Elliott Banks-Browne and Martin Barr Think
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Robbie Dowson (Kawasaki) and Tom Neal (Craigs Husqvarna)
             Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) and Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) both scored maximum points in their respected pro classes at last weekend’s round four of the Bridgestone British Masters. But the meeting was spoilt by low cloud over the Whitby track in North Yorkshire that caused the cancelling of some races.
            Saturday started off well with the wet track riding well with some excellent racing lines developing but after qualifying it ground to a halt. After a couple of laps on the first clubman race, the red flags came out as visibility became so poor the marshal points could not see each other which left some part of the track unprotected. Racing was stopped for an hour in the hope it would clear, but as it didn’t, racing was abandoned for the day.

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
            Sunday, as the pros went out for their qualifying thing looked better but as time went on Saturday’s problem came back and after the second pro race was red-flagged with a lap to go the rest of the races were called off in the interests of everyone’s safety.
            Banks-Browne got the holeshot at the start of the first combined pro-MX1 and MX2 race and was chased around the opening lap be the series two MX2 championship contenders, Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) and Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) and the three stayed in that order till the end of the race.
            Ben Franklin had gated a strong fourth but slipped back as Luke Smith, the Jamie Law found away past him. Law went on to finish fourth with Smith a place behind him.

Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha)
            Barr had started in ninth but was soon up to sixth place, but with a lap to go John Meara found away past him. So, he crossed the finish line in seventh but was the first MX2 rider home. Franklin held onto second MX2 from Ashton Dickinson and wildcard and local rider Tom Neal.
            Banks-Browne got his second holeshot of the day at the start of race two from the Phoenix Tools MX2 Kawasaki of Carlton Husband who was making a comeback to racing after what seems like months.
            While the un-race fit Husband slipped back into the pack, Shipton took over second place while his main challenger, Millward slipped off his machine at the bottom of the track after the big jump. Millward re-mounted in the last place and by the end of four laps was already in seventh. But his day got even worse four laps into the race when the sub-frame on his Husqvarna broke, and he was out of the race.

Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna)
              Law was having another good race as after starting eighth
               Jay Hague had a great start in fourth and after passing Husband, was for third was leading the MX2’s. But Barr was on a charge and passed Neal, Luke Smith and Hague to finish fourth on the track, behind Law and first MX2 home. Hague hung on in second with Neal third MX2.
              Overall in the MX1’s, it was Banks-Browne from Shipton and Law, but in the championship standings, Shipton has extended his lead over the unlucky Millward to twenty-four.

Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)
           “It’s a track I always enjoy coming to and racing,” said Banks-Browne after racing had finished, “It’s also a change to get back on to a hardpack track and to come away with two wins’ is even better. There was a bit of conservancy before the second race. But before the start it looked OK to race and then the cloud just came down again, and it had to be stopped. I think they made the right call in the end.”
            Series leader Shipton said, “I didn’t know the Jake (Millward) hadn’t finished and handed me some extra points. But it’s not over yet. It’s been a tough day today, what with the viability, but the track was riding well, and I am happy with two-second places and maintaining the red plate for next week.”

Tom Neal (Craigs Husqvarna)
            Law made a welcome return to the podium and said, “I didn’t get the best of starts but managed to make a couple of good passes in the first couple of corners to put myself in a good position. I was hard out there, but my goggles worked well, and I think that made a difference today.”
            Overall in the pro-MX2’s, it was Barr from Franklin and Neal on the podium with Hague just missing out, but in the championship with Taylor Hammal out for the rest of the year with an injury, Barr now has a forty-three-point lead over Franklin and Dickinson.
            Barr said from the top step of the podium, “I just tried to not get too excited out there with the conditions and backed it off a bit when I was in the lead of the MX2’s. It’s a shame about Taylor’s crash, but it’s part and parcel of the sport, and I have been there many times. He had the red plate after my crash in the second race last round, so it’s nice to get it back with two race wins. Looking forward to Hawkstone Park next weekend now”.

Luke Smith (MSR Redline Yamaha)
               Franklin, with his first trip to a Masters podium, said, “I thought the track was riding really well, it was just a shame the fog came in. I got a good start in the first race which helped a lot for the overall”.
              Neal, from third place on the podium, said, “It’s been a good day for me, and not just because this is a local track not far from my home. I have been riding as a wildcard rider, but I think these meetings are run really well and I will be doing some more. It’s been tough for the organisers today, but the track was riding well just a shame about the weather”.

The rest

The start of the first amateur MX1. Gareth Artis in the lead
            The amateur MX1’s managed to get two races before the cloud stopped play, but both were won by Gareth Artus. Harry Bradley and Adam Day were separated by just two points in second and third.
           The amateur MX2’s got just the one race in over the weekend, and that was won by Oliver Benton from Jack Rowland and Olly Jones. Benton has won all but one overall’s and has nine race wins to his credit.
            The clubman class had two races that counted, as the first and only race to start Saturday was red-flagged after a couple of laps and couldn’t be re-run. Of the two that did start Greg Fisher and Elliot Barras shared the wins. But with Fisher’s race two-second place he took the overall from Barras with Alex Harvey third on the same points.

