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Two Brits & a Frenchman on top at the British round of the European Championship

MATTERLEY BASIN (Great Britain), 19 June 2016 – Matterley Basin is a track that aspiring racers dream of riding. It hosts only one event per year, the FIM Motocross World Championship, and since the addition of the European Championship to the paddock of MXGP, young guns from all over the world have been able to take advantage of the unique opportunity to race on this world-class circuit.

Why is it so great? The track has an awesome flow, it has great dirt, it also has plenty of cool obstacles such as perfectly sculpted jumps, which for the youngsters are awesome to throw greasy whips over, and it also has a big selection of ruts to lay into and sweeping turns to power slide around.

The fans love it just as much as the riders because they can see the entire track from almost anywhere, which was extra awesome for the British fans today with British riders winning two of the three European Championship classes.

The seventh round of the European Championship EMX250 was won by British wild card, Apico Husqvarna’s Steven Clarke, while the fourth round of the European Championship EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing was won by GL12 Yamaha Racing’s Brit, Brad Anderson.

Meanwhile, KTM Silver Action Stephen Rubini topped the box for the second time on the bounce here at the fifth round of the European Championship EMX125 presented by FMF Racing.

No one had anything for KTM Factory Junior’s hot starter Jorge Prado who took yet another holeshot ahead of the local hero Apico Husqvarna’s Steven Clarke and the most recent round winner, Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Darian Sanayei. The championship leader Bodo Scmidt Motorsport’s Thomas Kjer Olsen was also up front in fourth with Suzuki World MX2 star Bas Vaessen hot on his heels.

Sanayei was quick to make a move on Clarke. He pinned it up the inside, but Clarke shut the door, so he switched his lines and threw Clarkey off with a move around the outside. Sanayei got really hard on the brakes heading into the next turn, which saw Clarke run into him. Both riders stayed up and continued to battle hard, but it was Sanayei who crossed the line on lap two with the advantage of second place.

Sanayei won a race here at Matterley Basin last year, on his EMX250 debut, and looked to be feeling it again today as he took massive chunks out of the lead of Prado and nailed it up the inside of the Spaniard on lap four. Although Sanayei was running a fierce pace, the rookie, Prado, looked hungry for a win and remounted an attack. A mistake by the young KTM rider dropped him back and he failed to regain the lost ground.

Meanwhile, Vaessen started hammering it until his bike started cutting out, which forced him to pull into pit-lane.

With two laps to go, Clarke tipped some of the energy from the British fans in his fuel tank and charged past Prado for second despite catching his foot peg on the top of a jump while scrubbing. It looked a bit sketchy but the Brit was able to style it out.

Upping the intensity on the last lap, Thomas Kjer Olsen remembered what his right wrist is good for and started to twist it. The strong Dane caught Prado and Clarke. He managed to get Prado for third but Clarke held on tight for second. Sanayei, on the other hand, took his third consecutive race win while Prado was fourth with Nicolas Dercourt rounding out the top five.

In Race 2, Darian Sanayei got off to an ideal start with a massive holeshot but it wasn’t as smooth sailing as he would have hoped for with Steven Clarke not in the mood for games.

Clarke wasn’t taking any prisoners on his way to the front and went into a turn so hot he made the sun feel cold. It was with that corner speed he took the lead and went on to win the race and his home round of the European Championship.

Meanwhile Jorge Prado was dealing with pressure from Bas Vaessen for half of a lap before the Suzuki rider hucked the quad massively and set the Spaniard up around the next turn to make the pass for third. The next rider to give Prado some grief was the championship leader, Thomas Kjer Olsen, who used his race smarts to take over fourth.

Up front, the fans were bought to their feet as Clarke struggled to shake Sanayei who was holding onto him while Kjer Olsen connected with Vaessen in a battle for third. Vaessen went down but only lost a spot and managed to finish the lap in fifth.