The young guns are coming with wins from Gilbert and Millward.
Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)
Josh Gilbert on his Buildbase Honda took his first Maxxis British Motocross championship MX2 overall win and closes to within a point of the championship lead while Chambers Husqvarna mounted Jake Millward won his first Maxxis MX1 race win.
But the meeting at the excellent and modified Woodbridge clubs Blaxhall circuit was mired but a first turn crash at the start of the MX1 race that injured a lot of the top runner and took some of them out.
Tommy Searle hurt his elbow with Shaun Simpson battered and a broken hand, but both made the restart with Simpson struggling and just out riding for points. Lewis Tombs didn’t make it back out on the track with two damaged fingers, but everyone was concerned with Ryan Houghton who hit a tree after bikes went through the chestnut fencing. He was airlifted to hospital, and I was reported later that he had a broken femur, a cracked vertebra and a damaged lung. He told me then on FaceBook that he was doing OK. But he will be out for a long time.
Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki)
Millward got the holeshot at the restart of the race and was followed around the opening lap by Jake Shipton, Searle, Simpson and Mel Pocock. Searle made a small mistake and dropped back to seventh as the two leaders of Millward and Shipton started to stretch out a bit of a lead.
The hurting Simpson dropped back in the next couple of laps as Pocock went through to third and Brad Anderson, on his 250 two-stroke Verde KTM followed him into fourth.
By the halfway point Millward slipped off his Husqvarna as the front wheel washed out right in front of the work area, which must have given this team a bit of a fright, but such was his lead that he picked it up, and got going again without losing the lead.
Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM)
With three laps to Searle was in third but could do nothing about the leaders and had Harri Kullas, who had had a disastrous start, closing him down fast, but things were about to go from bad to worse for Kullas on the very last lap. He was challenging Searle for third when his chain broke, giving a DNF and no points.
Millward crossed the finish line just over a second ahead of Shipton for his first Maxxis race win with Searle third from Anderson who had a great battle with Pocock, and Krestinov and with Simpson seventh for fourteen points which may come in very handy at the end of the year.
Searle got the holeshot at the start of the second race from Nathan Dixon, Simpson, Pocock, James Dunn and Anderson but the heroes of the first race didn’t do so well. Shipton gated eleventh, moved up to eighth, but a couple of crashes saw him drop down to finish twenty-first, a lap down on the leaders.
Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)
Millward fell at turn one and was last round the opening lap. He charged up to twentieth before pulling out of the race on lap ten, with a machine that wasn’t working right.
Kullas didn’t get a much better start then he did in race one but powered he way through the field with his countryman Krestinov tagging on, and the pair finished second and third to an unchallenged Searle. Once again Simpson scored valuable points in fourth with Pocock and Anderson, who seemed to spend the whole race together, as they did in race one, finishing sixth and seventh.
Overall it was Searle from Krestinov with Anderson managing to but his two-stroke on the podium in third. Simpson and Pocock just missed out of the podium by a single point.
Searle now leads the championship by five points from Simpson with Krestinov third, two race wins’ behind.
Michael Ellis (ASA Hitachi KTM) and Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna)
It was always going to be close in the MX2’s with so many fast riders all giving it there all and all going for the win. Ashton Dickinson got the holeshot at the start of the first race from Gilbert, Dylan Walsh and Robert Yates with fancied riders Alvin Ostlund in ninth, Martin Barr thirteenth and Bas Vaessen well down in fifteenth place but they were not going to stay there.
Ostlund was flying and took the lead by the fifth lap, only to have the engine on his Revo Husqvarna blow on lap nine, handing the lead to Gilbert. Walsh was in second, but on lap eleven Vaessen charged past him and it looked for a while that he was going to catch the leader Gilbert. But, with three laps to go, his Hitachi KTM came to a stop. He looked down at it, and it wouldn’t move backwards or forwards, and he assumed the engine had seized. After the race, it was discovered that a stone had jammed the rear brake peddle one. What were the chances?
Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) and Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha)
All this left Gilbert with his first Maxxis win by just over thirteen seconds from Walsh, Barr Taylor Hammal and Dickinson.
Vaessen got the holeshot at the start of the second race and was unchallenged for the win. But, behind him, it was all going on as Gilbert and Walsh fought over second place till Ostlund came to join the fun as all three swopped lines on each other to get the advantage.
Vaessen won by just under four seconds from Ostlund with Walsh and Gilbert next separated by five seconds. The rest of the pack was headed by Dickinson, Michael Ellis and Tom Grimshaw.
Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) and Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)
Overall it was Gilbert by a single point from Walsh and Dickinson, with Grimshaw just missing out on his first podium.
