Shipton Extends his Pro-MX1 lead over Millward
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Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)
             Jake Shipton on his Crescent Yamaha with a second place and a win took the Pro-MX1 overall win and increased his lead over his main rival in the championship, Jake Millward riding a Chambers Husqvarna. And all this happened at round five of the Bridgestone British Masters at a hot and humid Hawkstone Park last weekend.
            In the Pro-MX2’s Michael Ellis on his Pope KTM won the overall from Chambers Husqvarna mounted Ben Franklin as series leader, Martin Barr on his Crescent Yamaha dropped to third after picking up a rear puncture on the opening lap.
            Overnight rain between the two days of the meeting, and a lot of bulldozer work made track condition ideal for the Pro riders, who only race on Sunday.

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)
            Shipton got the holeshot at the start of the first combined MX1 and MX2 race followed by new dad Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna), Liam Knight (Verde KTM) having his second outing on an MX1 machine, instead of his usual MX2, Millward and Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda). Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) was the first of the MX2’s in sixth followed by Jacob Joyce, Aaron McCarroll, Ellis and Barr.
            Millward and Tombs swapped places a couple of times in the first couple of laps as Banks-Browne passed Shipton for the lead at the halfway point. A lap later Millward had dropped Tombs and then snatched third place from Knight with the top four crossing the finish line in that order.
            Barr had passed both Ellis and Joyce on the opening lap and then passed both McCarroll and Dickinson by the end of lap three to end his race in sixth, but first MX2 home.
            Dickinson chased him over the line for second with Ellis a comfortable third with Franklin fourth MX2.

Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha)
            As Millward and Shipton chassed each other around the opening lap of race two, it was all happening around them. As race one winner Banks-Browne passed Shipton for second, his Husqvarna came to a stop just short of the last turn. He re-started the machine and limped back to the paddock. He said after, “I think it’s the ECU. It cut out in the bomb hole, but I got it going again. Then it cut again later in the lap and re-started it again, but it was coughing and banging, so I pulled out of the race.”
           Another casualty was Aaron McCarroll who must have gone over the bars as he called into the work area for some work before carrying on. Barr was also in trouble with his flat tire. But Barr is one of the most experienced riders on the track continued slowly, keeping out of the other faster riders as they came past for some points that may be very valuable come to the end of the series.
          At the halfway point, the leader Millward slipped off and handed the lead, and the win to Shipton. Tombs had spent most of the race in third, but Knight slipped by him with three laps to go for third as Tombs hung on to fourth.
          Jay Hague had had a great race. He started in seventh and stayed out of trouble and passed Ellis for the MX2 win at the halfway point. Ellis was sixth on the track, but second MX2 home as Franklin, from fourteenth at the start worked his way forward, taking advantage of Lewis Hall’s bike stopping with three laps to go to finish seventh, but the third MX2.

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
            Overall in the MX1’s Shipton claimed the overall from Millward and Knight and Tombs just missed out on the podium, while in the championship Shipton now has a twenty-eight-point lead over Millward with Joyce third.
           “I felt I didn’t have the pace to win at the start of racing,” said overall winner Shipton, “but the I seemed to settle down jumping off a bit here and there. It was unfortunate for Jake (Millward) he lost the front end out there and handed me the lead. I just rode smart, and the result is good as I usually struggle with sandy conditions, but I am getting better, and I thought I could go again if the others closed in on me. Hard work pays off.”
           Millward was happy enough with his day and said, “I didn’t get a very good start in the first race but managed to pull myself up to third in the end. I was happy with it as I was riding, OK. In the second race, I got the holeshot and was riding comfortably, and made a stupid mistake out the back of the course. So second overall will have to do today.”
           Knight said, from third place on the podium, “It’s been very humid, especially in the second race. Halfway through I felt sweltering and was struggling, but towards the end, I found my rhythm again for an excellent finish. I only got a 450 a week ago and raced it for the first time at a meeting the other Wednesday, so it was a bit learning curve riding it today. I think I may be riding a 450 next year, and it’s the way forward”

Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki)
           In the MX2’s Ellis took the win by four points over Franklin with Barr third but in the championship, Barr has a forty-two-point lead over Franklin and Yates.
         “I made hard work of race one after a dad start,” said MX2 winner Ellis, “but in the second I was leading for a while but tensed up a bit. I knew I had the overall in the bag, so I eased off to make sure I finished.”
          Second overall Franklin said, “The heat out there made it tough, but the track was in the best condition I have seen it for a while. They put a lot of hard-working into the prep.”
          A happy with his third-place Barr said, “With the flat tire in the second race I just had to keep going to get as many points as I could. It was frustrating as I was quickest MX2 in qualifying and won the first race. I was hoping to do the same in the second one. But that’s racing for you, and it’s the first one we have had this year. Third overall is good considering, and I have only lost one point in the championship.”

