Shipton wins MX1 but Millward takes the big money Bridgestone Cup race

Jake Millward, Chambers Husqvarna.
            Jake Shipton on his Crescent Yamaha and Jake Millward riding a Chambers Husqvarna dominated the pro races at round two of the Bridgestone British Masters last weekend at the spectacular Wroxton circuit deep in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.
            But while Shipton won the pro MX1 championship overall, Millward won the big money one off last race of the weekend Bridgestone Cup race.
            Showers hit the fast-hilly track nestled in a valley Friday night, and Saturday but the hard-working circuit preparation team provided the packed start lines of riders almost perfect racing conditions and come sunny Sunday it was ideal.

The start of the second pro race.
            The fast-starting Millward got the holeshot at the start of the first combined pro MX1 and MX2 race followed by Shipton and Buildbase Honea’s Lewis Tombs. The first of the MX2’s was Alexander Brown in fourth who was followed by Nathan Dixon, the second of the MX2’s, Michael Ellis and Ashton Dickinson.
            As the race reached the halfway stage, Shipton slipped up the inside of Millward to snatch the lead, and the win as the pair crossed the finish line after their twenty minutes plus two laps race separated by just over eight seconds.
            Tombs and Brown spent all race in third and fourth, with Brown notching up his first pro race win, while Dixon was crashing out of the race on lap three. Dickinson came from seventh place to finish second MX2, while the races hardest charger came from RHR Yamaha rider Taylor Hammal. He started well down in eighteenth place, but on a fast track that is hard to pass on he finished in sixth on the track, but third MX2 rider.

Taylor Hammal, RHR Yamaha.
            Shipton got the jump on Millward at the start of race two, and the order stayed the same for all of the race as the pair crossed the finish line separated by just over ten seconds. Gavin Stevenson and Neville Bradshaw were third and fourth, but Stevenson crashed down to fifteenth while Bradshaw battled with Tombs, on his way to third, and James Dunn who slipped down to tenth by the end of the race.
            Bradshaw was fourth in class followed by Luke Norris and Dunn, while in the MX2’s Ellis came from ninth at the start, to fourth on the track, but first MX2 home. Hammal got a better start than in race one, but still not that good. The youngster started eleventh and finished fifth on the track, but second MX2 rider home.

Jake Shipton, Crescent Yamaha.
            Overall in the MX1’s, it was Shipton with a maximum from Millward and Tombs with Norris, Dunn and Bradshaw just missing out on a podium with the three riders separated by only two points.
            The MX2 overall was even closer as just four points covered the five. Hammal was the winner by two points from Dickinson and Brown who tied on points. Ellis and Martin Barr tied on points on fourth and fifth, two points off the podium.
           “Jake (Millward) has been riding all day,” said overall MX1 winner Shipton, “He is excellent at starts at the moment, and they seem to be my weakness. Mind you, I did get some good starts in the championship races as we had a couple of riders jump the start and that made me go as well. I managed to get past Lewis (Tombs) and had a bit of a bump with Jake (Millward). Perhaps I should have bumped him a little harder” he added smiling, “I have been improving the last weeks, although Canada Heights was a bit of a downer. But the fitness and speed are all there now, so it’s just a matter keeping calm and going with the flow.” 
           MX2 overall winner Hammal said, “I have very happy with today as I felt I was riding well, and the consistency is coming. I just wished I could have got past some of the other riders a bit quicker and maybe get the win in the second race.”

Lewis Tombs, Buildbase Honda and Gavin Stevenson, Husqvarna.
            The one-off once a year Pro Bridgestone cup was the last race of the day and had some great prize money. Millward got the holeshot from Tombs and Shipton, but by halfway round lap two Shipton dived up the inside Tombs for second place and set off after the leader Millward.
            He closed in on Millward as the time counted down. He even made two or three reasonable attempts at passing, but this time Millward had the measure of his rival Shipton and took the win, and with it the big prize. Tombs was third as the top three were over a half a minute in front of the rest of the pack.
            Hammal was fourth on the first of the MX2 bikes followed closely by McCormick, Tom Grimshaw and Dunn.
           “The first two races I didn’t feel that good with my riding,” said cup winner Millward, “I kept making little mistakes, which is not like me but in the last race I felt really good. It was a great race and Jake (Shipton) could have been a bit dirty trying to get past, but he is a fair rider which made it good fun. And it’s always nice to win.”

