Harri Kullas entered the final round of the MX Nationals series as 2022 champion, after winning the Pro MX1 class one round early, at Hawkstone Park in August. The new circuit on military land was looking fantastic as Harri qualified 2nd fastest and then got the holeshot in race one, from Conrad Mewse and Tommy Searle. Conrad made his way past on lap 6 with Harri pushing him all the way to the end but not close enough to pass back.
Race two was another blistering holeshot, but this time Harri turned up the heat and pulled away from Mewse in second and Searle in third, winning by over 10 seconds and giving Harri the overall win.
Harri Kullas: “I had no pressure coming into the final round as I’d won the title with round to spare, but as always I try to ride my best and give 100%. Conrad had really good pace today. In race one he passed me on lap 6 as he was faster on one part of the track, but by the time I changed my lines it was too late.
“Second race I had another holeshot but this time managed to pull a second per lap and get away from Conrad. Was awesome to ride a new track which was prepared really well”
Following a few weeks off recovering from a virus, Dan Thornhill was fit and ready for the final round of the MX Nationals series. Dan gated inside the top 10 in race one and rode a great race, pushing up to an eventual 7th place and looking at one point like he would move even further up the field.
In race two Dan got caught up in a first corner pile up and was last coming round the first lap. He took some time to find a rhythm but had another strong race to finish 10th in MX1. 7-10 finishes gave Dan 8th overall and moved him to 9th in the final standings.
Dan Thornhill – “Overall a really positive day for me and I finally found the mojo I have been lacking over the last couple of months. Again the starts weren’t quite as good as they needed to be. Race 1 was solid and I made a big push in race 2 to come from stone cold last, after getting caught up in a first corner pile up. Thanks to the whole team as always.”
Sam Nunn decided to round out the season riding a 450 in the MX1 class, and after a win on his local debut at the Eastern Centre Champs a few weeks ago, he was looking forward to his first MX1 national start.
Sam got a decent start on the edge of the top 10 and was looking more comfortable on his Yamaha YZ450F as the race went on. He moved to 8th place around mid-race but didn’t manage to close on him team mate, Dan Thornhill in 7th. Sam got a great start in race two, well inside the top 10, and then after a few laps was 5th in the MX1 be fore a fall allowed Martin Barr past.
Later in the race, Bulgarian, Petar Petrov also moved past, pushing Sam to an eventual 7th, for what was a fantastic first national outing on a 450.
Sam Nunn – “Good day on the 450 at the last round of the Mx Nationals and nice to ride a new track. Happy with 6th overall on the day. Race 1 was steady, finishing 8th after getting a bit tight towards the end. Race two a great start and running 5th but a little crash dropped me back and finished 7th.”