The supermotoland Husqvarna race team took two of its youngest riders to the Spanish Supermoto GP at the circuit of Alcarras in North eastern Spain last weekend and they both had a great experience and almost came away with a podium.
18 year old Australian racer Harley Thomas flew in for a wild card ride at the GP and despite this only being the 2nd year that the teenager has raced supermoto he came away with a 13th position in the S1GP rookies cup. Harley showed how he continues to improve with every race and was soon overtaking riders that last year he was struggling to stay with. With father Wayne on the sidelines cheering on his son, it was a great weekend with an encouraging result which means the young Australian will be looking to return next year to have another go at the world championships.
22 year old British racer Loris Ford-Dunn raced in the SM4 (road only ) class and showed the speed that he is always capable of at the highest level of supermoto road racing. He qualified in 4th position just 0.6 seconds off pole and then finished 3rd in race one and 5th in the second race after a rain shower soaked the track just before the race, and it proved to be a lottery on tire wear as the track dried out and the riders tried to nurse their wet tyres home on a rapidly drying track. The result was enough for 4th overall but a podium was so close that it proved to be a frustrating weekend, and a case of what could of been.
Whilst Harley flys back to Australia to continue racing in the Australian supermoto scene, Loris is on a quick turn around as he prepares for the final round of the Spanish Supermoto championship at Kotar circuit situated half way between Madrid and Burgos. This weekend is the 5th and final round of the spanish championship and Loris is aiming for a strong result to round the season off.