The rest

Adam Day, Husqvarna. Daniel Ashmore, KTM. Luke Houghton, KTM. and Jamie Dixon, Yamaha.
            Harry Linton won three out of his four Sport Tec amateur MX1 races and was second in the fourth for first overall. Race one winner Luke Houghton was second overall with Adam Day third, but on the same points as Houghton. Harry Bradley and Jamie Dixon were fourth and fifth and just missed out of a podium position.
            Jack Timms was unbeaten in the CI Sport amateur MX2’s winning both of his races on both days and in changeable conditions. Josh Greedy and Kyle Lane were second and third and were separated by a single point. Jack Rowland missed out on the podium by just three points with Ollie Benton fifth on his two-stroke.
            Greg Fisher proved consistency pays by winning the clubman overall without winning a race. Charlie Sutton seemed to like the track more on Sunday as he won both of his races, but his Saturday’s results dropped him to second. Race one winner Alex Harvey was third overall but on the same points as Sutton.
            Dylan Spencer won all four of the 125cc races for a maximum as Jordan Bachelor chased him over the finish line on each outing. Chuck Davies was a distant third with Jude Morris just missing out of a podium position.

Youth

Keelan Hope, Husqvarna.
            Ike Carter destroyed the opposition in the MXY2’s and was unbeaten. His winning margin was between twenty-five seconds, at the highest and twelve seconds at the smallest. Kyle McNicholl notched up three seconds and a third for runner up position on the podium with Aaron Patstone third.
            Wildcard Jack Grayshon was fourth, and Todd Leadbitter was fourth.
            With a second and three wins, Sam Atkinson won the CPS Motorcycles big wheel overall from race one winner Wal Beaney. Callum Murpit climbed on the last step of the podium with Arai Elcock just missing out in third place.

Josh Greedy, KTM.
            Keelan Hope and Tyla Hooley tied on points at the top of the Spanish MX Holidays small wheels overall with Hope getting on to the top step because of his higher place finish in the last race of the weekend. Mckenzie Marshall was a distant third with Harvey Antrobus and Warren Clarke fourth and fifth.
           Freddie Gardener didn’t finish out of the top three all weekend to win the Rikki Priest Training junior 65’s. But Charlie Richmond, after winning both of Saturday’s races and finished a strong second in the first race on Sunday, he crashed on the opening lap of the fourth and final race of the weekend and had to come from twenty-seventh to finish the four-lap race in eighth which cost him the overall. Race four winner wildcard rider Reece Jones was third overall with Ollie Budd fourth. 

Overall top ten

Pro MX1:
1 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 45 + 45 = 90
2 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 43 + 43 = 86
3 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 41 + 41 = 82
4 Luke Norris (MNE Kawasaki) 37 + 37 = 74
5 James Dunn (Big Van World Geartec Husqvarna) 39 + 35 = 74
6 Neville Bradshaw (Kawasaki) 33 + 39 = 72
7 Connor Hughes (Jim Aim Motorcycles KTM) 32 + 34 = 66
8 Gavin Stevenson (Manchester Husqvarna) 34 + 32 = 66
9 Robbie Dowson (Bikesport Kawasaki) 35 + 30 = 65
10 Sebastian Osborne (NAP Grab Hire KTM) 29 + 33 = 62

Pro MX2:
1 Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha) 41 + 43 = 84
2 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs Motorcycles, Multitec, Pro Green) 43 + 39 = 82
3 Alexander Brown (Apico, Drysdale KTM) 45 + 37 = 82
4 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 35 + 45 = 80
5 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 39 + 41 = 80
6 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 37 + 35 = 72
7 Tom Grimshaw (HCR, Putoline, Apico Yamaha) 33 + 34 = 67
8 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 34 + 33 = 67
9 Robert Yates (IDS Bridgestone Yamaha) 31 + 32 = 63
10 Josh Coleman (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 32 + 29 = 61

