Gordon Crockard tied up the 2003 British Open Motocross championship at Pontrilas yesterday, adding to the 125cc class win already secured by fellow Bridgestone runner, Stephen Sword.

After winning the first moto, Crockard took sixth place in race two, securing enough points for the title - his third with the CAS Honda team - with one race to spare.

"I'm really happy with winning the British Championship again today," the Ulsterman said, "I was satisfied with winning the first race, but I had the championship on my mind the whole time - which didn't help. I then went into the second race thinking that I wanted to win and get the job done, but I got a really bad start which gave me a lot of work to do.

"I'm looking forward to next year because Josh [Coppins] was going fast and it's good for me to have someone like that who'll push me - I think we were over a minute ahead of the next guy in that final race. It was good fun today and I'm really pumped to win the championship."

Coppins - Crockard's CAS Honda and Bridgestone team-mate - took overall victory at Pontrilas with fourth place in race one and victories in the other two outings.

"I haven't won the overall at a British Championship all year," the Kiwi, who still has trouble walking after a heavy pre-season crash, said, "so I wanted to try and win this one.

"I wanted to get back to top form before the season was over, and didn't want to end the British Championship season with any negative thoughts, so to win today was great. Once the season's over, I'm looking forward to relax and make sure I'm up to speed and ready for next year."

KTM rider Sword made it a double delight for Bridgestone as he dominated both 125cc races and finished eighth in the Superfinal against the bigger, more powerful Open class machines. Having already clinched the title, Sword extended his series-winning margin to a massive 189 points.

 

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