Elliott Banks-Browne back racing with a bang at the Masters

            Elliott Banks-Browne on his Geartec Husqvarna stormed to two remarkable race wins at last weekends round three of the Bridgestone British Masters, considering he has not spent much time racing the year through injury.
            But Banks-Browne didn’t have things all his own way in the Pro MX1 class as the fast-starting Jake Millward on his Chambers Husqvarna beat him to the first turn in both races and along with Jake Shipton and James Dunn all gave him a hard time.
            As usual for FatCat and along with a large number of races over the weekend the track got pretty beat up but with a lot of watering and overnight repair work, the racing was dust free but still very fast.

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
            Millward got the holeshot at the start of the first pro combined MX1 and MX2 race from Shipton, Dunn, Banks-Browne and Ashton Dickinson, the first of the MX2’s, as both George Simmutch and Luke Norris slipped off halfway around the lap.
            By the end of the second lap, Banks-Browne had passed both Shipton and Dunn only to slip off his Husqvarna and drop back to fourth again. It took him another five laps to fight his way back to second lap, and another lap to slide passed Millward for the lead and the first win.
            Millward was a comfortable second from Shipton, Dunn and Robbie Dowson.
            In the MX2 side of the race, Martin Barr on his Crescent Yamaha gated twelfth amongst the 450s but fought his way to the front and finished fifth on the track, but first MX2 home. He was chased all the way by RHR Yamaha mounted Taylor Hammel who finished the race just over a half a second behind him, and with another lap, it could have been a different story.
           Dickinson spent most of the race in fifth after his great start, but slipped down to seventh on the track as the flying pair of Barr and Hammel found a way past, but was still third of the MX2’s.
            Once again at the start of the second race, Millward got the holeshot from Shipton, Banks-Browne and Dunn with Dickinson, the first of the MX2’s again in sixth. But, as the rest of the pack disappeared around the opening lap, a pile of riders was left in the sand at turn two with race one winner Barr being one of them.

Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha)
            As a result, Barr had bent bars and a split handlebar grip. He stopped to straighten out his front forks then set off after the pack to gain as many points as he could from the bad situation, he found himself in.
            Banks-Browne was in second place by the end of the second lap and snatched the lead from Millward at the halfway point from where the MX1 side of the race became a bit of a procession. So, Banks-Browne took his second win of the day from Millward, Shipton, Dunn, Dowson, Burton and Smith, which was the same order as the first race and therefore the overall.
            Hammel had gated sixteenth but pushed his way up to sixth by the end of the twelve-lap race for first MX2 rider home which gave him the overall with the fast-starting Dickinson second in the race for second overall. Barr was seventeenth come the end of the race and a lap down on the big bike leaders but had done enough for a surprise trip to the podium in third.
            Overall in the MX2’s, it was Hammel by four points from Dickinson with Barr on seventy-eight.

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)
            “It’s good to come back to racing with two wins at a track I don’t particularly like riding,” said a happy Banks-Browne, “I haven’t ridden for a couple of months, but I got the job done. I don’t think I had many more laps left in my today as my hands are very blistered. The competition was good, and I think it shows I still have my speed there. I just have to get race fit again now.”
            A contented second place man overall Millward said, “I am happy with my two-second places today, although it’s always nice to get the win. But to be fair, I didn’t think I would be up to the front as much as I was as I put my back out this week and I have been riding in agony all day today. So, two-second place finishes are good.”
            Third MX1 overall Shipton said, “I felt good out there, but the track was brutal in the second race. This is Jake’s (Millward) home track and with Elliott (Banks-Browne) back racing I was happy to be running at their pace and with my two solid third places. And I still have the red leader’s plate and a six-point lead.”

Taylor Hammel (RHR Yamaha)
           First MX2 overall Hammel said, “I am really happy with my day today as this is my first pro-MX2 overall. It was hard work out there today, and in the first race, I just had to keep pushing myself, more so towards the end as I was getting quit tried. I had a small problem with the bike in race two, and I had to nurse it home. I was very thankful it made it”
            Second overall Dickinson said, “I don’t think I was riding that well today but just managed my day really. It was so hard out there today.”
            A surprised Barr said, “The day started off awesome with fastest in qualifying and the first race win, but at the start of race two I got put down in the second turn. The bars were pushed forward with the levers pointing down and the grip hanging off. From then on it was all damage limitation and I had just to keep going to get some points. I am surprised to get third overall with a first and an eighth. It’s a bit frustrating, and the championship is very close now, but that racing.”

