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Life as the underdog helps Neil go-4 it

by JohnNicholas on 06/01/2009

Despite feeling the effects of a nasty training spill ten days ago, Maico Internationals “Dunlop Maxima” Rider Neil Berry is starting to relish facing the start grid as the underdog as once again he put his 320 Maico on the line in a 500 two stroke class on Sunday the 31st of May.

Neil Berry aboard the Maico 320.

Entering a round of the S.M.X. 500 two stroke championships the determined racer, who has been getting in plenty of practice laps since grabbing a 5th in the O.R.P.A. British Clubman’s Championship a few weeks ago, faced the opposition with renewed vigour and although he dropped it on a first lap bend, charged through the field to take an eventual 4th place.

Feeling somewhat perturbed by the frustration of a result he clearly wasn’t happy with,
The Maico protagonist put himself on the grid for the Open Expert A group determined to better his 4th place result in the 500 class. Lining up against a variety of 450 machinery Berry suffered a nightmare in the first race as he lost the clutch just before the start, launching him unexpectedly into the dropping gate. His never say die attitude kicked into play and he fought his way back through the field to take a mid-pack finish to the first moto.Being more aware of his mechanical restriction in the second race, he let the pack catapult from the gate and gently slotted the bike into gear with almost no clutch, and calculated his assault on the rest of the race working his way through the field to snatch the lead two laps before the chequered flag was shown, taking the win.

Feeling pretty comfortable after his second race victory the Bournemouth based racer was in no mood to let the last race go and was clearly not going to be outdone by a limping clutch. Taking the same approach as he had done in the previous outing he stormed through the field fighting for the lead, but was ultimately outdone by the clock and had to settle for a very close second.

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