New signing Martin Barr got Crescent Yamaha’s 2019 MX Nationals campaign off to a great start with overall victory in the Pro MX2 class at the opening round of the series at Sherwood on Sunday.
In appalling conditions as torrential rain swept the Nottinghamshire circuit, the Irishman put his all new 2019 YZ250F into a solid third in qualification. The championship’s ‘Fastest 40’ format sees MX1 and MX2 classes race together – although they’re scored separately – and when the gate dropped on the opening moto Martin was in the thick of the action as he battled with the 450 machines.
After fighting his way through to second MX2 rider, he went one better in race two with his combined score earning him the overall win on a tie-break by virtue of his second race victory.
Representing the team in MX1 on his YZ450F, Jake Shipton continued his comeback from a serious back injury that sidelined him for most of last season with a solid if unspectacular day. Qualifying ninth, he finished the opening race in eighth in class but had a much tougher time in moto two and after losing his goggles in the early laps he eventually finished 15th for 11th overall.
Crescent Yamaha is also represented by Bobby Bruce in the super-competitive youth MXY1 125cc class. Racing his YZ125, he was on course for a podium finish with a second and two thirds but a DNF in race three restricted him to sixth overall on the day.