David Knight will be looking for his fifth win at the Weston Beach Race, which takes place this year from 9-11 October at the normally sleepy Somerset seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare.

After winning the event for the first time in 1999, the Manxman's second two wins came on the same weekend back in 2002, when he took victory in the quad race and then went on to record a unique double by winning the main solo event as well.

The Manxman last won Weston in 2006, the same year he retained his world enduro title with a one hundred percent record. Knight looked set to etch his name once again on the winners' trophy last year but, after finally getting the better of ten-time world champion Stefan Everts, he was forced to retire with a mechanical problem within sight of the chequered flag.

Knight heads to this year's Weston determined to add win number five to his impressive career statistics, but the Kawasaki pilot doesn't intend to spend too much time worrying about his preparation for the event.

"The key to the Weston Beach Race is not to plan for it," claims Knighter. "It just doesn't pay to take it too seriously - any year that I do I find it ends in disaster! The years I've won I've just let it all hang out and just waited to see what happens. And for me it's always either a win or a DNF. Like last year. I had a great battle with Stefan Everts - I was really enjoying that - then just when I got clear, got the lead sorted, the bike cried enough."

"Yeah, for me Weston works best if I approach it as a weekend off with the lads and don't think too much about it," concluded the seven-time British and two-time world enduro champion.

Posted: 28 Sep 2009

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