A Kullas Masterclass at the Michelin MX Nationals Two

Harri Kullas, Cab Screens Does Group Honda.
           Harri Kullas and his Cab Screens Does Group Honda put on a masterclass of motocross at last weekends round two of the Michelin MX Nationals. He qualified fastest and won the first pro race by over forty seconds backing that up with a twenty-five-second win in the second race for a clean sweep in the MX1 pro’s.
           In the pro, MX2’s Martin Barr and his Crescent Yamaha spent all day mixing it with the bigger MX1’s and won both of his races after setting fastest qualifying time in his class. His main rival, Josh Gilbert was pushing him all the way, but a little mistake in both races let Barr off the hook and cost him the chance of the overall win on his Buildbase Honda.

Kullas leads the Pro’s at the start of race one.
           What a difference a week makes. A week ago riders and spectators were travelling through snow and hailstones to get to Lyng for the British Championship round, but this weekend at the iconic Hawkstone park was hot it took its tole of the riders and sent many of the spectators home with red sunburnt body parts.
           Kullas got the holeshot at the start of the first combined MX1 and MX2 race and that was the last any of the other riders saw of him, unless they were getting lapped, and there were quite a lot of them.
           The on-form Jake Millward chased Kullas round the opening lap but had a nasty crash on the step down next to the first turn. He was slow getting up and looked to be in some pain. He did a couple of laps after re-starting his machine but pulled off the track to recover.

Jake Shipton, Crescent Yamaha.
          Millward’s trouble left Nathan Dixon in second, from Mel Pocock, Lewis Tombs, Josh Gilbert, the first of the MX2’s, and Jake Shipton. Barr was well down in twelfth but worse still was wildcard rider, Le Touquet winner and French sand race champion Nathan Watson who had missed the start completely and got boxed in going into turn one. He said after, “Riding the WESS championship and sand racing I have not been on a start gate for years. Also, those mesh pads are completely strange to me. However, I am only here for a bit of fun and training, so it’s all good”
          With five laps gone, Pocock was showing great pace in second with Tombs keeping him honest, but both Gilbert and Barr were riding the socks off the MX2’s and moving to the front fast, but they were both shadowed by Gert Krestinov who started the race in thirteenth place.
          With four laps to go, Barr was second on the track, but the first MX2 as Krestinov passed Pocock and Gilbert slipped his bike over the top of a berm.

Nathan Watson, Red Bull KTM.
           Kullas took his first win by just under forty-one second from Krestinov who had found a way past Barr going up Hawkstone’s long hill.
           Pocock hung onto fourth from Tombs who had a tiring Watson on his tail, followed by Gilbert, Jake Shipton and Brad Todd.
           By class, it was Kullas from Pocock, Tombs and Watson but in the MX2’s it was Barr from Gilbert, Dickinson and Todd Kellet on a two-stroke Yamaha.
           For Kullas, race two was the same as the first as he got the holeshot and seemed to pull away from the rest of the riders in his smooth, comfortable looking style at ease. Pocock had gated well again, from Millward, Shipton, Tombs, Ryan Houghton and Krestinov. Barr was the first of the MX2’s in eighth place with Gilbert two places further back.

Josh Gilbert, Buildbase Honda – Martin Barr, Crescent Yamaha.
          With the race a couple of laps old, Millward started to slip back, perhaps still suffering from his first race crash, as Tombs powered his way to second place. Krestinov slipped off on lap four and dropped back to tenth place as Barr moved into fourth, but he had a flying Watson on his tail.
          Gilbert had shadowed Barr as the pair moved towards the front, but at the halfway stage he had a big crash which whipped off his helmet peek and dropped him back to eighth.
          With a lap to go Pocock had re-grouped and closed down Tombs and passed him to snatch second from him for his first MX1 podium.
          Watson was fourth, just behind Tombs with Barr fifth on the track, but the first MX2 rider home.
          Gilbert was the second MX2 with Kellet third, but overall in both classes, it was Kullas form Pocock and Tombs on them MX1 podium with Barr, Gilbert and Kellet on the MX2.