Chuck Davies (TM UK, TM)
           It was tight at the top of the 125’s as only four points separated overall and race two winner Buster Hart from race one winner Jordan Bachelor. Chuck Davis and Dylan Spencer finished on the same points, but Davies got the call to the podium by virtue of his higher place race two finish.
            Kurt Griffiths got the holeshot at the start of the first MXY2 race, but Ike Carter snatched it away halfway around the opening lap only to throw it all away in a crash the put him and the very back of the pack in thirtieth place. But his charge back up the field of riders in the eight-lap race to eight was nothing short of amassing.
             Race one winner Kyle McNichol took the overall by backing his win up with a second-place from Griffiths and race two winner Carter as Aaron Patstone just missed out of the podium.
             Arai Elcock was the only big wheel 85 race from Tye Jones and Jude Turton, while in the small weeks Tyla Hooley was the winner form Mckenzie Marshall and Will Haddock.
            Freddie Gardiner won the only junior 65 race from Archie-Jay Girdham and Brandon Buckley.

Top Ten Results

Pro MX1:
1 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 45 + 45 = 90
2 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 43 + 43 = 86
3 Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) 39 + 41 = 76
4 Luke Smith (MSR Redline Yamaha) 37 + 39 = 76
5 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 41 + 33 = 74
6 John Meara (Kawasaki) 35 + 37 = 72
7 Jacob Joyce (Dixon Honda) 33 + 35 = 68
8 Simon Booth (Acerbis KTM) 32 + 34 = 66
9 Robbie Dowson (Kawasaki) 34 + 0 = 34

Championship positions:
1 Shipton 434, 2 Millward 410, 3 Smith 314, 4 Dowson 305, 5 Joyce 288, 6 Banks-Browne 254, 7 Booth 236, 8 Simmutch 233, 9 Meara 202, 10 Norris 192.

MX2:
1 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 45 + 45 = 90
2 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 43 + 39 = 82
3 Tom Neal (Craigs MC Husqvarna) 39 + 41 = 80
4 Jay Hague (JTL Husqvarna) 33 + 43 = 76
5 Rob Yates (IDS Bridgestone Yamaha) 37 + 37 = 74
6 Ashton Dickenson (Craigs MC KTM) 41 + 33 = 74
7 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 35 + 35 = 70
8 Corey Nemeth (KTM) 34 + 34 = 68
9 Charlie Putnam (Yamaha) 32 + 0 = 32

Championship positions:
1 Barr 336, 2 Franklin 293, 3 Dickinson 285, 4 Yates 265, 5 Hammal 256, 6 Nemeth 246, 7 Putnam 162, 8 Neal 152, 9 McCormick 146, 10 Husband 140.

Ashton Dickinson (Craigs KTM)

Amateur MX1:
1 Gareth Artus (KTM) 45 + 45 = 90
2 Harry Bradley (Husqvarna) 43 + 41 = 84
3 Adam Day (Sand Box Husqvarna) 39 + 43 = 82
4 Ryan Adair (KTM) 37 + 39 = 76
5 Jamie Fort (Husqvarna) 41 + 35 = 76
6 Luke Houghton (KTM) 35 + 37 = 72
7 Lee Clarkson (Yamaha) 33 + 34 = 67
8 Matt Lomas (Derbyshire Offroad KTM) 31 + 33 = 64
9 Danny Townsend (KTM) 32 + 31 = 63
10 Dan Whitehead (KTM) 32 + 31 = 63

Championship positions:
1 Day 564, Bradley 550, 3 Houghton 508, 4 Lomas 439, 5 Whitehead 416, 6 Williamson 400, 7 Ashmore 379, 8 Artus 376, 9 Townsend 374, 10 Dixon 346.

Amateur MX2: (one race only)
1 Oliver Benton (Hitachi KTM)
2 Jack Rowland (Husqvarna)
3 Olly Jones (KTM)
4 Mitchell Warhurst (KTM)
5 Patrick Gillagan (KTM)
6 Rory Jones (KTM)
7 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha)
8 Benjamin Knight (KTM)
9 Mitch Young (Husqvarna)
10 Lewis O’Sullivan (MC Comps Honda)

Championship positions:
1 Benton 553, 2 Rowland 534, 3 Jones 440, 4 Burridge 392, 5 Knight 383, 6 Warhurst 375, 7 Jones 366, 8 Young 362, 9 O’Sullivan 356, 10 Ritchie 351.

