Crescent Yamaha’s Shipton and Barr
are the Masters Winners

             Crescent Yamaha teammates Jake Shipton and Martin Barr became the 2019 Bridgestone British Masters champions at the six and final round at Cusses Gorse last weekend. Shipton pushed for the win in both of the combined Pro MX1 and MX2 races till he saw the big championship-winning picture and settled for third overall and the championship win, while teammate Barr suffered all day just getting around the circuit-riding with a broken collar bone in two places he broke only seven days before the event.
            But come to the end of the two-day event all the championship classes were decided, and all the new champions crowned with some races being decided on the very last lap of the final race of the series.

Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)
            Shipton got the holeshot at the start of the first Pro-MX1 and MX2 races and was chassed around the opening lap by his closest rival Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) and Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) who was out of the running to retain his title from last year having missed some rounds through injury.
            For the first half of the race, the leading three kept in close company till on lap six Shipton landed wide on one of the many jumps and had to go around the next uphill jump. This bunched them up even tighter, and three turns later Shipton and Millward came together which seemed to unsettle the pair, allowing Banks-Browne to sneak through into the lead.
           For the rest of the race, Millward stayed with Banks-Browne as the pair crossed the finish line separated by less the four seconds. Shipton, in the meantime, did what he needed to do and cruised to a comfortable third place and those all-important championship points.
           On the MX2 side of the race, Michael Ellis had had a great start and had rounded the first turn surrounded by 450s in fifth place while wildcard rider and last year’s champion Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) didn’t get the start he wanted and was buried deep in the pack in fourteenth place.
           Ellis was setting a fast pace and only had Liam Knight (Verde KTM) pass him, but he was in a different class. He finished in fifth on the tack but first MX2 rider home. Gilbert had passed eight other riders by the halfway point but although the fastest MX2 out there didn’t have enough time to catch Ellis for the class win. Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) gated in twelfth place but fought his way up to eighth on the track, but the third MX2 with Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) fifth after crashing on the opening lap.
           As for Barr. He finished ninth and last MX2 rider, but although three laps down, in the end, scored good championship points.

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
            Millward led the pack around the opening lap at the start of race two with, once again, Shipton and Banks-Browne swopping places on almost every lap till the halfway stage. With three laps to go Banks-Browne upped his pace and found a way past the two leaders to take his second win of the day. Millward was second again with Shipton crossing the finish line in third, but the new 2019 Pro-MX1 champion.
           In the MX2 side of things Gilbert had had a better start in fifth and passed Liam Knight with four laps to go for fourth, but first of the MX2’s. Ellis spent all race in sixth after Gavin Stevenson dropped out for the second MX2 with Robert Yates third.
           Once again Barr bravely rode the track in the last place to get points and did enough to be 2019 Pro-MX2 champion.
          “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said new champion Shipton ten minutes after the second race finished, “I have never won a national championship before. In the last race I was pushing both Jake and Elliott, but for the last three laps I though tamed it down and bit and bring it home for the championship, so I am delighted. I am also chuffed for my teammate Martin for riding with a broken colour bone is stupid, but he did it and won. It’s unbelievable.”
           Shipton’s teammate Barr said after crossing the finish line, “It’s been a really tough day today. I was really upset about crashing out of the MX Nationals last weekend and not going to the last round fighting for that championship win with Josh (Gilbert) His been riding fantastic this year and it’s just unfortunate the I crashed out. I didn’t want to give up on this championship so I came here to give it a go and to see what would happen. I did enough to take the championship win and get the job don’t. It was the two hardest races I have ever done, and now I have an eight-hour drive home and then to the hospital a seven to get my colour bone plated. The satisfaction outweighs the pain at the moment.”

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)

The rest

Ollie Benton (Hitachi KTM)
            Wildcard Jack Timms with three wind and a fourth won the amateur MX1’s from Gareth Artus and Dan Whitehead but fourth place man overall Adam Day become the 2019 champion from Harry Bradley and Luke Houghton. Artus finished the series fourth with Whitehead sixth.
            George Clarke, another wildcard rider with three-second places and a win took the amateur MX2 overall while the series leader and new champion Ollie Benton suffered in race two after a bad start and a crash saw him finish the race in a lowly tenth place. He won the other three.
           Jack Rowland finished fifth overall for the weekend but was runner up in the championship with Rory Jones third.
           Once again wildcard rider Joshua Dodwell-Scott won the clubman class by winning two of the four races, but second overall Greg Fisher won the championship from Alex Harvey and Max Wood.  
            Only two points separated the top two in the 125cc two-stroke event as Dylan Spencer beat Jordan Bachelor, but in the final championship standings, it was even closer as the pair finished the year level on points with Bachelor taking the championship win on countback. Troy Willerton was third both in the weekend and in the championship

