Tied at the top, Six Day regulars Max Beyer and Marc Hester went head-to-head to assert their dominance. At the opposite end of the table, Matt Bostock needed to have a strong day’s racing to reverse a disappointing first day.
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Determined to make amends, Bostock got off to a flying start. The Manxman took the first five points on offer from a fast-finishing Marc Hester and Max Beyer. However, in a reversal of the first sprint, Hester surged past Bostock before the line to secure himself full points and draw level with Bostock in the overall scoring.
Anders Fynbo took the third sprint. The Danish rider emerged from a four-up dash for the line to add five points his total, lifting him into 3rd place. At the halfway stage, it was Hester that led Bostock by three points.
Hester extended his lead at the top with a well-timed sprint, breezing past the field to cross the line first with 10 laps to go. The Dane would not have it all his own way. Brit, Matt Bostock snuck ahead of Hester to win the penultimate sprint, setting up a double points showdown. With just three points between them, it was still all to play for.
Taking the glory was Danish rider Anders Fynbo who streaked away to clinch all ten points. The blue jersey of Bostock crossed the line in second place securing six points and finishing on 22 points. A heroic effort however, it was not quite enough. Beating Birkemose to the line, Hester took third place and the four points required to seal the victory by just one point from Bostock.
Chatting to Rebecca Charlton, Bostock reflected, ‘that wasn’t the best start! It’s fair to say I don’t have the legs I had last time. Two last places in the first races haven’t helped me. I was really desperate to win that to be honest, I couldn’t have gone any deeper!’
Current leader, Marc Hester, also caught up with Rebecca. ‘That was a good first half of these three days but now it also starts to get tough! I’ll do my best in every event and hopefully I can use my experience from the last two rounds to finish it off this time!’
With all the riders having hit the red in the previous Points Race, it was all about staying in the bunch and conserving energy. Entering the penultimate lap, the pace visibly increased. Matt Bostock was the first rider to launch an attack but took an unwanted passenger in the form of Marc Hester with him.
As the bell sounded, Max Beyer had also closed the gap to join Beyer and Hester for the sprint. Beyer passed Hester and Bostock and looked like he was going to be able to hold on for the win. However, showing excellent timing once again, it was Hester that pushed ahead of Beyer to take the win. An impressive performance from Hester and his third win of the competition so far.
A great day for Marc Hester at the end of Day 2.