Heads & All Threads Suzuki rider Harri Kullas took a win and a third place from the two heat races at the opening round of this year’s Arenacross championship in Manchester, before narrowly missing out on the podium in the main event, coming away with fourth overall.
Despite the former World MX2 rider campaigning the RM-Z250 in the British Championships this year, the Finn is running the new RM-Z450 in this year’s Arenacross series, and used the bike’s new Holeshot-Assist system to good effect, stealing the holeshot in both of his heat races.
He surrendered the lead in his first heat, finishing third, but grabbed the holeshot in his second heat and raced to victory.
In the head-to-heads, Kullas was forced wide and crashed, meaning he surrendered any chance of winning and gated 7th for the main event. He recovered his rhythm however, and went on to finish just off the podium in fourth. The race was won by Suzuki-mounted Thomas Ramette on the SR75-Molson Suzuki RM-Z450.
He said afterwards, “I’ve only had one day on the bike but I’m already really happy with it. We tried a few set-ups and we found a pretty good one, which is the main thing.
“The heat races went well; I got two holeshots and finished third and first, so I’m really happy with that.
“I was a bit slow in the first two laps of the main event but then made some passes and finished fourth. I think that’s okay for the first round, considering my time on the bike.
“I’m just really happy to be a part of the team and happy I made the decision to come to England. I’m looking forward to the season after this result.”
Team Manager Neil Prince added, “For me, a superb result really. Harri only rode the bike once before this event but you can see what he’s capable of.
“It took him two laps in the main to get into a rhythm after his crash, but you could see he was probably one of the strongest riders on the track; nice and tidy, so a big thumbs up from me.”
The next round of the Arenacross championship takes place in Belfast on 16 January.