Michelin MX Nationals Finishes at Foxhill

Kullas getting the holeshot in the first Pro race
            With the ProX Pro-MX1 and MX2 championship winners decided at round five at Cusses Gorse last month the attention of the large crowd at the six and final round at Foxhill last weekend was on who was going to join Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda) and Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) on the championship winners podium in each class.
            And along with that, there were loads of other championship-winning gold plates to be decided and handed out as the series came to a successful conclusion in the hot Wiltshire sunshine.
           The track workers along with the MX Nationals team did a great job keeping the track in racing condition considering the heat and worked well into the night ripping at watering to keep dust away.

Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda)
            Getting a good start was vital to having a good weekend racing as passing was at a premium on the mainly “blue grove” track and Kullas proved that by getting the holeshot at the start of the first combined pro-MX1 and MX2 race. He was followed around the opening lap by Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna), Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) and Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda).
            Banks-Browne, who had set fastest qualifying time passed Kullas for the lead at the end of lap three, and the order of the top five stayed the same till the end of the twelve-lap race.
            Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) had gated sixth with Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) just one place behind him, but Law crashed out the back of the track and handed Pocock fifth as Law made his way up to twenty-second after being in last place.
           The usually fast-starting Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) didn’t get the best of starts but made his way from tenth to sixth before a bolt came out of his front brake calliper, and it started to flap about. He called into the work area, and the calliper was cut off, leaving him with just the back brake which wasn’t ideal when going down Foxhill’s steep docents. He spent the rest of the race just riding around for valuable championship points.
           On the Pro-MX2 side of the race, Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) had had a fantastic start and was eighth going into the first turn and was in the thick of the 450s on his 250. Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) was next MX2 in thirteenth followed by Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha), Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha), Gilbert and Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki).
           Gilbert was flying on his 250 and passed several 450s on his way to eighth of the track but first MX2 home. Ellis was second as Grimshaw pushed the still recovering Barr all race long as the pair finished third and fourth. McCormick, after a shaky opening lap, recovered to fifth with Hall sixth.

Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha)
            It looked like the second Pro race was going to be more action-packed as Kullas, once again got the holeshot but this time he had Banks-Browne and Shipton in his wheel tracks and on his case as Millward and Tombs lead the rest.
            By the end of the opening lap Banks-Browne was in the lead, but a lap later he was back in third as both Kullas and Shipton slipped past him. But by lap four Banks-Browne was back in the lead, but the crowd could sense that all was not right with the Geartec Husqvarna. At the halfway mark Kullas came around in the lead with Shipton pushing him, but no Banks-Browne.
           Tombs was in third, some way back with Millward fourth, which was the order the race finished. As for Banks-Browne? His machine was brought back to the paddock with a broken gearbox.
           McCormick was the first of the MX2’s at the start but had Gilbert just one place behind him going around turn one. Gilbert took the MX2 lead and crossed the finish line fifth but the first MX2 for a double win to finish his championship. McCormick, despite being passed by a number of the more powerful MX1’s was second with Ellis having a quirt race, third. Barr and Grimshaw, like in race one, seemed to spend all race together, but on the last lap had Hall come to join their fun as the three finished fourth, fifth and sixth.

Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda)
           Overall in the MX1’s, it was Kullas from Shipton, Tombs, Pocock and Tony Craig.
          “I think I was a bit lucky winning this last round with Elliott (Banks-Browne) dropping out,” said a happy champion Kullas, “He was a bit faster than me today as this is his kind of track. His own practice track’s surface is a lot like this. I knew he was going to be tough to beat as even from the mornings qualifying, he was fast. So, I just did my own thing and rode safe. But it’s good for the team to win another round. I have one more race here in the UK and then the Des Nations, then I am going to ride some supercross that I do every year.”
           Always at home on hardpack, Shipton said, “The first race I rode a bit tight and got arm pump because it as a little bit slick and that made me tense up a bit. But third was OK. In the second, it was all blue grove, and I enjoy riding like that as you can never switch off and concentrate so much. The tyres worked so well I just sat behind Kullas in the second race, and I think I should have passed him. I thought I was faster, but I had one big incident going up one of the hills and did a big flying “W” and lost a lot of time. Elliott was so fast today we had nothing for him. Sad for him his bike broke”
          Tombs was happy with his third and more pleased with his second place in the championship and said, “I had a good qualifying so had a good gate pick and that’s so important around here. I had two decent start’s, but I don’t think I rode fantastic, but just did what I needed to do and be as safe as I could be. The tracks a bit sketchy and so blue grove in places you can lose the backend so easy. I was riding the same pace as the leaders, but a simple mistake halfway dropped me back a bit. A fourth and a third is good and second in the championship is even better.”

Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna)
           In the MX2’s it was Gilbert from Ellis, McCormick, Barr and Grimshaw.
          “It’s been a perfect day again with first in qualifying, and both motos,” said MX2 champion Gilbert, “The first race was made harder when my gate didn’t drop at the same time as the others, and I hit it. So, I had to come from the back and had a small crash on the way. I had a better start in the second race and once in the lead and behind a couple of 450’s I just chilled out and follow them home being safe.”
           Second place man Ellis said, “As the weeks have gone by this year, I have been getting better and better, and I have been getting closer to the front. In the first race, I was leading the MX2’s but I could hear Josh (Gilbert) coming, and he got past. He had a bit more pace them me. In the second race, he gated well and was gone”
          McCormick said just before rushing to make the boat home to Northern Ireland, “It’s nice to be third overall as it’s the results I have been searching for all year and it’s good to end the season on a high.”

The rest

Tyla Hooley (Vans KTM)
           With two wins’, a second and a third Gavin Stevenson narrowly won the Rekluse experts MX1’s from race four winner Brad Cavill with Zac Stealey. But in the final championship standing Stevenson was almost a hundred points clear of Richard Bird who didn’t race day two because of an on-track incident. Fourth on the weekend, Aaron McCarroll was third in the championship from Stealey and Cavill.
            Joel Rizzi came back from injury and with a win and three seconds won him the Bell experts MX2’s overall, but only by a single point as two race winner Josh Coleman was just a point behind him with Rossi Beard third, just seven points back. Jordon Keogh was fourth but took the championship win from Aaron-Lee Hanson and Charlie Putnam. Coleman, who missed two rounds was fourth in the championship.
           Only five points separated the top four in the Moto Connection Clubman MX1event as race two winner Bradley Maddever took the top step of the podium from Stephen Kelly and Luke Oldfield with race one winner David Rushton just missing out. But, in the championship, Kelly did just enough to take the win from Oldfield and Maddever.
            Jordan Moxey did a clean sweep of the RFX clubman MX2 by winning all four races. Luke Kennett followed him over the finish line on each occasion with Harry Fletcher taking the last podium position. Fletcher’s third place was enough to make him this year’s champion by forty-three points from Fabio Rizzi and the absence through injury Brad Thornhill

Youth

Joe Brooks (KTM)
             Kyle McNicol dominated the MXY2’s over the weekend as Ike Carter, who has dominated the whole series, didn’t race the class in day two after winning both races on Saturday. Cullen Scott and Ryan Thompson took the other two steps on the podium with Tom Murphy and Conner Mullian just missing out. In the final championship positions, Carter had a thirty-one-point lead over McNicol with Thompson third and Ban Clark.
           In the 125cc two-stroke side of the race, Louie Kessell with two race wins took the overall from Alfie Jones and Oliver Beamish as James Smith with a DNF in race three dropped to fourth place despite two race wins and a second place. But when the points were added up, Smith had done enough to become champion from Ryan Mawhinney and Beamish.
            Charlie Palmer with three wins and a second-place took the overall win in the Wiseco Big Wheel 85’s from race one winner Joe Brookes and Ralfe Broadley as Thomas Harris missed out on the podium by a single point. In the final championship standings Sam Atkinson, despite not riding the weekend took the win by thirty-one points from Palmer and Brooks.
            There was no stopping Tyla Hooley in the Gaerne small wheel 85’s. He had already clinched the championship at the last round. Then turned up at this one and notched up yet another four wins. McKenzie Marshall was second the weekend and second in the championship. With four strong races, Shaun Mahoney was third at the weekend from Billy Askew and Beau Brown. Askew and Brown also finished third and fourth in the championship.
            And that’s it for another year, roll on 2010.

