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Yeti Cycles racers Scott Beaumont and Dave Richardson got their National 4X series campaigns off to a perfect start last weekend claiming 1st and 4th at the opening round at Harthill, Cheshire. Read the full report here

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Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 1 - Harthill, Cheshire, UK.

Scott Beaumont - 1st

Dave Richardson - 4th

Schwalbe British 4x Series 2014 - Rd 1, Harthill from Pete Newman on Vimeo.

Well it feels great to finally get the season started! After a few warm up events on Enduro and BMX, Scott and Dave came into round 1 of the 2014 Schwalbe British 4X Series in better shape than ever. A tough winter training schedule was over and now it was time to see where they were against the competition.

Round 1 of the 2014 Schwalbe British 4X Series was held in Harthill, Cheshire. The track is sandy and loose, but this was a great asset as the weather forecast for the weekend was rain and plenty of it! We set up the Yeti Racing UK tents whilst Scott and Dave signed on then it was time for practice.

Practice got underway at 9.30 and although there was some rain it wasn't as bad as had been forecast. The wind was strong and it was causing some problems on the Pro Line, but not for Scott and Dave. Both riders were flying in practice and looking confident ahead of the racing. Their gates were spot on, corner speed was good and they seemed to have the track dialled.

Racing started at 12.30. It wasn't a great start for Dave. A crash in moto 1 gave him a 4th position. Not ideal, but all credit to him, he shrugged this off and bounced back to win his next 2 motos to qualify into the semi-finals. Scott was on it, winning all his 3 motos and looking like he was the man to beat on track.

The semi-finals were announced and it was great news for us! Scott and Dave were in the same semi-final and had 1st and 2nd gate choice. Scott took gate 1 and Dave took 2. The gate dropped and Scott made a trademark great gate. Dave tucked in behind him and it stayed that way to the finish. Both were now into the final.

Final time. This time Yeti Racing UK would occupy the extreme gates. Scott was on 1 and Dave was on 4. Scott fired out of the gate and led through the first 2 turns. Dave was battling for 2nd but got bumped back to 4th. On the pro line it all nearly went wrong for Scott. The strong cross wind caught him on the landing of the first double and he had to hit the brakes. Rolling the step up jump, it allowed the others to close up to him again. However a smart last 2 corners from Scott sealed the win by a couple of bike lengths. Dave had to settle for 4th, but in his first race in the elite category, it was a fantastic result for Dave and the team.

Words - Scott Beaumont

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