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Point-S Showdown at Farleigh This Weekend

Words and Photos by Dave Rich

            This Sunday, September 22nd the Point-S South West Masters Motocross Championships makes its way to the historic venue of Farleigh Castle for what will be the final round in the series.
            Entries for this event have been coming in for weeks as it’s one of the most popular venues in the country. As most of you know it hosted the 2019 Vets MXDN, just a couple of weeks ago.
             Local rider Luke HawkinsIn leads the 24MX Expert Championship, on the Cheddar MX Honda who starts this final round with a 44 points lead over the Tony Maunders Racing Suzuki of Jamie Skuse. Skuse rode at the Vets meeting in the EVO 250 class and dominated all 4 races, and with precisely the same track being used, he will be familiar to the layout. He will be looking to do well as will many others including Rob Cross, Bradley Barfoot, Ross Kersey, Ben Butler, Jack Stevens, Ross Parkinson, Lewis Barfoot, Kelvin Townsend, Terry House and Jordan Carter plus many more.
            Things are still tight at the top JCT Developments Junior Championship.  With just three points separating current Championship leader Kieran Yorke and Daniel Wade. But it could all go down to who drops there worse three races at the end of the Championship. So it is all to play for, and with a full entry of 120 riders looking to qualify for the primary Championship race which will include several Wildcards, this will make things interesting.
            In the packed to capacity Wulfsport Over 35 Championship early Championship leader Wayne Shimell, on the TyreMarks Honda totally dominated the first three rounds, until a broken Wrist put him out at the previous event makes a return. But he currently sits 5th in the Championship and, of course, will have to drop his worse three races, which were the previous round. So it could get interesting. Currently leading the standings by 4 points is another local rider Darren Banwell on the Cheddar MX Honda. He leads from James Kensington who took his first overall at the last round and will be looking to repeat that performance again. But that won’t easy, as lining up with them will be the likes of Peter Bulley, Mike Burgess, Ben Harmon, Luke Dewey, Julian Turner plus many others all wanting to get in on the action. 
            Leigh Williams, who is no stranger to riding at Farleigh leads the full over 45 class on a J D Racing KTM and has a 28 point advantage over David Ford. But, as with the other classes, this could all change when they drop there three worse races scores so they will be looking to have three good race results. But, Dean Davies, Neil Stephens, Robert Topp, Richard Tapscott, Laurence Watkins and many others including wildcards all keen to do well on this famous track.
            Farleigh Castle has easy access with easy parking and will be signposted off the A36 Frome to Bath road (Postcode BA2 7RR) with the first race at 10-30am. (Please note access to the venue is restricted to after 1pm to 8pm on Saturday and from 7am on race day)
            There are still a few spaces left, just go on the ACU website www.acu.org.uk or call Mel on 01626 365335 to book in.

Bridgestone Masters Final at Cusses Gorse, Preview.

            The epic battle between the top two Pro-MX1 riders in the Bridgestone British Maters will re-ignite this weekend’s final round at Cusses Gorse where Jake Shipton and his Crescent Yamaha holds a slim twenty-eight advantage lead over Chambers Husqvarna’s Jake Millward, and only one thing is for sure is the championship winner first name will be Jake.
            Jacob Joyce, Luke Smith and Robbie Dowson will all be fighting over third place, and Elliott Banks-Browne will be out for race wins on his Geartec Husqvarna.
           The Pro-MX2 class has been thrown open as Crescent Yamaha’s Martin Barr crashed out last weekend and has broken his collar bone. Rumour is that he is going to try and ride after having the bone plated. If he fails to race this will leave the championship open to Ben Franklin, Robert Yates or Ashton Dickinson, mathematically.
             The amateur MX1 couldn’t be closer as just four points separate Adam Day and Harry Bradley. But, with 180 points up for grabs Luke Houghton, Matt Lomas and Gareth Artus still have a very outside chance, all be it very slim.
            Realistically who would bet against Olli Benton in the amateur MX2’s as he has won every round so far and to win this weekend would give him the set. Jack Rowland and Rory Jones will be there to take advantage of any Benton mishap.
           Greg Fisher has a comfortable 136-point lead over Alex Harvey in the clubman class with Jason Queenan just ten points further back.
           Only four points separate the top three in the 125 two-stroke class, so it’s almost like starting from scratch for leader Troy Willerton with Jordan Bachelor and Dylan Spencer both in the hunt.
           Ike Carter needs just eight points from his last four races to clinch the MXY2 championship, which leaves Kurt Griffiths, Aaron McLoughlin, Kyle McNichol and Billy Wynn to fight over second place.
           Arai Elcock has a slim nineteen-point lead over Sam Atkinson in the big wheel 85’s, but it is even tighter in the small wheel 85’s as Mckenzie Marshall has just a four-point lead over Tyla Hooley, so it’s all still to play for in the 85’s.
           Freddie Gardiner has just an eleven-point lead over Charlie Richmond in the 65’s, but mathematically any of the top eight could win.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is at no charge.

Michelin MX Nationals at Cusses Gorse, Preview.

