WITH just two rounds remaining, it?s make or break time for the title ambitions of Paul O?Mahoney at this Sunday?s round of the RTTC-Rudy Project Series.
The Cumbria-based tester has topped the table for much of the season, but needs to win the final two rounds if he is to stand any chance of holding off the challenge of national 100-mile champion Richard Prebble.
He beat his rival in the opening round back in March, but since then his form has taken a dive and Prebble has won the last two rounds.
Sunday?s event at Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, is the seventh round, and looks set to be the deciding factor in the fate of the 2007 series.
?It?s going to be a very close thing, there?s no doubt about that,? said O?Mahoney. ?Richard looks in a good position, but he?s still got to win the last two rounds. I think my chances of holding on to the lead and winning the series are good.
?I was one minute down on him in the last round, but my preparation wasn?t the best – it was a big rush and I got to the start line with 15 seconds to spare. But I?ve been training really well since then, so I rate my chances.
?But there are other good riders in the equation for this round who are capable of putting in a ride – people like Mark Lovatt and John Tanner – you can never write off guys like them.
?To be honest I?ve struggled all year with my form. Last year I was getting stronger and stronger, but this year is the other way round. I started off strongly but I think I raced too much early on.
?I was planning to do the national hill-climb championships, but I think I would be foolish to do that now. I?m going to finish the Rudy Project Series and then finish for the season because I really need a break.?