Pro Bridgestone Cup:
1 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)
2 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)
3 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda)
4 Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha)
5 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna)
6 Tom Grimshaw (HCR, Putoline, Apico Yamaha)
7 James Dunn (Big Van World Geartec Husqvarna)
8 Nathan Dixon (RFX KTM Powered by PAR Homes)
9 Alexander Brown (Apico, Drysdale KTM)
10 Robert Yates (IDS Bridgestone Yamaha)

Sport Tec Amateur MX1:
1 Harry Linton (KTM) 43 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 178
2 Luke Houghton (KTM) 45 + 39 + 37 + 43 = 164
3 Adam Day (Sand Box Husqvarna) 39 + 41 + 43 + 41 = 164
4 Harry Bradley (KTM) 37 + 43 + 39 + 31 = 150
5 Jamie Dixon (Yamaha) 31 + 35 + 35 + 39 = 140
6 Connor Halligan (KTM) 35 + 34 + 34 + 26 = 129
7 Daniel Ashmore (Tyre Doctor KTM) 41 + 8 + 41 + 37 = 127
8 Dan Whitehead (Honda) 33 + 37 + 24 + 33 = 127
9 Gareth Artus (BBMX KTM) 34 + 24 + 33 + 35 = 126
10 Matt Lomas (Derbyshire Offroad KTM) 27 + 32 + 32 + 32 = 123

CI Sports Amateur MX2:
1 Jack Timms (Blayne Racing, Offroad World) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Josh Greedy (Yamaha) 41 + 43 + 39 + 39 = 157
3 Kyle Lane (Kawasaki) 39 + 39 + 41 + 37 = 156
4 Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 34 + 33 + 43 + 43 = 153
5 Oliver Benton (Hitachi KTM) 35 + 41 + 35 + 41 = 152
6 Todd Ritchie (Yamaha) 30 + 32 + 37 + 39 = 138
7 Adam Collings (KTM) 32 + 37 + 34 + 35 = 138
8 George Clarke (Yamaha) 43 + 34 + 26 + 30 = 133
9 Toby Avis (ATN Steelstock KTM) 33 + 35 + 29 + 33 = 130
10 Rory Jones (KTM) 31 + 28 + 33 + 31 = 123

Spanish MX Clubman:
1 Greg Fisher (Jack Horsemen Kawasaki) 43 + 43 + 43 + 41 = 170
2 Charlie Sutton (KTM) 33 + 41 + 45 + 45 = 164
3 Alex Harvey (Pedmore Roofing Honda) 45 + 37 + 39 + 43 = 164
4 Mark Kinsley (Suzuki) 41 + 35 + 41 + 35 = 152
5 Jason Queenan (Skirting-4u KTM) 35 + 34 + 37 + 39 = 145
6 Jamie Isherwood (Westcoast KTM) 30 + 39 + 32 + 31 = 132
7 Kyle Jenkins (J. Jenkins Yamaha) 39 + 45 + 33 + 14 = 131
8 Matthew Jones (Dependable Concrete Suzuki) 31 + 31 + 35 + 30 = 127
9 Max Wood (EPC Yamaha) 29 + 30 + 31 + 34 = 124
10 John Cooper (KTM) 27 + 29 + 28 + 32 = 116

Putoline 125:
1 Dylan Spencer (CPS Husqvarna) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Jordan Bachelor (Yamaha) 43 + 43 + 43 + 43 = 172
3 Chuck Davies (TM UK, Harvest Hill Car Sales) 41 + 39 + 41 + 37 = 158
4 Jude Morris (Midwest Husqvarna) 31 + 37 + 37 + 39 = 144
5 Patrick Jackson (APJ Commercials, KTM) 37 + 33 + 39 + 34 = 143
6 Troy Willerton (TM UK TM) 39 + 34 + 28 + 41 = 142
7 Billy Wilson (KTM) 32 + 32 + 35 + 35 = 134
8 Liam Gale (TM UK, TM) 33 + 35 + 31 + 29 = 128
9 Thomas Casebeard (BCK KTM) 24 + 30 + 30 + 33 = 117
10 Jack Bachelor (Yamaha) 28 + 31 + 25 + 32 = 116

