to keep the chasing pack at a distance. Dan held on for longer this one as he get’s used to the intensity of national racing again, finishing an eventual 9th place. Harri cruised home to win by 6 seconds and our first ever national MX1 overall win. Dan’s 11th and 9th places have him 8th overall and a great base for the rest of the season.
Now we move onto the first round of the Maxxis British Championship next weekend at Fat Cats near Doncaster.

Massive congratulations from all of us at Team Samco, all those practice miles in Sunny Spain have definitely paid off!

Photo Credits to – MPS Images & Ian’s iPhone!