The rest

Oliver Benton (Hitachi KTM)
            Brad Cavill was unbeaten as a wildcard rider in the amateur MX1’s which left Harry Bradley and series leader Adam Day to fight over the runner up places as the pair ended the weekend just two points apart in second and third.
            Like Cavill in the MX1’s Oliver Benton on his two-stroke won all of the amateur MX2 races with apparent ease. Jack Rowland and Ben Burridge fought over second place with the two riders split by two points when the overall positions were added up.

Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock KTM)
            Greg Fisher and Dean Hakes ended the weekend tied on points at the top of the clubman class as Max Wood just beat Jason Queenan to the last step on the podium by a couple of points.
            Just six points separated the top three in the 125cc class as Troy Willerton with two wins got the overall from race four winner Patrick Jackson by four. Bobby Bruce claimed the last step on the podium by just two points with Jordan Bachelor just missing out.
            Wildcard rider Jack Grayshon won three out of his four MXY2 races and finished second in the other for the overall class win while the series leader and race three winner Ike Carter had to settle for the runner up position, for a change. Kyle McNicholl but in four strong riders on the testing track for third overall.

Brad Cavill (KTM)
           Sam Atkinson was in control of the big wheel 85’s and took four wins from four starts as Ollie Colmer chased him over the finish line in every race. Wildcard rider Charlie Palmer wasn’t out of the top four all weekend and was third overall, as Arai Elcock finished on the same points but was pushed down to third because of Palmer’s higher race four finish.
            It was tight at the top of the small wheel 85’s with four different winners from the four races. Race one winner Billy Askew took the overall by six points from race four winner Keelan Hope while race three winner Josh Vail was third overall. Tyla Hooley was the other race, but a bad result in race three dropped him down to ninth.
            Archie-Jay Girdham didn’t finish out of the top four in all his race for the overall win in the juniors with race three winner Jamie Keith second. Race one winner Freddie Gardiner was third overall by just one point from both Branden Buckley and Charlie Richmond.

Top ten overall

Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)

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 James Dunn (GL12 Husqvarna0 39 + 39 = 78
5 Robbie Dowson (Bikesport Kawasaki) 37 + 37 = 74
6 Luke Burton (Geartec Husqvarna) 35 + 35 = 70
7 Luke Smith (MSR Redline Yamaha) 34 + 34 = 68
8 Jacob Joyce (Dixon Honda) 32 + 33 = 65
9 George Simmutch (Husqvarna) 33 + 32 = 65
10 Aiden Wigger (KTM) 29 + 31 = 60
Championship positions:
1 Shipton 260, 2 Millward 254, 3 Dowson 205, 4 Simmutch 177, 5 Joyce 171, 6 Dunn 152, 7 Norris 134, 8 Stevenson 129, 9 Smith 128, 10 Booth 128.

Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna)

Pro MX2:
1 Taylor Hammel (RHR Yamaha) 43 + 45 = 88
2 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) 41 + 43 = 84
3 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 45 + 33 = 78
4 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 33 + 41 = 74
5 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 35 + 39 = 74
6 Tom Neal (Craigs MC Husqvarna) 37 + 35 = 72
7 Charlie Putnam (RFX Yamaha) 32 + 37 = 69
8 Robert Yates (Bridgestone Yamaha) 34 + 34 = 68
9 Corey Nemeth (KTM) 31 + 31 = 62
10 Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) 39 + 0 = 39
Championship positions:
1 Hammal 256, 2 Barr 246, 3 Dickinson 211, 4 Franklin 211, 5 Yates 191, 6 Nemeth 178, 7 McCormick 146, 8 Putnam 130, 9 Coleman 123, 10 Ellis 119.

Josh Tuner (Yamaha) 

Amateur MX1:
1 Brad Cavill (KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Harry Bradley (Husqvarna) 43 + 41 + 43 + 41 = 168
3 Adam Day (Sand Box Husqvarna) 41 + 43 + 39 + 43 = 166
4 Scott Aldridge (KTM) 37 + 39 + 41 + 31 = 148
5 Matt Lomas (Derbyshire Offroad KTM) 39 + 37 + 27 + 39 = 142
6 Luke Houghton (KTM) 34 + 34 + 34 + 33 = 135
7 Dan Whitehead (KTM) 25 + 33 + 37 + 37 = 132
8 Richard Gray (Husqvarna) 33 + 29 + 33 + 34 = 129
9 Michael Watson (Kestrel KTM) 30 + 32 + 32 = 30 = 124
10 Daniel Ashmore (Tyre Doctor KTM) 18 + 35 + 35 + 35 = 123
Championship positions:
1 Day 482, 2 Bradley 466, 3 Houghton 436, 4 Ashmore 379, 5 Lomas 375, 6 Whitehead 353, 7 Dixon 346, 8 Williamson 338, 9 Townsend 311, 10 Watson 300.

