Round 1, Afan, Wales of the British 4X Series
Easter Sunday brought us a sunny afan for the 1st round of the british 4x series. Our team rider Alex Metcalfe was there representing in the pro category here is Alex's race report from his week end.
The last weekend in March brought us to the surprisingly sunny Wales, a first in a long time I have visted wales and it hasn't rained.
Set off friday morning, striaght to Derby to pick the new slim line model of Ramon up and headed up to the tyre sponsonors HQ, Rubena Tyres as always it was a great visit.
Arrived at Afan in the Afternoon, kitted striaght up and hit the track, Afan being of of the most demanding tracks of the season with corked screw corners, a bridge, a 30 meter rock garden and fast pro line, there are a lot places to mess up on this track and it takes no prisoners.
Saturday was such a chilled out relaxing day, making sure I had all the right lines and big style over the pro striaght for the cameras. It was nice to see the sun out and not have to worry about tyre choice, the rubena Harpies were the perfect choice, it was also great to get out and show off my new static race shirt.
Sunday race day was very nerve racking, gate practise was feeling good but the race nerves were still there and after a slight mechanical with the bike I was readfy for racing. It was all to play for in the first corner, alll in, and one out the most of the time, complete and utter carnage! The rest of the track was no easier, loose rock and dusty surfaces making it hard to turn safely.
Qualifying motos I had a second, third and a second with an off in my off in my second moto, My front wheel dug in to a corner and the bike bucked me over the bars, landing on the backside of the step up on a rock.
Quarter finales, not getting the best gates I still found a good line through the first corner and held second, a little slip pushed me out wide after the bridge dropping back into third, I hit the pro line to catch up but cased the top of the second and lost all my speed and finishing my day with a third place and a early bath.
Not a great days racing, bruised back and what not, but live to race another day, bring on round 2 at the brand new track in Falmouth.
Big thanks to, Rubena Tyres, Static Clothing, Uberbike Components, Maxim Bikes and Nurishment Active for a great all together bike, Kit and brink.
Thanks to Dave Franciosy and Cal Woottan for some great photos!
Check out this little edit from Cal Woottan of the boys steezing the pro line!