Alex Rach fought off the best efforts of Mark Eastwood to win the second
round of the British Masters Motocross Series at a testing Hawkstone Park circuit.
Changeable weather saw both sunshine and showers throughout the weekend but
the riders made the most of it in trying conditions.
Rach took his Innovate Honda to the Pro Open overall win after swapping the
lead with the Honda of Eastwood in the closing stages of a thrilling race.
Stuart Flockhart had taken the early lead before a crash put him out of
contention and Rach then took up the lead ahead of the Meredith TM of Jordan Rose and Eastwood.
With Glen Phillips out side the top six early on in the race on the O'Neal
Yamaha the way was clear for Eastwood to put pressure on the leaders.
Rach and Rose swapped second place behind Flockhart before his lap three
crash which left the way open for Rach to take over at the front.
Eastwood took his time to close down Rose before making his move on Rach
towards the end of the race.
But after taking the lead going through the sandpit Eastwood made a mistake
towards the end of the lap and Rach was able to get back in front.
A scary last lap saw Eastwood nearly lose control of his Honda and he was
forced to settle for second, with Phillips third and Rose fourth.
The Pro 125cc race was equally as exciting with early drama when Wayne Smith
was forced out with a mechanical problem. That left the way open for Brad Anderson to take the race win on the O'Neal
Yamaha as he left the field trailing in his wake.
But the battle behind him was fierce as Jim Murro, Lewis Gregory and Adam Chatfield all contested second place. As Anderson cleared off in front all three of the following riders made their bid for second place.
Murro took the Sandiford Honda to the head of the chasing pack but was hunted
down by the Maximum Solutions Suzuki of Gregory and the Honda of Chatfield.
Chatfield took second on the penultimate lap but could not close on Anderson,
with Gregory taking third and Murro fourth ahead of the Molson Kawasaki of
Tommy Searle who recovered from an early fall to claim fifth.
The Pro classes were restricted to one race each after the organisers were
forced to cut the meeting short because of a high number of accidents.
The Amateur Open class win went to Xavier Hernandez ahead of Simon Lane and
David Connor, with the Amateur 125cc honours going to Jamie Powell from David Hartley and Darren Dobson.
In the Youth 125cc class the overall winner was Nathan Parker from James Dodd and Stuart Edmonds. The Big Wheel 85cc class saw Steven Clarke take the overall ahead of Scott Elderfield and Luke Remmer, with the Small Wheel 85cc honours going to Daniel Arnold from Scott James and Jack Rowe.
The 65cc class win went to Paul Coates ahead of Rob Muscat and James McCanney.