Nicholls Back on the National Scene With a Bag.

Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda)
            Jake Nicholls on his Buildbase Honda made an emotional return to national level motocross by winning the Pro MX1 class at last weekends round four of the Michelin MX Nationals at the Sidcup clubs famous Canada Heights circuit in Kent.
           Nicholls broke his ankle at a centre event in his county of Suffolk, but complications have kept him off the bike for ten months, so his return back at the top of the sport is remarkable.
          “I am very emotional at the moment,” said Nicholls after his second overall winning race, “The months have been as rough as hell, and I was wondering if I could still do it anymore.”
           In the other pro class. The Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) and Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) battle for the lead swung from Barr to overall winner Gilbert by three points while all over the other classes winning was what it was all about.
           The track was in prime condition with the NX Nationals team, and club members keep it well watered without a hint of dust in the hot summer weather.

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)
            Jake Millward, as usual now, got the holeshot at the start of the first combined pro-MX1 and MX2 race on his Chambers Husqvarna followed by Lewis Tombs who was making a return to racing after a hand injury on his Buildbase Honda. Elliott Banks-Browne was third from Mel Pocock and Nicholls.
           Gilbert was the first of the MX2’s in sixth with Barr three places further back and with the third of the MX2’s, Michael Ellis in eleventh place.
           The pace was red hot and fast around the spectacular Canada Heights track and by lap three Nicholls had found his groove and started to move forward. He passed Pocock, and then, a lap latter slipped into second place by passing Banks-Browne. However, by that time Millward had opened up a sizable lead as the rest tripped over each other battling over second and the gap was too big for Nicholls to close by the end of the race.
           Jake Shipton on his Crescent Yamaha crashed while in sixth on lap nine and hurt his hand. He finished ninth but didn’t go out in the second race.
           Millward eased off the pace on the last lap and crossed the finish line in the number one spot just over three seconds clear of Nicholls. Banks-Browne spent all race in third but was just over twenty-seven second down on the leaders. Pocock was forth while Tombs, with his still not mended hand, slipped down to fifth on class. Nathan Dixon crashed out on lap three and was thought to have broken his leg.
          Gilbert crossed the finish line in fifth, but first MX2 rider while Barr sneaked past a fast Taylor Hammal, who had fought his way up from twelfth, was third. Brad Anderson on his two-stroke Verde KTM started thirteenth but finished the fourth MX2 with Ben Franklin fifth.

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) and Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda)
            Once again Millward got the holeshot at the start of the second race, but by the end of the laps, Nicholls passed him and never looked threatened as he took his first win of the year.
            Banks-Browne also found a way past Millward on lap three, and the three fast riders stayed in that position till the end of the race. Pocock and Tombs both had a little slip up at the halfway stage and dropped from fourth and fifth to eighth and seventh.
            Jason Meara was having his first race on the injured Gert Krestinov’s Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki and finished fourth in class, but fifth on the track.
            After the race, Nicholls said, “My leg will never be completely right, but it’s OK when I am racing, but as I have said, it’s just great to know I can still ride at the pace I use to.”
           Millward said about his second overall, “I have had a good day, to be honest. In the first race I got the holeshot, but some fast laps in at the start, and then slowed my pace down to a more comfortable speed which was fast enough for the win. In the second, after another holeshot, I seemed to get into a slower rhythm, and Jake (Nicholls) and Elliott (Banks-Bowne) came past me. They were riding great, so I can’t be unhappy with second overall.”
           Banks-Browne said, “It’s been a bit of a frustrating day today. In the first race, I just seemed to get stuck behind Lewis (Tombs) for a long while as he was riding well, and I just struggled to get past him. I regrouped for the second race and had an OK start. I got into a rhythm and chased after Jake (Nicholls) and managed to close him down to about two or three seconds. Then a couple of laps from the end I was having clutch problems and just had to drive around.”

Buildbase Honda team mates Josh Gilbert and Jake Nicholls.
           Gilbert was once again fastest MX2 as he started the race in ninth after being outgunned by the bigger MX1’s up the long uphill start straight and, after passing Barr on lap three finished the race in fourth, but first MX2. Bar chassed after Gilbert for second followed by Ellis and Anderson.
           However, MX2 ride of the weekend came from RHR Yamaha rider Taylor Hammal as after his third in race one his front brake calliper came undone on the first lap of race two. He said, “It was frightening as it was rattling about in the spokes” Finally it broke the brake pipe and fell on the track. However, he was forced to ride the rest of the race without its uses, and there are some big fast downhill sections at Canada Heights, so fifth was a brave result which earnt him fourth overall.
          First MX2 overall Gilbert said after the race, “I got a good start in the first race, but with the 450s in front of me I just seemed to sit there. That let Martin (Barr) and Taylor (Hammel) get on my back wheel, and I thought I had to do something now and managed to get some passing done. In the second race, I didn’t get a good start and had to do a lot of passing. However, I felt I rode better in that race than the first. It’s good to get my first one, one of the years as I have been making some silly mistakes.”
          Barr said from second place on the podium, “I am a bit disappointed as I came here with the red leader’s plate and leaving without it. But hat’s off to Josh (Gilbert) he was riding very well. I seemed to struggle to get a good race flow going all day. But, his only three points in front of me, so it’s not over yet by a long way.”
          The ever-popular Brad Anderson said, “I like this track and usually go well here, but I seemed to struggle with the starts against the big 450s and Josh (Gilbert), and Martin (Barr) was a bit quicker today. I came down on my own today, so to get on the box is great.”

Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha)
            MX1 overall was Nicholls from Millward, Banks-Browne, Pocock, Meara, Tombs and Law, but in the championship, the injured Kullas who was riding just for damage control points extended his lead as series second place man Krestinov didn’t ride.
            Tombs is now in second from Krestinov, Millward, Pocock and the out injured Ryan Houghton.
            Overall in the pro-MX2’s Gilbert first gives him the red plate, from Barr, Anderson, Hammal, Ellis and Tom Grimshaw but in the championship, Gilbert has three points over Barr from Ellis, Franklin, McCormick and Grimshaw.

The rest

Richard Bird (KTM)
            With Jason Meara moving up to the pro-MX1’s Gavin Stevenson and Richard Bird took full advantage of the situation as the pair finished first and second and were separated by just four points after two days and four races in the experts MX1 class.
            With two win’s and two-second places Stevenson took the overall, but it was a bad start in race two the robbed Bird a chance of the overall. He finished the first lap in sixteenth but finished the nine-lap race in fifth.
            Aaron McCarroll and Edward Briscoe fought over third and fourth and ended the weekend separated by just four points, but ten behind the winning pair.
            The experts MX2 was all about Rossi Beard as the youngster won all four of his races for a maximum point score. Josh Coleman chased him over the finish line in two out of the four races for second as Jansen Day with four strong rides was third overall.
            Only two points separated the top two in the clubman MX1 as race three winner Luke Oldfield didn’t finish out of the top three all weekend for the overall win. Stephen Kelly didn’t get the start he wanted in his first race as he came from thirteenth to sixth. He then had two wins and a second place for second overall. Luke Coker was never out of the top four was third with Keith Noble just missing out on a podium finish.
           With two a win and three-second places Brad Thornhill won the clubman MX2’s by a single point from two race winner Fabio Rizzi with Harry Fletcher third.

Youth

Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
           Ike Carter and Kyle McNicol tied at the top of the MXY2’s, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Carter won three races, but in race two, after getting the holeshot, he crashed all the way back to twenty-fourth. However, from there in the eight-lap race, he charged up to finish in seventh place for the overall.
            Ryan Thompson didn’t finish out of the top four all weekend was third with Tom Murphy just missing out of a podium position by three points.
            Things were just as close in the 125cc side of the joint race as Oliver Beamish took his first overall with a win, two thirds and a fourth. James Smith was second with race four winner Ryan Mawhinney crashing out of race three but did enough for third overall.
             Sam Atkinson was unbeaten in the small wheel 85’s for a maximum score with Charlie Palmer and Thomas Harris finishing second and third, separated by a single point. Joe Brookes and Arai Elcock were fourth and fifth.
            With three wins and a second Tyla Hooley won the small wheel 85’s with McKenzie Marshall second and race two winner Warren Clarke third.

Top ten overall

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MX1:
1 Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 25 + 20 = 45
3 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 20 + 22 = 42
4 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 18 + 15 = 33
5 Jason Meara (Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki) 14 + 18 = 32
6 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 16 + 16 = 32
7 Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) 10 + 14 = 24
8 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda) 12 + 11 = 23
9 Luke Burton (Geartec Husqvarna) 8 + 13 = 21
10 Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna) 11 + 10 = 21

Championship positions:
1 Kullas 173, 2 Tombs 131, 3 Krestinov 112, 4 Millward 106, 5 Pocock 195, 6 Houghton 94, 7 Shipton 91, 8 Edmonds 83, 9 Dixon 71, 10 Law 60.