The rest

Mckenzie Marshall (KTM)
            There were four different winners in the four-race amateur MX1’s. Gareth Artus won the first and backed that up with two-second places and a third for the overall. Harry Bradley won the last but did enough in his other races to get second overall with race two winner Lee Harrison third. Adam Day was race two winners but just missed out of the podium.
           Ollie Benton kept his overall winning streak going and has now won all five round in the amateur MX2’s. He also won three out of his four races and finished second in the one he didn’t win. Wildcard Josh Greedy won the race that Benton didn’t and was second overall with fellow wildcard rider Luke Newman third.
           In the clubman class the on-form Greg Fisher, like Benton in the amateur MX2’s, won three out of four races and finished second in the other. Scott Bates, another wildcard rider, won the race that Fisher didn’t win while Max Wood took the last place on the podium.
          It was tight at the top of the 125cc races with just four points separating three-race winner, James Cottrell and race one winner Preston Williams. Buster Hart was third overall some way behind the leading pair.

Freddie Gardiner (KTM)
           Ike Carter continued his winning ways in the MXY2’s taking four race wins from four starts and only needs eight points at the next round to become champion, and that’s if Kurt Griffiths wins all the races.
          Tom Murphy and Max Ingram stood each side of Carter on the podium in second and third with Aaron Patstone two points behind.
          Ollie Colmer seemed to like the track more on Saturday as he won both big wheel 85’s but was beaten into second place by Sam Atkinson on day two. It was just the opposite for Atkinson as he had a disaster on the first day, which dropped to sixteenth overall.
          Four strong rides gave Arai Elcock second overall with wildcard Ralfe Broadley third.
          Tyla Hooley was the second maximum points man of the weekend as he won all four small wheel 85 races from Billy Askew and Shaun Mahoney.
          The results couldn’t have been tighter at the top of the junior 65’s as Freddie Gardner and Charlie Richmond traded first and second places to finish the weekend tied on points. Gardiner claimed the top step of the podium because of his higher position in the last race. Jamie Keith was third overall with Brandon Buckley fourth.

Overall results

Pro MX1:
1 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 43 + 45 = 88
2 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 41 + 43 = 84
3 Liam Knight (Verde Racing KTM) 39 + 41 = 80
4 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 37 + 39 = 76
5 Jacob Joyce (Dixon Honda) 34 + 37 = 71
6 Jake Preston (KTM) 33 + 35 = 68
7 Aaron McCarroll (Chambers Husqvarna) 35 + 33 = 68
8 Simon Booth (Acerbis KTM) 32 + 34 = 66
9 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 45 + 0 = 45

Championship positions:
1 Shipton 522, 2 Millward 494, 3 Joyce 359, 4 Smith 314, 5 Dowson 305, 6 Booth 302, 7 Banks-Browne 299, 8 Simmutch 233, 9 Meara 202, 10 Stevenson.

Pro MX2:
1 Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) 41 + 43 = 84
2 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 39 + 41 = 80
3 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 45 + 34 = 79
4 Jay Hague (JTL Husqvarna) 33 + 45 = 78
5 Calum Mitchell (SF Racing KTM) 35 + 39 = 74
6 Robert Yates (IDS Yamaha) 37 + 37 = 74
7 Callum Green (Hitachi KTM) 32 + 35 = 67
8 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) 43 + 0 = 43
9 Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) 34 + 0 = 34

Championship positions:
1 Barr 415, 2 Franklin 373, 3 Yates 339, 4 Dickinson 328, 5 Hammal 256, 6 Nemeth 246, 7 Ellis 203, 8 Hague 193, 9 Putnam 162, 10 Neal 152.