Patrick Jackson (KTM)

Clubman:
1 Greg Fisher (Jack Horeman Kawasaki) 45 + 43 = 88
2 Elliot Barras (KTM) 37 + 45 = 82
3 Alex Harvey (Pedmore Roofing Honda) 43 + 39 = 82
4 Aiden Carney (Husqvarna) 35 + 41 = 76
5 Scott Bates (KTM) 39 + 37 = 76
6 Matthew Jones (Suzuki) 41 + 35 = 76
7 Mark Kinsley (Suzuki) 34 + 34 = 68
8 Jason Queenan (KTM) 33 + 30 = 63
9 Jorden Jenkins (Husqvarna) 30 + 32 = 62
10 Max Wood (Yamaha) 29 + 31 = 60

Championship positions:
1 Fisher 606, 2 Harvey 514, 3 Kinsley 507, 4 Queenan 494, 5 Wood 474, 6 Sutton 457, 7 Jones 449, 8 Sargent 422, 9 Jenkins 385, 10 Isherwood 367.

125’s:
1 Buster Hart (KTM) 41 + 45 = 86
2 Jordan Bachelor (Yamaha) 45 + 37 = 82
3 Chuck Davis (TM UK, TM) 37 + 43 = 80
4 Dylan Spencer (CPS MC Husqvarna) 39 + 41 = 80
5 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 43 + 35 = 78
6 Troy Willerton (TM UK, TM) 35 + 39 = 74
7 Jude Morris (Midwest Husqvarna) 34 + 34 = 68
8 James Hanscomb (Apex, Bridgestone KTM) 33 + 33 = 66
9 Jack Bachelor (Yamaha) 30 + 31 = 61
10 Ben Thomson (BUM Moto KTM) 29 + 30 = 59

Championship positions:
1 Bachelor 566, 2 Willerton 560, 3 Spencer 553, 4 Jackson 500, 5 Morris 491, 6 Hanscomb 407, 7 Bachelor 396, 8 Davis 366, 9 Thomson 360, 10 Barker 346.

Daniel Townsend (KTM)

MXY2:
1 Kyle McNichol (Husqvarna) 45 + 43 = 88
2 Kurt Griffiths (KTM) 43 + 39 = 82
3 Ike Carter (Husqvarna) 33 + 45 = 78
4 Aaron Patstone (KTM) 37 + 41 = 78
5 Billy Wynn (KTM) 41 + 35 = 76
6 Aaron Mcloughlin (Husqvarna) 35 + 37 = 72
7 Jacob Russell (KTM) 39 + 33 = 72
8 Joseph Dent (KTM) 34 + 34 = 68
9 Cameron Jackson (KTM) 32 + 31 = 63
10 Lewis Glynn (KTM) 30 + 32 = 62

Championship positions:
1 Carter 606, 2 McNicholl 594, 3 Mcloughlin 479, 4 Griffiths 475, 5 Wynn 436, 6 Leadbitter 431, 7 Jones 411, 8 Patstone 381, 9 Russell 369, 10 Glynn 361.

Big wheel 85’s: (Only one race)
1 Arai Elcock (Sandifords Husqvarna)
2 Tye Jones (Dynamic Air KTM)
3 Jude Turton (KTM
4 Reece Ross (HCR KTM)
5 Kayde Rayns (PBSI Husqvarna)
6 Dan Arkell (KTM)
7 James Barker (Husqvarna)
8 Tyler Graves (KTM)
9 Braydon Ferguson (KTM)
10 Ayden Smith (KTM)

Championship positions:
1 Atkinson 553, 2 Elcock 514, 3 Jones 483, 4 Ross 447, 5 Rayns 406, 6 Turton 384, 7 Smith 379, 8 Reeves 361, 9 Smith 346, 10 Lewis 334.

Colin McLuckie (Honda)

Small wheel 85’s: (Only one race)
1 Tyler Hooley (KTM)
2 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna)
3 Will Haddock (KTM)
4 Billy Askew (STP Moto Husqvarna)
5 Ollie Addy (Addy Builders KTM)
6 Finley Boxhall (Husqvarna)
7 Josh Vail (Vail Projects Husqvarna)
8 Harvey Antrobus (KTM)
9 Kyron Carron (Pass Suspension KTM)
10 Warren Clarke (Husqvarna)

Championship positions:
1 Marshall 511, 2 Hooley 485, 3 Clarke 484, 4 Askew 460, 5 Fisher 422, 6 Antrobus 381, 7 Haddock 380, 8 Waggot 380, 9 Carron 377, 10 Hope 374.

Junior 65’s:
1 Freddie Gardiner (Matt Gardiner MX KTM)
2 Archie-Jay Girdham (SJP Moto Husqvarna)
3 Brandon Buckley (RSS KTM)
4 Riley Ingram (KTM)
5 Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock KTM)
6 Charlie Richmond (KTM)
7 Hayden Statt (Husqvarna)
8 Rhys Whyment (Duns Motocross KTM)
9 Ollie Bubb (KTM)
10 Ethan Jordan (Yamaha)

Championship positions:
1 Gardiner 524, 2 Richmond 513, 3 Buckley 503, 4 Girdham 493, 5 Keith 446, 6 Ingram 437, 7 Bubb 429, 8 Ward-Clarke 419, 9 Stock 364, 10 Statt 342