Motocross

Louis Calvin takes tenth overall in Maxxis British Motocross Championship debut

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Louis Calvin has raced at the final round of the 2011 Maxxis British Motocross Championship with the Boost Energy KTM team at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire over the weekend.

The West Australian, racing in the MX1 class, qualified sixteenth in cool and overcast conditions for his first crack at a championship round.

The 2011 MX Nationals 'Andrew McFarlane Privateer of the Year' winner had a bit of trouble with the concrete starts and started his first race near the back of the pack but impressively made short work of several rivals in just one lap. Soon after, he found himself in thirteenth, battling Nathan Watson and Josh Waterman throughout the race and keeping the position to the finish line.

The second race was another start in mid-pack, but as with the first race, Calvin made steady progress up the pack before running into stiff competition from Watson in twelfth. Biding his time, he stalked Watson to the end, and then took ruthless advantage in the last corners to pass Watson for eleventh place.

Calvin found himself shadowing Watson again in his final race after a start in thirteenth. Making short work of two more rivals gave Calvin the push he needed to progress to tenth, where he gave Jamie Law a hard time for the remainder of the race, ending tenth, and tenth overall on the day.

"Today was good. I struggled all day getting off that concrete start; I kept going sideways," Calvin explained.

"We changed the mapping on the bike for the last one and that went better. The guys in the team couldn't be more helpful. The races got progressively better, I think I'm still a bit tired from the flight and training throughout the week; maybe I pushed it a bit hard with a long flight behind me. I'm looking forward to maybe having a go at doing a supercross here, maybe try the first round and see how we go," he concluded.

The round was won by 2011 MX Championship winn Brad Anderson of the PAR Honda team.

Main Photo: Louis Calvin in action at Hawkstone Park

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