            The penultimate round of the Michelin MX Nationals travels to Cusses Gorse this weekend and will not only have all the usual exciting motocross action but will include Saturday evening straight rhythm competition to decide who is King of the Whoops.
             That kicks off at six in the evening with eight riders in each pro classes going head to head in pairs. Each rider gets a run at both rhythm lane with the fastest going through to semi-finals and then to both class finals. Should be fun.
            But now, back to the MX. Only a fool would bet against Harri Kullas Cab Screens Does Honda as apart from the last round where he was riding hurt he had won all the other races, and it seems his almost back to fitness he will be the man to beat in the pro-MX1’s. Buildbase Honda’s Lewis Tombs is forty-two points behind Kullas, but there is still a hundred points up for grabs so is still in the hunt.
            It’s not known if Gert Krestinov will be back to build on his third place in the championship, but that will give Jake Millward, Mel Pocock and Jake Shipton a chance to move up to an end of a season podium position.
            The new Phoenix Tools Kawasaki 2020 signing Jason Meara will be wildcarding again, and with Liam Knight switching from his usual MX2 to MX1 both will be out to snatch some points if they can.
            Only three points separate Josh Gilbert on his Buildbase Honda, and Crescent Yamaha mounted Martin Barr at the top of the pro-MX2’s, and it looks like the championship, even with two rounds to go will be sorted out between these two as third place man in the championship is already forty-six points off the lead, but stranger things have happened.

           Gavin Stevenson and Richard Bird are still battling it out at the top of the experts MX1’s and with third place man Jason Meara now in the Pro MX1 class the pressure has eased for the top two, but just a bit.
            It’s even tighter at the top of the expert MX2’s with Aaron-Lee Hanson having a slim lead over Ben Clark, Jordan Keogh and Jansen Day as the four fast racers are separated by just over race-winning points. But with eight races left to run this year and with two hundred points out there to be won you can’t count any of the top ten riders out yet.
            Stephen Kelly has a two-race win advantage over Luke Oldfield in the clubman MX1’s while Brad Thornhill has a small six-point lead over Harry Fletcher in the clubman MX2 championship.
            Despite winning twelve out of a possible sixteen races, the fast Ike Carter only has a thirty-one-point lead over Kyle McNicol in the youth MXY2’s while Ryan Mawhinney has a slightly bigger advantage over James Smith in the MXY1’s. 125cc two-strokes to you and me.
            Sam Atkinson will take some stopping in the big wheel 85’s as he has a 112-point lead over Thomas Harris who has Charlie Palmer snapping at his heels for second place in that championship.
            Tyla Hooley has a similar advantage over McKenzie Marshall in the small wheel 85’s, and that’s with Marshall missing the first round. But both will have to watch Warren Clarke, Billy Askew, Beau Brown and Finley Boxall as just eleven points separates them all from second place.
            Tickets and VIP information is on the web site www.mxnatioals.co.uk. An adult pass for the weekend is only £12 online and £15 on the gate with children under twelve getting in free. Camping is £10 for the weekend, so why not bring the family.

POINT-S SOUTH WEST MASTERS HEADS TO LANDRAKE FOR PENULTIMATE ROUND

Preview & Photos by Dave Rich

            This Sunday August 4th the Point-S South West Masters Motocross Championships makes its way down to Cornwall to Landrake Moto Parc for the penultimate round in the 5 round series. 
            At the last round at Little Silver Championship leader Luke Hawkins on the Cheddar MX Honda was involved in a real tussle in all three races with Todd Kellett on the Dragon Tek/St Blazey Yamaha who took the overall after taking two wins to Hawkins one so the battle could be on again as Kellett returns and for sure will be looking to move up from 7th in the current standings. Hawkins goes in to the penultimate round leading the 24MX Championship by 42 points from the Tony Maunders Racing Suzuki of Jamie Skuse with Rob Cross who is in top form at the moment there in 3rd just 32 points adrift of Skuse, but there is plenty of other talent looking to do well like Ross Kersey on the St Blazey Honda, Josh Taylor, Luke Oldfield, Ben Butler, Ross Parkinson, Lewis and Bradley Barfoot and Jack Stevens plus wildcard entries from the Phoenix Tools British Championship team riders Carlton Husband and Jason Meara with many more expected.
            In the JCT Developments Junior Championship things have got really tight at the top of the standings after the last round with Daniel Wade who will be on home soil still leading, but only 6 points from Kieran Yorke who for sure will be looking to close that gap even more at Landrake, but it won’t be plain sailing as there is many others capable of winning like Maverick Smith, Thomas Townrow, Harry Mitchell, Rocky Lethaby, Harry Day, Michael Merrick to name a few plus many wildcards like young 15 year old Cornish kid Louie Kessell who also will be on home soil and for sure will be looking to repeat his performance from round 3 where he took the overall on the day.
            In the Wulfsport Over 35 Championship the door has been left open as Championship leader who has yet to be beaten Wayne Shimell is a non-starter after breaking his wrist which means that we could have a new Championship leader after round 4 and favourite to do that will be the Cheddar MX Honda of Darren Banwell who sits second in the standings and trails Shimell by 31 points with 2-Stroke Tony Maunders Racing KTM rider James Kensington just 16 points behind Banwell in 3rd, but as with other rounds this class has proved very popular and has the likes of Peter Bulley, Mike Burgess, Matt Wells, Luke Dewey, Julian Turner and Ben Harmon on the 300cc 2-Stroke KTM who returns after missing the last round plus many more all looking to move up in the standings. In the Over 45 class it’s the J D Racing KTM of Leigh Williams who leads the Championship by 27 points from David Ford on the 2-Stroke Projuice Husqvarna with Welshman Dean Davies another Tony Maunders Racing rider on the Husqvarna a further 37 points adrift in 3rd, but as with the Over 35,s there is plenty of other talent looking to do well like Robert Topp, Neil Stephens, Richard Tapscott, Wayne Slater and Paul Ford to name a few.
            Landrake Moto Parc is an excellent viewing track with easy parking and will be signposted off the A38 just 5 Minutes South of the Tamar Bridge (Postcode PL12 5EP) with the first race at 10-30am.
            There are still a few spaces left, just go on the ACU website www.acu.org.uk or call Mel on 01626 365335 to book in.