Amateur MX1:
1 Gareth Artus (KTM) 45 + 43 + 43 + 41 = 172
2 Harry Bradley (Husqvarna) 43 + 41 + 37 + 45 = 166
3 Lee Harrison (Husqvarna) 41 + 45 + 41 + 34 = 161
4 Adam Day (Sand Box Husqvarna) 39 + 39 + 45 + 33 = 156
5 Scott Aldridge (KTM) 37 + 34 + 39 + 43 = 153
6 Harry Linton (Husqvarna) 33 + 33 + 35 + 39 = 140
7 Luke Houghton (KTM) 35 + 35 + 33 + 37 = 140
8 Matt Lomas (Derbyshire Offroad KTM) 34 + 37 + 34 + 35 = 140
9 Colin McLuckie (Honda) 31 + 31 + 31 + 30 = 123
10 Jake Marsh (SBBS KTM) 29 + 32 + 29 + 32 = 122

Championship positions:
1 Day 720, 2 Bradley 716, 3 Houghton 648, 4 Lomas 579, 5 Artus 548, 6 Whitehead 524, 7 Williamson 516, 8 McLuckie 392, 9 Ashmore 379, 10 Clarkson 375.

Amateur MX2:
1 Oliver Benton (Hitachi KTM) 45 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 178
2 Josh Greedy (KTM) 43 + 39 + 45 + 43 = 170
3 Luke Newman (Honda) 20 + 41 + 41 + 39 = 141
4 George Clarke (KTM) 39 + 21 + 39 + 41 = 140
5 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha) 32 + 37 + 32 + 37 = 138
6 Benjamin Knight (KTM) 30 + 35 + 35 + 33 = 133
7 Rory Jones (KTM) 31 + 32 + 33 + 32 = 128
8 Mitchell Warhurst (KTM) 35 + 30 + 31 + 29 = 125
9 Adrien Williams (KTM) 26 + 31 + 37 + 30 = 124
10 Todd Ritchie (Yamaha) 28 + 34 + 24 + 34 = 120

Championship positions:
1 Benton 731, 2 Rowland 649, 3 Jones 568, 4 Burridge 530, 5 Knight 516, 6 Warhurst 500, 7 Jones 472, 8 Ritchie 471, 9 Thornhill 454, 10 Avis 453.

Clubman:
1 Greg Fisher (Jack Horeman Kawasaki) 43 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 178
2 Scott Bates (KTM) 45 + 41 + 43 + 43 = 172
3 Max Wood (Yamaha) 39 + 39 + 41 + 41 = 160
4 Jason Queenan (KTM) 37 + 35 + 37 + 35 = 144
5 Karl Jenkinson (Yamaha) 32 + 37 + 35 + 39 = 143
6 Peter Sargent (Honda) 35 + 33 + 34 + 34 = 136
7 Alex Harvey (Honda) 33 + 31 + 39 + 31 = 134
8 Scott Alymore (KTM) 25 + 34 + 33 + 37 = 129
9 Charlie Sutton (KTM) 31 + 32 + 32 + 29 = 124
10 Connor Barnet (Husqvarna) 28 + 30 + 30 + 32 = 120

Championship positions:
1 Fisher 784, 2 Harvey 648, 3 Queenan 638, 4 Wood 634, 5 Kinsley 600, 6 Sutton 581, 7 Jones 558, 8 Sargent 558, 9 Barnet 476, 20 Jenkins 469.

Harrison Roberts (KTM)

125’s:
1 James Cottrell (Yamaha) 43 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 178
2 Preston Williams (KTM) 45 + 43 + 43 + 43 = 174
3 Buster Hart (KTM) 34 + 41 + 41 + 41 = 157
4 Dylan Spencer (CPS MC Husqvarna) 39 + 35 + 39 + 35 = 54
5 Troy Wilerton (TM UK TM) 37 + 37 + 37 = 34 =145
6 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 41 + 39 + 34 + 25 = 139
7 Jordan Bachelor (BUM Moto KTM) 33 + 34 + 33 + 37 = 137
8 James Hanscomb (Apex, Bridgestone KTM) 28 + 33 + 35 + 39 = 135
9 Chuck Davis (TM UK TM) 27 + 31 + 32 + 33 = 123
10 Jack Marshall (Husqvarna) 30 + 32 + 31 + 30 = 123

Championship positions:
1 Willerton705, 2 Bachelor 703, 3 Spencer 701, 4 Jackson 639, 5 Morris 608, 6 Hanscomb 542, 7 Bachelor 491, 8 Davies 489, 9 Thomson 458, 10 Marshall 451.

