Harri Kullas continued the defence of his MX Nationals British Championship crown this weekend, with round two at Landrake Moto Parc in Cornwall. Light overnight rain had made the track very technical and slippery. Harri qualified well in 3rd place, before getting the holeshot in race one and never looking back, pulling a comfortable lead over Tommy Searle and Josh Gilbert.
In race two. Harri didn’t quite get the same start and was third round the first turn, as Josh Gilbert took the lead and edged away in the early laps. Harri moved to second on lap two, and took a while to get going on the now very technical circuit, closing the gap towards the end, but never quite getting close enough to make a pass.
1st and 2nd places gave Harri the overall win. He said: “We had a good day. All the training is paying off and feeling really good on my Yamaha YZ450F. First race I holeshot and made a gap to second place and really controlled my race and enjoyed riding on wet conditions.
“Second start I had wheel spin and not great start. I started 4th and made my way quickly second but lost bit time to Gilbert and he made 10sec gap. I tried to close it whole race and I came close in the end but finished 2nd. 1-2 gave me overall still which was great for the day. We are in good place in championship so we just have to keep training and pushing”
Dan Thornhill was taking part in his first race since breaking a shoulder in March. Qualification went ok, with 12th fastest time, before a great start in race one saw Dan in the top 5. A few issues mid-race saw Dan drop to 8th place, before making two passes late on moved him to a great 6th place at the finish.
Disaster struck for Dan at the start of race two, as he fell and had to start dead last. Dan set a blistering pace and came through the pack to 9th place by mid-race, before lack of recent race time meant he backed off for 9th at the finish. He said: “It was great to be back at the races this weekend and a positive comeback all round. I was happy with my riding and speed, just lacked a little bit of race distance, but that was expected with the time I’ve had off. Plenty of racing ahead and I can’t wait to keep building. Big thanks to the whole Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha team.”