A DAMP START
After months off from racing with Raw Enduro and a big crash back in May, Chris Bailey was back. This time at a place called Lee Dell near Rochdale.
Waking up to a rather wet and misty morning following a night of rain, to say the track was wet was something of an understatement.
Chris made a good start off the line; 5th into the first corner, which helped him stay out of the muddy carnage behind him. It was a long lap due to the very muddy conditions, and not too pleasant for spectators, either!
For the first couple of laps, Chris settled into a good routine, but due to the harsh conditions he dropped the bike on several occasions: once on part of the track that was up hill and on old cobble stones, which he said were like ice. Together with getting some old rope wrapped around his rear wheel, which took him several minutes to remove, his race wasn’t quite going to plan.
CLAWING IT BACK
But as he always does, Chris kept battling on, and made up the places he had lost. As the track conditions continued to get more churned up, Chris pushed hard for the remainder of the race. Considering this was his first proper two-hour Enduro in months, after the two hours Chris finished in an impressive 7th place in Clubman class. He said he was happy, but deep down would’ve been pleased with a slightly better result. Considering he was on a new bike and it was his first race back with Raw Enduro, it’s hard not to say he rode well.