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MX2:
1 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 22 + 22 = 44
3 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 18 + 18 = 36
4 Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha) 20 + 16 = 36
5 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 15 + 20 = 25
6 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 14 + 15 = 29
7 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 16 + 13 = 29
8 Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha) 11 + 14 = 25
9 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 13 + 12 = 25
10 Charlie Coles (Husqvarna) 12 + 11 = 23

Championship positions:
1 Gilbert 166, 2 Barr 163, 3 Ellis 120, 4 Franklin 116, 5 McCormick 115, 6 Grimshaw 100, 7 Dickinson 83, 8 Hammal 83, 9 Mitchel 70, 10 Sheridan 64

Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha)

Rekluse Expert MX1:
1 Gavin Stevenson (Manchester Husqvarna) 20 + 25 + 22 + 25 = 92
2 Richard Bird (KTM) 25 + 16 + 25 + 22 = 88
3 Aaron McCarroll (Chambers Husqvarna) 18 + 22 + 18 + 20 = 78
4 Edward Briscoe (Husqvarna) 16 + 20 + 20 + 18 = 74
5 John Robson (JR Robson / Bikesport KTM) 22 + 15 + 14 + 15 = 66
6 Zac Stealey (Dulson Training Husqvarna) 15 + 18 + 15 + 14 = 62
7 Josh Bentley (KTM) 13 + 14 + 16 + 16 = 59
8 Kieran Clarke (Highridge Solutions Kawasaki) 11 + 10 + 11 + 12 = 44
9 Steve Bixby (MC Comps KTM) 12 + 12 + 13 + 2 = 39
10 Stephen Mullaly (Allmoto Yamaha) 8 + 11 + 10 + 9 = 38

Championship positions:
1 Stevenson 348, 2 Bird 310, 3 Meara 259, 4 McCarroll 241, 5 Bentley 219, 6 Stealey 205, 7 Robson 172, 8 Briscoe 171, 9 Simmutch 166, 10 McLean 146.

Bell Expert MX2:
1 Rossi Beard (St Blazey Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Josh Coleman (Fus Husqvarna) 18 + 20 + 22 + 22 = 82
3 Janson Day (Passion Husqvarna) 20 + 18 + 20 + 18 = 76
4 Charlie Putnam (RFX KTM) 16 + 16 + 14 + 20 = 66
5 Aaron-Lee Hanson (KTM) 14 + 13 + 18 + 15 = 60
6 Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki) 6 + 22 + 15 + 16 = 59
7 Josh Greedy (KTM) 22 + 12 + 13 + 12 = 59
8 George Clarke (Yamaha) 15 + 15 + 12 + 13 = 55
9 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 3 + 11 + 16 + 14 = 44
10 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha) 13 + 10 + 6 + 11 = 40

Championship positions:
1 Hanson 265, 2 Clark 249, 3 Keogh 242, 4 Day 238, 5 Putnam 197, 6 Beard 187, 7 Rizzi 173, 8 Peters 157, 9 Coleman 144, 10 Kelly 138.

Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna)

Moto Connections Clubman MX1:
1 Luke Oldfield (SR75 Suzuki) 20 + 22 + 25 + 22 = 89
2 Stephen Kelly (Kelly Contractors KTM) 15 + 25 + 22 + 25 = 87
3 Luke Coker (Yamaha) 22 + 20 + 18 + 20 = 78
4 Keith Noble (KTM) 13 + 14 + 20 + 20 = 67
5 Bradley Maddever (Kawasaki) 12 + 18 + 16 + 16 = 62
6 Alex Christopher (MRX MX / AP Motors KTM) 5 + 12 + 14 + 15 = 46
7 Danny Townsend (KTM) 16 + 15 + 0 + 12 = 43
8 Ben Butler (KTM) 18 + 6 + 0 + 14 = 38
9 Ban Holiday (Honda) 3 + 11 + 12 + 11 = 37
10 Jez Bailey (Yamaha) 8 + 7 + 15 + 4 = 34

Championship positions:
1 Kelly 323, 2 Oldfield 273, 3 Foster 218, 4 Townsend 213, 5 Maddever 211, 6 Christopher 187, 7 Noble 178, 8 Holiday 175, 9 Rea 171, 10 Christie 157.

RFX Clubman MX2:
1 Brad Thornhill (LMC KTM) 22 + 25 + 22 + 22 = 91
2 Fabio Rizzi (KTM) 20 + 20 + 25 + 25 = 90
3 Harry Fletcher (KTM) 25 + 22 + 18 + 15 = 80
4 Leis King London (KTM) 18 + 18 + 20 + 20 = 76
5 Tommy Lee Morris (Husqvarna) 15 + 11 + 16 + 14 = 56
6 Elliot Cook (DBMX KTM) 14 + 14 + 11 + 16 = 55
7 Toby Lightbown (RFX KTM) 16 + 16 + 15 + 8 = 55
8 Oliver Cook (Broadsword Husqvarna) 0 + 15 + 8 + 18 = 41
9 Adam Pearce (Yamaha) 12 + 13 + 5 + 11 = 41
10 Michael McAlister (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 13 + 8 + 7 + 12 = 40

Championship positions:
1 Thornhill 339, 2 Fletcher 333, 3 Rizzi 266, 4 Lightbown 254, 5 Cook 207, 6 London 183, 7 Pearce 168, 8 Cook 154, 9 Prince 153, 10 Thomson 149.

