RTT head south for second GP in a week
RTT Honda are currently on their way down to Catalunya, Spain for the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championships less than four days after the season opener at Zolder, Belgium. The next meeting in the 16 race MX2 series (250cc four-strokes and 125cc two-strokes) takes place at the Bellpuig circuit, over an hour drive outside the city of Barcelona.
The British team scored their first ever World Championship points last Sunday thanks to number one rider Carl Nunn’s 16th and 11th place finishes gathering 15 points and 12th position in the early Championship table.
Nunn, together with second rider Jason Dougan will be hoping for better weather conditions than the high winds and rain in Belgium. Last Saturday was a difficult time for the team, led by Mick Aldous, as Dougan failed to force his way in the gate and Nunn qualified by the skin of his teeth during the final minutes of the Last Chance session. The two Honda 250F riders now face the inclines and high-speed curves of the Spanish circuit.
“Well, hopefully they have changed the track because in the last few years it has been too fast,” said Nunn. “I’m not sure what to expect but I have done well there in the past and I’ll be looking to build on the results I took last weekend with two top ten finishes. Of course, I’ll be hoping for a slightly easier day on Saturday also,” he added after completing several days of riding this week. “The Spanish crowd are not as passionate as the English but they do get behind their riders and turn out in large numbers so it should be a good GP atmosphere-wise.”
Jason Dougan is preparing to enter only his third GP event and although he didn’t qualify at Zolder has taken away the experience of being out on the circuit with the worlds best to aid his quest in Bellpuig.
“I need to calm down a little bit more,“ said the 16 year old. “I was nervous and riding rigid and not normally how I would do. I need to take that day on Saturday just to get used to the GP environment because it is very different to the British races obviously. I now know what to expect for this weekend and will be able to go for it a bit more. I know I have the speed to qualify.”
This weekend will be the fourth consecutive year the Catalan circuit has hosted the GP of Spain. With some of the largest attendances in recent seasons the event should be a perfect platform for the team to achieve their best results yet. The weather forecasts overcast and cloudy conditions.