Kullas and Gilbert are 2019 MX Nationals Pro Champs

            In the thirty-degree heat of round five on the Michelin MX Nationals both Pro championship titles were decided as Harri Kullas on his Cab Screens Deos Honda clinched MX1’s with Buildbase Honda rider Josh Gilbert taking the MX2’s, both with a round in hand.
            But the heroes of the weekend were the dedicated Cusses Gorse track team that not only seemed to spend most of Friday and Saturday night ripping and watering but also spent all of both days spraying the track between races keeping the venue dust free.
            Two other titles were also decided over the weekend in both big and small wheel 85’s as Sam Atkinson is now unbeatable in the big wheel’s and the overall winner Tyla Hooley in the champion in the small wheels.

Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda)
           Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) got the holeshot at the start of the first combined Pro-MX1 and MX2 from Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna), Kullas, Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna), Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) and Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM).
           By the end of the first lap, Banks-Browne was in the lead and settled into a nice flowing comfortable looking pace while Kullas took four laps to find a way passed Tombs for second place.
           Meanwhile, just behind Edmonds, Millward and Pocock were hard at it and swopping places till Millward got the upper hand and made fourth place his own. Pocock got the better of Edmonds for fifth with six laps to go.
           In the MX2 side of the race, the new champion Gilbert was mixing it with the big MX1 bikes going into turn one and came out in ninth and was the first MX2 rider. He didn’t see another MX2 rider the whole race and finished seventh but first in his class.
           Disaster struck for Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) in the whoops before the finish as the championship contender lost control and went down hard. He walked away but was holding his left arm, which was suspected to be a broken collar bone.
           Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) had a great race as after a poor start in nineteenth he fought his way up to eleventh place at the flag, but second MX2 rider home. In contrast, Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) had to work for his third place for having gated fifteenth he seemed to spend all race passing of being passed, and in the last couple of laps it looked like he was going to challenge Husbands second place but run out of laps and had to settle for third.

Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)
            At the start of race two, Kullas got the holeshot from Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) Pocock and Millward and the top for spent all race and crossed the finish line in that order with Kullas clinching the title.
           Race one winner, Banks-Browne crashed on the opening lap but fought his way back up to tenth before a reoccurring engine problem made him slow and eventually pulled out of the race.
           Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) had gated fifth but was riding to protect his damaged knee which caused his to drop back to tenth in the closing stages of the race while Tombs after a first turn pile-up with Tony Craig came from almost last to sixth.
           In the MX2’s Ellis had had the best MX2 start in ninth and was passed by a couple of rider mid-race, one of them being Gilbert and finished eleventh but second MX2.
           Gilbert started the race in thirteenth with Husband just behind him as the 250s were outgunned up the up-hill start straight by the 450s but as the race went on Gilbert worked his way forward to eight at the flag, but first MX2, while Husband seemed to struggle a bit in the opening laps and slip down to eighteenth place.
          As in the first race, if there was a major battle on track, Grimshaw was in the middle of it as he started sixteenth made passes and was passed ending his race just behind Ellis giving him third MX2 home.

Jason Meara (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki)
           Overall in Pro-MX1, it was Kullas from Pocock and Millward with Tombs just missing out on the podium by a single point. But in the championship with Kullas already champion Millward closed in on Tombs’s second place.
          “I think this year been crazy with the number of injuries there has been,” said new champion Kullas, “I have had two injuries in a row. First, I broke my back but managed to back racing quite quick but then at the GP in Latvia I broke my shoulder blade so had two injuries and I had to miss Desertmartin. I was nice to get back to racing the MX Nationals at Canada Heights and get some points, and I think that was important as coming away from the I had a 47-point lead, and today I just had to ride smart to clinch the title”.
           A happy Mel Pocock said from the second step on the podium, “A fifth and a third for second overall. That’s nice. We came here today with the idea of getting on the podium, and we have done that. It was a hard track to race on, and I mean by that it was hard to make a pass as everyone was going at the same fast pace. Having said that the track preparation was great considering the heat of today”.
           From third, a thoughtful Millward said, “I struggled a bit today and didn’t get the starts I have been getting lately. At the first start, I looked over as we went up the start straight and there were some riders well in front of me, and I think that perhaps the gate wasn’t dropping fairly. Faster in the middle. But I was in the top three or four going into the first turn, so that’s OK. I just struggled all day to get my speed up, but the track was really good, but I just found it hard to push on. But I am on the podium, so that’s all good”.

Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM)
            Overall in the Pro-MX2’s, it was champion Gilbert from Grimshaw who was having his first Pro podium, and Ellis but in the championship, Ellis has closed in on Barr and may snatch second place depending on when Barr gets back.
          “It’s always nice to get a championship won early, but it’s not really the way I wanted to do it, with Martin (Barr) getting hurt,” said champions Gilbert, “I would have liked to have beaten him by racing not being out injured. But it’s still nice to win.”
          Grimshaw said, “Today has gone a lot better then I thought it was going to go as I have been struggling with racing in the heat the last couple of weeks and I thought as we got here it was going to be more of the same. But with two good starts and managing to go with the leaders, I started to feel strong. I liked the track, and the bike was going well, so it’s been a good day.”
          Ellis, from third, said, “In the first race I had a good start and was up the fount. I was not that far off Josh (Gilbert) for pace for the first couple of laps but the tightened up a bit which was a bit frustrating and ended up fifth. In the second race, I was the second MX2 at the start and caught and passed Josh. Led the race for about six laps, but I could feel him coming, and I knew he was going to get me at some point, so I just brought it home for second place.”

The Rest

Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki)
            Despite not winning any of the four expert MX1 races Brad Cavill took the overall win from Richard Bird. Gavin Stevenson crashed out of the lead in the first race which spoilt he weekend but re-grouped and finished the rest of the weekend with two wins and a second for third overall.
            Race one winner George Simmutch had a DNF on his second race on Saturday and seemed to struggle with his two Sunday races which dropped his down to ninth overall.
            With three win’s and a fourth-place, Charlie Putnam won the expert MX2’s from Jorden Keogh who didn’t finish out of the top three all weekend and with race two winner, Josh Coleman third overall.
            Luke Oldfield won three out of his four races for the overall in the clubman MX1’s with a bad start in race three spoiling his perfect score. Jordan Moxey was second with Bradley Maddever and race three winner Luke Coker tying on points in third. Maddever got to the podium by virtue of his higher place finish in the last race.
           Ben Thomson notched up four-second place from four starts in the clubman MX2’s but still managed to take the overall. Race four winner Troy Jones was second with race three winner Fabio Rizzi third while the winner of both Saturday’s races Patrick Gilligan didn’t race Sunday.

Youth

Charlie Putnam (RFX KTM)
            Ike Carter won all four of the MXY2’s and had Tom Murphy chase he over the finish line on each occasion. Callum Scott was a distant third from Ben Clayton, Ryan Thompson and Kyle McNicol.
            In the MX125 side of the combined race, James Smith with three wins and a second took the win from race two winner Jude Morris and Oliver Beamish.
            Ollie Colmer won the big wheel 85’s winning two out of four races. A slide off in race two spoilt that race and a charging Sam Atkinson pushed him down to second in the last race. Atkinson’s weekend was spoilt in race one with a bad start and a problem that dropped him down to twelfth place, but two strong win’s and a second-place gave him second overall and the championship, with Charlie Palmer third.
            Tyla Hooley and McKenzie Marshall tied on points at the top of the small wheel 85’s with Hooley’s last race win giving him the overall and the championship win. Race three winner Billy Askew was third.

Top ten overall

Curlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki)

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MX1:
1 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 16 + 20 = 36
3 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 18 + 18 = 36
4 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 20 + 15 = 35
5 Liam Knight (Pope Racing KTM) 14 + 16 = 30
6 Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna) 15 + 11 = 26
7 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 25 + 0 = 25
8 John Adamson (Gabriel Yamaha) 10 + 13 = 23
9 Tony Craig (RHR Yamaha) 13 + 10 = 23
10 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 0 + 22 = 22

Championship positions:
1 Kullas 220 (Champion), 2 Tombs 166, 3 Millward 142, 4 Pocock 141, 5 Shipton 113, 6 Krestinov 112, 7 Edmonds 109, 8 Houghton 94, 9 Law 81, 10 Craig 76.

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MC2:
1 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 20 + 20 = 40
3 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 16 + 22 = 38
4 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 22 + 14 = 36
5 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) 18 + 16 = 32
6 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 14 + 18 = 32
7 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 15 + 12 = 27
8 Luke Dean (Yamaha) 13 + 13 = 26
9 Charlie Coles (Husqvarna) 12 + 11 = 23
10 Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha) 0 + 15 = 15

Championship positions:
1 Gilbert 216 (Champion), 2 Barr 163, 3 Ellis 158, 4 McCormick 147, 5 Franklin 143, 6 Grimshaw 140, 7 Dickinson 117, 8 Husband 85, 9 Hammal 85, 10 Mitchel 81.

