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EASTER WEEKEND BRINGS MORE SUCCESS FOR MURCIA'S SUPERMOTO RACING BROTHERS
Contributor / 2012-04-11 09:08:50
The two Supermoto racing brothers from Bullas, Murcia were in action again over the Easter weekend at round 2 of the Catalan Supermoto championship at the Mora d’ebre circuit, near Tarragona. With both brothers holding 2nd position in their respective championship classes after the first race two weeks ago, it was always going to be an exciting weekend’s racing.
Anthony Ford-Dunn was first out on track for qualifying practice and immediately felt at home on the extremely fast and flowing Mora d’ebre road circuit which featured a 100 mph back straight that then had the riders flinging their bikes sideways as they scrubbed as much speed off as possible before launching themselves into the dirt section. The riders then appeared to spend more time in the air than on the ground in the spectacular off-road section of the track that featured several large jumps before the bikes leapt back onto the tarmac to complete the lap.
Anthony managed to qualify his SML450 supermoto bike in 2nd position on the front row of the grid for the premier SM open class, and lined up for the first of his two races. As the lights went out the pack of riders hurled themselves into the first corner and Anthony emerged in 1st position with the rest of the pack close behind. It was the reigning Spanish supermoto champion ‘Francesca Cucharrera’ that took the fight to Anthony and the two battled for the lead before Cucharrera was able to open up a gap that meant Anthony had to settle for 2nd position at the flag. The second race for the SM Open class was very similar to the first with Anthony finishing in 2nd place to Cucharrera and taking 2nd overall for the days racing.
Anthony’s older brother, Mat Ford-Dunn was competing in the SM30 class for riders over 30 years of age. Once again the racing was going to be close with Mat qualifying in 2nd position on the front row of the grid. For the first of Mat’s two races he was slow away from the line and then spent the race battling with the Catalan rider, Oscar Moce for 2nd position. Despite a number of overtaking attempts Mat was unable to pass Moce and finished the first race in 3rd position. For the next race, Mat was determined to get a better position and after completing the first lap in 3rd position he forced his bike up the inside of Moce’s machine at a fast right hand corner and then did the same manoeuvre a few laps later to take the lead from Joan Sanchez and then pull away to take the race win.
With both brothers taking 2nd position overall in their respective classes and running a strong 2nd in the Catalan championship the Easter weekend was a great result for the Supermotoland team from Bullas in Murcia, with the teams main sponsors, Advance moves international removals and Stratton Motorsports being thrilled with their riders achievements as the first round of the Spanish Supermoto championship approaches at the Villena circuit in Alicante province on the 29th April.