Its Hawkstone Time for the Bridgestone Masters Five

            It’s time to put the disappointment of losing some races at Whitby last weekend because of the very low cloud and now concentrate on this weekend’s round five of the Bridgestone British Masters at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire.
            Despite winning the last four pro MX1 races Elliott Banks-Browne and his Geartec Husqvarna are only sixth in the championship because he missed an early-round through injury. But, the battle for the championship is still running hot between Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) and Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna). Millward had a DNF in race two last weekend, and Shipton’s lead went up from six to twenty-four points, but with 180 points still up for grabs in the last two rounds, it’s all still to play for.
            With Taylor Hammel out for the rest of the year through injury Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) has been handed a sizable forty three-point lead. But, as Martin knows, anything can happen in motocross, and he won’t be making space for a new trophy, just yet because Ben Franklin and Ashton Dickinson are waiting in the wings ready to pounce.
            Like most of the other classes, the fight for the lead in the amateur MX1’s is tight with Adam Day leading Harry Bradley by just fourteen points. But unlike the pro classes, four races over the weekend and with forty-five points per race means there are 180 points up for grabs per round so things at the top can change very quickly.
            Oliver Benton will be out to extend his nineteen-point lead over Jack Rowland in the amateur MX2’s. But there is a host of other riders like Rory Jones, Ben Burridge, Todd Ritchie and lots of others all will want a piece of the action.
            Greg Fisher has a decent point lead in the clubman class and looks in control, but one slip-up Mark Kinsley, Alex Harvey and Jason Queenan will be on him.
            Just thirteen points separate the top three in the 125cc class with new series leader Jorden Bachelor and two in front of Troy Willerton as Dylan Spencer id waiting in the wings to pounce.
            In the youth classes, Ike Carter despite losing his first overall of the year is still in the lead in the MXY2’s while Sam Atkinson has had his sixty-nine-point lead over Arai Elcock in the big wheel 85’s cut to thirty-nine.
            Mckenzie Marshall now has a twenty-six-point lead over new second-place man, and overall winner last weekend Tyla Hooley as Warren Clarke slips to third in the small wheel 85’s after struggling previous weekend.
            Freddie Gardiner opened up his lead over Charlie Richmond from six to eleven last weekend with Brandon Buckley just ten points behind them in third.
            Remember riders, tear-offs are not allowed at this venue, so roll-offs only, please.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is at no charge.

Bridgestone Masters goes to Whitby for Round Four

            The revelry between Jake Shipton on his Crescent Yamaha and Jake Millward and his Chambers Husqvarna, the two leaders in the MX1 Pro class, is set to continue the weekend at Whitby in North Yorkshire.
            This weekend will be round four of the Bridgestone British Masters, and six points only separate Shipton and Millward. But, Elliott Banks-Browne, who is on the comeback trail after injury won both races at FatCat, the last round will be doing all he can to close that gap from the leader, and with ninety points up for grabs per round, it’s still all to play for.
            It’s also tight at the top of the Pro MX2’s with just ten points separating the young Taylor Hammal, and his RHR Yamaha and the experienced Crescent Yamaha mounted Martin Barr. But, Hammel suffered a broken thumb at last weekends British Championship round and will be out for the rest of the season.
            Ashton Dickinson and Ben Franklin, who are both tied on championship points are only thirty-five points behind, so they are well within striking distance of the lead.
            Like most of the other classes the fight for the lead in the amateur MX1’s is tight with Adam Day leading Harry Bradley by just sixteen points but unlike the pro classes four races over the weekend and with forty-five points per race means there are 180 points up for grabs so things at the top can change very quick.
            Oliver Benton will be out to extend his seventeen-point lead over Jack Rowland in the amateur MX2’s, but there is a host of other riders like, Rory Jones, Ben Burridge, Todd Ritchie and lots of others all will want a piece of the action.
           Greg Fisher has a decent point lead in the clubman class and looks in control, but one slip-up Mark Kinsley, Alex Harvey and Jason Queenan will be on him.
           Just thirteen points separate the top three in the 125cc class with leader Troy Willerton and two in front of Jordan Bachelor as Dylan Spencer id waiting in the wings to pounce.
            In the youth classes, Ike Carter is in the lead in the MXY2’s while Sam Atkinson has a sixty-nine-point lead over Arai Elcock in the big wheel 85’s.
            Mckenzie Marshall has a slim lead over Warren Clarke in the small wheel 85’s while Freddie Gardiner and Charlie Richmond are separated by a single point in the 65’s.
            Remember riders, tear-offs are not allowed at this venue, so roll-offs only, please.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is at no charge.