Top ten overall

Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna)

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MX1:
1 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Honda) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 20 + 22 = 42
3 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 16 + 14 = 30
5 Tony Craig (RHR Yamaha) 11 + 16 = 27
6 John Meara (Phoenix Kawasaki) 12 + 15 = 27
7 Luke Hawkins (Cheddar MX Honda) 15 + 11 = 26
8 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 25 + 0 = 25
9 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 4 + 18 = 22
10 John Adamson (Gabriel Yamaha) 10 + 12 = 22

Final Championship Positions:
1 Kullas 267, 2 Tombs 204, 3 Pocock 171, 4 Millward 164, 5 Shipton 155, 6 Krestinov 131, 7 Edmonds 131, 8 Craig 103, 9 Law 100, 10 Houghton 94.

ProX Pro Fastest Forty MX2:
1 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Michael Ellis (Trevor Pope KTM) 22 + 20 = 42
3 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 16 + 22 = 38
4 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 20 + 18 = 38
5 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 18 + 16 = 34
6 Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) 15 + 15 = 30
7 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 14 + 14 = 28
8 Ike Carter (GL 12 Husqvarna) 13 + 12 = 25
9 Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha) 0 + 13 = 13

Final Championship Positions:
1 Gilbert 266, 2 Barr 201, 3 Ellis 200, 4 McCormick 185, 5 Grimshaw 174, 6 Franklin 171, 7 Dickinson 117, 8 Husband 85, 9 Hall 85, 10 Hammal 83.

Rekluse Expert MX1:
1 Gavin Stevenson (Manchester Husqvarna) 25 + 20 + 25 + 22 = 92
2 Brad Cavill (KTM) 22 + 22 + 20 + 25 = 89
3 Zac Stealey (Dulson Training Husqvarna) 14 + 25 + 18 + 15 = 72
4 Aaron McCarroll (Chambers Husqvarna) 18 + 13 + 16 + 20 = 67
5 Corey Hockey (Husqvarna) 15 + 15 + 15 + 18 = 63
6 George Simmutch (Husqvarna) 20 + 14 + 12 + 16 = 62
7 Paul Neale (Kawasaki) 16 + 18 + 13 + 14 = 61
8 Ben Edwards (Carnegie Fuels KTM) 11 + 11 + 11 + 13 = 46
9 Jacob Joyce (KTM) 0 + 12 + 22 + 11 = 45
10 Jake Preston (Fifty-Seven Designs KTM) 9 + 9 + 10 + 12 = 40

Final Championship Positions:
1 Stevenson 512, 2 Bird 414, 3 McCarroll 369, 4 Stealey 347, 5 Cavill 278, 6 Simmutch 278, 7 Bentley 273, 8 Robson 260, 9 Meara 259, 10 Briscoe 277.

