Held at Shiplaw MX track between Peebles and Penicuik on Saturday 21st May, ATV World Yamaha’s John Mitchell raced with his 2009 YFZ450R practice bike on a hard-packed track. With no qualifying it was two practise laps before race one got underway. John took the holeshot and never looked back, finishing comfortably ahead of Leon Beda and Barry Main.
Riding in third place during race two, John rode well and passed Leon with only Mark Watson ahead. As John was riding in second place, his seat came off. John had to stop to fix the problem and Leon passed him. He pushed hard and again got passed Leon but on the last lap, his seat came off again! John had to ride standing up but was able to maintain his position and finish second.
John was third into the first corner in race three, just behind Leon and Mark. As he passed Leon, disaster for Mark Watson as his axle snapped which left John in first place, taking the win and the overall first place on the day.
“It’s been a good, competitive days racing which I’ve really enjoyed ahead of the second round of the British Championships at Duns in a few weeks. The track was really good and we have been lucky with the weather today. I’m still training hard this season and of course I’m thrilled to have made it five wins from five.”
As John mentioned, the next race for Team ATV World Yamaha will be at Duns for round two of the ACU Goldspeed British Quad Cross Championships 2011 on the 12th June.
Thanks again for all the support from sponsors who along with their outstanding products have helped develop a potential championship winning team for the 2011 season.