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The Yeti Racing UK team have had an unbelievable season so far and have been winning races and scoring podium finishes all over Europe. As they prepare for the UK National Championship this weekend we thought we would bring you an update on their UK season so far as both riders head to the final races leading the British Series.

British 4X Series - Round 4 - Redhill

Last weekend was another example of the highs and lows of sport and the intensity that is required to race at the highest level of 4X. Scott and Dave came into round 4 of the Schwalbe British 4X Series at Redhill with solid overall points leads. With the series being 6 rounds with the best 5 rounds to count, this race was vital for the team to really cement the overall points leads and set both riders up for the National Championships.

Practice got underway at Redhill and both riders were feeling good. Scott was still a little beaten up from the 4X ProTour race a week earlier in Italy where he sustained pretty severe bruising on his right leg and hip. He was good to race, but needed to avoid any knocks through the day.

All was going well until 30 minutes after practice started when disaster struck. A danger that all 4X riders and indeed BMX riders face constantly is the start gate malfunctioning and not dropping correctly. This is something that only happens once or twice in a riders entire career, but on this day it was both of our riders who were caught up. The start gate did not drop and both Dave and Scott went over the handlebars and fell about 10 feet. Dave was a bit beaten up but absolutely fine for racing. Scott on the other hand was in bad shape. He landed square on his right hip again and in a lot of pain. Straight back to the truck to be looked at by the doctors, plenty of ice and it looked like it might be the end of his day.

After about an hour and a half, some painkillers, loads of ice and rest, the team made the decision that Scott would try to race. If the pain was too much then he would stop.

Dave's perfect run:

Racing got underway and Dave was flying. Winning all his motos and looking like he was the man to beat in seniors. In the quarter final, he rode amazing. After getting squeezed in the extremely tight first turn, Dave was in last. Staying cool, he picked off the rider in third, then moved into second then on the last straight took the lead. It was a classy display of riding and fired out the warning shot to the seniors.

In the semi-final, he absolutely smashed it, leading from start to finish to set-up the chance of an unbeaten day and maximum points. In the final, Dave took gate 1. As the gate dropped he got a fantastic gate and looked good into tight turn 1. The riders all bunched but Dave escaped unscathed, and set off. Riding a perfect lap, he pulled a good lead and took the win. That was win one for the team and we were all stoked how well Dave had raced all day.

Scott's tough day in the office:

Against all common sense, Scott and the team decided that he was going to race. Scott was having trouble simply walking up to the start gate, but on the bike, he was actually feeling ok. He definitely did not have much power in his right leg so his starts were suffering, but his track speed was ok.

Having said all that, Scott was in the mood to win. Taking 3 wins in his motos, he qualified through to the knockout rounds as the top qualifier. In his quarter final he made a decent start and led the race from start to finish, unchallenged and building confidence.

In the semi-final, it nearly all came unstuck! Scott led into turn 1 but 3 riders came together and Scott along with Nathan Parsons and Dan Bateson crashed out. Luckily Scott crashed onto his left side this time and was up trying to get going again. He got back on the bike in 4th. The chase was on. On the long split straight, Scott moved into 3rd and began his chase of Nate. By the last straight he was on Nate's back wheel, carrying a lot of momentum from the chase he had made, Scott went around the outside on the final turn and clinched 2nd place and moved into the final.

So it was final time. Scott went from gate 1. The gate dropped and Scott made probably his best gate of the day. Leading into turn 1, Tom Dowie, just squeezed tight inside and took the lead. Scott survived the turn and came out in 2nd. The race was on. Scott was all over Dowie's back wheel. Before the step up he dived inside but just couldn't quite get the pass done. In the penultimate turn, Dowie covered the inside and Scott shot to the outside. With an incredible amount of speed, Boom Boom rocketed by Dowie and took the win.

Scott Beaumont: Elite men - 1st

Dave Richardson: Senior men - 1st

British 4X Series - Round 3 - Harthill

Scott Beaumont: Elite men - 1st

Dave Richardson: Senior men - 2st

British 4X Series - Round 2 - Falmouth

Scott Beaumont: Elite men - 2st

Dave Richardson: Senior men - 1st

British 4X Series - Round 1 - Afan

Scott Beaumont: Elite men - 1st

Dave Richardson: Senior men - 1st

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