Lewis Mike and Brad had all tried their two strokes against the four strokes of the EMX250 class with varying degrees of success. Villars-sous-Ecot was James Dunn’s turn.
One word describes the conditions ‘Mudder’ and it continued to rain all weekend and the track got as deep as Barry Whites voice.
Big entry in this class so first job was to even get to race. Our boy braaaped round to fifth in his group, straight through to the race, tenth gate pick.
First race the track wasn’t graded on the start and in these conditions start was a must. We decided against the sighting lap to keep tyres empty and the bike light ,one of the two strokes advantages in these conditions.The centre was a no go because of a massive rut where you come back round on the lap, so it was complete outside or tight inside.The riders before James all went outside so we went inside,gate dropped, who came by me and Ade in the pit box box first ,the notorious Jimmy D.
The number two led for a bit just kept upright and out of trouble,a few passed him ,James responded and finished stongly for an unexpected and thoroughly deserved second. You could hear the paddock draw breath the impossible was suddenly possible.Sunday morning for race two all you need to know about the track is we were after the women, and they’d cut the hill out for them!! wetter than an otters pocket, Again the start was crucial so we settled on the only strategy possible in the conditions. Leave the fuel tap off. sit on the line for 20 sec doing some cardio exercise kicking the thing over like a rabid donkey,then turn the fuel on and start the ol’girl up.Then tear off up the start straight thinking hang on we decided 30 sec head start not 20, so lie down on the first corner all by yourself for another 10 then crack on .Radical maybe but it worked like a charm.As Ade and me were getting the laces out my boots to hang ourselves from the Skybox scaffold .The weapon that is James Dunn had cruised around the first lap avoiding the litter all round the track that was eighteen 250f’s and riders and appeared on the timing screen in 21st.Lap after lap the four bangers over heated and went pop or their sheer weight sank them bars deep in the French merde, the pilots just couldnt cope , but Jimmy could, You could hear the note of the smoker going round and round 16th ,9th,6th, and when he got to 4th the realisation on everyone that the impossible had gone to improbable to possible to Dunn.
Jimmy was leading the overall !!! if he could keep it upright we would win .Now we all know how Jeffy d’like to climb so, the board went out.For icing on the cake the leaders green thing, might have been a John Deere. not sure, was a four stroke anyway, went bang. We finished third in the race and on the top step. James Dunn had ridden incredibly to make a GL12 Racing bike the first two stroke ever to win the EMX250 in the history of motocross.
the pics are Mr Eric Laurijssen’s