Tommy Searle Storms Landrake at Round Two of the MX Nationals
An on-form Tommy Searle (Buildbase Honda) with a first and a second-place won last weekend’s round to of the Michelin MX Nationals. A testing and rutty Landrake track took its toll on a large number of top UK and international riders entered with many crashing out and having mechanicals.
Martin Barr (BRT KTM)
Dylan Walsh had bike trouble before the start of race one when his Honda refused to fire up. The mechanics just managed to bring it to life as the last rider took his place on the start line and Walsh had to settle for last gate pic. This must-have fired the New Zealander up for as the gate dropped, he reached the first turn in third, but by the next, he was in front and already building on his lead.
Dylan Walsh (Honda)
Harri Kullas (Does Cab Screens Honda) gave chase till, on lap six Walsh’s bike came to a stop and effectively handed the win to Kullas while Searle, from seventh at the start came through to second, just under second behind the winner.
Searle’s teammate, and series leader, Jake Nicholls was an off day and stated after that he just couldn’t get to grips with the track. He gated third but dropped back to sixth place when Adam Sterry, Jake Millward and Searle came past him and that was the position he finished.
Harri Kullas (DOES Cab Screens Honda)
Millward and Sterry swopped places a couple of times till Sterry finally got the upper hand as the pair finished third and fourth. Brent Van Donnick, after gating fourth lost a couple of places in the opening laps but worked his way back up to fifth by the end of the race.
Taylor Hammel, in the MX2’s, has been riding will since we started racing again but was mid-pack as the riders rounded turn one. In the opening two laps, he had passed thirteen riders and was up to fourteenth. But his race wasn’t finished there for he passed the fast-starting Josh Gilbert with three laps to go to take his first MX2 national win and was the sixth rider across the finish line.
Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda)
Gilbert hung onto second with GP star Conrad Mewes crossing the finish line in thirteenth place but third in the MX2’s with Steven Clarke fourth.
Searle lead from the drop of the start gate to the finish flag in race two and was in a class of his own while behind him it was all happening. Kullas chassed and put pressure on him for the first three laps till his Honda came to a mysterious halt out the back of the circuit. Martin Barr took over the chase for a couple of laps till Evgeny Bobryshev, from ninth at the start passed him, but by that time Searle was long gone.
Josh Gilbert (Husqvarna)
Bobryshev’s time in second only lasted a couple of laps till lost the front wheel at a hairpin and handed second back to Barr. Walsh had had a mid-field start but with four laps to go snatched the runner up spot from Barr as Bobryshev recovered to finish fifth on the track but fourth MX1.
MX1 overall it was Searle from Barr by fourteen points from Bobryshev with Jake Millward just missing out on the podium by one point.
Lewis Tombs (Verde KTM)
Gilbert looked like he had the measure of the MX1’s in race two as he started fifth and finished fourth buried amongst the bigger machines. But all eyes were on Hammal and Mewes for after a clash in the first turn they were at the back of the pack but would not be staying there. Mewes came from twenty-ninth to finish the race in eighth, but the second MX2 while Hammal gated in twentieth, crashed back to last, but came back to eighteenth place.
The MX2 overall went to Mr constant, Gilbert by five points from Mewes with Hammal taking the third step on the podium and with Clarke just missing out by a single point.
Adam Sterry (Hitachi KTM)
Things were tight at the top of the expert MX1 as Joe Clayton with two race win’s a second and a third too the overall by five points from race one winner Shaun Southgate and race two winner Josh Taylor.
With two wins and two second places, Jake Preston won the expert MX2’s from race three winner Ollie Beamish and Bradley Wheeler.
Rob Cross was unbeatable in the amateur MX1’s as he had four wins from four starts and the rest seemed to struggle to put results together. Ross Kersey was second overall with Cullum Gordon taking the last place on the podium.
Steven Clarke (Buildbase Honda)
Kieran Yorke had two race wins on his way to the amateur MX2 overall from race one winner Mitch Young and Jack Moore.
Pete Bulley won the clubman MX1 overall with two wins and a couple of second places. Ryan Osborn was second, just six points behind the winner with Charlie Roper third.
Tallon Aspden won the clubman MX2 overall from Alex Buchanan and George Boyce.
Louie Kessell was never out of the top two in the MXY2 class as he took the overall win from race one winner Cullen Scott with Tyler Westcott third.
Bobby Bruce had a clean sweep in the MXY125’s with four wins from four starts. Jake Taylor was second with Harvey James third.
Charlie Hayman won all four of his races on the way to the big wheel 85’s overall from Tyla Hooley and Wal Beaney, while Reece Jones, with a couple of race, wins backed up by two third places took the overall in the small wheels. Ryan Waggott was second with Josh Vail third.