TAS Racing enjoyed a successful return to off-road action on Saturday night in Belfast, taking local man Martin Barr to a debut British Supercross Championship victory in front of a packed audience at the Odyssey Arena.
It was a one-off appearance for Barr in Relentless by TAS Suzuki livery, but he adjusted well to the TAS Performance-prepared Suzuki RMZ250F at the tight and technical venue, thrilling a 7000-strong partisan crowd with his British Open class Supercross victory.
Barr also took the holeshot in the Supercross 250 Pro Class and looked a certainty for win number two, but after momentarily stalling his RMZ Suzuki, the Ballyclare rider fought back bravely to take fourth place.
Martin Barr says: "I was very happy with the way things went on the night. I was fastest in morning practice and won both my qualifying heats as the TAS Suzuki worked superbly well for me. I am really pumped to have won the British Open final and should have won the SX2 final also, but I made a silly mistake stalling the bike and ended up fourth."
"I would like to thank Philip Neill, Davy Turk and Paul Conway for all their help and support and the chance to ride their perfectly set-up Suzuki RMZ250F. I’d also like to thank Fox, Spy, Agnew Recovery Services and AJ Plumbing."
Philip Neill (Team Manager) says: "It’s good to be back on the motocross scene, even if it was for one night only. It really was a late call to help Martin, but it’s always pleasing to support local talent and I must give the lad credit – he did a great job on the Relentless by TAS Suzuki RMZ250F. It was also nice to give our sponsors some additional, if not surprising representation at such a high profile Supercross event."
"All our road racing team members were there cheering Martin on, so it was a good night all round. I must also give credit to the boys in our Performance Centre as they did an excellent job preparing a motocross machine to suit the arduous Supercross challenge in such a short space of time."