Bell Expert MX2:
1 Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) 22 + 22 + 25 + 22 = 91
2 Josh Coleman (Fus Marsh MX Husqvarna) 25 + 20 + 20 + 25 = 90
3 Rossi Beard (St Blazey Husqvarna) 16 + 25 + 22 + 20 = 83
4 Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki) 20 + 18 + 15 + 14 = 67
5 Charlie Putnam (RFX KTM) 14 + 16 + 14 + 16 = 60
6 Stephen Kelly (TMC KTM) 9 + 12 + 18 + 18 = 57
7 George Clarke (Yamaha) 18 + 15 + 12 + 10 = 55
8 Chris Povey (Fus Marsh MX Husqvarna) 10 + 14 + 10 + 12 = 46
9 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 0 + 11 + 13 + 15 = 39
10 Josh Taylor (Kawasaki) 12 + 10 + 16 + 0 = 38

Final Championship Positions:
1 Keogh 395, 2 Hanson 353, 3 Putnam 350, 4 Coleman 319, 5 Beard 297, 6 Rizzi 264, 7 Peters 254, 8 Clark 249, 9 Day 238, 10 Kelly 237.

Moto Connections Clubman MX1:
1 Bradley Maddever (Kawasaki) 16 + 25 + 16 + 22 = 79
2 Stephen Kelly (Kelly Contractors KTM) 18 + 20 + 20 + 18 = 76
3 Luke Oldfield (SR75 Suzuki) 22 + 22 + 25 + 7 = 76
4 David Rushton (Husqvarna) 25 + 14 + 15 + 20 = 74
5 Daniel Morley (Husqvarna) 15 + 16 + 22 + 14 = 67
6 Jamie McCarthy (Honda) 14 + 18 + 18 + 10 = 60
7 Stuart Nesbit (KTM) 13 + 15 + 14 + 16 = 58
8 Carl Robson (Bikesport KTM) 11 + 12 + 13 + 15 = 51
9 James Bates (Kawasaki) 12 + 8 + 0 + 25 = 45
10 Alex Christopher (MRX MX, AP Motors KTM) 4 + 13 + 11 + 12 = 40

Final Championship Positions:
1 Kelly 465, 2 Oldfield 440, 3 Maddever 365, 4 Christopher 275, 5 Foster 256, 6 Townsend 213, 7 Holiday 197, 8 Rea 192, 9 Noble 178, 10 Watt 164.

RFX Clubman MX2:
1 Jordon Moxey (Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Luke Kennett (KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88
3 Harry Fletcher (Yamaha) 14 + 20 + 16 + 18 = 68
4 Lewis King-London (Yamaha) 13 + 15 + 20 + 16 = 64
5 Fabio Rizzi (KTM) 12 + 12 + 15 + 20 = 59
6 Richard Roberts (Wildmoor Yamaha) 18 + 14 + 11 + 12 = 55
7 Toby Lightbown (RFX KTM) 16 + 7 + 14 + 11 = 48
8 Ben Evens (KTM) 10 + 10 + 12 + 15 = 47
9 Archie Hicks (KTM) 5 + 13 + 13 + 14 = 45
10 Max Fletcher (Yamaha) 11 + 11 + 9 + 13 = 44

Final Championship Positions:
1 Fletcher 447, 2 Rizzi 404, 3 Thornhill 376, 4 Lightbown 369, 5 Thomson 257, 6 Cook 249, 7 King-London 247, 8 Pugh 202, 9 Aspden 194, 10 Cook 172.

Talon MXY2:
1 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 20 + 22 + 25 + 25 = 92
2 Cullen Scott (KTM) 22 + 20 + 20 + 15 = 77
3 Ryan Thompson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 18 + 18 + 18 + 22 = 76
4 Tom Murphy (ASA United KTM) 15 + 16 + 22 + 12 = 65
5 Conner Mullian (Hitachi KTM) 16 + 11 + 16 + 16 = 59
6 Tyler Westcott (KTM) 10 + 13 + 15 + 20 = 58
7 Harvey Tillotson (Husqvarna) 12 + 14 + 13 + 18 = 57
8 Ben Clayton (Team Green Kawasaki) 14 + 15 + 14 + 14 = 57
9 Ike Carter (GL12 Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 0 + 0 = 50
10 Billy Wynn (Smith Brothers KTM) 8 + 12 + 12 + 13 = 45

Final Championship Positions:
1 Carter 532, 2 McNicol 501, 3 Thompson 434, 4 Clark 290, 5 Murphy 267, 6 Wynn 240, 7 Hird 239, 8 Clayton 229, 9 Patstone 219, 10 Smith 218.

