David Knight overcame the elements as well as the opposition to extend his lead in the British Enduro Championship following the second round and a busy weekend at Knighton in Powys.
Debuting the Kawasaki KX450F in the series after winning the opening round, the 31-year-old Manxman knew he'd have a tough task on his hands and following Saturday's action which was held on very hard but subsequently wet ground, he claimed third place following on from the special test whereby his choice of a hard terrain front tyre wasn't ideally suited.
However, the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki Off Road Team made some minor adjustments to the bike overnight and Sunday saw no such problems for 'Knighter' as he romped to an impressive victory and in doing so, extended his lead at the head of the standings.
The meeting also heralded the start of further development work on the KX450 as David will soon start using the new injection maps that he has helped develop with Kawasaki during recent testing.
Knight said: "It was good to get a proper race under our belts and we now know what great potential this bike has. I'm very happy with the KX450F, it is a great bike straight out of the crate and there's lots of potential still to come.
“We're still in the development stage and this weekend was a tough test so to come away with an increased lead in the championship is fantastic for both me and Kawasaki. That was probably the last time we'll use the bike in its standard form, I'm really looking forward to the next developments."
Results Day One
1, Paul Edmondson (2257.84) - 20pts; 2, Simon Wakely (2263.87) - 17pts; 3, David Knight (2298.03) - 15pts; 4, Greg Evans (2301.01) - 20pts; 5, Philip Mcloughlin (2312.31) - 13pts; 6, Daryl Bolter (2315.31) - 17 pts.
Results Day Two
1, David Knight (1622.76) - 20pts; 2, Paul Edmondson (1631.66) - 17pts; 3, Greg Evans (1640.07) - 20pts; 4, Edward Jones (1647.37) - 20pts; 5, Philip Mcloughlin (1680.89) - 15pts; 6, Ashley Wood (1696.00) - 13pts.