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Our two 4X racers Scott and Dave made the trip to Cornwall over the weekend to battle it out on the second stop of the British 4X series. Both riders were looking to extend their series leads as well as enjoy the Cornish weather and a few pasties.

Here Scott Beaumont reports on how the weekend went for the team.

Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 2 - Falmouth, Cornwall.

The team are just back from round 2 of the 2013 Schwalbe British 4X Series which was held at a brand new track down in Falmouth, Cornwall. When we arrived on Friday, the fresh track was looking awesome. The huge new 4X facility for the UK featured 11 track turns, 4 of them flat turns, a big 'pro' line of jumps and a fun rock garden. We walked the track a couple of times through the day and got ready for Saturdays official practice session.

Blue skies and perfect conditions for us on Saturday meant a fun day on the track. There was a lot to learn, but both Dave and I got to grips with it quickly and we were feeling confident for the race.

On Sunday, the skies were grey. It was dry but rain was forecast. Practice went well and we were both feeling great. The motos got underway and it was a bad start for Dave. Leading his first moto, he crashed on one of the lower turns. It was an unlucky crash, but he bounced back to win his next 2 motos and transfer into the quarter finals. The crash in his first moto meant that Dave was not going to have gate choice which could prove to be a problem.

In his quarter final, he made the snap and got away from gate 2. Led the race start to finish and booked his place in the semi-final. In the semi-final, it was a repeat. A perfect start gave Dave the lead and he just did not look back. So he was into the final. However, the rain was now falling hard. Dave took the option to change his tyres from Schwalbe's Nobby Nic to Dirty Dans. It was a move that gave him the edge. A great start and a lead around turn 1 that just grew and grew all the way down the track. A brilliant win that gives him 2 wins from 2 now for the national series and of course the overall series lead.

I felt really confident all weekend. European big guns, Tomas Slavik and Felix Beckeman had flown in to race which added a little spice, but I was looking to try and get the better of them.

In the motos, I won my first 2 races. Then in the third moto I was racing Slavik. He got the snap from the inside gate. I came across to get on his wheel into turn 1. It was a close race all the way down. I was on his wheel looking for a passing place, but just couldn't quite get him. It was good to see his lines and try and use them later when I would meet him again in the final.

In the quarter finals I raced Felix Beckeman. I made the gate and we battled through the first 3 turns. I got into the lead and held it to move in the semi-finals. In the semi-finals it was a battle with me, Felix and Lewis Lacey. I got the snap and led from start to finish. Lewis held off Felix for 2nd.

In the final Slavik had gate 1, I went from gate 2, Lacey in 3 and track builder Will Evans in 4. I made a great gate and matched Slavik to turn 1. He led into turn 2 but I carried good speed to the inside and took the lead. Slavik then passed me into turn 3. I sat on his rear wheel through the pro line and rocks then went for it to the outside. Through a series of 3 turns I nearly got passed him, but just couldn't quite thread the needle. A slip on the last straight nearly caused me to crash but I held on to take 2nd.

I was happy to have been involved in such a great final and can't wait to resume the racing with Tomas in 2 weeks at the first 4X Pro Tour in Poland. This 2nd place finish for me extends my series points lead after 2 rounds.

Scott Beaumont - Elite Men - 2nd

Dave Richardson - Senior Men - 1st

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