With the traditional May Bank holiday weekend providing some varied and interesting Race results up and down the U.K. Maico provided a rather interesting result of their own as Neil Berry took on the 500 two stroke class in the O.R.P.A. British Clubmans Championship……on a 320!
Having only had three hours on the bike, Maico Internationals, Dunlop Maxima rider arrived at the well graded Horsham circuit on Sunday morning as the “underdog” being 180cc short of every other machine he was preparing to do battle with.
Day one of the two day event saw him fighting to get a decent jump out of the gate leaving all the work to be done on the track, working his way through the field to grab a third in his first outing followed by two fifth places.
Moving to the Northchapel venue for day two the refreshed rider who has just recently received sponsorship from “Tanks Direct” (suppliers of specialist jet wash water tanks)
Took a cautious approach to the first outing on the unfamiliar circuit finding himself in sixth as the chequered flag was shown. Race two was a different kettle of fish altogether as he found his gating form, grabbing the holeshot and staying in front of the charging pack for over three laps clearly proving the capability of the 320 against a plethora of service Honda’s and other oriental exotica. Another strong start in race three saw him up near the front again before a rear wheel puncture dropped him back to an eventual fifth.
After two days of fighting the gargantuan 500’s on the 320 firecracker Berry found himself collecting a well deserved 5th place Trophy.
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