A couple of weeks ago I raced the BEC at Knighton which was a good event for where I won my class both days and was 3rd and 2nd overall, but not long after the event I thought I had a bit of a cold which I left and then before I knew it I had severe Bronchitis, the doctor told me that if I was unfit and over weight then I would of more than likely got pneumonia, I was told to rest which I did up until yesterday where I raced the last round of the British Cross Country Championship.
Going into the event I knew I wasn’t full fitness and with Jason Thomas riding I really wanted to try and do my best to stay with him, all hopes of that vanished on the first lap when I went over a jump and saw Ollie Moyce going down and I had no where to go and went straight into the back of the Husaberg which flicked me over the bars. I picked the bike up to find the front end slightly twisted , a broken hand guard and the worst of all a broken de-compression lever, and being a motocross bike it was something I needed. I watched all the championship class go past before it fired up and then looking at the dust realised that running with Jason was out of the question, after the first lap I was about 8th and really struggling in the dust to pass people, Jason already had 2 and a half minutes on me, the dust was horrendous.
I knew then I just had to concentrate on beating Ollie and Ash to secure the championship, I pushed for about 3 laps to try and catch up to them and just as I caught them it was like somebody turned a turned my lungs off, with being ill and breathing in all the dust I was struggling to breathe and consequently got very tired very quick, I passed Ollie and Ash and gapped them a little bit and that was all I could do, 1st and 2nd were gone with having a clear track for a few laps it was enough of a gap that I couldn’t close.
By half way I really didn’t feel good and all I kept telling myself was ‘do it for the team and the sponsors’ my pit crew were really good and kept pushing me as they knew I was struggling, It was the first time I was looking behind making sure I wasn’t getting caught rather than trying to push forward. I stalled the bike a couple of times which didn’t help as it was hard to start after my crash but the main thing was I beat the people I needed to and won another British Championship, now I just need to concentrate on winning the British Enduro Championship.