British Youth Nationals - Rd 4 - Desertmartin  (Jul 27, 2015)

The penultimate round of the 2015 British Youth Nationals series took place this past weekend at the legendary Desertmartin circuit in Northern Ireland. The sandy surfaced track was prepped to perfection, and as always, looked incredible with its numerous large jumps, banked corners and elevation changes that not only make for a great spectacle, but provide for some great racing too.

TM UK was in attendance supporting its 2015 BYN championship rider, Callum Gasson, on his TM 85 MX big wheel machine. Callum would have to complete 6 races over the 2 day event and some good thinking by the RHL Activities crew, who promote and run this series, witnessed the riders complete their qualifying sessions and 4 races on Saturday whilst the weather was favourable, allowing only 2 blocks of racing needing to be completed on Sunday when the heavens opened as predicted and the track became saturated.

With many riders having competed on this circuit beforehand and with some entering an event held the weekend previous to gain some valuable track time, young Callum, on his first trip to this venue, had only a short period of time to familiarise himself with the track in the couple of laps before the timed qualifying session began. Putting in some good laps early on in the session allowed Callum to end with the 6th best time, a good start to proceedings for the TM rider.

Over the 6 races Callum achieved 5 good starts from the 6 gate-drops allowing him to run at the sharp end of the field consistently, with only race 3's start being a difficult one to work back from, especially when this poor start coincided with a faulty spark plug with a cracked ceramic casing that saw his machine start to splutter in the first lap. No matter, Callum worked hard to make up as many places as possible in the relatively short, 14 minute - plus one lap race. Riding well and using some good judgement, Callum ended his weekend with a 3 / 3 / 11 / 3 / 7 / 4 scorecard, even when the rain on Sunday did turn the last two races into more of a case of surviving in the conditions, staying upright and keeping goggles on, as opposed to being able to push as hard as required without incurring mistakes or falls. With many of the top-ten runners, Callum's direct opposition, also having some ups and down along the way, the points tally for the event was extremely close as the event ran down. Callum ended his weekend in 4th position overall, only one point off third place and only nine points from the overall winner, a very tight weekend on points. Callum now sits in 4th place in the championship standings with the final round taking place at Fatcat Moto Park in Doncaster in a few weeks' time.

A big well done to Callum and all of the team personnel, well done also to all of the other TM riders at the event, Alex and Jamie Needham, Sammy Beresford, Ozzie Murray and Aaron Gray, and finally a massive thankyou to all of the teams sponsors and supporters.

Thank you, TM UK.