Ejay Harris swept to victory at the Pirelli Supercrit on Saturday after a superb display of team riding from a slightly reduced squad of just 3 riders.
Chanel Mason led the bunch after the first lap in a race of around 50 minutes in length and this set the tone for the dominance of the team throughout the race.
An early crash in the back markers left a group of around 12-15 riders off the front of the race and with a large contingent from the Onform team, the other teams in the race knew they had to ride tactically well to prevent their additional numbers being an advantage.
With Chanel keeping the pace high throughout the first 10 minutes it provided the perfect platform to draw out an attack from Onform and Anna Henderson took the race on alone. With Storey Racing riders ever present at the head of the chasing pack the next move saw Ejay Harris produce a fine attack which was marked by Charmaine Porter of Onform. The pair quickly bridged over to the lone leader and established a gap of around 30 seconds at one point, but with the twisting nature of the circuit there weren’t many opportunities for the chasers to see the leading trio.
Chanel Mason suffered an unfortunate puncture when a staple slashed her tyres and the ensuing chase was labelled after as being “good time trial practice!”. Monica Dew held her position well in the group of around 8-10 chasers and was always well positioned to ensure she could jump on any moves whilst waiting for her own opportunity to bridge across.
As the final 5 laps approached Monica attacked hard through the start/finish straight and opened up a gap on the chasing group. With her form carrying on well since her podium at the Copenhagen Nocturne in August, Monica began to close the gap on the 3 leaders and looked set to be challenging for a podium. Unfortunately though a late crash in the first corner out of the start/finish straight was both dramatic and race ending for Monica and it resulted in the podium being fought out between the three riders who had been away for most of the race.
Chanel had been battling hard to regain contact and did so in the final few laps which gave her a strong finish in 6th place. At the head of the race EJay was dealing well with being outnumbered by the Onform riders and comfortably out-sprinted them in the final 200m to take victory.
Monica was well looked after by the road side and has since been followed up via our HMT Hospital medical partner and the team Doctor is keeping a careful eye on her return to action and the whole team is grateful for all the messages of concern about her.