Youth

Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock KTM)
           With two wins’, a second and a third Kyle McNicol won the MXY2’s from Cullen Scott and Ben Clark, but the championship was won by Ike Carter. He scored two-second places on Saturday, and that was enough to win the championship so on Sunday he rode his first Pro race and finished seventh overall in that. McNicol finished second with Kurt Griffiths third
            Sam Atkinson did what he could to snatch the big wheel 85 championships out of the hands of Arai Elcock. He won three out of his four races, but a problem in race three dropped him from a championship-winning second place to fourteenth and with it the title.
            Elcock, in the end, finished his weekend second overall and won the championship by nineteen points. Tye Jones was third, and Reece Ross was fourth.
            A DNF robbed Tyla Hooley for the small wheel overall and the chance of the championship win. Hooley won three out of his four races but suffered a DNF while in the lead of race two which handed not only the overall victory to Mckenzie Marshall but also the championship win. Hooley had to settle for second in the championship with Warren Clarke third over the weekend and in the championship race.
            The junior 65’s was all bout Freddie Gardener and Charlie Richmond as the pair of fast riders finished first and second overall and were separated by just four points. But they also were first and second in the championship where they were separated by nineteen points. Brandon Buckley was fourth over the weekend but third in the championship.
            And that’s it for the year. See you next.

Top ten overall

Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)

Pro MX1:
1 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 45 + 45 = 90
2 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 43 + 43 = 86
3 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 41 + 41 = 82
4 Liam Knight (Verde Racing KTM) 39 + 39 = 78
5 Luke Smith (MSR Redline Yamaha) 35 + 37 = 72
6 Aaron McCarroll (Chambers Husqvarna) 34 + 35 = 69
7 Robbie Dowson () 37 + 32 = 69
8 John Meara (Kawasaki) 33 + 34 = 67
9 Joshua Bentley (KTM) 32 + 33 = 65
10 Jacob Joyce (Dixon Honda) 29 + 31 = 60

Final championship positions:
1 Shipton 604, 2 Millward 580, 3 Joyce 419, 4 Banks-Browne 389, 5 Smith 389, 6 Dowson 374, 7 Booth 362, 8 Meara 269, 9 McCarroll 241, 10 Simmutch 233.

Pro MX2:
1 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 43 + 45 = 88
2 Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) 45 + 43 = 88
3 Robert Yates (IDS Yamaha) 35 + 41 = 76
4 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 39 + 37 = 76
5 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 41 + 34 = 75
6 Charlie Cole (Husqvarna)) 34 + 39 = 73
7 Ike Carter (PGVM Yamaha) 37 + 35 = 72
8 Corey Nemeth (KTM) 33 + 33 = 66
9 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 32 + 32 = 64

Final championship positions:
1 Barr 479, 2 Franklin 449, 3 Yates 415, 4 Dickinson 328, 5 Nemeth 312, 6 Ellis 291, 7 Hammal 256, 8 Husband 215, 9 Hague 193, 10 Putnam 162.

Greg Fisher (Jack Horseman Kawasaki)

Amateur MX1:
1 Jack Timms (KTM) 39 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 174
2 Gareth Artus (KTM) 45 + 41 + 43 + 41 = 170
3 Dan Whitehead (Kawasaki) 41 + 43 + 29 + 43 = 156
4 Adam Day (Sand Box Husqvarna) 43 + 39 + 37 + 37 = 156
5 Jamie Dixon (DMP Racing Yamaha) 37 + 37 + 41 + 34 = 149
6 Sean Williamson (Husqvarna) 34 + 34 + 39 + 33 = 140
7 Luke Houghton (KTM) 30 + 35 + 34 + 35 = 134
8 Matt Lomas (Derbyshire Offroad KTM) 33 + 32 + 33 + 32 = 130
9 Colin McLuckie (Honda) 32 + 31 + 32 + 31 = 126
10 Lee Clarkson (Manchester Extreme Yamaha) 31 + 30 + 30 + 30 = 121

Final championship positions:
1 Day 876, 2 Bradley 790, 3 Houghton 782, 4 Artus 718, 5 Lomas 709, 6 Whitehead 680, 7 Williamson 656, 8 McLuckie 518, 9 Clarkson 496, 10 Dixon 495.

