MJ Church Kawasaki riders Carl Nunn and Marko Kovalainen ended their British Motocross Championship campaign on high note at Pontrilas, with Nunn recording his best result of the season for the Fiat Kobelco team, narrowly missing out on a podium finish despite two third placed rides.

Record crowds turned out at the Hereford circuit for the final round of the championship, to see the UKs top riders battle it out for the final time and with the Open class title still not decided.

Nunn got a bad start in the first moto, but quickly pushed his way through to the top ten. However, at half distance, the Kawasaki rider began to get arm pump, and struggled on to finally take ninth place. The second moto was a different story and, getting away in the top ten, Nunn powered his 250cc Kawasaki around the hillside circuit to climb into the top five within two laps. By the end of the 25-minute moto, the 23-year old had earned third place.

Repeating the performance in the final moto with another fantastic performance, Nunn ended the day with fourth overall, just two points off a podium, and secured fifth in the championship standings, after just missing fourth by three points.

"I am pleased with today," he said, "It would have been nice to have had a better result in the first race and to have ended the season with a podium, but I just couldn't fight. I got arm pump at about half distance and that was it. The next two races were much better - I felt good and the bike was running really well. It was a good end to the championship for me. Now I have to work hard this week for the final round of the World Champs in France."

Finnish team-mate Marko Kovalainen also had a fantastic end to the season, claiming tenth overall on the day and in the championship, despite missing a round through injury.

The 27-year old began the weekend by claiming a hard-earned fifth in the first moto, followed by a tenth in race two, but, in the final moto of the day, found himself in a first lap crash, and was last to get away. However, he battled through the pack to finally take the last point.

"The day was a little mixed for me," Kovalainen confessed, "In the first moto, my start was good and I felt strong. In the second, my start was bad and I had to work hard because it is difficult to pass on this track. It was the same in the last race, but overall I am happy with the day and I maintained a top ten finish in the championship - which is what I wanted to do."