Conrad Mewse was again the class act at the Hawkstone Park round of the 2018 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship but a damaging DNF second moto soured the weekend.
Qualifying on pole position in MX2 on his KTM 250 SX-F, he converted that into a brilliant and dominant first moto victory, taking the win by over 41 seconds from Mel Pocock and lapping with a best time two seconds faster than the opposition.
The second moto was less successful, with Mewse way down the order at the start. Almost dead last, despite a valiant effort to pull back through the order by lapping at top-10 pace, he was forced to retire after lap five due to a finger injury that needed medical attention.
Despite the DNF in race two, the Shepton Mallet youngster secured eighth overall on the day and retains the championship lead by 14 points over Joshua Gilbert with Pocock – who took the overall on the day – just a further point back.
Team Manager, Lee Tolan, said: “Conrad, a win and a DNF. It’s a bit of a knockback for everyone but it’s an eighth overall on the day for him and not a bad result considering he was forced to retire from the second race.”
Tolan explained how their other MX2 rider got on at Hawkstone: “Michael is progressing yet again. In the first moto the bike wasn’t entirely to his liking, so for the second we made some adjustments and he went out feeling confident and swinging, he was up there at the front for a while before dropping back some places.
“We are not sure if it was down to fitness or not being used to racing alongside some of those top riders, but it’s another round with clear progression for him – 100 per cent better!”