Martin Barr scored two seconds and a third to take second overall at Desertmartin this weekend, his first outing for Tyco Suzuki in the British Motocross championship since he signed for the team just a few weeks ago.
It was a more impressive feat, once you learnt that the Ballyclare rider had been penalised 60 seconds in qualifying for stopping during the session, so instead of having third pick of the gate he was put back to twenty-ninth.
He said afterwards, “Desertmartin turned into a good day for me, but started tough, getting put back to twenty-ninth pick of the gate after qualifying third, after collecting a sixty second penalty.
“I tried not to think too much about it and got on with the job. I got a good start and was up to second by the end of the first lap.
“I had a really good battle with Karro and we touched a few times on the last lap, but I managed to hold on for second.
“In the second race I made another good start and held second place throughout, and in the third race I got away in fifth but finished the race third, which was good enough for second overall. I’m also up to sixth in the championship standings.
“The whole team did a mega job today and the local support really helped me, so I want to say thanks to everyone for that.”
After touching with another rider in mid air, he was subsequently run over by three other riders which ended his day prematurely. Thankfully, will be back to defend his Red Bull Pro National championship lead in two weeks’ time.
He said, “Desertmartin was a day to forget as it just seemed nothing was going to go right for me.
“I’m disappointed not to get a good result, but I’m also very lucky to walk away from my crash just a little battered and bruised.
“Three riders ran over me and one hit the bottom of my back pretty hard. I got checked out at the track but will also visit my doctor when I get home. I now have two weeks to recover for the Red Bull at Canada Heights, so that’s my main focus now.
“Injuries are never good, but I’ve bounced back from them enough times in the past, so this will be no different.”
Stuart Edmonds had one of his best outings in the MX2 class on his RM-Z250, carding 4-5-6 for the weekend, and said afterwards “After changing a few things this past couple of weeks, Desertmartin ended up a great day for me.
“My RM-Z250 handled like a dream around Desertmartin, so I just want to thank everyone in the Tyco Suzuki team for a big effort, especially my mechanic Phil. Roll on Canada Heights and that podium.”
Team Principal, Philip Neill, added, “What a comeback weekend for Martin Barr.
“He did win on his debut on the RM-Z450 at the last round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals, however, his riding display at Desertmartin against opposition that currently features highly in world championship competition, is final confirmation that he has really gelled with the RM-Z and the Tyco Suzuki team.
“Stephen really had no luck all day, especially after a scary first corner crash in race one.
“He showed guts to remount and come through to eleventh place, but the race one crash was little in comparison to the mid air collision he had in race two, which ended his day prematurely. Thankfully he has come away with just cuts and bruises.
“Stuart enjoyed his best ever weekend in British championship racing, and although he does struggle a little bit off the gate, watching him pass other riders with ease was great to watch, and no better place to do it than in front of a home crowd.
“Fair play to the boys in the team, it was a great day all round and a nice way to repay our sponsors, especially Suzuki and Tyco Security Products for their support.”