Impressive results keep rolling in for a local cycle team, after a busy fortnight of race action.
The Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team, based at Staveley, are being led by Jono Dexter, who has been in stellar form of late.
Dexter has added multiple podium finishes to recent consistent form, boosting an already impressive early season points tally.
Supported by his team mates, Dexter’s drive for success brought victory at York in the Tuesday midweek race, with a masterful display from the 27-year-old.
After an early breakaway group seemed to have gained the advantage, Dexter realised the potential danger and produced a fierce attack which closed down the gap, all the more
impressive considering the leading riders had opened up a lead of over 32 seconds.
Despite the effort necessary to neutralize the break, Dexter was able to muster the firepower needed to unleash his trademark sprint and sprinted to an emphatic victory.
It was to open up a run of further successfor the team, as a visit to the popular Sheffield Forge Valley Circuit was to bring another three top 10 placings for Dexter and his team mates as they attacked in formidable style straight from the off.
Dexter, ably supported by Worksop rider Andy Bishop, Retford’s Calum Lawson and Danny Featherstone drove the race throughout, and the high pace took its toll as many competitors dropped off the peloton early in the race.
With a couple of laps to go, the rain came down, and it required a mixture of daring and skill for those riders wishing to contest the sprint finish.
Dexter once more rode to a podium finish, rolling in second, with Bishop finishing seventh, and Lawson ninth, a pleasing result for the team.
Good Friday brought another trip to the York Sports Village, and a return from the rainclouds once more, providing weather conditions more suited to watersports than circuit racing.
Dexter once more proved to be up to the job, and in a masterclass of wet weather riding, negotiated the tricky York circuit with great care, attacking hard in the wet, and creating the opportunity for another high speed sprint, and yet another podium spot, with a fine second place.
Team mate Lawson also scored well, sprinting in fifth.
Team Manager Andy Moore praised both his men and their machines in his summing up of the last fortnight: “The lads are doing a fantastic job of driving Jono to his recent
successes, and we’ve put together all the pieces in the jigsaw to make it all happen.”
“JE James have provided the very best machines for the racing, the Giant TCR’s are sublime in the wet, we’ve selected specific tyre compounds for the recent wet races, and Jono’s wet weather racing skills are the best in the business, how he gets round those corners in the wet is just astonishing, but a victory, two second places and a fourth in the past couple of weeks or so is ample proof of his talent.”
Dexter and the squad will be boosted by the return to the ranks of some of their team-mates from warmer climes in the coming days.
Moore said: ““We’re looking forward to the next few weeks, as a number of the lads return from training in Majorca, and they’ll come back on top form, I’m sure.”