The Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha team made positive strides forward at the weekend as they raced in the third round of the 2021 Revo ACU British Motocross Championship at Canada Heights in Kent.
The previous weeks MX Nationals round didn’t go to plan and a week of testing and training put the team in a buoyant mood heading into the weekend.
Sam Nunn looked the more comfortable of the team in qualifying and backed that up with a tremendous fight through the pack in moto 1, finishing an excellent 12th in a stacked field of MX2 racers.
Lewis Hall suffered a mechanical mishap in moto one, which resulted in a DNF, while a few falls, mistakes and being in the wrong place at the wrong time hampered his result in the second race, finishing in 25th, but his speed was again clear to see.
Nunn once again rode well in the second moto, but a start outside the top 30 made it an insurmountable mountain to climb into the points, and he would finish 21st for 16th overall.
“We can take heart from this weekend,” said team boss Rob Hooper. “We have worked hard all week, and the lads have shown improvement and more willingness to get stuck in. I am really pleased with Sam; his first moto was his best since he has been with the team, showing the speed we have seen from him in practice. Lewis’s time will come, he just needs to keep digging deep and make better starts, and he won’t get into so much trouble on the track, and his speed will turn into results.”
Sam said of the weekend, “It was a good day yesterday; I was really happy with the first race as it was a step in the right direction, and I felt like my speed was good all day, just a bad start in the second race made it hard to move forward on a track that was very hard to pass on. I am looking forward to the next one.”
The team now head to Sherwood this weekend for the second round of the Bridgestone British Masters Championship, where Sam sits 7th in the standings and Lewis 17th.
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