Illegal Riding

Illegal Riding – Diss MCC Muntjac Motorcycle Enduro – 24th November 2019 Cancelled!
             It is with regret that after 38 years of running events in Thetford Forest, Diss MCC have made the decision not to run Muntjac Enduro on the 24th November 2019 in Ride 24 Grimes Graves area. One of the primary reasons, in addition to Forestry operations, is the level of illegal riding in the Muntjac Ride 24 section of Forest and also the Santon Ride enduro 22 area.  It is without doubt the worst the club has seen in all the time it has had the privilege to have licenced events in the Forest. At the moment, the Santon Enduro, due to take place in February 2020, will only go ahead if the level of illegal riding significantly reduces. If you know anyone who is doing this, please get the message to them to stay away and go to licenced tracks before the Diss Club decides to terminate all Forestry events in Thetford.  The Powys Enduro in Mid Wales this year was also lost for the same reasons.
             Diss MCC will continue to assist the Police and Forestry England to conduct checks of the area.
             The Police have stated that they will take a robust approach to any illegal riding and will make full use of all powers available to them, this includes the possibility of vehicles being seized and riders prosecuted for any offences.
             The ACU has also made it clear that any member caught will, under the ACU National Sporting Code, have their licence suspended.

Andy Waters
Diss MCC

Michelin MX Nationals, Round Four, Preview.

            As the Michelin MX Nationals team move into the iconic Sidcup clubs Canada Heights motocross track for round four of the championship this weekend, there is lots of good news and some not so good.
            First, the good news is that lots of the top pro riders are back from injury forced absence. Last year’s MX1 champions, Jake Nicholls on his Buildbase Honda gave his injured leg a try-out at a local event the other day and declared he’s ready for the nationals. It’s the same Elliott Banks-Browne who’s injured wrist is back to strength.
             Cab Screens Deos Group Honda has been without any riders for the last couple of weeks. But the good news is that this weekend series leader and so far, unbeaten Harri Kullas is back and looking to continue with his winning streak.
             Sad news is that Lewis Tombs, Ryan Houghton and now second in the series, Gert Krestinov are all non-starters through injury, but good news is that Jason Meara is taking over Krestinov’s Phoenix Tools Kawasaki ride while he is out, as along with brother John both Meara brothers move up a class from expert’s to pro MX1.
            Brad Anderson and two-stroke fans will be happy that Brad and the Verde Substance KTM team will be making the trip down to Kent and latest news is that Dutch racer, Lars van Berkel will be bringing his 450 Husqvarna over to race in the pros. Berkel has GP experience and is a regular in the Dutch master’s championship so he will be happy in the sand of Canada Heights.
            Martin Barr will be again making the long trip over from Northern Ireland to continue his battle with Josh Gilbert for the lead in the pro-MX2’s as only three points separate the pair.
            With Jason Meara’s move to the pro-MX1’s pressure will be eased for Gavin Stevenson at the top of the expert MX1’s, but Richard Bird and George Simmutch are both within striking distance of the number one spot.
            Ben Clark and Aaron-Lee Hanson will be once again racing for the lead in the expert MX2’s, but fourth in the championship, Joel Rizzi will be missed as he will be in Italy representing this country in the FIM Junior World championship.
            It’s also that time of year when all motocross fans and riders come together to pay tribute to one of our fallen friends and respected champion Frenchman Steven Lenoir and this year, like last year, all present will be asked to gather on the start line to pay respect and for a commemorative photograph. Some of Steven’s family and friends will be making the tip over from France.
            For this and future events, the MX Nationals team are offering a VIP package to make an excellent event just that little bit more special.
            Tickets and VIP information is on the web site www.mxnatioals.co.uk. An adult pass for the weekend is only £12 online and £15 on the gate with children under twelve getting in free. Camping is £10 for the weekend, so why not bring the family.
            Everyone attending the event is reminded that theft can be a problem at Canada Heights, so keep your valuables and motorcycles out of sight and locked up. It is your responsibility.  

NO UK MXGP

The provisional fixture list for next year’s motocross GP’s is out today and there is no UK date listed. The only TBA date is in late February and that date would look to be unsuitable for Matterley. But never mind I would think 15 or 20 of the top riders would rather go to the far-east and race with some unknown locals on an old rubbish tip.

The Clock is Ticking for Patchquick 2019

By Dave Rich

PATCHQUICK TROPHY

            The wait is nigh on over as to find out who is going to win the 72nd running Patchquick Trophy in 2019. Entries are full for this Wednesdays evening July 3rd it all gets underway at Little Silver Moto Parc, Exeter.
            This year’s event has kindly been sponsored by Wincanton Print and with a massive prize fund entries have been flying in and includes many of the country’s top riders. Unfortunately, last year’s winner Jake Nicholls will be a non-starter still out with injury. But there are plenty of other riders looking to get their name on that prestigious Trophy which is said to be worth somewhere in the region of £20,000.
            Riders include the likes of Elliott Banks-Browne who is making his first attempt at winning this Trophy along with team-mate Luke Burton. Luke Hawkins, Rob Holyoake, Luke Mellows, Taylor Hammel, young 15 year old Louie Kessell, James Dunn, Luke Dean, Luke Sturgeon, Ross Kersey, Ricky Wiggins to name but a fue. Past winners like Brad Anderson, who won it in 2010 and fellow two-stroke rider and 2016 winner Todd Kellett will have plenty of local support. Jake Shipton returns and will be looking to win the Trophy for the third time after winning it in 2015 & 2017 plus many others.
            Little Silver has easy parking with excellent viewing and there will be trade stands and refreshments. Little Silver will be signposted off the end of the M5 Motorway (Postcode EX6 7UD) with practice at 4pm and the first race at 6pm.    