Mel Pocock, ASA United KTM.
          “Good starts are important on a day like today,” said a happy Kullas, “I got two today and then just put down two or three fast laps and pull away by about ten seconds then continue riding at that pace. However, that’s my speed and pace, and that’s where I should always be. I think in the British perhaps Tommy (Searle) and Shaun (Simpson) can be faster, but I think with the starts I had to the day I can beat them.”
           Pocock was pleased with his day and said, “The first podium on a 450. Happy days. I did struggle a little bit in the first race, but we made some changes before race two, and the bike seemed a lot better on the suspension front. I am enjoying the 450, and it’s very different from the MX2’s, that’s for sure. I am riding a standard bike with just a Multitec ECU fitted, and that’s impressive.”
          Tombs was content with his third place on the podium and said, “I don’t really like riding this place, and that always makes it a struggle so having two good races is OK. I rode quite tight in the first race and made some stupid little mistakes, which cost me. I didn’t get a very good start in the second race. About tenth in think, I then got going and picked a couple of riders off and got into my flow. I was in second, and I could see Mel (Pocock) and Nathan (Watson) coming to me, but there was nothing I could do to get away from them. Mel got me before the finish, but I had two strong rides which I am happy with.”

Lewis Tombs, Buildbase Honda.
          Barr has struggled with illness the last couple of weeks so was pleased with his overall MX2 win and said, “It’s no secret I love this Hawkstone track, but today it’s not been the usual Hawkstone as in deep and gnarly. It’s been unusually hard out there, but it has some decent lines. I have had a perfect day. First in qualifying and two race wins. You can’t get better than that. We were banging bars in the first couple of laps, but it all settled down. Josh (Gilbert) got away, but I put my head down and went after him. I had to take a breather for a couple of laps as I have had a cold all week and became bunged up. I felt a bit better and went after him, but he made a mistake and went down, so I took the win. In race two I got blocked up again, and Josh caught and passed me, so I flowed him for a couple of laps till he had a big crash giving me my second win of the day.”
          Gilbert had an eventful day and said after, “I spent most of race one following Martin (Barr), and I felt comfortable, and I thought I have got this race as I knew where he was quicker than me and where I was quicker. However, I stupidly lost the front wheel over one of the burms, and that was chance of a win over. In race two I had found some really good lines and was following Martin again. Went for the pass but ended up going over the bars trying to double over a couple of holes. Martin was going well today.”
         Third place on the pro MX2 podium went to Todd Kellet, and he said after, “I had no expectation coming to this event it was always about having some fun. I am focusing more on the sand and beach racing now so like I said, this is all about the fun. After riding Matterly on a two-stroke, I am looking to ride as many of the EMX’s I can and need to get used to riding the two-stroke again.”

Experts

Kacey Hird, Team Green Kawasaki.
          Gavin Stevenson was unbeaten on the expert MX1’s winning all his races while Jason Meara lost a load of championship points in the first race of the weekend when he crashed on the opening lap. He re-mounted and charged through the pack from thirty-sixth to twelfth place but didn’t finish out of the top three for the rest of the weekend. Richard Bird had four consistent finishes for third on the podium with Ryan McLean just missing out.
          Things couldn’t have been tighter at the top of the expert MX2’s with five points separating the top four. Charlie Putnam didn’t win any of the four races but did enough to take the overall. Ben Clark was on fire as he stormed to three win’s out of four, but a DNF in race three dropped him to second overall. Aaron-Lee Hanson scored the same points as Clark but had to settle for third overall as Clark had the higher race four finish.

Clubman

          Daniel Ashmore was in control of the clubman MX1’s as he won all four of his races while Stephen Kelly chased him over the finish line three out of the four races for second overall. Luke Oldfield was third overall while Aiden Christie just missed out on the podium by three points.
         Only four points separated clubman MX2 winner from Brad Thornhill in second, but three race winner Fabio Rizzi had a DNF after a bad start in race four gave him a no score race, but he still had enough points for the last step on the podium.

