Osborne, Tonus, Simpson and Pocock in UK
News Thursday 30th August 2012
A bad start left fastest-man-of-the-race Arnaud Tonus stone dead last as the rest of the pack left him stuck behind the gate. This didn't deter the super speedy swiss who stormed his way through the pack to an impressive 5th overtaking nearly every rider. It was in this time though that the duo of Mel Pocock and Zach Osborne could take off and separate themselves from the pack. The championship leader kept his holeshot speed and lead for a large portion of the race before team-mate Zach Osborne, still at his GP podium speed overtook and impressed the crowd with his instantly recognisable speed and style. The red plate holder didn't let Zach out of his sights and finished an impressive half a second behind.
In MX1 it was once again the unbeatable Kevin Strijbos who kept Shaun at bay. The first race gave an exciting battle between the Scotsman and the local rider Jason Dougan. The intense battle lasted for the later portion of the race before a impressive pass left “24” in second place.
With a good start under his belt Arnaud Tonus could remind everyone why he was the 2011 British Champion. After a small game of cat and mouse the swiss star lead the rest of the race leaving the American firmly in second place. Unfortunately Mel had a bad start which ultimately cost him a podium position over the weekend. Despite charging through the pack “119” was unable to pass his Championship contender Elliott Banks – Browne and had to settle for 4th place.
In MX1 Race 2 Shaun Simpson had no time to waste in passing Jason Dougan for second place after the long battle in race 1. Despite this Shaun couldn't match the speed of the Belgian Championship leader who again led every lap.
In race three it was EBB who got the holeshot, but was soon pushed aside by the the dominant duo of Arnaud Tonus and Zach Osborne. The three riders all attempted to pass “44” but it was rival Mel Pocock who was unable to make the move. As the duo of “7” and “338” repeated what the British Public missed after 2011, although the points added up right they weren't in Mel's favour as a better last result gave EBB 3rd overall, once again dashing Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha's hope of a 1-2-3 podium. Young Mel still holds the red plate and goes into the last round at Little Silver with a 16 point lead.
This time it was Alfie Smith who tried to get in the mix, but after being passed by Shaun made a mistake causing him to crash. Once again this time spent battling left Shaun behind Strijbos, but Simspon put on an amazing effort to try and hunt the Belgian down. Shaun had to once again settle for second place at the end of the day. Shaun has a guaranteed 2nd place in the British Championship but it will rely on some severe mistakes (58 point diff) from Strijbos for Shaun to take the top spot as British Champion once again.
The team will now prepare for the deep sand of Leirop, and their British Championship voyage will come to and end in Little Silver, Exeter.
Zach Osborne (1st Overall)
"It was a good weekend for me. It's good to get an overall win and some good time on the bike and a few more starts on a full gate. The bike is going great and I want to finish the season on a high note and continue my GP success."
Arnaud Tonus (2nd Overall)
“It's a good feeling to be back at this level, I feel like my fitness is coming back. We had some great races with Zach, I really enjoyed it and I was happy to get some moto wins especially after the season I have had so far, it's been really tough, so now i hope for a good end of season.
Shaun Simpson (2nd Overall)
It was a good day, once again 1 step too low on the podium. I went in to the weekend with the goal of top step. I felt I had the speed all day to battle with Kevin and take a win. But he nailed all 3 starts and I was left to battle through again and it's a hard track to make up time. Its not over till its over and we have one more round to go where anything can happen. Let's hope whatever the outcome I can be on the top step at the last round in Little Silver.
Steve Dixon (Team Manager)
It was nice to have a full flurry of riders under the Monster Energy Bike It Cosworth Awning. It's not far for us to travel and there's a lot of local fans and sponsors so it's nice to put on a good show. It's a shame that Mel tied on points and missed out on the podium but he'll go into Little Silver with the red plate and it will be a nail biting battle. That's how championships should end."