After weeks of delayed racing over the summer season Motorcycle racing at the Bermuda Motorsports Park in Southside, was back in full swing.
The seventh round of the 2011 BMRC National Championship Series saw competition and championship battles heat up as the season winds down to a close.
Team Tuned riders took to the track preparing for battle in one of the four remaining rounds of the season.
Team Tuned headed into the seventh round of the 2011 BMRC National Championship Series with high ambitions of continuing on a positive performance streak that was seen in the first half of the season. Bruce Degrilla Jr. was off to the Isle of Man to represent Bermuda in Track and Field and was replaced for the weekend by Keanu Wilson in the 125 classification.
Shae Darrell returned to join his teammates after missing the sixth round as he was off island for a school event. The time away did not slow Darrell down one bit as he was looking to make up lost ground in the GP80 championship. In race one Darrell started from the back of the GP80 grid but was able to get the holeshot into turn one. A battle quickly followed between Darrell, Kenneth Desilva and championship rival Jazari Caisey. Lap after lap these riders battled providing "edge-of-seat" entertainment for the on-looking spectators.
Desilva who races in the scooter classification came out on top in all 3 race events over the two GP80 riders. Darrell took the first win of the GP80 classification in heat one. Heat 2 and 3 turned out to be picture perfect examples of Darrell's determination to rekindle his championship challenge against current leader Jazari Caisey. Darrell finished the day with two second place finishes in the final two races of the day and cut the gap down to 10 points within second place.
Keanu Wilson filled in for Bruce Degrilla Jr. in the GP125 classification. Darrell, the 2010 Superbike Champion, trained with the team over the past few weeks in preparation for his replacement ride.
In race one Wilson lined up on the grid with rivals Jordan Fletcher and Wytiko Showers. When the green flag dropped Wilson quickly made his way into turn one being challenged by championship contender Jordan Fletcher. After a minor crash by Showers in the early laps Wilson was able to put distance between himself and Fletcher and take a dominant win in race one.
In race two and three Wilson put on similar displays of dominance as he grew more comfortable with the GP machine. Leading from pole position in the final two races Wilson cut down the points loss that DeGrilla gave away to his rival Fletcher whilst overseas. DeGrilla now sits second place overall in the GP125 Championship 25 points behind Fletcher with three rounds remaining.