Michael Sandner made his Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean debut at Foxhill on Sunday as a fill-in rider for the injury-hit Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee team.

The young Austrian was in impressive form from the start of the day with second in qualification and he backed this up with a solid 5-7 scorecard – despite crashes in both races – for fifth overall.

“In qualifying I felt good and went second fastest,” he said. “I didn’t make a good start in the first moto but got to the front quickly until I made a mistake in the valley. It was tough to find a good rhythm again but I finished in fifth place. 

“In the second moto a rider went across my front wheel and I twisted my handlebars and I crashed again so I’m not happy with the result. However, I really enjoyed the track today and racing in my first British championship with the team.”

Team boss Roger Magee was happy with Michael’s performance.

“His holeshot device didn’t release as quickly as it should in race one which gave him a few issues in the first corner, then a small crash meant the front few got away,” he said. “In race two another small crash on the first lap was costly but he battled all the way to the flag which is all you can ask. 

“We’re looking forward to the next two grands prix which should suit Michael.”

Picture: Imagerich Media 

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