MXY2:
1 Ike Carter (DEP Husqvarna) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Tom Murphy (ASA United KTM) 43 + 41 + 43 + 39 = 166
3 Max Ingram (Yamaha) 39 + 43 + 39 + 43 = 164
4 Aaron Patstone (Brenron Kestrel KTM) 41 + 39 + 41 + 41 = 162
5 Travis Steels (Husqvarna) 37 + 37 + 37 + 37 = 148
6 Kurt Griffiths (KTM) 35 + 35 + 34 + 35 = 139
7 Harvey Tillotson (Husqvarna) 31 + 31 + 33 + 31 = 126
8 Aaron McLoughlin (Preston Docks Husqvarna) 32 + 29 + 31 + 33 = 125
9 Jack Lindsay (Husqvarna) 29 + 32 + 32 + 29 = 122
10 Billy Wynn (KTM) 34 + 34 + 19 + 34 = 121

Championship positions:
1 Carter 786, 2 Griffiths 614, 3 McLoughlin 604, 4 McNicholl 594, 5 Wynn 557, 6 Patstone 543, 7 Jones 514, 8 Russell 467, 9 Jackson 435, 10 Leadbitter 431.

Ike Carter (Yamaha)

Big wheel 85’s:
1 Ollie Colmer (Revo Husqvarna) 45 + 45 + 43 + 43 = 176
2 Arai Elcock (Sandifords Husqvarna) 41 + 39 + 39 + 39 = 158
3 Raife Broadley (Kawasaki) 39 + 33 + 41 + 41 = 154
4 Callum Murhitt (Husqvarna) 37 + 37 + 31 + 37 = 142
5 Charlie Reynolds (KTM) 35 + 34 + 34 + 34 = 137
6 Jude Turton (KTM) 33 + 32 + 37 + 33 = 135
7 Reece Ross (HCR KTM) 34 + 29 + 32 + 35 = 130
8 Kayde Rayns (PBSI Husqvarna) 31 + 31 + 35 + 30 = 127
9 Tye Jones (Dynamic Air KTM) 23 + 35n + 33 + 29 = 120
10 James Barker (Husqvarna) 16 + 41 + 25 + 32 = 114

Championship positions:
1 Elcock 672, 2 Atkinson 653, 3 Jones 603, 4 Ross 577, 5 Rayns 533, 6 Turton 519, 7 Smith 490, 8 Reeves 450, 9 Drewell 444, a0 Ferguson 443.

Small wheel 85’s:
1 Tyla Hooley (KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Billy Askew (STP Moto Husqvarna) 43 + 43 + 41 + 43 = 170
3 Shaun Mahoney (Fist Call KTM) 41 + 37 + 39 + 41 = 158
4 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna) 37 + 39 + 43 + 39 = 158
5 Warren Clarke (Husqvarna) 34 + 41 + 37 + 34 = 146
6 Harrison Roberts (KTM) 39 + 35 + 34 + 33 = 141
7 Joel Fisher (Tech 4 KTM) 35 + 34 + 32 + 37 = 138
8 Ollie Addy (Addy Builders KTM) 33 + 33 + 35 + 35 = 136
9 Ryan Waggot (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 32 + 31 + 33 + 29 = 125
10 Harvey Antrobus (KTM) 30 + 30 + 31 + 27 = 118

Championship positions:
1 Marshall 669, 2 Hooley 665, 3 Askew 630, 4 Clarke 630, 5 Fisher 560, 6 Waggot 505, 7 Antrobus 499, 8 Haddock 480, 9 Benfield 478, 10 Carron 478.

Junior 65’s:
1 Freddie Gardiner (Matt Gardiner MX KTM) 43 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 176
2 Charlie Richmond (KTM) 45 + 43 + 45 + 43 = 176
3 Jamie Keith (MBR KTM) 41 + 41 + 31 + 41 = 154
4 Brandon Buckley (RSS KTM) 39 + 39 + 41 + 35 = 154
5 Blake Ward-Clarke (KTM) 37 + 35 + 39 + 29 = 140
6 Rhys Whyment (Duns Motocross KTM) 35 + 26 + 35 + 39 = 135
7 Riley Ingram (KTM) 31 + 37 + 30 + 37 = 135
8 Archie-Jay Girdham (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 30 + 34 + 37 + 34 = 135
9 Sonny Rooney (KTM) 34 + 32 + 33 + 33 = 132
10 Ollie Bubb (KTM) 33 + 33 + 34 + 30 = 130

Championship positions:
1 Gardiner 700, 2 Richmond 689, 3 Buckley 657, 4 Girdham 628, 5 Keith 600, 6 Ingram 572, 7 Bubb 559, 8 Ward-Clarke 559, 9 Stock 481, 10 Statt 457.