Amateur MX2:
1 George Clarke (KTM) 43 + 45 + 43 + 43 = 174
2 Olli Benton (Hitachi KTM) 45 + 31 + 45 + 45 = 166
3 Josh Greedy (Husqvarna) 41 + 41 + 29 + 39 = 150
4 Mitch Young (LRS MX Husqvarna) 39 + 37 + 39 + 35 = 150
5 Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 29 + 43 + 33 + 41 = 146
6 Rory Jones (KTM) 32 + 34 + 41 + 37 = 144
7 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha) 34 + 35 + 37 + 33 = 139
8 Patrick Gillagan (Husqvarna) 35 + 33 + 28 + 32 = 128
9 Benjamin Knight (KTM) 30 + 32 + 31 + 28 = 121
10 Olly Jones (CPS MC Husqvarna) 25 + 28 + 35 + 31 = 119

Final championship positions:
1 Benton 897, 2 Rowland 795, 3 Jones 712, 4 Burridge 669, 5 Knight 637, 6 Warhurst 604, 7 Young 596, 8 Jones 591, 9 Avis 572, 10 Ritchie 508.

George Clarke (Yamaha)

Clubman:
1 Joshua Dodwell-Scott (Kawasaki) 37 + 45 + 45 + 43 = 170
2 Greg Fisher (Jack Horeman Kawasaki) 43 + 39 + 41 + 45 = 168
3 Owen Woodley (Kawasaki) 39 + 37 + 37 + 37 = 150
4 Scott Bates (Kawasaki) 26 + 43 + 39 + 41 = 149
5 Peter Sargent (Honda) 41 + 35 + 33 + 31 = 140
6 Paul Wildman Willis (Yamaha) 35 + 34 + 32 + 34 = 135
7 Matthew Jones (Suzuki) 31 + 32 + 29 + 39 = 131
8 Josh Watson-Bailey (M-Tech KTM) 34 + 30 + 34 + 33 = 131
9 Mark Atkinson (KTM) 45 + 41 + 43 + 0 = 129
10 Max Wood (EPC Yamaha) 27 + 27 + 31 + 35 = 120

Final championship positions:
1 Fisher 952, 2 Harvey 768, 3 Wood 754, 4 Queenan 750, 5 Sargent 698, 6 Jones 689, 7 Kinsley 688, 8 Sutton 636, 9 Barnet 583, 10 Paling 547.

125’s:
1 Dylan Spencer (CPS MC Husqvarna) 45 + 43 + 45 + 43 = 176
2 Jordan Bachelor (BUM Moto KTM) 43 + 45 + 41 + 45 = 174
3 Troy Willerton (TM UK TM) 41 + 41 + 43 + 41 = 166
4 Jude Morris (Midwest Husqvarna) 39 + 37 + 39 + 35 = 150
5 Harry Barker (Manchester Extreme Yamaha) 33 + 34 + 37 + 39 = 143
6 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 37 + 35 + 31 + 37 = 140
7 Archie Hicks (TM) 32 + 31 + 26 + 33 = 122
8 Jack Bachelor (Yamaha) 28 + 32 + 27 + 34 = 121
9 Ben Thomson (BUM Moto KTM) 31 + 30 + 34 + 26 = 121
10 Ben Hession (Yamaha) 27 + 28 + 33 + 29 = 117

Final championship positions:
1 Bachelor 877, 2 Spencer 877, 3 Willerton 871, 4 Jackson 779, 5 Morris 758, 6 Bachelor 612, 7 Thomson 579, 8 Barker 577, 9 Hanscomb 542, 10 Reeves 512.

