|Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee enjoyed a productive day at round two of the ACU British Championship, run at the old-school circuit of Lyng in Norfolk, as Conrad Mewse was dominant in the MX2 class and Adam Sterry edged closer to the red plate in MX1. The event, run in front of 4000 spectators, was a terrific chance for the team to showcase all of the work that has gone in the winter months.|
Mewse made his intentions quite clear in the MX2 qualifying session on Sunday morning, as he recorded a blistering lap to go more than three seconds quicker than anyone else. That pace was clear for all to see in the first encounter too, much to the frustration of his competitors, as he rocketed out to the early lead and consistently posted lap times that were seconds faster than anyone else. Mewse secured that moto victory with a 30-second advantage and oozed confidence as he turned his attention to the second stint.
The second moto followed a very similar pattern, as Mewse utilised the power within his KTM to claim the holeshot and immediately gapped the rest of the field with some noteworthy times. Mewse was once again unchallenged and reached the finish line with a 26-second advantage. Those two wins gave him the overall victory, of course, but most importantly he extended his lead in the championship to a whopping 23 points. An impressive figure after just two rounds of eight.
Adam Sterry had a solid showing in the MX1 category, which was deeper than usual, after qualifying fourth in the morning. Sterry secured that same position in the first moto but did so in an impressive fashion after starting outside of the top five. The second moto looked even more promising for him – he started in fourth and was strong in the early stages. A vicious fall derailed his progress, but he remounted quickly and pushed on to claim sixth at the chequered flag. That left Sterry in fourth in the overall classification and helped him jump to third in the championship standings. 11 points separate him from the series leader.
The Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee team will continue to focus forward now, with the third stop on the ACU British Championship calendar scheduled for the first weekend in June. The opening round of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Orlyonok, Russia, a week later.
Conrad Mewse: “Great day at Lyng! I felt good right from the start and that showed – it is good to see that a lot of hard work in the off-season is paying off. I am excited for Canada Heights in a couple of weeks, then after that we can finally get the MXGP series started! Thanks to the team for their continued support.”
Adam Sterry: “I had a solid day going, with fourth in qualifying and fourth in the first race. That was good for the championship! A stone snapped my roll-offs in the first moto, so I could not really see properly after the third lap. I had a good start in moto two, in fourth, but I made a small mistake before a drop off and it resulted in a very big crash. I am pretty sore, but happy to walk away from that one. We are still right there in the championship hunt, so we will keep on working to be better at the next round.”
Roger Magee (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team Owner): “Lyng has traditionally been a kind circuit to the team over the years and 2021 proved to be no different. Conrad had a perfect day with P1 in qualifying, followed up by two very dominant wins in both of the MX2 motos, and an extension of his lead in the overall championship. Adam again showed his true potential in MX1 with an excellent fourth in moto one. An unfortunate crash in moto two, when closing down [Tommy] Searle in the latter stages of the race, saw him bring it home in fourth overall, just missing out on a podium.
“I want to take this opportunity of thanking everyone in the motocross community for the thousands of kind messages, emails and phone calls that the team has received since Bas Vaessen had his accident at Culham. These have kept Bas in very good spirits, and along with his personal grit and determination he has been making good progress with his rehabilitation in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. It is hoped that he will be repatriated soon to the rehab centre in Nijmegen in Holland. All of the teams that ran the #98 BV stickers today as a really nice gesture of support for Bas has shown the real comradeship that exists within our chosen sport of motocross.”