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BDS Round 5 - Moelfre, 11/12 July 2015

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Practice run - BDS round 5 Moelfre

With barely time to breathe after getting back from the world cup in Switzerland, it was time to get the race van loaded again and on the road for the next round of the British Downhill Series. This time it was Moelfre playing host to round 5. The track at Moelfre is fast and flat out, without many technical sections to separate riders, so times would be tight! The wind always makes the place interesting, trying to blow riders off their bikes especially at the top along the open hillside.
After setting up the team pits along the finish straight and having some dinner, we headed up the hill to walk the track. The guys weren’t expecting anything too different to what Moelfre usually provides, but word was that the jumps had been made bigger and a few new corners had been added in. The weather had been dry most of the week, so the track was dry and dusty and practice in the morning was going to be fast and loose!
We had some rain overnight, but by the time practice started in the morning you wouldn’t have known. The track was dusty dry and the lads were keen to get some runs in and were on the first load of trailers up the hill. Jack knows Moelfre well and said he felt great on the track from the outset. Jamie and Pete took a few runs to get into it and dial their lines, but by the time practice finished all of the lads had done a load of runs and were feeling fast. It had been really windy later in the afternoon making practice interesting and a lot of riders stopped riding, leaving the track nice and quiet for the lads to smash runs out! The uplift ran smoothly all day, which was great as it looks like the BDS have put their poor uplift days behind them!
It rained harder on Saturday night, so Sunday morning practice started out a bit wet under the rubber. For their first practice run the lads said it was mega slippery in places, with the hard dry ground having a layer of wet greasy mud on it. However, by 9.30 the sun and wind had dried things out and everyone expected it to get back to dusty loose conditions by racing. After 3 practice runs the lads were feeling good and ready to race.
Jamie had brake problems in both his seeding and race runs, leaving him yet again disappointed with his weekend. Pistol Pete qualified in 20th place with a few mistakes, so was hoping to have a better race run and be closer to the top 10. Unfortunately he said he was caught by a bad gust of wind halfway into his run which blew him off course, leaving him disappointed back in 21st place.
Jack was feeling confident going into the afternoon and felt there was a definite chance of him taking the win. He likes Moelfre and was feeling fast, so pushed hard in seeding to give him a good idea of how well he could do come race runs. With one mistake in the lower section of the course, he seeded in 4th place 2.6 seconds back. A podium was definitely on the cards, and with the perfect run he knew the win might be there for the taking.
His race run started well, pushing hard with no mistakes before the first split. He was 4th at the split, only 0.7 back from first and in contention. Unfortunately he messed up the exit of the corner into the 4X jumps section, loosing speed and then lossing momentum through the jumps and into the finish field. As a result he was 14th fastest through the bottom sector losing about a second on the other top guys. He finished in 8th place, 2 seconds off the win and disappointed. Still a great result which moves him into 8th place in the series, but when he felt a podium was on the cards, 8th was a disappointment for him.
Thanks again to all of the team sponsors: Trek, Oneal, Pacenti, MRP, Works Components, Fusion Design Studio, Bontrager, Schwable, Mojo Suspension, Rock Guardz, Ticky Bikes, Dirt Factory, DNA Sports Performance, East Coast Air Brush, Stoneswood Construction, Apolonia House, and Mark Davies.

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