Double Podium at Fat Cat - 10th March
|The Hitachi KTM Fuelled By Milwaukee team returned to the UK this weekend for the opening round of the Maxxis British Motocross championship.|
Kicking off his title defence with a perfect start, Conrad Mewse secured a second gate pick in the mornings qualifying session, just 0.035 seconds behind the session leader. Keen to impress a new domestic fan base, Bas Vaessan set about the day in style qualifying one position and 0.778 seconds behind his team mate. Both riders made the most of their gate choices and launched off the steel grates into the wet sand of Fat Cat flawlessly, Bas initially having the advantage. With the opening laps completed Conrad settled into a rhythm, reeling in his Dutch team mate lap on lap before putting in a pass mid race on Bas who took a small tumble. Quick to his feet and with a the #426 as a hare the newcomer kept the crowds excited, putting in a series of perfect laps and almost catching race winner Mewse in the last couple of turns.
The track heavily rutted and bumpy from a full card of races, including two MX1 motos, proved to be a vigorous test of both rider skill and physical fitness for the entire field. However, the world class talent of the both riders continued to shine through the extreme changes of weather in the second moto. Onboard the number 98 KTM 250 SX-F, Vaessen took charge of proceedings early on, securing first position and leading Mewse for the 25-minute +2 race. The Shepton Mallet rider Mewse put pressure on the leader right up until the chequered flag, finishing just 1.5 seconds behind, and in doing so the pair pulled a huge gap of 40 seconds over third place finisher Alvin Ostlund.