Simpson and Walsh Score Maximum’s at Maxxis Seven
Shaun Simpson (FRX KTM) and Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
Shaun Simpson on his RFX KTM with his usual smooth riding style notched up two dominate MX1 race wins closed the points gap between himself and series leader Tommy Searle from forty-nine to third nine at round seven of the Maxxis British motocross championship at Foxhill last Sunday.
While Simpson was making the MX1 races look easy Revo Husqvarna teammates Dylan Walsh and Alvin Ostlund were hard at it at the front on the MX2’s and finished both races separated by less than a couple of bike lengths as Walsh just holding on the lead each time.
The Foxhill track had needed reworking for a long time, but the work the club has done to the track was nothing short of fantastic with loads of new features and a built-in watering system. Moist riders asked had nothing but praise for the modifications.
Even before racing had started there was some bad news at Buildbase Honda’s Jake Nicholls had stubbed his recovering leg hard into the ground of one of the tracks slippery turns and pulled out of the meeting. He later had x-rays, and fortunately, no further damage was seen.
Tommy Searle (Holeshot Kawasaki)
The still recovering Harri Kullas on his Cab Screens Deos Honda got the holeshot at the start of the first MX1 race followed by the fast-starting Jake Millward and Searle who was also riding injured and looking just to score the maximum points he could.
Elliott Banks-Browne had gated fourth but on lap two and as Simpson tried to dive under him at the top of the paddock turn the two came together as they approached a steep downhill. Banks-Browne down but Simpson stayed on his wheels. This left Banks-Browne off his Geartec Husqvarna un-sighted halfway down the slope in a very precarious position and down in eleventh place.
On lap three Simpson had made his way into the lead, Kullas and Millward were second and third but had Mel Pocock closing in on them till the race was red-flagged after a rider lay stricken close to the track after a big crash.
Searle got the holeshot at the start of the second race but was passed by Simpson before the end of the opening lap. Banks-Browne pushed Searle back another place on lap three, and the three leaders finished the race in the order.
Pocock slipped by Millward on the opening lap with Kullas from a ninth-place start snatching fifth from Millward on the very last lap.
Overall it was Simpson and a maximum from Kullas, Searle, Pocock, Banks-Browne and Millward and in the championship its Searle from Simpson, Millward. Pocock and Kullas.
Dylan Walsh (Revo Husqvarna) and Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)
It was the Walsh, Ostlund Josh Gilbert show in the first MX2 race as the three riders were on a different level as the rest. Walsh got the holeshot from Ostlund, Gilbert, Tom Neal and Hitachi KTM’s new signing Austrian Michael Sandner.
Gilbert found a way past Ostlund on lap four then block passed Walsh for the lead four laps later. For the next couple of laps, the three fast young riders were inseparable. With a lap to go Gilbert and Walsh came together at the bottom of one of Foxhill’s big downhills which lost them both drive going up the next hill. Ostlund took full advantage of the situation and made a pass for the lead, but Walsh just held him off as the teammates came together in the next turn. Gilbert tried to come back as Walsh and Ostlund crossed the finishing line almost together with Gilbert very close in third.
Behind the top three, almost un-noticed, Martin Barr on his Crescent Yamaha had passed both Neal and Sandner and was on his own in fourth, from Sandner and Ashton Dickinson.
Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha)
At the start of the second MX2 race, Walsh lead from Ostlund and Barr and Gilbert crashed with another rider out the back of the circuit and finished the lap was down in eighteenth place.
The to three spent the rest of the race in that order with Ostlund trying all he could to take the lead from Walsh with Barr ready and waiting to take advantage of any mistakes the leaders made.
But Gilbert was on a change and was up to seventh place by the halfway point and finished the thirteen-lap race in a distant fourth place. Liam Knight was fifth from ninth at the start.
Overall it was Walsh from Ostlund, and Barr with Gilbert finishing on the same points as Barr but given fourth because Barr finished the last race in a higher place. In the championship, Walsh increased his lead over teammate Ostlund with Gilbert in a solid third place from Barr and non-starter Vaessen.
Dylan Walsh (Revo Husqvarna)
With a win and a second-place, Joel Rizzi on his RFX KTM won the disappointingly small MXY2 race from race two winner Ike Carter. Tom Murphy with two top-three finishes was third overall from Josh Peters and Aaron Padstone.
