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Propain Dirt Zelvy – BDS Moelfre 2016 recap

4X and downhill success in Wales

Here’s the latest from the Propain Dirt Zelvy boys on a weekend that included downhill and four cross success.

Photos: Dan Hearn

 

It was another belter of a BDS weekend for the Proapin Dirt Zelvy boys on a track they weren’t really looking forward to. Saturday was dry and the Moelfre track was spitting dust as the riders flew down, unfortunately there was one puddle on track, which Innes described as “not cool”.

The real highlight of Saturday was the 4X National Champs though. Phil decided to race on Innes’ bike with street tyres fitted – he even had to pump them up between each round as he had a slow puncture. He only got in two practice runs but ended up finishing fifth after an evening of flat out racing

 

On Sunday the rain came down and, while this didn’t affect the top of the track too much, it turned the final grassy corner into a slippery roulette.

James Purves put together his first full run of the year and managed to grab the top spot. He said: “I was a bit unsure about how quick I was going after seeding because I had a mint run and the time didn’t really add up. It got a bit wet which was a bit nicer, it was a bit windy up there and I thought I’d messed up a couple of times but I got most of the turns pretty sick.”

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After his win in Bala, Innes Graham found himself in the unusual position of having to race for points, not just results. He took a heavy crash in seeding and then played it a little too safe in finals to finish tenth. He said: “I’ve never been in the position I am just now. I feel like I’ve come a long way this year and I’ve learnt a lot this weekend but that run wasn’t what I know I could have done.”

 

Off the back of his 4X success, Phil Atwill was charging in the downhill and ended up just off the podium in sixth. He said: “This morning was dry and it just got wetter and wetter and come lunch it was pissing it down. I had a Hans Dampf on the back that gripped much better than the semi-slick in qualies. And I beat Innes, it’s all love but it’s hate at the same time.”

 

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