Consistency Claims Third In Championship For Kullas

/ January 19, 2015

Kullas01Heads & All Threads Suzuki’s Harri Kullas moved into third place in the Arenacross Championship standings at the weekend, with the 22-year-old taking a brace of fourth placed finishes from rounds two and three at the Odyssey arena in Belfast.

Round two, which ran on the Friday night, saw Kullas take the wins in both of his heat races on his RM-Z450, but he just couldn’t piece it together in the main event, missing the podium to finish fourth behind Suzuki-mounted Thomas Ramette.

It was also Gary Gibson’s first Arenacross round of the season, with Kullas’ teammate for the British MX2 championship season making his debut after breaking his collarbone in the winter.

It was a steady debut, with Gibson carding 6th and 8th in his two heat races, before hitting his stride and winning the last chance qualifier. He finished 11th in the main event.

With Belfast hosting back-to-back rounds, round three took place on the Saturday night, with Kullas again qualifying for the main event. After a disappointing fifth in the first heat race, he finished second  in the other.

The Finnish rider also put on a solid display in the Head to Head event, eventually finishing second to Thomas Ramette on the SR75-Molson Suzuki, and added another three points to his championship tally.

In the main event Kullas again came away with fourth place, narrowly missing the podium but it was enough to move into third place in the championship standings behind Florent Richier and the RM-Z450 of Thomas Ramette.

Kullas said, “It’s good to get two fourths and pick up some extra points in the head-to-head on Saturday. I’m a little disappointed not to make the podium, but it’s good to be consistent.

“I’ve moved into third in the championship which in the main thing. There are still five rounds to go, so there’s a long way yet.”

Gibson01Gibson, struggling with two nights of competition back-to-back as he continues his recovery from injury, finished 9th and 4th, but missed the main event.

He said, “I was going into Belfast with no expectations whatsoever, just to see how it went and see what my times were like. It was only my fourth time back on a bike since I broke my collarbone, so I’ve just been building up my strength. But it’s good to get the race buzz back and hopefully I’ll get a result in Birmingham.”