 

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)

Talon MXY2:
1 Ike Carter (GL12 Husqvarna) 25 + 16 + 25 + 25 = 91
2 Kyle McNicol Manchester MC Husqvarna) 22 + 25 + 22 + 22 = 91
3 Ryan Thompson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 18 + 18 + 20 + 18 = 74
4 Tom Murphy (ASA United KTM) 20 + 20 + 18 + 13 = 71
5 Aaron Patstone (Brenron / Kestrel KTM) 12 + 22 + 16 + 20 = 70
6 Ben Clark (KTM) 16 + 15 + 15 + 16 = 62
7 Lewis Taylor (MT Motors / Wakefield Husqvarna) 13 + 14 + 11 + 14 = 52
8 Billy Wynn (Smith Brothers KTM) 14 + 11 + 13 + 12 = 50
9 Ben Clayton (Team Green Kawasaki) 0 + 13 + 14 + 15 = 42
10 Shairu Honda (Buildbase Honda) 11 + 8 + 10 + 11 = 40

Championship positions:
1 Carter 382, 2 McNicol 351, 3 Thompson 298, 4 Hird 239, 5 Clark 223, 6 Smith 175, 7 Patstone 171, 8 Taylor 165, 9 Wynn 158, 10 Pohlen 155.

Talon MX125:
1 Oliver Beamish (Gold Arts Yamaha) 18 + 20 + 25 + 20 = 83
2 James Smith (KJS Kawasaki) 20 + 16 + 22 + 22 = 80
3 Ryan Mawhinney (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 22 + 22 + 7 + 25 = 76
4 Harry Barker (KTM) 15 + 18 + 18 + 16 = 67
5 Ryan Mundell (Flatchat KTM) 12 + 13 + 20 + 18 = 63
6 Luca Pegg (SM Yamaha) 16 + 15 + 15 + 15 = 61
7 Ben White (KTM) 10 + 12 + 16 + 14 = 52
8 Jack Parker (Hydraflow KTM) 14 + 11 + 14 + 13 = 52
9 Bobby Bruce (Yamaha) 25 + 25 + 0 + 0 = 50
10 Harvey Cashmore (KTM) 11 + 9 + 12 + 12 = 44

Championship positions:
1 Mawhinney 339, 2 Smith 301, 3 Beamish 299, 4 Barker 237, 5 Kessell 232, 6 Bruce 231, 7 Pegg 201, 8 Parker 187, 9 Sills 147, 10 Mundell 123.

 

Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda)

Wiseco Big Wheel 85:
1 Sam Atkinson (KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Charlie Palmer (Pioneer Kawasaki) 22 + 15 + 22 + 22 = 81
3 Thomas Harris (JNSF KTM) 18 + 22 + 20 + 20 = 80
4 Joe Brooks (KTM) 20 + 18 + 18 + 15 = 71
5 Arai Elock (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 15 + 20 + 14 + 16 = 65
6 Callum Murfitt (KTM) 13 + 14 + 12 + 14 = 53
7 Raife Broadley (Team Green Kawasaki) 16 + 0 + 16 + 18 = 50
8 Liam Bennett (KTM) 9 + 9 + 15 + 12 = 45
9 Matt Tolley (KTM) 10 + 12 + 11 + 11 = 44
10 Ben Zeale (Mundells Plant KTM) 11 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 41

Championship positions:
1 Atkinson 388, 2 Harris 276, 3 Palmer 261, 4 Brookes 260, 5 Johnston 253, 6 Elcock 226, 7 Jones 198, 8 Broadley 169, 9 Rayns 148, 10 Colmer 105.

Gaerne Small Wheel 85:
1 Tyla Hooley (Vans KTM) 25 + 22 + 25 + 25 = 97
2 McKenzie Marshall (KTM) 14 + 15 + 20 + 22 = 71
3 Warren Clarke (Ace Husqvarna) 16 + 25 + 14 + 14 = 69
4 Billy Askew (Husqvarna) 13 + 18 + 16 + 18 = 65
5 Finlay Boxall (Husqvarna) 18 + 16 + 15 + 12 = 61
6 Beau Brown (AGR Motor Sport KTM) 15 + 14 + 11 + 16 = 56
7 Fin Wilson (Husqvarna) 0 + 12 + 22 + 20 = 54
8 Ashden Barlow (KTM) 20 + 6 + 18 + 10 = 54
9 Ollie Addy (MJM KTM) 11 + 11 + 10 + 11 = 43
10 Joseph Leeks (Husqvarna) 7 + 13 + 9 + 8 = 37

Championship positions:
1 Hooley 326, 2 Marshall 219, 3 Clarke 217, 4 Askew 216, 5 Brown 213, 6 Boxall 208, 7 Hope 190, 8 Barlow 189, 9 Greenough 175, 10 Vail 162.