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John Mitchell Finishes Second at Weston Super Mare Beach Race 2008

John Mitchell

John Mitchell
ATV World Yamaha rider John Mitchell took a thrilling second place at this year’s Weston Super Mare Beachrace which was held on Saturday 11th October.

John had been training for the event on a solo bike, racing at the Orkney Beach race two weeks earlier where he finished in third place. Feeling confident in the sand, John was using a specially prepared ATV World Yamaha YFZ450 with a full Elka suspension setup and a standard Yamaha engine.

As the gates dropped to mark the start of the race, John was caught in the thick of the action. “500 riders going into the first corner was a little crazy.  There were so many of us and I knew I had to move though quickly if I had any chance of a good finish.”

John Mitchell

John Mitchell
John was superb in the rough as the ATV World Yamaha YFZ450 was setup perfectly to handle the sand and the big dunes.  By the half way point, John was in 11th place as he made a pit stop to take on fuel, a set of new SPY goggles and his own race fuel…High 5 energy drink!

Fuelled for the finish, John began to work his way through the course, taking places, making passes and showing off his fitness as others began to struggle over the three hour race. On the penultimate lap John passed Carl Bunce to take second place and finished the thrilling Weston Super Mare Beachrace 2008. It was the French man Jeremie Warnia who took the chequered flag, followed in second place by John Mitchell and Carl Bunce in third.

John said after the race; “That’s my best result at Weston Super Mare Beachrace and I’m really pleased with second place. I have been training in the sand for this race and I’m now confident I can achieve some great results in the future. I had a good setup with the YFZ450 and Martin and Nick from ATV World have prepared a fantastic quad.“

Thanks again to all of the Team ATV World Yamaha sponsors whose products and support have helped with the success of the 2008 season.


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