Zac Stealey (Husqvarna) and Richard Bird (Honda)

Rekluse Expert MX1:
1 Brad Cavill (KTM) 20 + 22 + 18 + 22 = 82
2 Richard Bird (KTM) 22 + 18 + 16 + 20 = 76
3 Gavin Stevenson (Manchester Husqvarna) 0 + 25 + 22 + 25 = 72
4 Zac Stealey (Dulson Training Husqvarna) 12 + 20 + 20 + 18 = 70
5 Aaron McCarroll (Chambers Husqvarna) 16 + 14 + 15 + 16 = 61
6 Edward Briscoe (Husqvarna) 13 + 15 + 13 + 15 = 56
7 Josh Bentley (KTM) 8 + 10 + 25 + 11 = 54
8 John Robson (JR Robson / Bikesport KTM) 18 + 12 + 10 + 12 = 52
9 George Simmutch (Husqvarna) 25 + 0 + 12 + 13 = 50
10 Ben Edwards (Carnegie Fuels KTM) 14 + 3 + 14 + 14 = 46

Championship positions:
1 Stevenson 420, 2 Bird 386, 3 McCarroll 302, 4 Stealey 275, 5 Bentley 273, 6 Meara 256, 7 Briscoe 227, 8 Robson 224, 9 Simmutch 216, 10 Cavill 189.

Bell Expert MX2:
1 Charlie Putnam (RFX KTM) 25 + 18 + 25 + 25 = 93
2 Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki) 22 + 22 + 22 + 20 = 86
3 Josh Coleman (Fus Husqvarna) 18 + 25 + 20 + 22 = 85
4 Aaron-Lee Hanson (KTM) 20 + 20 + 18 + 15 = 73
5 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 12 + 15 + 15 + 16 = 58
6 Josh Greedy (KTM) 16 + 13 + 11 + 14 = 54
7 Mitch Young (KTM) 13 + 11 + 13 + 13 = 50
8 George Clarke (Yamaha) 14 + 16 + 16 + 0 = 46
9 Ben Burridge (Decade Europe Yamaha) 11 + 10 + 12 + 12 = 45
10 Stephen Kelly (TMC KTM) 9 + 6 + 9 + 18 = 42

Championship positions:
1 Hanson 338, 2 Keogh 328, 3 Putnam 290, 4 Clark 249, 5 Day 238, 6 Coleman 229, 7 Peters 215, 8 Beard 214, 9 Kelly 180, 10 Rizzi 173.

 
 

Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki)

Moto Connections Clubman MX1:
1 Luke Oldfield (SR75 Suzuki) 25 + 25 + 16 + 25 = 91
2 Jordan Moxey (Husqvarna) 22 + 22 + 22 + 15 = 81
3 Bradley Maddever (Kawasaki) 15 + 18 + 20 + 22 = 75
4 Luke Coker (Yamaha) 10 + 20 + 25 + 20 = 75
5 David Rushton (Husqvarna) 20 + 16 + 14 + 18 = 68
6 Stephen Kelly (Kelly Contractors KTM) 18 + 14 + 18 + 16 = 66
7 Carl Robson (Bikesport KTM) 16 + 13 + 15 + 14 = 58
8 Alex Christopher (MRX MX / AP Motors KTM) 11 + 15 + 11 + 11 = 48
9 Sam Morcom (Armor Electrical Husqvarna) 9 + 12 + 13 + 12 = 46
10 Ashley Watts (KTM) 14 + 6 + 12 + 10 = 42

Championship positions:
1 Kelly 342, 2 Oldfield 317, 3 Maddever 254, 4 Foster 230, 5 Christopher 206, 6 Townsend 201, 7 Rea 170, 8 Christie 157, 9 Holiday 152, 10 Hayward 141.

RFX Clubman MX2:
1 Ben Thomson (KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88
2 Troy Jones (Husqvarna) 20 + 20 + 20 + 25 = 85
3 Fabio Rizzi (KTM) 16 + 18 + 25 + 20 = 79
4 Toby Lightbown (RFX KTM) 18 + 16 + 15 + 18 = 67
5 Richard Roberts (Wildmoor Yamaha) 11 + 12 + 16 + 14 = 53
6 Patrick Gilligan (Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 0 + 0 = 50
7 Max Fletcher (Yamaha) 9 + 15 + 14 + 12 = 50
8 Harry Fletcher (KTM) 15 + 7 + 11 + 13 = 46
9 Elliot Cook (DBMX KTM) 10 + 14 + 18 + 0 = 42
10 Jack Colley (KTM) 7 + 11 + 10 + 9 = 37

Championship positions:
1 Fletcher 379, 2 Rizzi 345, 3 Thornhill 339, 4 Lightbown 321, 5 Cook 249, 6 Thomson 237, 7 London 183, 8 Cool 172, 9 Pearce 168, 10 Pugh 167.

Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda)

Talon MXY2:
1 Ike Carter (GL12 Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Tom Murphy (ASA United KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88
3 Cullen Scott (KTM) 20 + 14 + 13 + 18 = 65
4 Ben Clayton (Team Green Kawasaki) 16 + 20 + 14 + 14 = 64
5 Ryan Thompson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 15 + 13 + 16 + 16 = 60
6 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 0 + 18 + 20 + 20 = 58
7 Conner Mullian (Hitachi KTM) 13 + 15 + 15 + 15 = 58
8 Ben Clark (KTM) 18 + 12 + 12 + 12 = 54
9 Aaron Patstone (Brenron / Kestrel KTM) 14 + 16 + 18 + 0 = 48
10 Tyler Westcott (KTM) 11 + 11 + 11 + 13 = 46

Championship positions:
1 Carter 482, 2 McNicol 409, 3 Thompson 358, 4 Clark 277, 5 Hird 239, 6 Patstone 219, 7 Smith 218, 8 Murphy 202, 9 Clayton 172, 10 Taylor 165.

Talon MXY125:
1 James Smith (KJS Kawasaki) 25 + 22 + 25 + 25 = 97
2 Jude Morris (Husqvarna) 22 + 25 + 22 + 22 = 91
3 Oliver Beamish (Gold Arts Yamaha) 14 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 74
4 Harry Barker (KTM) 12 + 18 + 18 + 18 = 66
5 Ryan Mundell (Flatchat KTM) 13 + 16 + 16 + 14 = 59
6 Luca Pegg (SM Yamaha) 15 + 15 + 11 + 13 = 54
7 Ryan Mawhinney (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 20 + 0 + 14 + 15 = 49
8 Vinnie Guthrie (KTM) 16 + 0 + 15 + 16 = 47
9 Drew McCreamer (Husqvarna) 0 + 12 + 12 + 12 = 36
10 Cameron Jackson (Jackson Construct KTM) 0 + 11 + 13 + 11 = 35

Championship positions:
1 Smith 398, 2 Mawhinney 388, 3 Beamish 373, 4 Baker 303, 5 Pegg 255, 6 Kessell 250, 7 Bruce 231, 8 Parker 187, 9 Mundell 182, 10 Jackson 157.

Wiseco Big Wheel 85:
1 Ollie Colmer (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 25 + 20 + 25 + 22 = 92
2 Sam Atkinson (KTM) 9 + 25 + 22 + 25 = 81
3 Charlie Palmer (Pioneer Kawasaki) 20 + 22 + 20 + 18 = 80
4 Joe Brooks (KTM) 22 + 13 + 18 + 20 = 73
5 Thomas Harris (JNSF KTM) 18 + 16 + 16 + 15 = 65
6 Arai Elock (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 16 + 15 + 12 + 16 = 59
7 Jake Randell (APEX KTM) 13 + 14 + 14 + 13 = 54
8 Tye Jones (Dynamic Air KTM) 0 + 12 + 15 + 14 = 41
9 George Hopkins (RKH Plastering Husqvarna) 11 + 11 + 7 + 12 = 41
10 Jack Dando (KTM) 12 + 9 + 10 + 9 = 40

Championship positions:
1 Atkinson 469 (Champion), 2 Palmer 341, 3 Harris 341, 4 Brookes 333, 5 Elcock 285, 6 Johnston 253, 7 Jones 239, 8 Broadley 202, 9 Colmer 197, 10 Rayns 187.

Gaerne Small Wheel 85:
1 Tyla Hooley (Vans KTM) 25 + 22 + 15 + 25 = 87
2 McKenzie Marshall (KTM) 22 + 25 + 20 + 20 = 87
3 Billy Askew (Husqvarna) 18 + 15 + 25 + 18 = 76
4 Fin Wilson (Husqvarna) 20 + 20 + 18 + 14 = 72
5 Ashden Barlow (KTM) 15 + 16 + 22 + 11 = 65
6 Beau Brown (AGR Motor Sport KTM) 11 + 13 + 14 + 16 = 54
7 Ollie Addy (MJM KTM) 14 + 12 + 16 + 12 = 54
8 Louis Vincent (KTM) 12 + 14 + 12 + 15 = 53
9 Will Haydock (KTM) 10 + 8 + 13 + 13 = 44
10 Ryan Waggott (Husqvarna) 13 + 9 + 11 + 9 = 42

Championship positions:
1 Hooley 413 (Champion), 2 Marshall 306, 3 Askew 292, 4 Brown 267, 5 Barlow 253, 6 Boxall 229, 7 Wilson 228, 8 Clarke 217, 9 Hope 190, 10 Addy 186.