The thick, sticky mud at the clay based Horsham motocross circuit, tossed up all sorts of challenges for the Serco Yamaha duo of Mitch Evans and Jackson Richardson but despite the rough day, both remain firmly in contention for the MX2 championship, siting second and third respectively.
On a day that most riders clicked into survival mode to just circulate the difficult conditons, both Serco Yamaha riders fell from their machines at critical stages during the day and as a result, weren‰Ûªt able to cash in on their good speed.
MX2 rookie, Mitch Evans carried the points leaders red plate into the round after some sensational racing at rounds two and three. Evans was confident in the mud as he had previously done well in wet conditions but the day ay Horsham proved unlike anything he had raced before.
In moto one, Evans was in a terrible position as the field battled through turn one. To his credit, he stayed calm while there was carnage all around him and he rounded the first lap in a respectable sixth place. He continued to work away and slowly moved forward to take fourth place at the completion of the 30minute moto.
Race two and Evans wasn‰Ûªt as fortunate. He fell in the first turn and was stone last to get up and moving again. He came past the finish line on the first lap in 24th place and with a lot of work ahead of him. On a difficult track to pass, Evans managed to claw his way up to ninth place by the end of the race and round out the weekend in fifth overall.
‰ÛÏIt was a tough weekend, no question,‰Û