Prado is on the move to MXGP for 2020

Kullas out of Desertmartin

Bridgestone Three at FatCat this Weekend

FatCat Moto Parc just outside Doncaster is the venue for round three on the Bridgestone British Masters where championship leaders Jake Shipton and Jake Millward look set to continue their battle at the top of the pro-MX1’s. But with lots of the top pro riders out with all sorts injuries new names could get their hands on some great prize money.
            Championship contenders at the start of the year, Ryan Houghton and Dan Thornhill are both out for what looks like the rest of the year although Elliott Banks-Browne hinted at Blaxhall the other week that he was looking at FatCat to make his return to racing.
            Martin Barr and Taylor Hammal are tied at the top of the pro-MX2’s while Ben Franklin with consistent rides is only a win and a bit off the lead. It’s not known if the on form Alexander Brown will be riding after his small injury, but he made it on to the podium at the last round and would like to be moving up the leader board.
            It’s tight at the top of the amateur MX1’s with just thirty points separating the top five of Adam Day, Luke Houghton, Harry Bradley, Jamie Dixon and Gareth Artus. But with forty-five points for and win and four races over the weekend the championship standing could change drastically.
            In the amateur MX2’s only three points separate Oliver Benton and Jack Rowland at the top but four race winners at the last round Jack Timms will be looking to close that gap and fast.
           There have been four different race winners in the clubman class so far this year with Greg Fisher, with two race wins, leading Charlie Sutton, who has three, by twelve points. Mark Kinsley, Alex Harvey and Kyle Jenkins have all had one race win each and are within striking distance of the championship lead.
            Once again in the 125’s Dylan Spencer and Jordon Bachelor are tied at the top with Troy Willerton in a strong third place.
            In the youth side of things Ike Carter had won all but one of his MXY2 races but still only has a fourteen-point advantage over Kyle McNicholl, who won the race he didn’t win.
            Like Carter, Sam Atkinson has won all but one of his races so far in the big wheel class and has a sizable forty-nine-point lead over Ari Elcock and Tye Jones.
            Tyla Hooley has a slim four-point advantage over Mckenzie Marshall in the small wheels as Warren Clarke, and Will Haddock stand in the wings to take full advantage of any weakness the two leaders may make. Keelan Hope is way down in eleventh place after a couple of DNF’s at round one, but he will be shooting up the leader board this weekend.
            The little 65’s will be struggling in the deep sand of FatCat but with Freddie Gardiner and Charlie Richmond tied at the top on point and Brandon Buckley just sixteen behind them its all still to play for and they will be giving it they’re all to win.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is at no charge.

The Ladies Championship to be run at a Maxxis Round in 2020

Southwest Masters Heads to Little Silver for Round Four

By Dave Rich

            This Sunday, June 23rd the Point-S South West Masters Motocross Championships returns with round three of the five-round series taking place at the ever-popular Little Silver Moto Parc, Exeter.
            At the last round down in Cornwall, things were to change in the 24MX Expert Championship as Luke Hawkins on the Cheddar MX Honda took a hat trick of wins which has put him leading the Championship by forty-three points from Rob Cross with Jamie Skuse.  Also moving up on the Tony Maunders Racing Suzuki into 3rd just fifteen points behind Cross. But it won’t be plain sailing as there is plenty of other talent looking to do well like Ross Kersey on a St Blazey Honda, Tom Moore on the Wulfsport Suzuki, Ben Butler (Pictured No 75). He returns from a fractured back injury on the Tony Maunders Racing Kawasaki, Jack Stevens on the Motoskinz FX Yamaha, Bradley Barfoot plus many others. 
           As with the opening two rounds, there is a massive entry in the JCT Developments Junior Championship and is sure to be fast and furious to qualify to get into the main Championship races. Going into round three its Cornishman Daniel Wade who leads the proceedings by seventeen points from Kieran Yorke with Maverick Smith there in 3rd a further twenty-nine points adrift of Yorke. Other riders who will be looking to qualify and keep their hopes alive in the Championship will be the likes of Thomas Townrow, Harry Mitchell, Stefan Little, Brad Taylor, Harry day, Ryan Davis and Sam Raymont. All currently hold the top ten positions in the standings after the first two rounds, but for sure with many others in attendance along with several wildcard entries, things could all change.

