WE DID IT!!! Todd rode his socks off this weekend to take his first ever French Sand Championship race win!!
Todd had a nasty crash on Tuesday last week whilst training and was unfortunately stuck under the bike with the rear tyre spinning on his arm/shoulder. So he was pretty beaten up and sore through the week but was determined to stand on the podium again this weekend.
Todd loved Hossegor race last year as it was the closest race he could get to Weston, Skegness and Le Touquet. It is all on the beach, a long straight and tight and twisty coming back with lots of traffic. The weather didn't make the event very easy for the organisers, as of Friday night there was no beach at all and therefore no track!
Sunday, the weather was much better, next to no wind, sunshine but still a very small beach with waves coming in at high speed. Todd's race started at 12:30 French time with a shortened race time of 2 hours. The race was cut short due to the tide times but this unfortunately meant the rule of having to complete 3 pit stops was longer valid and it was your choice how many stops you completed. This left Todd with no choice but to complete 2 pitstops for fuel (due to having the smaller tank on the race bike) and we knew the KTM boys were doing only 1 stop. The team had spoken to Todd at this point and said theres nothing we can do about it, just use it as experience and if we can get a top 8 with 2 pitstops its good for the championship and another race under your belt.
He shocked us all!!! A good start again for Todd, completing lap 1 in 3rd position, before shortly taking the lead and taking it all in his stride. We completed 2x pit stops 40minutes apart and Nathan Watson pitted once on the hour mark!!! Todd was overtaken by Nathan during the first pitstop but knew if he could stay with him they both had to pit once more so it was a fair game. Todd put a pass on Nathan very quickly and put a heavy charge on so that when he pitted for the second time he had time. He eventually crossed the line with a 52minute gap back to Nathan Watson.
The last month, we really have put everything at it! We drove to the isle of man to get on different sand, we have worked closely with Todd's trainer Sebastian on a diet plan, changed the pit boarding strategies and just generally worked day and night.