Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2023 Schwalbe British 4X Series took place in Falmouth, Cornwall last weekend. After a great start to the season in 4X and BMX, team rider Scott Beaumont, was feeling good and he was looking for another couple of podiums.
A strong 5th last week at 4X ProTour in Germany was seriously impressive and coming into this weekend he wanted to continue this form.
Arriving on Friday Scott began his weekend with a practice session on the track. Over the years this track has been very good to Scott and straight away he looked comfortable.
Saturday – Round 2:
The weather was perfect and Scott was clearly in the mood. A good practice session and some gates that looked perfect and he was ready to race.
In his 3 qualifying races, he took the holeshot in two of them and simply checked out. In the other moto he made a big mistake on the start straight and finished 3rd. He was looking good and focused for the semi final. In the semi final he chose gate 2. Again made a great start but got squeezed on the first turn. He went on to finish 2nd and sealed his final place.
Onto the final. He chose gate 3. The beeps went and Scott fired out of the gate. Into turn 1 it was tight but Scott got shuffled back to 3rd. Then he moved to 2nd, back to 3rd and then into 2nd again. He set off in pursuit but across the finish line it was close, but Scott finished 2nd.
Sunday – Round 6:
Sunday and again we woke to blue skies and a perfect day for racing. The track had a few changes for Sundays race which would really spice up the racing.
The same format for Sunday with 3 qualifying races to start the day. Scott was leading his first moto but made a huge mistake and crashed out. He remounted to finish 3rd. He then went on to win his next 2 races comfortably.
In the semi final Scott made a good gate but got pushed wide in turn 1. He slotted into 2nd but then slipped back to 3rd. On the pro line straight, Scott powered back into 2nd. In the final turn things got tight again and across the finish line it was a photo finish, but Scott just got the nod, to finish 2nd and move to the final.
Into the final and Scott chose gate 3.His strategy was to lead from the start, but if he didn’t to dive inside in turn 1. He made a good gate and powered down the first straight. But then a veteran move, he braked and dived inside. He moved into 2nd and then the lead, but then was repassed. He sat in 2nd and tailed all the way to the finish line but couldn’t make a pass. It was 2nd again for Scott.
“I felt great on the bike all weekend and I am always happy to land on the podium. We took some good points this weekend as we focus on the overall title. Now it’s home and a quick turnaround as we head to Czech Republic for round 2 of the 2023 4X ProTour next weekend.”
The teams next event will be round 2 of the 2023 4X ProTour in Dobrany, Czech Republic on Saturday 3rd June.
Thank you again to all our sponsors for your support in 2023.