Youth

Ike Carter, GL12 Husqvarna. 
           Ike Carter was unstable in the 250F side of the combined youth MXY2 and MXY125 class by taking four wins from four starts. Kyle McNicol chassed Carter over the finish line in each race with Kacey Hird and Ryan Thompson third and fourth separated by just two points.
          In the 125 two-strokes of the event Ryan Mawhinney with three win and a second place was the overall winner from Louie Kessel and James Smith filling the podium. Race one winner Bobby Bruce crashed out of race two and didn’t compete in day two.
          Sam Atkinson was another 100% man over the weekend after winning all four of his big wheel 85 races. Arai Elcock and Bailey Johnston had a weekend-long battle for the runner up spot on the podium and ended up separated by a single point.
          There were three different winners in the small wheel’s with McKenzie Marshall, with two wins took the overall with race one winner Tyla Hooley second and race two winners third on the podium.

Top Ten Overall

ProX Pro Fastest Fourty MX1:

1 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Does Group Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 20 + 22 = 42
3 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Get Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 22 + 15 = 37
5 Nathan Watson (KTM) 16 + 18 = 34
6 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 15 + 12 = 28
7 Robbie Dawson (Kawasaki) 13 + 12 = 25
8 Ryan Houghton (RHR Yamaha) 6 + 16 = 22
9 Nathan Dixon (RFX KTM) 11 + 11 = 22
10 Stuart Edmonds (Apico Husqvarna) 10 + 10 = 20

Championship positions:
1 Kullas 100, 2 Pocock 72, 3 Krestinov 70, 4 Houghton 64, 5 Tombs 59, 6 Shipton 47, 7 Spinks 42, 8 Dixon 40, 9 Edmonds 36, Craig 36.

ProX Pro Fastest Fourty MX2:
1 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) = 22 + 22 = 44
3 Todd Kellet (Yamaha) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Ashton Dickenson (Craigs MC KTM) 20 + 18 = 38
5 Glenn McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 16 + 15 = 31
6 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 11 + 16 = 27
7 Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha) 14 + 13 = 27
8 Liam Knight (Verde KTM) 12 + 14 = 26
9 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 10 + 12 = 22
10 Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) 15 + 5 = 20

Championship positions:
1 Barr 97, 2 Gilbert 91, 3 Franklin 55, 4 McCormick 52, 5 Husband 49, 6 Ellis 48, 7 Hammal 47, 8 Grimshaw 43, 9 Knight 41, 10 Michel 39.

Rekluse Expert MX1:
1 Gavin Stevenson (Manchester Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Jason Meara (Kawasaki) 9 + 20 + 22 + 22 = 73
3 Richard Bird (KTM) 15 + 18 + 20 + 18 = 71
4 Ryan McLean (Husqvarna) 22 + 15 + 8 + 20 = 65
5 Zac Stealey (Apico Husqvarna) 18 + 14 + 16 + 14 = 62
6 George Simmutch (Husqvarna) 20 + 13 + 14 + 10 = 57
7 Josh Bentley (KTM) 10 + 16 + 15 + 13 = 54
8 Joe Clayton (Kawasaki) 13 + 9 + 13 + 16 = 51
9 John Meara (Kawasaki) 14 + 10 + 18 + 8 = 50
10 Brad Cavill (KTM) 11 + 12 + 10 + 15 = 48

Championship positions:
1 Stevenson 174, 2 Mears Jason 159, 3 Bird 151, 4 Meara John 142, 5 McCarroll 116, 6 Stealey 109, 7 Simmutch 103, 8 Bentley 68, 9 McLean 99, 10 Bixby.