Harvey Tillotson (Hazport Husqvarna)

MXY2:
1 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 41 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 174
2 Cullen Scott (KTM) 45 + 41 + 41 + 43 = 170
3 Ben Clark (Yamaha) 37 + 31 + 39 + 41 = 148
4 Alfie Jones (Husqvarna) 39 + 35 + 33 + 39 = 146
5 Todd Leadbitter (KTM) 35 + 39 + 45 + 27 = 146
6 Aaron McLoughlin (Preston Docks Husqvarna) 31 + 37 + 32 + 35 = 135
7 Kurt Griffiths (KTM) 33 + 29 + 34 + 37 = 133
8 Harvey Tillotson (Husqvarna) 30 + 32 + 35 + 34 = 131
9 Vinnie Guthrie (KTM) 25 + 34 + 31 + 31 = 121
10 Billy Wynn (KTM) 26 + 33 + 29 + 32 = 120

Final championship positions:
1 Carter 872, 2 McNicholl 768, 3 Griffiths 747, 4 McLoughlin 739, 5 Wynn 677, 6 Jones 618, 7 Leadbitter 577, 8 Russell 548, 9 Patstone 543, 10 Jackson 537.

Big wheel 85’s:
1 Sam Atkinson (SS Haulage Husqvarna) 45 + 45 + 27 + 45 = 162
2 Arai Elcock (Sandifords Husqvarna) 43 + 39 + 43 + 37 = 162
3 Tyler Graves (KTM) 27 + 41 + 45 + 43 = 156
4 Tye Jones (Dynamic Air KTM) 30 + 43 + 34 + 39 = 146
5 Ayden Smith (JB Racing KTM) 39 + 33 + 41 + 30 = 143
6 Charlie Palmer (Kawasaki) 25 + 37 + 39 + 41 = 142
7 Reece Ross (HCR KTM) 41 + 35 + 33 + 33 = 142
8 Jude Turton (KTM) 26 + 34 + 37 + 34 = 131
9 Syd Putnam (Yamaha) 33 + 28 + 35 + 32 = 128
10 Braydon Ferguson (KTM) 28 + 26 + 32 + 31 = 117

Final championship positions:
1 Elcock 834, 2 Atkinson 815, 3 Jones 749, 4 Ross 719, 5 Turton 650, 6 Rayns 641, 7 Smith 633, 8 Ferguson 560, 9 Arkell 555, 10 Reeves 549.

George Clarke (Yamaha)

Small wheel 85’s:
1 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna) 43 + 45 + 43 + 39 = 170
2 Shaun Mahoney (First Call KTM) 39 + 43 + 41 + 43 = 166
3 Warren Clarke (Husqvarna) 41 + 41 + 37 + 34 = 153
4 Billy Askew (STP Moto Husqvarna) 35 + 35 + 39 + 41 = 150
5 Josh Vail (Husqvarna) 37 + 39 + 34 + 37 = 147
6 Ollie Addy (Addy Builders KTM) 34 + 37 + 33 + 33 = 137
7 Tyla Hooley (KTM) 45 + 0 + 45 + 45 = 135
8 Louis Vincent (KTM) 32 + 32 + 35 + 35 = 134
9 Ryan Waggot (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 33 + 33 + 32 + 32 = 130
10 Joel Fisher (Tech 4 KTM) 31 + 34 + 30 + 30 = 125

Final championship positions:
1 Marshall 839, 2 Hooley 800, 3 Clarke 783, 4 Askew 780, 5 Fisher 685, 6 Waggot 635, 7 Antrobus 602, 8 Benfield 589, 9 Addy 556, 10 Fletcher 551.

Junior 65’s:
1 Freddie Gardiner (Matt Gardiner MX KTM) 45 + 43 + 43 + 43 = 174
2 Charlie Richmond (KTM) 35 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 170
3 Archie-Jay Girdham (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 41 + 29 + 41 + 41 = 152
4 Branden Buckley (RSS KTM) 37 + 41 + 34 + 39 = 151
5 Drew Stock (Husqvarna) 39 + 35 + 39 + 35 = 148
6 Blake Ward-Clarke (KTM) 33 + 39 + 37 + 37 = 146
7 Jamie Keith (MBR KTM) 34 + 32 + 35 + 34 = 135
8 Haydon Statt (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 31 + 34 + 30 + 33 = 128
9 Lee Simkiss (JC Racing KTM) 32 + 33 + 32 + 28 = 125
10 Ethan Jordan (Motodepo Yamaha) 29 + 31 + 31 + 32 = 123

Final championship positions:
1 Gardiner 874, 2 Richmond 859, 3 Buckley 808, 4 Girdham 780, 5 Keith 735, 6 Ward-Clarke 705, 7 Ingram 681, 8 Stock 629, 9 Statt 585, 10 Bubb 559.