Paul Holmes Earns British MX Win
Paul Holmes took his KTM 505 SX to another overall win in the fourth round of the 2009 ACU British MMX Quad Championship on May 24. Holmes went 2-1 in the two motos to secure the overall victory.
A traditional old-school natural terrain circuit, the Asham Woods venue proved to be extremely fast and dusty as the day progressed. Holmes and teammate James Hellewell were involved in some fantastic battles throughout their two twenty five minute plus two-lap motos that kept the large crowd well entertained.
After posting first and 18th fastest times respectively in qualification, the opening moto for Holmes and Hellewell was not without its problems. After settling in to an opening lap fourth, Holmes’ initial progress was hampered significantly by the incessant dust before battling through to second. Hellewell was running just outside the top 20 and on a charge before getting a puncture which forced an unfortunate early retirement.
The second race of the day provided the most exciting action for the KTM pilots. After starting in second, Holmes took the lead halfway around the opening lap. He would swap the top position several times over the opening three laps in an epic battle before making his break at the ten-minute mark and holding position for his fourth moto victory in a week. Hellewell put the disappointment of the opening moto behind him to charge through the field from 21st on the opening lap to finish 15th at the checkered flag.
“It’s been another fantastic result for KTM, the team and myself, and to come away with another overall win is brilliant,” says Holmes. “I didn’t get a bad start in the first race but the dust was really bad and made it difficult to pass. Things did settle down a little as the field got more spread out, and I was able to move up to second in the latter stages and was catching the leader but just ran out of time.
“The second race was awesome and I enjoyed the battle that we had in the early laps, but with the KTM 505 SX pulling really strongly I was able to take the fastest lap of the race as I broke away and held my lead to the flag.”
“Despite the obvious disappointment in race one I am feeling really good at my overall performance today,” says Hellewell. “I didn’t choose the best tire for practice and struggled to get a good time which left me on the second row and at a disadvantage, but I felt really good on the bike and am delighted with the way I was able to work through the field in the second moto, the result moving me up to 23rd in the series.”