Tyco Suzuki's Stephen Sword leads the 2012 British Red Bull Pro National Motocross Championship after storming to victory in both Motos at Sunday's opening round at Landrake in Cornwall.
The former Grand Prix star put the team's RM-Z450 Suzuki on the top step in both races taking a perfect 50-point haul for his day's efforts in the opening Red Bull Pro National event of the year. MX2 rider Stuart Edmonds finished 10th overall but an impressive fourth place in the second Moto was just the tonic the young Dubliner needed to kick-start his season; and like Sword, is confident of making a concerted effort to challenge for the Red Bull series title this season.
"I'm really over the moon with how things panned out at Landrake. It feels great to be back on the top step of the podium and as I said pre-event, a win was just what we all needed. I was pleased with my starts and the RM-Z450 was great off the line. I rode two very strong races; definitely my best of the year. I'm lucky my little mascot Ayrton was with me, so he will be coming from now on. This sets us up well in the Red Bull series and gives us a boost before the next British Championship round also."
"I finally got the result I can be happy with. We had bad luck in the first Moto when my front brake disk got bent and I had to ride to 11th place using only the back brake. I came through the pack in the second Moto, posting good times and had a good battle with Graeme Irwin. I'm pleased I managed to get past him in the final few corners. My Tyco Suzuki RM-Z250 handled like a dream on the rough track and I'm now looking forward to our next outing."
Adam Lyons - Team Manager:
"That's the sort of result we all knew Stephen was capable of and also showed the pedigree of the RM-Z450 Suzuki. This was a big confidence weekend for both riders and, but for a little bit of misfortune in the first Moto, Stuart could have been up there in amongst the front runners in his class. The Red Bull series is a well organised Championship and it's very satisfying for everyone involved at Tyco Suzuki that we are leading from the front. I put my head on the block this weekend and said we needed to 'pull the pin' and the boys haven't let me down."