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Supermotoland race team in Talavera La Real

News Spain - June 2014

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mattfordThe Supermotoland race team were in Talavera La Real, Badajoz, over the weekend for the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championship with its two riders Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn.

Going into the weekend, both brothers were holding 3rd position in their championship classes and they wasted no time at all in practice to get the best settings from their Advance Moves International Removals sponsored race bikes. When it came to qualifying, Anthony put himself on the first row of the grid, in second position for the Premier SM open class, whilst older brother Mat managed to go one better in the SM35 Master class and found himself in a comfortable Pole position for the Race.

Anthony was first to race, and in the first of his three races he was in third position and fighting for the lead with Angel Grau and reigning Spanish Champion Francesco Cucharrera. The three were having a tremendous battle with no quarter given when a small mistake from Cucharrera saw him crash in the dirt section leaving Anthony nowhere to go but into Cucha's fallen bike and both riders were all of a sudden on the deck. Anthony was first to remount and with his engine still running he was able to restart relatively quickly and set about chasing down the leader. Anthony's pace was incredible but he just didn't have enough time left in the race to catch and pass Angel Grau and ended up 2nd at the flag.

The second SM open race once again saw the same three riders in a desperate battle for the lead but this time it was Angel Grau's turn to make a small error that saw him slide off his bike as he accelerated onto the start finish straight. Anthony made the pass and set after Cucha who had opened a small gap. Despite closing the gap Anthony just wasn't quite able to make the pass and finished 2nd behind Cucha.

The last race of the day saw Cucha and Anthony locked in a race long battle for the lead and despite breaking the lap record Anthony was unable to pass the Reigning Spanish Champion and once again finished a very close second. The day's results put Anthony in second position on the podium, just missing out on the overall win by one point to Cucha. The result had elevated his position in the Spanish championship to 2nd overall and the team now have until the 3rd round of the Spanish championship on 19th July in Villarcayo, Burgos to find a little more power from Anthony's bike to get him on terms with Cucha.

Older Brother Mat was in dominant form in both of the SM35 Master races and he turned his pole position into two race wins and as well as standing on the top step of the podium at the end of the days racing, he had also elevated himself from 3rd to 1st position in the championship and with a comfortable lead. Competition is fierce in the Master class and once again Mat will be refining his race bike before both brothers race again in the Catalan championship on 22nd June at Alcarras, Catalunya.

Race reports and videos can be seen at the teams website www.Supermotoland.com