Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha’s teenage duo Sam Nunn and Lewis Hall made their 2021 Pro race debut at the weekends Bridgestone British Masters opening round at the famous Hawkstone Park in Shropshire.
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Hall showed his limited winter training schedule had not diminished his speed. He fired in a blisteringly fast qualifying lap to top the Pro MX2 category and finish third in the overall classification ahead of some top name MX1 riders. Nunn would complete the session in 14th.
A promising start for Hall in moto one soon came crashing down on lap one after a collision with another rider, and nursing an injury he failed to finish the race.
Nunn would start well outside the top ten in MX2, but he methodically moved through the pack to finish ninth.
The determined duo both put their passing skills to the test in moto two, each climbing through the pack with Hall pushing hard to finish a credible fourth and Nunn another ninth, which netted him seventh overall.
Team Boss Rob Hooper said of the weekend, “It was a fair day, the results could have been better for both riders, just a few silly little things hampered the results, but the prospect of better things is there. Both Lewis and Sam are capable of running top five in any National Championship, so we are happy with the speed and determination they both had. I came away pleased with the speed and the ability of both of them and the prospect of what could lie ahead this year.
“I have to say it was a really good meeting yesterday. They ran it so efficiently and got on with it, and the track conditions were excellent, and the sun was shining. It was just nice to be out racing.”
Nunn was upbeat after the meeting, saying, “First race of the season and to finish 7th overall isn’t too bad. I’m happy with where I’m at, just a few little things we need to work on, but there are lots of positives to take away.”
A battered and bruised Hall said, “That’s the first round of the season done and dusted. My day started off well, going first in qualifying, then in the races, I went DNF, 4th. I’m pleased with my speed, considering I’ve only had four weeks back on the bike, so I’m excited to keep building and getting stronger each round!”
The team are now working towards the opening round of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship, which takes place at Culham on the 1st May.