After having seen round 2 of the IMBA MX2 European Championship cancelled due to a waterlogged track, what a contrast in conditions greeted Team AMCA Great Britain on Saturday!
Clear blue skies and soaring temperatures were the order of the day for the latest IMBA action held at Allaire in North West France. Representing Team GB at this always popular event which starts in daylight and finishes under floodlights in the early hours of Sunday morning were Josh Waterman(JD Racing/IDS Transport KTM), Lewis King(Wulfsport/Rock-Oil Suzuki), Jack Gardner(FUS Moto4 Fro Husqvarna) and Ryan Pottenger(Wulfsport/Rock-Oil Suzuki) with Adam Wells(Apico Yamaha) coming in as a late replacement for the injured Zac Stealey.
When the action got underway, it was reigning four-times IMBA Champion John Cuppen of Holland who recorded the fastest qualifying time, just pipping Lewis King. That form was to then be repeated in the opening moto of the day as the immaculate Cuppen took the win with King a very close 2nd and Karl Schepmans of Belgium in 3rd. Next best for Team GB was Waterman, getting home in 5th with Gardner 7th, Wells 10th and Pottenger 23rd.
Moto two at Allaire was again all about Cuppen and King as they locked horns in a truly fantastic tussle. For the majority of the contest it was King on the Wulfsport/Rock-Oil Suzuki who led the way until the flying Dutchman Cuppen managed to squeeze through in the closing stages. Gardner having another very impressive European Championship outing took a super 4th as Waterman was fighting hard at the top end of the contest to bag a strong 5th. In what was to be a very productive moto for the battling Brits, Wells also earned 10th and Pottenger 23rd.
Unfortunately in the final floodlit Allaire clash, the gallant King’s hopes of a deserved podium spot were to then be dashed when mechanical gremlins struck, restricting him to a frustrating 24th place. Flying the Union Jack in style this time around was Waterman who took a super 2nd spot, enough to also earn him the runner-up placing on the day. With Gardner also well down in this one, the next Brit home was Wells in 8th as Pottenger took 20th. Next up for Team GB is their home round at Penkridge in Staffordshire on July 31st when Waterman will attempt to reduce the 44 point deficit that currently exists between himself and Cuppen.
IMBA MX2 European Championship(Round 3) Top ten 1 John Cuppen(Holland) 60+60+60= 180 points 2 Josh Waterman(GB) 45+45+54=144 3 Karel Schepmans(Belgium) 50+41+45=136 4 Christoph Selent(Germany) 43+43+47=133 5 Lewis King(GB) 54+54+17=125 6 Jacky Tausch(Holland) 47+50+26=123 7 Fabio Tessari(Italy) 39+33+43=115 8 Adam Wells(GB) 35+35+39=109 9 Quentin Nowak(France) 31+27+50=108 10 Jack Gardner(GB) 41+47+16=104. Other British placing 23rd Ryan Pottenger 18+18+21=57.
Leading IMBA Championship positions 1 Cuppen 343 points 2 Waterman 299 3 Tausch 280 4 Tessari 269 5 Selent 256 6 Gardner 233 7 Nowak 221 8 Schepmans 215 9 Marcello Pierfederci(Italy) 208 10 King 207.