Lee Dunham of Wotton-under-Edge finishes third in MX1 IMBA European Championship
8:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
LEE DUNHAM secured a third place finish in the MX1 IMBA European Championship standings, writes Mike Wood.
The Maxxis Kawasaki rider from Wotton-under-Edge came ninth, fifth and ninth in the final round of the season at Meijel in Holland.
Dunham learnt the track well and adapted to the ever changing and worsening conditions of the Meijel sands to qualify in ninth position.
Lining up on the inside of the start gate in moto one, Dunham prepared his start rut and looked confident. However without getting the best of initial jumps, Dunham then had his work cut out trying to move up the leader board for the remainder of the race, eventually finishing ninth. In moto 2 Dunham grabbed that all important start and it showed after the first lap. Whilst producing a typically fast charge with fellow Brit Brad Oleary for half of the moto, when Oleary crashed it handed Dunham fifth position in the race and his personal best in the Dutch Sands.
By moto three, after three races of side cars and all other solo races completed, the Meijel sand track was turning into a seriously deep and rough course. Dunham kicked off with another good start, sitting him at the tail end of the leading pack. Riders from fifth to ninth were all really close and it looked like it could go anyway. Dunham became victim to the savage rolling whoops out of site in the wooded sections which cost a huge mistake and valuable seconds. With too much time to make up, Dunham continued in ninth position for the remainder of the race as he knew staying safe would hand him third overall in the Championship.
Dunham said: “I’m happy today to record a fifth. That’s my best result in the sand.
“I’ve been to Meijel on many occasions but today with the rain and the sidecars it was one of the heaviest sands I’ve ridden in.
“After the first round with two bikes causing issues, and then Belgium as well, we’ve worked all year long to try and salvage some points back and we eventually finished on the podium of the European Championships.
“This is a true sign of never giving up, not just from me, but from my family, my whole team and also the circuits that I’ve been training at.”
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