CAS Honda’s Gordon Crockard has retained his British Open moto cross title after a dramatic final race showdown in Torrington, Devon. The championship was settled in a last race thriller as Crockard finally overcame arch-rival Carl Nunn.
The showdown was set up early in the day when both men had shared a win apiece before the THQ Superfinal with Crockard just ahead of Husqvarna rider Nunn on points for the first time all season.
Crockard got the holeshot and romped to an easy victory, signing off his four-year association with the CAS team in style. He leaves for a berth with the KTM squad for 2002.
A relieved Crockard said afterwards " After coming second to Carl in the first race, I just went out for the second feeling like I had nothing to lose, like the pressure was off me. When I won that I knew I could take the title if I made a good start – I got the holeshot and after that I knew the championship was mine " .
His CAS team mate Jussi Vehvilainen took third in the championship behind Nunn.
Brian Jorgensen tied up the 125 British title at the same event despite two wins by closest rival Stephen Sword.