Bell Expert MX2:
1 Charlie Putnam (RFX KTM) 20 + 20 + 16 + 22 = 78
2 Ben Clark (FTR / RFX / KTM) 25 + 25 + 0 + 25 = 75
3 Aaron-Lee Hanson (KTM) 18 + 15 + 22 + 20 = 75
4 Max Ingham (Yamaha) 14 + 18 + 25 + 16 = 73
5 Jordan Keogh (KT Kawasaki) 9 + 12 + 20 + 18 = 59
6 Jansen Day (Passion Husqvarna) 12 + 14 + 18 + 15 = 59
7 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 11 + 9 + 15 + 14 = 49
8 Henry Williams (KTM) 22 + 22 + 0 + 0 = 44
9 Sam Beresford (KTM) 6 + 10 + 13 + 13 = 42
10 Scott Hamilton (KTM) 2 + 13 + 14 + 11 = 40

Championship positions:
1 Clark 149, 2 Hanson 134, 3 Putnam 131, 4 Keogh 115, 5 Williams 106, 6 Day 99, 7 Hockey 89, 8 Beard 87, 9 Rizzi 85, 10 Ingham 73.

Moto Connection Clubmen MX1:
1 Daniel Ashmore (KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 = 25 = 100
2 Stephen Kelly (Kelly Contractors KTM) 22 + 22 + 20 + 22 = 86
3 Luke Oldfield (SR75 Suzuki) 20 + 16 + 18 + 18 = 72
4 Aiden Christie (LAAW KTM) 15 + 18 + 16 + 20 = 69
5 Danny Townsend (KTM) 18 + 20 + 13 + 16 = 67
6 Harry Foster (DCR / MXP Husqvarna) 16 + 13 + 22 + 9 = 60
7 Keith Noble (KTM) 13 + 15 + 14 + 14 = 56
8 Adam Hayward (KTM) 14 + 14 + 12 + 12 = 52
9 Dan Holiday (Honda) 10 + 11 + 15 + 15 = 51
10 Bradley Maddever (Kawasaki) 9 + 12 + 11 + 11 = 43

Championship positions:
1 Christie 157, 2 Kelly 136, 3 Hayward 128, 4 Oldfield 127, 5 Foster 120, 6 Townsend 115, 7 Ashmore 100, 8 Rea 85, 9 Christopher 78, 10 Maddever 77.

RFX Clubman MX2:
1 Harry Fletcher (KTM) 22 + 15 + 22 + 25 = 84
2 Brad Thornhill (LMC KTM) 20 + 22 + 20 + 18 = 80
3 Fabio Rizzi (KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 + 0 = 75
4 Guy Prince (Husqvarna) 18 + 14 + 15 + 22 = 69
5 Sam Howland (ASA United KTM) 15 + 20 + 13 + 20 = 68
6 Ben Thompson (KTM) 11 + 13 + 18 + 15 = 57
7 Toby Lightbown (RFX KTM) 16 + 12 + 16 + 12 = 56
8 Lewis King London (KTM) 13 + 18 + 0 + 16 = 47
9 Adam Peace (Yamaha) 0 + 16 + 11 + 14 = 41
10 Rory Wooton (Husqvarna) 8 + 11 + 8 + 9 = 36

Championship positions:
1 Fletcher 184, 2 Thornhill 168, 3 Howland 118, 4 Rizzi 117, 5 Lightbown 112, 6 Aspden 99, 7 Wooton 81, 8 Cook 75, 9 Pearce 75, 10 Cook 74.

Talon MXY2:
1 Ike Carter (GL12 Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88
3 Kacey Hird (Team Green Kawasaki) 16 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 76
4 Ryan Thompson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 20 + 18 + 18 + 18 = 74
5 Ben Clark (KTM) 18 + 16 + 16 + 16 = 66
6 Andrew Pohlen (KTM) 14 + 15 + 15 + 12 = 56
7 Billy Wynn (Smith Brothers KTM) 13 + 13 + 13 + 14 = 53
8 Konrad Dabrowski (KTM) 10 + 11 + 14 + 15 = 50
9 Lewis Wood (SJP Husqvarna) 11 + 12 + 11 + 13 = 47
10 Marshall Smith (FFR Yamaha) 12 + 14 + 10 + 0 = 36

Championship positions:
1 Carter 194, 2 McNicol 169, 3 Hird 163, 4 Thompson 150, 5 Clark 104, 6 Debrowshi 104, 7 Wood 95, 8 Smith 94, 9 Pohlen 93, 10 Wynn 65.