SMPro Wheels MXY2:
1 Ike Carter (DEP / CI Sport Husqvarna) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180
2 Kyle McNicholl (Manchester Husqvarna) 43 + 41 + 43 + 43 = 170
3 Aaron Patstone (Brenron, Kestrel KTM, L&D Supplies KTM) 41 + 39 + 39 + 41 = 160
4 Jack Grayshon (KTM) 32 + 43 + 41 + 39 = 155
5 Todd Leadbitter (KTM) 37 + 32 + 37 + 37 = 143
6 Troy Jones (Midwest Racing Husqvarna) 39 + 34 + 33 + 34 = 140
7 Travis Steels (Yamaha) 35 + 37 + 31 + 33 = 136
8 Aaron Mcloughlin (Preston Husqvarna) 30 + 33 + 35 + 35 = 133
9 Daniel Sultana (KTM) 31 + 31 + 32 + 31 = 125
10 Harvey Tillotson (Hazort, DK Offroad, DMS Race Suspension) 33 + 27 + 34 + 30 = 124

CPS Motorcycles BW 85’s:
1 Sam Atkinson (KTM) 43 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 178
2 Wal Beaney (Husqvarna) 45 + 43 + 43 + 39 = 170
3 Callum Murpit (KTM) 39 + 41 + 37 + 53 = 160
4 Arai Elcock (Sandifords Husqvarna) 37 + 39 + 41 + 41 = 158
5 Tye Jones (Dynamic KTM) 41 + 37 + 39 + 34 = 151
6 Reece Ross (HCR KTM) 35 + 31 + 34 + 35 = 135
7 Kayde Rayns (BPS1 Racing, Husqvarna) 33 + 29 + 31 + 37 = 130
8 Max Lewis (CPS Motorcycles, Husqvarna) 34 + 35 + 33 + 27 = 129
9 Braydon Ferguson (KTM) 30 + 22 + 35 + 30 = 117
10 Jude Turton (KTM) 27 + 32 + 21 + 33 = 113

Spanish MX SW 85’s:
1 Keelan Hope (Michelin KTM) 41 + 43 + 43 + 41 = 168
2 Tyla Hooley (KTM) 43 + 45 + 45 + 35 = 168
3 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna) 34 + 41 + 41 + 43 = 159
4 Harvey Antrobus (KTM) 45 + 37 + 34 + 34 = 150
5 Warren Clarke (KTM) 30 + 39 + 35 + 45 = 149
6 Billy Moriarty (KTM) 39 + 33 + 39 + 37 = 148
7 Joey Benfield (KTM) 35 + 30 + 33 + 39 = 137
8 Joel Fisher (Tech 4 KTM) 37 + 35 + 31 + 30 = 133
9 Billy Askew (STP Husqvarna) 33 + 32 + 32 + 32 = 129
10 Josh Vail (Vail Projects, DHD Husqvarna) 31 + 28 + 29 + 28 = 116

Rikki Priest Training Junior 65’s:
1 Freddie Gardener (Matt Gardiner KTM) 41 + 43 + 45 + 43 = 172
2 Charlie Richmond (KTM) 45 + 45 + 43 + 33 = 166
3 Reece Jones (KTM) 43 + 41 + 28 + 45 = 157
4 Ollie Bubb (KTM) 34 + 31 + 41 + 41 = 147
5 Archie-Jay Girdham (SJP Husqvarna) 25 + 37 + 39 + 39 = 140
6 Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock Scaffolding Ltd, KTM) 39 + 32 + 34 + 34 = 139
7 Brandon Buckley (RSS KTM) 35 + 39 + 25 + 37 = 136
8 Riley Ingram (KTM) 32 + 34 + 37 + 32 = 135
9 Jamie Keith (MBR KTM) 33 + 35 + 33 + 28 = 129
10 Aimus Peckham (KTM) 37 + 33 + 26 + 25 = 121