            In the Wulfsport Over 35 Championship, which again has been well supported the man to beat will be Wayne Shimell on the TyreMarks Honda. He sits on maximum points in the Championship and leads by twnety points from the Cheddar MX Honda of Darren Banwell with the Tony Maunders Racing KTM of James Kensington (Pictured No 140) sitting there in 3rd just forteen points off Banwell. But joining them will be the likes of Ben Harman, Peter Bulley and Lee Randall-Smith, to name a few. In the Wulfsport Over 45’s, it’s former GP rider from years ago Leapey Leigh Williams on the J D Racing KTM. He heads the proceeding also on maximum points and goes into round three twenty-four points ahead of David Ford on the Projuice KTM with Welshman Dean Davies another Tony Maunders Racing rider a further twenty-eight points adrift of Ford in 3rd. He will be looking to move up the standings will be the likes of Robert Topp, Neil Stephens, Wayne Slater, Paul Ford and plenty of others.
            Little Silver Moto Parc is an excellent viewing track with secure parking and will be signposted off the end of the M5 Motorway (Postcode EX6 7UD) with the first race at 10-30am.
            There are still a few spaces left, just go on the ACU website www.acu.org.uk or call Mel on 01626 365335 to book in.

85cc age Change for 2020

Nathan Watson wins Round One of the
Flanders Motocross Championship.

Watson crossing the line and winning the second race
            Billed as a rematch between the two fastest sand races, Nathan Watson and Milko Potisek, today (Monday) round of the Flanders motocross in France took place in a wet and muddy Cassel in the northern part of the country.
            But as it turned out, Watson was dominant in both races. Potisek pushed Watson all the way to the flag in the first twenty minute plus one race, but in the second Watson gated third was pushed down to fourth by Potisek on the second lap.
            The race was led by two ex-world champions as Steven Ramon, MX1 champ, and Christophe Pourcel, MX2 champ, led the race. Potisek slipped off on lap three, and Watson closed in on and passed the two ex-world champs to take the lead and the second race win for the overall.
           The event was shown live on FaceBook but concentrated on just the leaders, so you didn’t get to see Belgium star Daymond Martins and other French riders Maxime Desprey and another Le Touquet winner and local rider Arnaud Demeester.
            Watson was joined on the podium by Ramon and Pourcel.

Top riders at Rhayader MCC Wednesday MX.

By Chris Czora (Stock picture)

           Top level motocross returns to Mid-Wales next Wednesday (May 29) as Rhayader Motor Club bring back their famous Midweek Motocross. 
           For several years around the turn of the millennium, top riders regularly flocked to the spectacular Cwmythig Hill circuit, located just outside the Welsh market town of Rhayader. 
           With a decent prize fund attracting top names, thousands of spectators lined the circuit, with race classes ranging from pro riders to local novices. 
           Since 2010 the event has been on hiatus, with the club concentrating on midweek enduro and hare scramble events. However, interest in the famous motocross events has never truly gone away, so for 2019, the club is looking to roll back the years!
          And it’s back with a bang, with Bodenham Enterprise Park and PAR Homes helping to put together an impressive prize fund for Pro, Expert, Senior and Veteran riders. Meanwhile, FXR has stepped in for prizes for the Junior and Local Beginner classes, with the respective winners taking away new race kit. 
         Headlining the Pro line up is none other than Maxxis British Championship leader Shaun Simpson, while Brad Anderson will be tearing up the Mid-Wales hills on his two-stroke. And speaking of two-strokes, look out for top youth rider Joel Rizzi. Riding on home Welsh soil, he makes an early foray into pro racing. 
        Rob Hooper was always a supporter of this event, and he returns with his RHR Yamaha squad, Ryan Houghton being joined by rising MX2 star Taylor Hammal. 
        Some of the top local aces make up the Expert class, with former youth ace Henry Williams joined by the likes of Shaun Buchan and James Rowlands, while 125cc star James Hanscombe will also be one to look for. 
        Complementing the action is a growing entry list of Senior, Veteran, Junior and Local Beginner riders. 
        All classes have three motos each on an action-packed evening, with the top riders competing in a ‘Dash for Cash’ event at the end of the night, with a total prize fund of over £1000! 
        The Cwmythig Hill Circuit has had a makeover from renowned track builder Johnny Groves, with a fearsome mix of jumps, steep climbs and a centrepiece spectacular downhill decent. A very spectator friendly circuit, many vantage points offer almost 100% viewing around the track. 
        Cwmythig Hill is located just outside Rhayader on the B4518 St.Harmon road, easily accessible from the main A470. The nearest postcode is LD6 5NS for sat nav, follow signs for the event from Rhayader town centre. 
        Admission is £5 for adults, with children under 14 admitted free of charge. Gate drops for the first race at 6:45pm. 
        If you fancy the chance of racing in front of a big crowd, with maybe some prize money to boot, limited rider spaces are available! More details available from the club website: www.rdmcc.co.uk, with entries also open at goracemx.com

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Michelin MX Nationals at Lyng This Weekend

