First corner crash doesn’t keep Anthony Ford-Dunn down.

The Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia were in action again over the weekend for the latest round of the Valencian Supermoto championship held at Villena in Alicante. Both brothers qualified their ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ Supermotoland SML450 race bikes on the front row of the gird for the first of their two races.It was former Spanish champion Israel Escalera who took the early lead with Anthony Ford-Dunn chasing hard in 2nd place followed by former Belgium champion Lionel Deriddier and then Anthony’s older brother Mat Ford-Dunn in 4th. Israel’s pace was just a little too quick for Anthony and the pair finished a close 1st and 2nd , whilst Mat caught and nearly passed Lionel in the closing stages to finish 4th.

Anthony knew that a good start was required in the second race so that he could challenge Israel for the lead and overall win. When the race started the pack charged into the first corner with the first three riders locked together as they all aimed for the same part of the track. Anthony was caught in the middle of the scrap and his bike was flicked into the air sending him sliding down the road. Despite being winded and down for a lap Anthony remounted on his rather second hand looking bike to mount a charge through the pack that took him back up to 5th position. Meanwhile Mat was charging hard and after missing the first corner carnage he settled into 2nd position and built up a healthy lead over the riders behind him.

The brothers results from both races gave Mat the overall win in the SM Masters class and Anthony a brave 3rd position overall in the tougher SM Open category.

With both brothers never finishing off the podium in any of their races this year it looks like they are both looking strong for championship honours, with Mat holding 1st in the Valencian SM Masters, and a close 3rd in the Spanish SM Masters championships, and Anthony currently 2nd in the Valencian Open championship.{jcomments on}

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