Roller Coaster doubleheader weekend

The Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha team endured a roller coaster of a weekend as they embarked on trips to Foxhill on Saturday for the fourth round of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship and Hawkstone Park on Sunday for the second round of the Michelin MX Nationals.

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On Saturday, overnight rain had made the hard park Foxhill circuit tricky, and falls hindered Lewis Hall’s opening moto, surfacing in the top ten but eventually finishing in 22nd. Sam Nunn, who has grown in confidence in the last couple of weeks, churned out a solid 12th in moto one just 8 seconds behind 7th. Sam was up in 8th position and riding well in moto two but slipped back to 10th over the last couple of laps, giving him a solid 10th overall, tieing on points with 8th.

Hall would also be in the mix in moto two, being as high as 7th in the race before a costly mistake relegated him to 11th for 17th overall.

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The next stop in the two-day tour was the famous Hawkstone Park, where both riders showed their speed with Hall in 3rd and Nunn 5th in timed practice.

Mixed in with the 450’s, Lewis was buried mid-pack on the opening lap of moto one, but his speed around the iconic circuit was clear to see. He set about reeling in the riders ahead of him,  making for an exciting last couple of laps where he closed in on the eventual moto winner Jamie Carpenter to finish the race in second.

Sam’s race was in stark contrast to Hall’s, crashing hard on lap two before clipping a post with his arm on lap four which resulted in a DNF.

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Hall’s raw speed showed itself again in moto two, as with blistering pace, he moved from mid-pack up into the lead of MX2 and 8th in the combined race racking up an impressive 20 second lead on his closest MX2 rival.  Just after the midpoint of the race, though, his machine would start to slow and would expire altogether, leaving him with a disappointing DNF.

Nunn would start the race in dead last after stalling the machine in the opening lap melee, but he fought back hard to finish the moto in sixth.

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“It has been a funny old weekend, really,” said team boss Rob Hooper.”  “Two completely different tracks and two completely sort of days in terms of results. Sam’s confidence and speed have grown, and he put in some great moto’s over the weekend, while Lewis made quite a few mistakes on Saturday but rode a blinder on Sunday until the bike problem. He deserved that win on Sunday.  We are just a hairsbreadth away from a really good result, and it can come from either rider and if all goes to plan from both.”

Lewis said of his weekend, “It’s been a very busy weekend, being at Foxhills on the Saturday for the British. I felt good all day, considering hard pack isn’t my strong point, and the speed was better than previous weeks, but I just had two crashes in both the races and didn’t get the results I was hoping for, but that’s racing. On the Sunday, I was at Hawkstone for the Mx Nationals. I started off P3 in qualifying, and in the first race, I was riding really well, coming through the pack and eventually finished the race in P2. In the second race, I had a better start and worked my way through to the lead and felt comfortable out front, but unfortunately, I had a bike problem mid-race which caused me to DNF. I am very disappointed but a lot of positives to take from the weekend.”

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“I had a solid weekend with some good results”,. said Sam. “I am happy with the 10th overall on Saturday at Foxhills; the track was mega, and I felt like I rode pretty well. Sunday was also a good day; just a few mistakes over the two races made it hard for myself. Overall a very positive weekend, thanks to Rob and the team for everything.”

The team now has a short break before they are back in official team action, but Lewis will be heading this weekend to the former GP circuit at Lochgilphead for the second round of the SACA Scottish Motocross Championship.

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