Rizzi now has a twenty-eight-point lead over Carter going into the last round and are the only pair that can now win the championship.
1 Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda) 22 + 16 = 38
3 Tommy Searle (Holeshot Kawasaki) 16 + 20 = 36
4 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 18 + 18 = 36
5 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 13 + 22 = 35
6 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 20 + 15 = 35
7 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 15 + 14 = 29
8 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 14 + 12 = 26
9 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 11 + 13 = 24
10 Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) 12 + 11 = 23
11 Luke Hawkins (Chedder MX Honda) 8 + 8 = 16
12 John Adamson (Gabriel Yamaha) 10 + 5 = 15
13 Jack Brunnell (ASA United KTM) 5 + 9 = 14
14 Lewis Trickett (Holeshot Kawasaki) 6 + 7 = 13
15 Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna) 9 + 3 = 12
16 Tony Craig (RHR Yamaha) 1 + 10 = 11
17 Declan Whittle (Lings Husqvarna)) 3 + 6 = 9
18 Shaun Southgate (Harts MX Honda) 7 + 2 = 9
19 Ben Putnam (Husqvarna) 2 + 4 = 6
20 Conner Hughes (Jim Aim MC KTM) 4 + 1 = 5
1 Searle 311, 2 Simpson 276, 3 Millward 223, 4 Pocock 190, 5 Kullas 189, 6 Anderson 170, 7 Shipton 155, 8 Krestinov 147, 9 Tombs 139, 10 Adamson 128.
1 Dylan Walsh (Revo Husqvarna) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Alvin Ostlund (Revo Husqvarna) 22 + 22 = 44
3 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 20 + 18 = 38
5 Michael Sandner (Hitachi KTM) 16 + 14 = 30
6 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 12 + 15 = 27
7 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 14 + 12 = 26
8 Robert Yates (IDS Yamaha) 13 + 11 = 24
9 Liam Knight (Trevor Pope KTM) 7 + 16 = 23
10 Glen McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 9 + 13 = 22
11 Tom Neal (Craigs Husqvarna) 11 + 10 = 21
12 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 10 + 9 = 19
13 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs KTM) 10 + 9 = 19
14 Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) 8 + 6 = 14
15 Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha) 6 + 7 = 13
16 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 4 + 8 = 12
17 Matt Burrows (Apico Husqvarna) 5 + 5 = 10
18 Charlie Cole () 0 + 3 = 3
19 Adam Collings (Vega Solutions KTM) 1 + 2 = 3
20 Aaron Lee Hanson (Geoff Westerby’s KTM) 2 + 1 = 3
21 Jay Hague (JTL Scaffolding Husqvarna) 3 + 0 = 3
1 Walsh 243, 2 Ostlund 231, 3 Gilbert 209, 4 Barr 194, 5 Vaessen 169, 6 Dickinson 148, 7 Mewse 122, 8 Mammal 115, 9 Knight 106, 10 McCormick 104.
1 Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
2 Ike Carter (Husqvarna) 18 + 25 = 43
3 Tom Murphy (ASA United KTM) 22 + 20 = 42
4 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 20 + 18 = 38
5 Aaron Padstone (Brenron Kestrel KTM) 15 + 16 = 31
6 Loue Kessell (Judd Racing KTM) 14 + 15 = 29
7 Ryan Thomson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 12 + 14 = 26
8 Ben Clark (Rock Oil KTM) 13 + 13 = 26
9 Cullen Scott (Tiso Blackstar KTM) 16 + 8 = 24
10 Jack Lindsay (Apico KTM) 9 + 11 = 20
11 Thomas Hardcastle (Instanda KTM) 11 + 9 = 20
12 Harvey Cashmore (CI Sport KTM) 6 + 12 = 18
13 Shiaru Honda (Buildbase Honda) 8 + 10 = 18
14 Tyler Westcott (Moto-Logic Honda) 10 + 0 = 10
15 Joseph Dent (Yamaha) 7 + 0 = 7
1 Rizzi 282, 2 Carter 254, 3 McNicol 192, 4 Peters 153, 5 Thomson 146, 6 Lancett 127, 7 Murphy 127, 8 Kessell 125, 9 Padstone 115, 10 Grayshon.