On what was the hottest weekends racing I have ever encountered; we took a look at the top three performances of the Lydd weekend.
With temperatures reaching 34 degrees and Lydd the official hottest place in the country it proved hard for lots of the riders to even manage to keep enough fluid on board never mind try and negotiate round the tight southern circuit that is interestingly enough at the side of Britain’s only registered desert...
The action started on Friday with free practice and then Saturday timed practice, many riders first time at the track and many riders first time smelling the tarmac or grass with plenty of crashes in the soaring heat.
I can genuinely say this is only one of the few times I have rode, and the track temp was too high for even the harder compound tyre which lead to lots of movement and a greasy feel to the surface, or maybe the previous nights alcohol content kicking in, obviously just re-hydrating the body.
We like to pick out notable performances across the classes and I don’t think we can start anywhere else than in the fastest class we have at the BMB in the Supermini class. Again, it was another dominant performance from the on and off-track duo of ex-Padgett’s pilot Joe Dickinson and tech/engine/2t genius Richard Slinn of Trick Tuning.
For anyone who ever gets down to an event (once the dreaded Covid goes away) it’s well worth heading over to their awning to see just how well the bikes are put together and the comradery between “Dicko and Trick” is unlike no other in the paddock with the job running like clockwork.
On track Joe was on fire and won both races, but made it difficult for himself in the first race after loosing the rear on the flowing right hander at the top of the circuit and dropping back to 3rd and 20 seconds off the lead but showing his class and the bikes ability to get his head down (behind his bent handlebars) to still take the win.
Trick at track side eagle eying every lap and generally shaking his head with a smile as Dicko chose to wheelie down the back straight one the win was in the bag. A great showing from a great pair, even at this level there is sometimes more to racing than what’s just happening on track, and this duo is definitely one of those.
The second mention goes out to another duo, but this time in opposite corners of the ring but with the upmost respect for each other. Ben Lord and Ryan Tyers are two of the most talented riders in the paddock and dominate the 140cc field, a real spectacle with their close racing and evenly matched machinery. When I say close racing, I mean close, sometimes even love tapping each other.
This weekend is was Ben Lord's turn to be on the end of a Symoto love tap when Tyers inevitably made contact with Lord's rear wheel of his parker racing machine taking them both down, a pure racing accident. No point deductions, disqualifications or squabbling with these two, a simple ‘sorry mate’ and I think I even saw a hug, sweet.
The action in the second race didn’t disappoint though as both men stayed on their bikes and battled it out to the flag with Lord taking it by 0.3 of a second, these fellas really are in a class of their own and I cant honestly see the championship title going onto anybody else mantlepiece than the above 2, more to come from these 2.
Our last one goes to dominant Vets rider James Mostyka who cleaned up in both races and was top of the sheets all weekend. James is a paddock favorite who always has a smile on his face and so he should with his results over the last few years. An excellent big bike rider who has competed at a good standard “back int’ day” whose skills have set him up nicely on the smaller machines.
Riding a GP style bike really suits “Moz” and again is a class above anybody else in the vets and I think the others would back that up. Missing the first round at Ellough Park with personal issues (well dog issues) it was great to have him back circulating at a very impressive speed and style to go along with it.
The next round will take us to the Midlands circuit and a favorite of the riders in Whilton Mill on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August.