Talon MXY125:
1 Louie Kessell (KTM) 25 + 22 + 25 + 16 = 88
2 Alfie Jones (Husqvarna) 20 + 14 + 22 + 20 = 76
3 Oliver Beamish (Gold Arts Yamaha) 18 + 20 + 18 + 18 = 74
4 James Smith (KJS Kawasaki) 22 + 25 + 0 + 25 = 72
5 Ryan Mawhinney (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 15 + 15 + 20 + 22 = 72
6 Jude Morris (Husqvarna) 16 + 18 + 15 + 15 = 64
7 Billy Duke (Husqvarna) 13 + 10 + 16 + 14 = 53
8 Vinnie Guthrie (KTM) 14 + 16 + 12 + 11 = 53
9 Luca Pegg (SM Yamaha) 12 + 13 + 14 + 12 = 51
10 Cameron Jackson (Jackson Construct KTM) 11 + 12 + 13 + 10 = 46

Final Championship Positions:
1 Smith 470, 2 Mawhinney 460, 3 Beamish 447, 4 Kessell 338, 5 Barker 335, 6 Pegg 306, 7 Bruce 231, 8 Jackson 203, 9 Parker 187, 10 Mundell 182.

Wiseco Big Wheel 85:
1 Charlie Palmer (Pioneer Kawasaki) 22 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 97
2 Joe Brookes (KTM) 25 + 18 + 22 + 22 = 87
3 Raife Broadley (Team Green Kawasaki) 20 + 20 + 14 + 16 = 70
4 Thomas Harris (JNSF KTM) 13 + 22 + 16 + 18 = 69
5 Matt Tolley (KTM) 18 + 16 + 12 + 15 = 61
6 George Hopkins (RKH Plastering Husqvarna) 16 + 13 + 18 + 14 = 61
7 Jake Randall (APEX KTM) 5 + 15 + 20 + 20 = 60
8 Jack Dando (KTM) 12 + 12 + 13 + 12 = 49
9 Arai Elcock (Manchester MX Husqvarna) 14 + 10 + 15 + 8 = 47
10 Josh Bassett (JGR KTM) 15 + 11 + 8 + 10 = 44

Final Championship Positions:
1 Atkinson 469, 2 Palmer 438, 3 Brooks 420, 4 Harris 410, 5 Elcock 332, 6 Broadley 272, 7 Johnston 253, 8 Jones 239, 9 Rayns 223, 10 Randall 199.

Gaerne Small Wheel 85:
1 Tyla Hooley (Vans KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 McKenzie Marshall (KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88
3 Shaun Mahoney (First Call Yamaha) 20 + 12 + 20 + 20 = 72
4 Billy Askew (Husqvarna) 18 + 20 + 18 + 16 = 72
5 Beau Brown (AGR Motor Sport KTM) 15 + 16 + 16 + 18 = 65
6 Ollie Addy (MJM KTM) 16 + 15 + 14 + 15 = 60
7 Ashden Barlow (KTM) 13 + 18 + 15 + 12 = 58
8 Ryan Waggott (Husqvarna) 14 + 14 + 13 + 14 = 55
9 Tyler Kirby (Pope KTM) 12 + 13 + 12 + 13 = 50
10 Charlie Owen (KTM) 10 + 11 + 9 + 11 = 41

Final Championship Positions:
1 Hooley 513, 2 Marshall 394, 3 Askew 364, 4 Brown 332, 5 Barlow 311, 6 Addy 246, 7 Boxall 229, 8 Wilson 228, 9 Clarke 217, 10 Waggott 205.