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Scott Beaumont picks up National 4X Championship jersey for Yeti Racing UK

After signing for Yeti Cycles UK at the beginning of 2012 4X racer Scott Beaumont has had one of his strongest seasons to date. Solid performances on the world ProTour and European series has now been topped by the addition of the National Championship jersey which Scott secured at Harthill last weekend. In the same weekend Scott also took the win in the 4th round of the National 4X series further tightening his grip on the title.

Scott has just send over this report from the National Championships about how the Yeti Racing UK team got on.

Schwalbe 4X National Championships:

Scott Beaumont - 1st<

Dave Richardson - 12th

Sunday and it was the biggest domestic 4X race here in the UK. The Schwalbe 4X National Championships.

As the National Championships carries UCI ranking points, the event is run like a 4X ProTour race, where riders do a timed qualification run and the top 32 riders qualify to the racing where it is straight knockout until the winner is crowned. Also at the National Championships, Seniors and Elite riders are mixed into one senior - 19+ category. This is the same in every country around the World and would provide a great chance for Scott and Dave to race in the same class.

First up it was qualifying. Dave had a great run and qualified 19th - which mixed in with 17 elite riders was a great result for him. As qualifying was in reverse order and Scott is using the number 1 plate, Scott was the last rider to go. He had a perfect run and looked visibly quicker than the others. Across the line he set the fastest time, nearly a second quicker than the 2nd placed rider, so the team and Scott were stoked.

Onto the racing. Both riders made it to the quarter finals with no problems, winning their races. Scott won his quarter final to book his semi-final place. Dave had all sorts of drama though. He made a bad gate and went into the first turn in 4th, but in one of the smartest moves by any rider all weekend, he came out of turn 2 in 2nd! He was in position to move forwards to the quarter final and upset a lot of elite riders. However, on the pro line he got cross rutted and nearly crashed, The guy in 3rd got a good drive and just got past Dave. It was close at the finish line, but Dave just missed out and ended the day in 12th position.

Scott was in the semi-finals. Like the rest of the weekend, he made a perfect start and led that race from start to finish. He was in the final and had not been beaten all weekend. 1 race to go - the big one.

In the final Scott took gate 1. A lot was going to depend on a good gate. Focused and ready, Scott got the snap and led the race. He was pulling small gaps all the way down the track and near the end had a good lead. A small slip allowed the others to gain a little but across the line, Scott took it with a good lead to become the 2012 4X National Champion.

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