MJW Go&Fun Kawasaki's returned to full strength this weekend at the MX Nationals at FatCat Moto Parc as Will Keogh returned to racing after a serious operation he was joined there by his team-mate Rob Davidson. The youth squad consisting of Dan Shepherd and Denny Repson competed elsewhere at round three of the GT Cup at Warmingham.
At the GT Cup Denny struggling off the start in the opening race and was last after a crash, he worked hard and managed to finish in a points scoring position of 19th. He was able to drastically improve in race two with a ninth, in the third race another crash hindered his progress but secured 13th. He gained another 13th and ninth in the final two races of the day and gained 11th overall on the weekend.
Dan had a few technical issues during qualifying and the opening race of the day, after working on his bike he was back out for race two and got to 12th. He rode consistently well throughout the rest of the races securing some solid points scoring positions and ended the weekend in a low 18th place after his race one DNF.
At the MX Nationals Will Keogh had a good solid return to racing and had no pressure on him to secure any results. Will worked hard all weekend and enjoyed his time back on the MJW Go&Fun Kawasaki. He was competing in the MXY2 class and gained a great eighth and seventh place in the first two races. On Sunday he was a little disappointed with a 13th place in race one and was running in a solid eighth place in race two when a crash towards the closing stages dropped him back two places, he gained a fantastic eighth overall for the weekend, a great return to racing for the youngster.
Rob Davidson has moved up to the adult class this year and is racing in the fiercely competitive MX2 class. He raced hard all weekend against some of the best riders in the country and he secured a fifth, seventh and sixth place giving him sixth overall. He rode strong and well throughout the weekend on the very demanding track making progress and learning more each time he raced.
Dan Shepherd - "It was a tough weekend at the GT Cup as I had a few problems with my bike over the weekend which caused me a few problems come the races. I enjoyed the races and did the best I could but I know I have more to come at the remaining races of the season."
Denny Rapson - "I was happy with seventh in qualifying, as I am normally bad at qualifying. That put me to a good start. The first race I had a bad crash on the start and was in last but came back to nineteenth, then in the second race I got the hole shot which I was really happy with and got ninth. The third race I started in eighth and crashed, went to twenty-first and came back to thirteenth, then the fourth race I got thirteenth and then in the last race I got ninth. I was really happy with my riding and I'm looking forward to the next round."
Rob Davidson - "It was a good weekend overall in the Pro class. It wasn't the best result, I just couldn't get very good starts because the gates weren't very fair, but it is what it is. It's good to be back on the KX250F for this round, I really like it and it handles a lot better. I'm looking forward to the Maxxis next weekend!"
Will Keogh - "It's been alright; I surprised myself because of my injuries I've been off the bike for eight weeks, and I rode pretty well. I was just getting a bit tired towards the end but I'm impressed with an eighth place overall!"
Team Manager/Owner - Mark Woodage - "It's meant to be a relaxed weekend for myself, a weekend off from what I normally do, but it was good to come to our local track and support the older riders of the team while the youngsters are at the GT Cup flying the flag there. It was very positive for Rob, the lap times are important for us against the front runners like Bradshaw and Mackenzie. We're within a couple of seconds of them a lap now, which is a big improvement to last year, where he was off them by four to five seconds. Rob's improving all the time, it's a big learning year for him and we'll just keep going forward. Will, well, this is his first time racing this year, and he shouldn't be riding really after his operation only five weeks ago, but he wanted to see where he was. He's only at around sixty percent and got a handful of top tens, so that's really positive, and once Will's fit, he'll be at the sharp end, dicing for podiums, it's good really. I would also like to congratulate Patrick Major who we help and support he had a great weekend in the MX1 class in the MX Nationals."