After a disappointing weekend at the Sheffield Arenacross where the MotoHead-backed four-rider XBladez WD40 Husqvarna team were hampered by bad luck, the series finale was set for Wembley and the team spirit was high. For the first time, the Pro team had spent the week together and a mid-week test on the bikes went well.
Arriving at the arena , the track looked good and bigger than expected which left the XBladez WD40 Husqvarna riders Collin Jurin, Dylan Schmoke, Fred Hojris and Alfie Osborn in the mood to race.
Danish teenager Fred – nicknamed Frank the Viking – was riding well in Pro Lites qualifying and showed once again he’s a guy to watch out in the future. He put in a lap which placed him fastest in his group until eventually being pipped at the end and moved down to second.
In the races he was hoping for a podium place but couldn’t quite make it. He slid the bike out while in a five-way battle but remounted and he eventually finished seventh. In the second Pro Lites final, he took fifth as he’d made one too many mistakes from just being a little over keen. He finished sixth overall.
Californian Dylan Schmoke showed more speed and looked comfortable on the track, riding with grit and determination. His team-mate, Washington’s Collin Jurin, was in top form and posting third fastest in the first qualifying session and then posting the fastest time in the next. Jurin was on fire and you could tell it he meant business!
Come show time, the team where pumped and ready to do battle. Collin and Dylan where placed in the same heat race. Both riders looked great with Collin running a strong second place from start to finish and Dylan working his way to seventh. The second heat race saw Collin take fourth which give him a direct route to the main as he was fifth overall. Dylan picked up a sixth which left him going into the head-to-head knockout stages. Uunfortunately he tasted dirt when going for a pass which obviously stopped him from making the main.
The final was brilliant for Collin as he stepped up his game again and raced in the top three. He always had the leaders in his sights and one mistake by any three would have been costly. Collin rode mistake-free with such speed and precision. He had master the track and it showed he could run the pace with ease, taking a fine third place right behind the leading pair.
In the 65s, Alfie Osborn made good progress. After his debut ride at Sheffield, he look much more settled and placed himself just outside the top ten.
The team put some points on the board and we finished the series in eighth.
Team manager Dave Willet said: “Wow, what a change around. I’m really happy with our team progress and all the riders made massive gains.
“We ran a programme the week leading up to this event as I’ve had all the team together and it’s shown the benefits. Collin just need bike time as he rides a different brand at home. I’m so happy for him as he truly deserves the podium as he’s a podium guy!
“Dylan’s riding was awesome and I’m sure if he had more to time adjust he’d be there too. Frank is a work horse and he’s proved to be one for the future! And young Alfie rode in control and smooth.
“I’m really happy with the team’s journey we had always planned to stand on the box at our home event Wembley and we did it.”