A former MX2 title contender, Mel Pocock has switched teams and classes for 2019 and is hoping to show his ability on a 450 in the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean.
Twice a runner-up on a 250, the 26-year-old makes his big-bike debut this season for Lee Tolan’s ASA United KTM team and, even if he’s keeping his feet on the ground, the rapid redhead has to be considered a serious threat.
“It’s my first season on a 450 in MX1 for me,” said Mel. “It’s pretty much a full private team which is impressive. I’ve done about 20 hours on the bike and have never really trained on a 450 ever in my life – I’ve always been racing 250s.
“I want to be sensible with the opening part of this season and be there for the full season. In the British championship, if I can put myself on that podium once or twice I’ll be chuffed to bits with that.”
After losing almost all of his right thumb four years ago his ability to hang on to a 450 has been questioned but Mel reckons the power delivery is actually an advantage.
“Obviously, everyone wants to know how the extra power is with my hand and it’s somewhat easier. It’s got a lot of torque and a lot more brute power but I’m managing to use the power to do obstacles a bit easier than on my tuned 250 and I’m enjoying riding it.”
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