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Champ Kullas on the podium in MX Nationals

Harri Kullas continued the second half of his Michelin MX Nationals British Championship campaign this weekend, at Cusses Gorse near Salisbury, going into the race with a healthy points advantage at the top of the standings.

Harri set a blistering pace in qualifying and set the fastest lap. However an uncharacteristic poor start saw Harri in 8th place in the first few turns, picking off riders until he passed Josh Gilbert for 2nd place on lap six. Tommy Searle had built a gap at the front and Harri closed him down, putting in the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, to finish less than a second behind Tommy Searle.

In race two, Harri got a much better start in 4th place and moved to 3rd quickly, behind Josh Gilbert and leader Tommy Searle. Tommy led for most of the race until a mistake few laps from home allowed Gilbert and Harri through. Harri desperately tried to make a pass and even put in the fastest lap of the race on the last lap, following home Gilbert by 0.5 seconds.

Dan Thornhill was looking to build on some strong recent races but was starting from the outside and was pushed wide at the start, but was still 10th in MX1 at the end of lap one. He put in a great ride to 7th with a few laps to go and was close to catching 6th place man, Brad Todd at the finish.

Dan’s race two start saw him mid pack and it was a challenge to get through the field a make up time, as he finished an eventual 10th in race two, with 7-10 finishes giving him 9th overall.

Sam Nunn had his best qualifying session of the year with the 4th fastest lap and then in race one was 9th at the end of lap one. He put on a great charge through the field and moved to a strong 6th place at the finish.

In race two Sam had a bad start and was well outside the top 20, where it would be really hard to make up much ground. A fall later in the race didn’t help his cause either and Sam came home an eventual 12th in the MX2, for 8th overall.

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