Raceline Pirelli KTM‰Ûªs Jayden Rykers and Morgan Forgarty were forced to contend with the most difficult track conditions of the series so far last Sunday, with Round 4 of the Motul MX Nationals at Horsham marking the first mud race of the championship.
Despite the weather being a sunny 19 degrees on Sunday, heavy rain in the lead up to the event meant riders were met with a complete mud fest for racing yesterday, both Rykers and Fogarty experiencing their fair share of challenges on the treacherous circuit.
MX2 rider Rykers started his day off well, qualifying in a comfortable 7th position, however when moto one kicked off, all competitors were forced to contend with a track that was more about survival than skill. Unfortunately for Rykers moto one resulted in a DNF, while in moto two, thankfully the track had dried out slightly, providing the class with more grip, and at the conclusion of the 20-minute moto the KTM 250 SX-F rider had charged his way to a solid eighth position. Despite being unable to finish the opening moto, Rykers finished in 14th overall at Horsham.
‰ÛÏI finished with a DNF, and an eighth yesterday so it definitely wasn‰Ûªt the day we were hoping for. In the first moto I was able to tuck up the inside of the first corner and come out in the top five, I made up a few positions, but with poor vision I unfortunately went down and the bike got very hot which forced me to DNF,‰Û