           Round three of the Michelin MX Nationals travels to darkest Norfolk this weekend, and the sandy, testing, old-school track of Lyng and the question will be, “Who can beat Harri Kulas and his Cab Screen Deos Group Honda?”
           And even though Kulas is still a bit detuned for his own national championship crash that had an affected him at Sidcup clubs Canada Heights British championship round almost three weeks ago, the answer is the probably no one.
           Second, in the championship standing is ASA Untied KTM’s Mel Pocock, but he had a big crash at the last Maxxis round and sat out racing last weekend and maybe not race fit, which leaves Gert Krestinov and his Phoenix Tools Kawasaki to take the challenge to Hulas.
           Ryan Houghton has been suffering from a bug that’s stopped him riding and training which leaves Lewis Tombs, the Jakes of Millward and Shipton to fight for podium positions.
           The battle for the lead in the pro MX2’s set once again between series leader Crescent Yamaha’s Martin Barr and Josh Gilbert on a Buildbase Honda as the pair are thirty-six points clear of third place rider Ben Franklin. But, with fifty points up for grabs, anything can happen.
           Gavin Stevenson’s racing year is getting better and better as from a slow start at round one when he didn’t make the podium, he won all four of his races at the second round and led the expert MX1. Jason Meara had had two overall podium’s and is just fifteen points behind Stevenson while Richard Bird is eight points behind Meara.
           Despite a DNF last round, he won the other three, Ben Clark leads the expert MX2’s by fifteen from Aaron-Lee Hanson with Charlie Putnam three behind the pair of them. But you have to look down in sixth and seventh place for Rossi Beard and Joel Rizzi, and you know those two will be moving up the championship leader board.
           Aiden Christie has a twenty-one-point lead over Stephen Kelly in the MX1 clubman class with third place man Adam Hayward only eight points further back. In the clubman, MX2’s Harry Fletcher has won five out of his eight races, but one low score has brought him within sixteen of second place brother of Dan, Brad Thornhill.
            On the youth racing side of the event, Ike Carter is the man to beat in the MXY2’s after winning the first two rounds he must be favourite. Only Kyle McNicol and Kacey Hird are only the other two riders to win a race, but they will be looking to change that.
            On the MXY125cc two-stroke side of the race, Ryan Mawhinney leads James Smith by sixteen with Louie Kessell just six points behind them.
           Sam Atkinson has won seven out of his possible eight races in the big wheel class and leads Bailey Johnston, the only other rider to win a race, with Thomas Harris a distant third.
           Tyla Hooley leads the small wheel 85’s from Finlay Boxall who failed to score in the last two races at Hawkstone. Harrison Greenough is third but look out for McKenzie Marshall. He didn’t do the first round but won the previous two races at round two and will add to his ninth place overall score this weekend.
            Riders please note there are no tear-offs at Lyng by the land owners request.
            It costs £12 online for a weekend spectator ticket, and £15 on the gate, with under 12-year old’s free, and £10 for camping.

Maxxis move means MX Nationals move.

The ACU tell us the Maxxis and BYMX join at Landrake

          RHL Activities is pleased to announce the final round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and the Judd KTM British Youth Championship will be held at the much loved circuit of Landrake on the 21st and 22nd September 2019. The date change for both British Championships has been unavoidable due to the weather, availability of circuits and GP date changes. The collaboration of another series within the race calendar has ensured there is no clash of dates on the already packed racing calendar.
           With the dates confirmed, RHL Activities is looking forward to bringing the ACU Official British Adult and Youth Championships back into the south of the country for a big British Motocross Championship season finale, especially at such a well-loved circuit. Landrake is set to be an incredible venue to close off the hard-fought Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship with names such as Shaun Simpson, Conrad Mewse, Bas Vaessen and Tommy Searle expected to be battling for the titles in their respective classes, whilst the Judd KTM British Youth Championship riders will also race on the same weekend to battle for their respective championship titles.
           Landrake Moto Parc is a fast and flowing circuit yet at the same time a very technical track incorporating old-school features such as adverse cambers, natural terrain combined with man-made jumps and a rhythm section to add to the excitement for riders and spectators. The circuit previously was used for a round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship many years ago where it hosted famous names in the sport such as David Thorpe, Tommy Searle and Josh Coppins.

Gareth Hockey, Director of RHL Activities:
         “Firstly I would like to thank the ACU, riders, parents, landowners and all who work with RHL in working with us to secure this double British Championship finale weekend. The ACU and RHL team have put in long hours in securing this joint weekend. The team and myself are excited to be running the final round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and the Judd KTM British Youth Championship together where British Champions will be crowned and to bring the Maxxis British Motocross Championship series back down to the south of the country. Landrake will provide some excellent racing for the riders and spectators in what is hoped will be the deciding round for the 2019 British motocross crowns. With the RHL Activities team committed to providing an outstanding event alongside the ACU, we can’t wait to kick off proceedings in September.”

