British Youth Championship - 6 June 2018

Catch up with HCR Racing Yamaha British Under 21 Championship rider James Mackrel



The clock is ticking on the countdown to the third round of the Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship at Fraddon in Newquay. RHL Activities, the promoters behind the Official ACU British Youth and Under 21 Championship, caught up with HCR Racing Yamaha team rider James Mackrel who is currently second in the series.
It’s James’ first year racing in the UK, and in the Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship he has shown some great potential as he fights for the British title. He explains where he’s at and how he plans to attack the rest of the season.
RHL: You’re currently second in the Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship. How does that feel and how have the first two rounds gone for you?
James Mackrel: “Yeah it feels good to still be in second place, as we have had a few setbacks. But, yeah I’m enjoying my season so far and it’s my first year racing in the UK ever, so I’m enjoying the new people and different places I’ve visited so far with the Steve Benton Under 21 Championship and the Maxxis British Motocross Championship.”
RHL: Looking back to the first two rounds of the British Under 21 Championship, what has been the highlight for you?
James Mackrel: “The highlight for me was my podium finish at round one and I hope I can get one this weekend at Fraddon.”
RHL: Looking ahead to next weekend at Fraddon for the third round of the Championship, what are your thoughts on the track going into the event and what’s your plans of attack or goals for the third stop on the calendar?
James Mackrel: “Fraddon looks good; it’s going to be all new for me once again, so having to learn the track in first few laps is the key. This has been the same with the first two rounds, so it should be okay to fight for the lead again.”
RHL: You currently ride for HCR Yamaha Team, how are things going for you on the team? Have you had much bike time since Culham to prepare for this round, if so what have you been up to?
James Mackrel: “Yeah me and Roland Shaw at Hardcore Racing are getting on great; he’s a nice fella and wants the best for me and the rest of the team. I haven’t been riding much since the last round, as I’ve been carrying a minor injury, so I have been trying to heal up to be 100% for this round.”
RHL: How are you approaching the remainder of the season in the Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship?
James Mackrel: “My plans are to try and finish every race in a good position to try and fight for the championship lead, which will be the same goal for everyone else but mainly the plan is enjoy it at the Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship.”


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