Birmingham’s Genting Arena proved to be a tough venue for Buildbase Honda’s Adam Chatfield and Angelo Pellegrini for rounds six and seven of the Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered by Ford Ranger.
Both qualified comfortably for Saturday night’s heat races where Adam cruised through to the final but Angelo, after carding fifth in the his opening heat, crashed in his second and came home ninth, prompting a visit to the Last Chance Qualifier.
The Buildbase Honda team kicked off the 2016 Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered by Ford Ranger with a steady if unspectacular performance in Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
Pro class riders Adam Chatfield and Angelo Pellegrini qualified comfortably but rode conservatively in their heat races with Adam running 4-3 and Angelo carding 3-4 which meant they didn’t get first gate picks for the final.
Buildbase Honda riders Adam Chatfield and Angelo Pellegrini continued to pick up the pace at rounds four and five of the Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered by Ford Ranger at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Friday and Saturday night.
While Angelo was a serious podium threat on both nights, Adam – the 2013 AX champion – had to dig deep after a couple of hard hits left him battered and bruised.
The Buildbase Honda team will race with cutting-edge TomTom Bandit Action Cameras in 2016 in a deal covering both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The two-man team of Adam Chatfield and Angelo Pellegrini will contest the Monster Energy Arenacross series. Kristian Whatley, Graeme Irwin, Martin Barr and Lewis Trickett will represent the team outdoors in the major British national motocross championships.
It was a weekend of positives for Buildbase Honda riders Adam Chatfield and Angelo Pellegrini at rounds two and three of the Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered by Ford Ranger at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
With rounds on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon the action was intense and unrelenting and both riders raised their games on the hard-pack track after a steady opening event in Manchester.
Buildbase Honda will field a four-man line-up next season after the 11th-hour signing of Martin Barr.
Team owner Dave Thorpe had tried to sign the 28-year-old in the summer but at the time he was happy to stay with his existing set-up. However, Dave’s persistence paid off and Martin agreed a deal at the end of November and after testing the 2016 CRF250R last week the Irishman’s confident that he made the right decision.