In the championship, Walsh has a single point lead over Gilbert with Ostlund just six behind them and with the injured Conrad Mewse still fourth and thirty points off the championship lead.
Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM)
The revelry between Ike Carter and Joel Rizzi in the MXY2’s continued with Carter getting the upper hand this win with a second place and a race win. Rizzi, after gating third crashed down to sixteenth on lap one but managed to fight his way up to third by the end of the eleven-lap race, for second overall, this time.
Kylr McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna)
Josh Peters had two strong fourth places for third overall with Kyle McNicol finishing equal on points as Peters but missed out on the podium by Peters higher race two finish.
Sam Atkinson with two wins was the big wheel 85 support race from Bailey Johnston and Charlie Palmer, while Ben Mustoe and Tyla Hooley shared the win and second places in the small wheel side of the combined race.
Top ten overall results
Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Group Honda) pushes past Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM)
1 Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki) 20 + 25 = 45
2 Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 15 + 20 = 35
3 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 18 + 15 = 33
4 Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM) 14 + 18 = 32
5 Mel Pocock ASA United KTM) 16 + 16 = 32
6 James Dunn (Big Van World Husqvarna) 13 + 14 = 27
7 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 25 + 0 = 25
8 John Adamson (Bikesport Honda) 10 + 13 = 23
9 Robbie Dowson (Bikesport Kawasaki) 11 + 12 = 23
10 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Group Honda) 0 + 22 = 22
1 Searle 181, 2 Simpson 176, 3 Krestinov 121, 4 Millward 118, 5 Kullas 113, 6 Anderson 106, 7 Pocock 100, 8 Tombs 94, 9 Todd 82, 10 Adamson 78.
Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) and Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM)
1 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 25 + 18 = 43
2 Dylan Walsh (Revo Husqvarna) 22 + 20 = 42
3 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) 16 + 16 = 32
4 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 14 + 14 = 28
5 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 12 + 15 = 27
6 Bas Vaessen (Hitachi KTM) 1 + 25 = 26
7 Calum Mitchell (SF KTM) 10 + 13 = 23
8 Glen McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 13 + 10 = 23
9 Alvin Ostlund (Revo Husqvarna) 0 + 22 = 22
10 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 8 + 12 = 20
1 Walsh 152, 2 Gilbert 151, 3 Ostlund 145, 4 Mewse 122, 5 Vaessen 122, 6 Barr 120, 7 Dickinson 98, 8 Brown 72, 9 Ellis 72, 10 Hammal 67.
Bas Vaessen (Hitachi KTM) See the stone holding the rear brake peddle on?
1 Ike Carter (DEP Husqvarna) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) 25 + 20 = 45
3 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 18 + 18 = 36
4 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 20 + 16 = 36
5 Dominic Lancett (Verde KTM) 12 + 22 = 33
6 Ryan Mawhinney (KTM) 15 + 13 = 28
7 Bobby Bruce (Crescent Yamaha) 16 + 11 = 27
8 Kacey Hird (Team Green Kawasaki) 14 + 12 = 26
9 Tom Murphy (Team Green Kawasaki) 10 + 15 = 25
10 Jack Grayson (Apico Husqvarna) 13 + 9 = 22
1 Rizzi 192, 2 Carter 168, 3 McNicol 148, 4 Lancett 127, 5 Hird 100, 6 Bruce 92, 7 Thomson 92, 8 Peters 84, 9 Kessell 81, 10 Jackson 77.
Brad Todd (Gabriel Yamaha)
Big wheel 85:
1 Sam Atkinson (LA Racing KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Bailey Johnston (Judd KTM) 22 + 22 = 44
3 Charlie Palmer Passion Husqvarna) 20 + 20 = 40
4 Thomas Harris (KTM) 18 + 18 = 36
5 Jake Randall (Apex KTM) 16 + 16 = 32
6 Ollie Colmer (Revo Husqvarna) 15 + 15 = 30
7 Callum Murfitt (KTM) 14 + 14 = 28
8 Liam Bennett (KTM) 11 + 13 = 24
9 Boston Gilbert (KTM) 13 + 11 = 24
10 James Buchan (KTM) 9 + 12 = 21
Small wheel 85:
1 Ben Mustoe (Judd KTM) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Tyla Hooley (KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
3 Ryan Waggott (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 20 + 20 = 40
4 Rocco Hands (PPS Sports KTM) 18 + 16 = 34
5 Noah Thompson (Pro Green Husqvarna) 16 + 15 = 31
6 Ollie Addy (Do Racing KTM) 12 + 18 = 30
7 Gavin Scott (Grampian KTM) 15 + 14 = 29
8 Jack Davis (DBC Yamaha) 14 + 13 = 27
9 Ellis Poole (First Call KTM) 13 + 0 = 13