With five podiums from his last six races, Maghermorne youngster Scott Swann found himself in action at the German MotoGP at the weekend.
The teenager accepted an invite to ride the respective German and Dutch KTM Championship race at Sachsenring.
It was a big ask for Scott, but he did himself proud qualifying 25th out of 43 riders on the grid at the tight and twisty German Grand Prix circuit.
During the race the 13-year-old was dicing just outside the points in 18th place on lap ten, but was pushed off the track at the ultra-fast left-hander at the top of the Waterfall section of the circuit.
After hitting a back-marker who was touring, he crashed out, thankfully unhurt as he was flat out in top gear at the time.
The blonde-haired youngster said afterwards: “I was angry and very disappointed but before the crash I took another second off my lap time, which I got down to a respectable one minute and 43 second lap.
“You know I was riding with guys, some who had beards,” smiled the fresh-faced Carrickfergus College student.
“It’s a pity as I think I could have ended up with some points, but that’s racing. I got to meet a lot of nice people and got to spend some time with Eugene Laverty who gave me some good advice.
“The guy who I collided with apologised in the KTM camp afterwards. I’d love to stay here and race again but it’s back to British championship in a couple of weeks and I want to keep chasing that first win, even though I know Aaron Wright is going to be hard to beat.
“I still can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen this season and never did I ever think I’d be racing in the same paddock at Valentino Rossi.
“It’s been an amazing experience. It’s the best track I have ever ridden.”
Concluding, Scott and his father Mike Swann said collectively: “Huge thanks to Team#109; Paul Tobin and David Hurley for the amazing opportunity, experience and a fantastic weekend.
“And of course to all our other loyal sponsors who have made Scott’s dream become a reality this season.”
IRWIN AND BARR HAVE TOUGH DAY AT BLAXHALL
Buildbase Honda Racing’s Graeme Irwin just missed out on a podium finish at round six of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Blaxhall at the weekend.
The Carrick rider had a third and fourth place finish in the Suffolk sand on his CRF450R to take fourth overall on the day just behind team-mate Kristian Whatley.
“All-in- all it wasn’t a bad day,” he said. “There are a lot of positives. The track was quite difficult.
“It got really rough and choppy and I don’t think I found the lines, today was just not my day.
“In race one I got the hole shot and led for the opening two laps but both Tommy Searle and Jake Nicholls got past then the race was red flagged after 14 minutes and the result was called.
“I had the pace and I’m sure I would have got back to second at least but that’s racing. In the second moto I never found my rhythm.
“I’m still fourth in the championship but I lost some points to Jake [Nicholls] which isn’t very good. It’s going to be difficult but I still want to be third so I need to keep working hard and I’ll be strong.”
Doagh’s Martin Barr was the team’s sole MX2 rider and the local rider had a tough day on his CRF250R after a series of crashes and bad starts.
“I’m disappointed,” said Martin. “It’s been very poor. In race one I didn’t make such a good start and on the first lap two riders crashed in front of me and I got caught up on both of them.
“Then on the second or third lap I crashed and the bike landed on top of me and I couldn’t get it off.
“It took forever and I completed that lap in 34th and had a lot of work to do to get back to 17th which was pretty poor to be honest.
“I had another bad start in the second one and gave myself a lot of work to do but I got back to sixth at the end after being 18 th on lap one, but no excuses.
“It was me today, I just didn’t ride very good. Although I’ve dropped to fourth in the championship I’ve not given up.
“There are two round of the championship left and I’m going to go away and regroup. It’s not over yet, just a lot harder.”