Talon MXY125:
1 Ryan Mawhinney (JGR Revo Husqvarna) 22 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 97
2 Louie Kessell (KTM) 20 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 86
3 James Smith (KJS Kawasaki) 18 + 14 + 20 + 20 = 72
4 Oliver Beamish (Gold Arts Yamaha) 16 + 20 + 18 + 18 = 72
5 Ethan Sills (Fatree 5 KTM) 15 + 15 + 16 + 16 = 62
6 Harry Barker (KTM) 13 + 16 + 14 + 12 = 55
7 Luca Pegg (SM Yamaha) 12 + 12 + 13 + 15 = 52
8 Buster Hart (KTM) 14 + 18 + 15 + 4 = 51
9 Trystan Williams (ET James KTM) 10 + 13 + 10 + 7 = 40
10 Jack Parker (Hydraflow KTM) 11 + 2 + 11 + 14 = 38

Championship positions:
1 Mawhinney 176, 2 Smith 160, 3 Kessell 154, 4 Beamish 150, 5 Barker 121, 6 Parker 95, 7 Pegg 95, 8 Sills 94, 9 Bruce 87, 10 Williams 81.

Wiseco Big wheel 85:
1 Sam Atkinson (KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 + 25 = 100
2 Arai Elcock (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 20 + 18 + 20 + 20 = 78
3 Bailey Johnston (KTM) 22 + 20 + 13 + 22 = 77
4 Thomas Harris (JNSF KTM) 18 + 16 + 18 + 18 = 70
5 Maksymillian Chwalik (KTM) 16 + 22 + 22 + 0 = 60
6 Charlie Palmer (Pioneer Kawasaki) 14 + 15 + 12 + 16 = 57
7 Drew McCreanor (KTM) 15 + 11 + 16 + 14 = 56
8 Raife Broadley (Team Green Kawasaki) 13 + 13 + 15 + 12 = 53
9 Tye Jones (Dynamic KTM) 12 + 14 + 9 + 15 = 50
10 Joe Brookes (KTM) 11 + 10 + 14 + 13 = 48

Championship positions:
1 Atkinson 191, 2 Johnston 166, 3 Harris 133, 4 Brooks 126, 5 Palmer 116, 6 Elcock 110, 7 Jones 107, 8 McCreamer 86, 9 Bradley 85, 10 Rayns 70.

Gaerne Small wheel 85:
1 McKenzie Marshall (KTM) 22 + 15 + 25 + 25 = 87
2 Tyla Hooley (Vans KTM) 25 + 13 + 22 + 18 = 78
3 Harrison Greenough (Team Green Kawasaki) 16 + 25 + 14 + 20 = 75
4 Billy Askew (Husqvarna) 13 + 16 + 20 + 22 = 71
5 Shaun Mahoney (First Call Yamaha) 15 + 20 + 18 + 15 = 68
6 Fin Wilson (Husqvarna) 5 + 22 + 15 + 13 = 55
7 Ryan Waggott (Husqvarna) 20 + 12 + 16 + 4 = 52
8 Keelen Hope (KTM) 10 + 14 + 13 + 11 = 48
9 Warren Clarke (Ace Husqvarna) 14 + 4 + 10 + 16 = 44
10 Finley Boxall (KTM) 18 + 18 + 0 + 0 = 36

Championship positions:
1 Hooley 153, 2 Boxall 127, 3 Greenough 112, 4 Askew 94, 5 Vail 93, 6 Hope 92, 7 Brown 91, 8 Clarke 89, 9 Marshall 87, 10 Barlow 81.