SAGAR WINS KNIGHTON BEC
KTM’s Tom Sagar enjoyed a dominating performance at the Knighton Enduro round of the British Enduro Championship by winning both days.
Not favouring the event in the past, Sagar put his best foot forward this weekend to lead the way from the off. Despite the mixed weather, the Colwyn Bay Motorcycles rider found the slippery grass test conditions to his liking on his KTM 450 EXC and pulled away from the rest of the Championship class to claim a comfortable 15-second win. In drier conditions for day two, he faced some closer competition but still managed to hold his rivals at bay to claim his second victory of the weekend.
Tom Sagar: “I’m a little surprised really. I’ve never had much luck here at the Knighton Enduro, so to finish with a 1/1 result is pretty special for me really. And makes things pretty interesting in the championship with just three days to go. I don’t normally like grassy tests but seemed to excel on that on day one. That added to some good times on the enduro test meant I was able to win the first day quite comfortably. I wouldn’t have said the conditions suited me being on a 450, but maybe they did a little. I had a great battle with Jamie McCanney all throughout day two, which I’ve really enjoyed. It’s been a great event, with two cracking tests, and despite the weather I really enjoyed it. To come away with a double win, and to move into the lead of the championship is great.”
Jamie McCanney: “Day one was probably one of my worst performances ever. I don’t know what happened exactly, but I felt like I was just riding around as every time I pushed I started making mistakes. Maybe it was just the way things were with the conditions being so slippery, but I couldn’t get comfortable anywhere. It was one of those days that you just can’t turn around. But I finished in one piece and things improved on day two. I managed to win the final test on day two, but wasn’t quite able to match Tom’s times on the other tests. But I’m happy with second, especially after such a tough first day.”
Danny McCanney: “I’ve never been a huge fan of wet, grassy tests but I’ve just struggled this weekend. This weekend was all about the grass motocross test. I just couldn’t find a pace that I was comfortable with. If I pushed too hard I was making mistakes. I won all of the enduro tests on day one, so I’m pleased with that, and in general day one was good despite the rain. It was just the motocross test that I was struggling on. I guess I was just too cautious on day two and my times weren’t what they needed to be.”
Results – Knighton Enduro
1. Tom Sagar (KTM) 39:26.853; 2. Daniel McCanney (Beta) 39:41.001; 3. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 39:58.988; 4. Brad Freeman (KTM) 40:13.433; 5. Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) 40:17.261; 6. Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) 40:29.769; 7. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 41:01.410; 8. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 41:48.348; 9. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 42:31.415; 10. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 42:41.196…
1. Tom Sagar (KTM) 36:31.077; 2. Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) 36:41.115; 3. Daniel McCanney (Beta) 37:08.037; 4. Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) 37:17.414; 5. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 37:29.551; 6. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 38:47.765; 7. Mark Roberts (KTM) 39:24.772; 8. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 39:30.786; 9. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 39:42.645; 10. James Dent (KTM) 39:58.455…