|Commenting on the day, Matiss Karro said: “My first race was bad and I wasn’t happy with two crashes and finishing in 20th place.
“In the second race I was pumped with nearly getting the holeshot, but I had a silly crash when I was running in 4th place. I still finished in 8th, which overall I am happy with. I feel like I am now getting closer to my goals and I want to thank the team for giving me such a good bike which is just simply awesome out of the gate.”
Jake Nicholls added: “I am pleased with my weekend here in Brazil. Every timed session I was running in the top twelve, although I struggled a bit with my suspension on Saturday but having made some tweaks I was a lot more comfortable today.
“First race I was in 9th position for a long time but tightened up just after half way through and lost my rhythm. Having used a lot of energy I held tough for 11th and was close to the top ten. In the second race I didn’t get a great start and didn’t find any rhythm until the last five minutes of the race really. My arms still felt tight and I felt I was missing that extra bit of energy that I needed. I did still manage 15th and felt like I learnt a lot from this weekend. It’s the first time I’ve ridden a grippy technical track like this on the 450 let alone raced it so I’m very pleased. My back is almost 100 per cent now so I can work hard to get some top tens. Big thanks to the team and my mechanic, they work so hard at these fly away races and my bike was faultless.”
Team Owner and Manager, Steve Turner added: “I’m pretty happy with how the weekend went overall. Jake had two strong rides and took some good points, with Matiss having a great second race but was a bit unlucky in the first after crashing on the start.
“Jake was tired in the second race which is not a surprise after missing three weeks coming into the season, but he rode strategically and didn’t risk too much. He knows it’s a long season and is realistic about where he is at the moment in terms of bike fitness and race pace. To be honest he’s not far off and he showed that in the first race.
“Matiss beat himself up after race one but still gave it 100 per cent off the line in race two which is what gave him the platform for a great result. I know he is going to keep pushing to get those good starts and in time he will get used to running up front with the top six.”
The team go into the MXGP of Trentino on 13th April with Jake Nicholls in 16th place and Matiss Karro in 19th in the Championship.