Goldspeed ACU British Quadcross Championships Round Two, June 12th 2011
ATV World Yamaha rider John Mitchell took the overall win at the Duns MX Track in round two of the Goldspeed ACU British Quadcross Championships onboard his Laeger’s Yamaha YZF450R.
On a rough and muddy track, John was running ninth in qualifying until in the dying seconds, he made a flying lap to get fourth. This gave John a good gate position and as race one started, he stormed into second position just behind Paul Holmes. John continued to press and Paul came off. Now leading, he surged forward and increased his lead to 15 seconds ahead of Paul Winrow and Jason Macbeth. On the penultimate lap, John stalled and was passed by the two Hondas. He quickly rejoined the race and blasted his way up to Macbeth, managing to retake the position but Winrow had since finished and John had to accept second place.
Determined to increase his points lead, John started race two looking for the lead but found a pile up going into the first corner. Trailing in tenth place John pushed and began closing in on the leaders. Soon it was Holmes up front with Watson and John putting the pressure on. The action had spectators on edge as the fast riders tussled for lead position. Already hurting from coming off in race one, Holmes was passed by Watson and John. Watson was fast but John was right behind him and took a better line through the main tabletop, rocketing past Watson midair in one of the most impressive overtakes of the round. The two stayed tight for a few more laps until Watson came off a tabletop and dropped his position to a resurgent Holmes. John steered his quad past the finish line, claiming first place and the overall win.