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Weston Beach Race - 5 September 2019
Pocock vows to battle for Weston Beach Race podium in 2019
RHL Activities is pleased to announce that ASA UNITED KTM rider Mel Pocock will be back at the Weston Beach Race on October 18-20 in a bid to compete for the race win following a successful debut last year.
Pocock, a much-loved ACU British Motocross Championship competitor and former EMX250 European Champion, completed the notoriously tough Weston Beach Race for the first time in 2018, finishing in an impressive fourth position. The 27-year-old is looking forward to coming back to the beach this year with more preparation and experience in his arsenal and will be gunning for the podium at the spectacular annual event.
Lining up against 1,000 other competitors in a race where amateurs can compete against the pros, Pocock knows that anything can happen in the three-hour battle of man and machine. With an ultra-long straight comprised with enormous dunes, Pocock is hoping to get a clean start, and make less fuel stops this year to improve his strategy for an even better result.
Pocock has been racing professionally for many years, and in 2019 he moved up to the MX1 450cc class in the British Motocross Championship. The KTM-racer currently lies fourth in the series in what has been a successful debut campaign on the bigger bike, after years of competing on a 250cc machine.
“I’m really looking forward to the Weston Beach Race. It’s such a great event, and last year was the first time I completed it. We were really pleased to take fourth place, as I had a lot of fuel stops in comparison to the others and neither me or the team had any experience at the event, so the result has set the bar high for this year’s event. With 1,000 competitors though it’s not easy; you can get stuck on the first dune or have a mechanical or anything can happen really. It’s only when you get to the chequered flag you know where you’re at and I’m sure I’ll be pleased to see it after the three hours. Lee Tolan of ASA Scaffolding is supporting me with a bike for the event and I learned a lot last year. We’ll be preparing a bit better and we’re having a good season so far in the British championship. I moved up to the bigger bike for this year, which was a big change, but it’s going well so I’m looking forward to finishing the season off with this special event.”
Gareth Hockey: Director of RHL Activities
“We’re really pleased that Mel will return to the race this year. He’s a credit to the sport and a great racer who had a really good result last year in his first proper attempt. Many people take years to even finish the race, as it’s quite specialist, so I’m sure Mel will be aiming high and putting on a great show for the race fans with the experience he has. We look forward to see him lining up on the beach!”
The Weston Beach Race is an exciting weekend of thrills and spills with a jam-packed racing schedule comprised with an electric atmosphere and off-track entertainment for all of the family. For more information please visit: www.rhlactivities.com
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