Relentless Suzuki by TAS MX rider, Mel Pocock, put on the best show possible at the team's home round at Desermartin in Northern Ireland today, not only securing his and the team's first win in the Red Bull Pro National series, but by backing it up straightaway with a second victory in the very next race.
Qualifying in third and not enjoying the best of starts in the opening race of the day, Pocock's debut victory didn't look so likely in the early stages of race one, running ninth into the first corner. But an inspired ride in the early stages saw the RM-Z250 rider catch and pass leader Banks-Browne before a battle right to the wire ensued, with Pocock taking a great first win.
Elated to break his duck in front of an appreciative Irish crowd, the team's young-gun started race two far more confidently, running second into turn one behind Banks-Browne once again. With a further boost to confidence after his main rival ran off the track, Pocock looked set for an easy cruise to his second victory, but gave himself work to do before crossing the line, after a drop in pace saw him left to fight back, still taking the eventual win and stamping his and the Relentless backed team's authority on the MX2 class.
Mel Pocock: "That will do! I was absolutely delighted to get that first race win, but to then back it up with another in race two was just fantastic. The bike as ever was great and the track perfect with mega support from the team's home crowd. After the first race win I felt so much more confident for the start of the second, and despite a bit of a wobble mid-race, we still managed to end the day in the best way possible. A huge thank you to the team and everyone who's supported me this year. I hope this repays everyone for their belief in me. Lets just hope this is the start of things to come."
In the MX1 class, Gordon Crockard decided to go 'retro' for his home round, returning to two-stroke machinery and finishing a great fifth place overall on his RM250 Suzuki, just one day after taking the overall win in the Open 2-stroke class too. TAS backed Josh Waterman rode to an impressive fourth place finish in the opening MX1 race, before suffering a huge crash in race two, remounting from dead-last to finish in a respectable 7th position.
Team manager, Adam Lyons: "Well, we couldn't ask for more today and Mel delivered! To win your first race is special, but to do the double and to do it at the team's home round really is fairytale stuff. Mel was under a fair amount of pressure today too, as the round is so close to our team base, so we pulled the big British Superbike truck up for it and had many guest and friends of the team along - so to end the day with complete domination in MX2 is really special. As a team, we've seen Mel mature tremendously and even in that second race after getting that first win, you could see a more confident rider. I am sure this is start of something special now for Mel.
"Gordon rode to a great overall win in the two-stroke races yesterday here, so we decided to do something a bit different for our home round and let him go retro by using the RM250. He bagged a very respectable result and showed that the two-strokes can still cut it too. As for Josh, a big well done to him. His first race was good but to come back from that crash in race two and even get back on the bike is impressive, let alone bag a decent result, so a big well done to him too - a great day for all."
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