Amateur MX2:
1 Oliver Benton (Hitachi KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 43 + 41 + 41 + 41 = 166
3 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha) 39 + 43 + 43 + 39 = 164
4 Benjamin Knight (KTM) 35 + 34 + 39 + 34 = 142
5 Josh Canton (KTM) 34 + 39 + 33 + 35 = 141
6 Rory Jones (KTM) 37 + 29 + 37 + 37 = 140
7 Josh Turner (KTM) 33 + 37 + 27 + 33 = 130
8 Aaron Ongley (Westcole Yamaha) 27 + 33 + 31 + 31 = 122
9 Brad Thornhill (LMC Plant KTM) 32 + 30 + 29 + 30 = 121
10 Lewis O’Sullivan (MC Comps Honda) 29 + 35 + 32 + 22 = 118
Championship positions:
1 Benton 508, 2 Rowland 491, 3 Jones 405, 4 Burridge 358, 5 Ritchie 351, 6 Knight 350, 7 Avis 343, 8 Warhurst 336, 9 Young 330, 10 Jones 325.

Clubman:
1 Greg Fisher (Jack Horeman Kawasaki) 43 + 45 + 39 + 45 = 172
2 Dean Hakes (KTM) 45 + 43 + 41 + 43 = 172
3 Max Wood (EPC Yamaha) 39 + 41 + 35 + 37 = 152
4 Jason Queenan (Skirting 4U KTM) 35 + 33 + 43 + 39 = 150
5 Matthew Jones (Dependable Concrete Suzuki) 33 + 34 + 31 + 41 = 139
6 Alex Harvey (Pedmore Roofing Honda) 37 + 39 + 32 + 31 = 139
7 Karl Jenkinson (Yamaha) 41 + 18 + 45 + 28 = 132
8 Peter Sargent (Honda) 34 + 37 + 29 + 30 = 130
9 Ben Stanley (Husqvarna) 30 + 28 + 37 + 34 = 129
10 Mark Kinsley (Man Scaffolding Suzuki) 29 + 32 + 33 + 29 = 123
Championship positions:
1 Fisher 518, 2 Kinsley 439, 3 Harvey 432, 4 Queenan 431, 5 Wood 414, 6 Sutton 411, 7 Jones 373, 8 Sargent 363, 9 Jenkins 346, 10 Isherwood 319.

Archie-Jay Gridham (SJP Moto Husqvarna)

125’c:
1 Trot Willerton (TM UK TM) 45 + 43 + 45 + 39 = 172
2 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 41 + 41 + 41 + 45 = 168
3 Bobby Bruce (Husqvarna) 43 + 45 + 35 + 43 = 166
4 Jordan Bachelor (Yamaha) 33 + 39 + 43 + 41 = 156
5 Dylan Spencer (CPS Husqvarna) 39 + 37 + 39 + 30 = 145
6 Harry Barker (Manchester Husqvarna) 35 + 34 + 37 + 34 = 140
7 Jude Morris (Midwest Racing Husqvarna) 37 + 35 + 28 + 35 = 135
8 Chuck Davis (TM UK TM) 30 + 32 + 33 + 33 = 128
9 Alfie Jones (Yamaha) 34 + 27 + 29 + 37 = 127
10 Jack Marshall (STS Offroad Husqvarna) 28 + 31 + 31 + 28 = 118
Championship positions:
1 Willerton 486, 2 Bachelor 484, 3 Spencer 473, 4 Morris 423, 5 Jackson 422, 6 Hanscomb 341, 7 Bachelor 335, 8 Casebeard 329, 9 Thomson 301, 10 Barker 288.

