The Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha teenage duo of Lewis Hall and Sam Nunn had a painful round of the Michelin MX Nationals at Canada Heights at the weekend.
After a podium weekend at Culham for Hall, the previous weekend in the Bridgestone British Masters, the team were keen to see more of the same at Canada Heights, but painful mistakes from the pair meant that points were scored only in the first moto.
Nunn was fighting hard for seventh in the opening race after battling from outside the top twenty, but he came down hard on the last lap aggravating a leg injury and, in doing so, counting him out for the remainder of the weekend, although he did attempt to ride in the second race, but the pain was too much to bear.
On the other hand, Hall had a fluctuating first moto with a mixture of mistakes and speed, resulting in an eleventh place finish. A decent start in race two saw him steadily move through the ranks to fifth, but with a lap and a half to go, he came down in a big heap, injuring his leg in the process, meaning the team weren’t represented at all on Sunday.
“It feels like we have told this tale before,” said Team Boss Rob Hooper. “Once again, both riders showed their promise and speed, but mistakes proved both painful and costly, and we were not at the races on Sunday. However, I know that when things come together, we have a pair of young riders both capable of getting some big results which they both deserve with the commitment they have put into the sport, and I am hoping that at least one meeting this year we can have them both on the box.”
The team are waiting on fitness tests for both riders to see if they will be able to take their place this Sunday at Iron Works on Teeside for the fourth round of the 2021 Bridgestone British Masters, with Lewis sitting in second in the series standings.
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