MXY2:
1 Jack Grayshon (Apico KTM) 45 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 178
2 Ike Carter (DEP Husqvarna) 43 + 39 + 45 + 43 = 170
3 Kyle McNichol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 37 + 43 + 41 + 41 = 162
4 Aaron Patstone (Brendon KTM) 35 + 34 + 37 + 37 = 143
5 Aaron Mcloughlin (Preston Docks Husqvarna) 34 + 35 + 32 + 34 = 135
6 Billy Wynn (KTM) 28 + 37 + 33 + 35 = 133
7 Kurt Griffiths (KTM) 33 + 32 + 34 + 33 = 132
8 Todd Leadbitter (KTM) 32 + 30 + 35 + 31 = 128
9 Troy Jones (Midwest Racing Husqvarna) 29 + 29 + 31 + 26 = 115
10 Lewis Glynn (BBS KTM) 30 + 31 + 22 + 29 = 112
Championship positions:
1 Carter 528, 2 McNicholl 506, 3 Leadbitter 431, 4 Jones 411, 5 Mcloughlin 407, 6 Griffiths 393, 7 Wynn 360, 8 White 324, 9 Patstone 303, 10 Glynn 299.

 

Mackenzie Marshall (Husqvarna)

Big wheel 85’s:
1 Sam Atkinson (KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Ollie Colmer (Revo Husqvarna) 43 + 43 = 43 + 43 = 172
3 Charlie Palmer (KTM) 39 + 41 + 39 + 41 = 160
4 Arai Elcock (Sandifords Husqvarna) 41 + 39 + 41 + 39 = 160
5 Calum Morphett (KTM) 37 + 37 + 37 + 37 = 148
6 Tye Jones (Dynamic Air KTM) 30 + 35 + 35 + 35 = 135
7 Charlie Raynolds (KTM) 34 + 32 + 33 + 34 = 133
8 Reece Ross (HCR KTM) 35 + 27 + 34 + 32 = 128
9 Kayde Rayns (BPS1 Husqvarna) 33 + 34 + 21 + 33 = 121
10 Harrison Drewell (RJD KTM) 31 + 31 = 28 + 30 = 120
Championship positions:
1 Atkinson 538, 2 Elcock 469, 3 Jones 440, 4 Ross 408, 5 Rayns 369, 6 Smith 348, 7 Turton 343, 8 Reeves 335, 9 Lewis 334, 10 Drewell 305.

Small wheel 85’s:
1 Billy Askew (STP Moto Husqvarna) 45 + 41 + 43 + 39 = 168
2 Keelan Hope (Michelin KTM) 37 + 39 + 41 + 45 = 162
3 Josh Vail (Vail Projects Husqvarna) 39 + 35 + 45 + 43 = 162
4 Warren Clarke (Husqvarna) 41 + 43 + 37 + 35 = 156
5 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna) 43 + 37 + 32 + 37 = 149
6 Finlay Boxall (Husqvarna) 34 + 34 + 39 + 33 = 140
7 Ollie Addy (Addy Builders KTM) 32 + 28 + 33 + 32 = 125
8 Joel Fisher (Tech 4 MX KTM) 28 + 27 + 35 + 34 = 124
9 Tyla Hooley (KTM) 25 + 45 + 6 + 41 = 117
10 Kyron Carron (Pass Suspension KTM) 31 + 22 + 27 + 31 = 111
Championship positions:
1 Marshall 468, 2 Clarke 453, 3 Hooley 440, 4 Askew 421, 5 Fisher 393, 6 Hope 374, 7 Waggot 350, 8 Antrobus 348, 9 Carron 345, 10 Haddock 339.

Keelan Hope (Michelin KTM)

Junior 65’s:
1 Archie-Jay Girdham (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 39 + 45 + 41 + 43 = 168
2 Jamie Keith (MBR KTM) 43 + 37 + 45 + 37 = 162
3 Freddie Gardiner (Matt Gardiner MX KTM) 45 + 43 + 34 + 35 = 157
4 Brandon Buckley (RSS KTM) 35 + 39 + 37 + 45 = 156
5 Charlie Richmond (KTM) 37 + 35 + 43 + 41 = 156
6 Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock KTM) 33 + 34 + 39 + 39 = 145
7 Riley Ingram (KTM) 34 + 33 + 33 + 34 = 134
8 Ollie Bubb (KTM) 32 + 30 + 35 + 31 = 128
9 Rhys Whyment (Duns Motocross KTM) 30 + 31 + 32 + 27 = 120
10 Jason Haswell (KTM) 23 + 27 + 27 + 30 = 107
Championship positions:
1 Gardiner 479, 2 Richmond 478, 3 Buckley 462, 4 Girdham 450, 5 Keith 416, 6 Ingram 398, 7 Bubb 397, 8 Ward-Clarke 382, 9 Stock 349, 10 Evans 311.