Bridgestone Masters round two goes to Wroxham

Josh Gilbert and Liam Knight
           Round two of the Bridgestone British Masters of motocross this weekend travels to Oxfordshire, and the spectacular Wroxton track with its fantastic jumps and elevation changes.
          All eyes will be on the pro classes on Sunday where round one MX1 winner, Jake Shipton will be looking to extend his lead on his Crescent Yamaha. But sadly Cab Screen Deos Group Honda rider looks like he may well be a non-starter because of a recurring shoulder injury. The absence of Thornhill will give the on form Jake Millward a chance to move up from his current third place and maybe even take over the pro MX1 lead.
          Martin Barr will be looking to consolidate his lead in the pro-MX2’s on his Crescent Yamaha but Josh Gilbert was talking about a wildcard ride on his Buildbase Honda, and he will be looking for the win.
          Taylor Hammal is second at the moment on his RHR Yamaha and is only four points off the lead. He is riding very well at the moment so he will have a say in the overall results.
            At this round, they will be running the “Bridgestone cup” for the top ten MX1 and MX2 pro riders as an extra race with a £900 prize pot divided between the top three finishers. So a good day for the pro riders to cash in.
            Luke Sturgeon won all four of his Sport Tec Amateur MX1 races at round one. But the tracks between the first two rounds are so different perhaps second place man Gareth Artus will have something to say about the overall.
           Only four points separate the top two in the CI Sport amateur MX2’s as Olli Benton leads from Jack Rowland, but with 180 points up for grabs over the two days of racing things can change very quickly on the leader board.
           Greg Fisher heads up the Spanish MX clubman class by six points from Charlie Sutton and Mark Kinsley.
            The two-strokes always sound good round Wroxham and with Chris Povey and Troy Willerton battling for the championship lead it will be one to watch.
            The on-form Ike Carter will be looking to extend his lead in the SMPro MXY2’s while Sam Atkinson will be looking to continue his unbeaten record in the CPS MC’s big wheel 85’s going into this round two.
            The first round was close at the top of the Spanish MX small wheel 85’s, and Will Haddock, Mckenzie Marshall, Tyla Hooley and Finlay Boxhall will all be looking for the class overall win and the lead of the championship.
            The little 65’s in the Rikki Priest Trian junior class look very small around this big track but the racing is always keen as Brandon Buckley, and Noah Eastwood will both be looking for wins.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is free.

POINT-S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO CORNWALL FOR ROUND 2

By Dave Rich

           This Sunday Round 2 of the POINT-S South West Masters Motocross Championships resumes down in the heart of Cornwall at Newquay Moto Parc, which is a new venue to many and is sure to catch a few out. Todd Kellett leads the Expert Championship after the opening round by 11 points, but this for sure will change as he is a nonstarter due to other commitments and looking to take over the Championship lead will be former South West Champion Luke Hawkins (Pictured No 8) from Radstock who currently sits in second in the Standings, but there is many more who will be in attendance like Kelvin Townsend, Tom Moore who makes the trip down from Oxfordshire, Rob Cross, Ross Parkinson, Ross Kersey and Jamie Skuse another Champion from a couple of years ago from Calne in Wiltshire who will be looking to score in both races rather than one like he did at the opening round due to a puncture plus many others.
            In the Junior Championship class it is Cornish youngster Daniel Wade from St Austell who will have plenty of local support who heads the proceedings by two points from Kieran Yorke, but as with the opening round all could change as lining up with them will be the likes of Maverick Smith, Harry Day, Ben Gibbons, Thomas Townrow, Harry Mitchell and young Jason Down from Totnes in Devon to name a few. 
            In the Over 35 Class it will be former Champion Wayne Shimell from Newton Abbot who will be looking to extend his 11 point Championship lead over Shepton Mallett rider Daren Banwell who has just a two points advantage over James Kensington on the 2-Stroke, with other riders including the fast gating Ben Harmon, Peter Bulley, Jon Morrissey, Luke Dewey plus many others, whereas in the Over 45’s Championship it’s Leigh Williams (Pictured No 57) from Bridgwater who goes in to the second round with Maximum points and heads the proceedings by nine points from Exeter’s David Ford, but they will have to be at their best as lining up with them will be the likes of David Shipton, Richard Tapscott, Dean Davies and many others.
            Newquay Moto Parc is an excellent viewing track with easy parking with the first race at 10-30am. (Postcode TR8 4LY)
            There are still spaces available via the ACU Website www.acu.org.uk or Phone Mel on 01626 365335

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MX Nationals goes to Hawkstone for round two, this weekend.

          Round two of the Michelin MX Nationals travels over the Easter weekend to the iconic Hawkstone Park in Shropshire, and the weather forecast is looking good for the time of year.
          In the pro classes favourite in the MX1’s must be Cab Screens Deos Group Honda rider Harri Kullas who romped to two convincing wins at round one and had a come from behind third place at last weekend British Championship round at Lyng. The on-form Josh Spinks will be giving it his all to stop Kullas along with Gert Krestinov, Lewis Tombs, and Mel Pocock. But third place rider at round one, Ryan Houghton is suffering from a couple of broken ribs which will be hurting more in the deep sand of Hawkstone, so that will de-tune he a bit. Elliott Banks-Browne maybe a non-starter, again, as he has a broken bone in his hand to go along with the other one, he snapped at Hawkstone at the start of the year. 
          Josh Gilbert on his Buildbase Honda will be the man to beat in the, but round one winner Martin Barr can never be counted out. Behind them, it will be very open as any number of riders could make a trip to the winner’s podium.
            John and Jason Meara shared the expert MX1 win’s at round one and could do the same at this round, but the sand at Hawkstone has a funny way of mixing things up when you least expect it.
            In the expert, MX2’s the young Ben Clark, Joel Rizzi and Rossi Beard will be the ones to watch as they all had race wins at the first round.
           The Clubman MX1’s overall are always up for grabs but look out for Aiden Christie, Kris Rea and Adam Hayward. Clubman MX2 is more predictable as Harry Fletcher won all round one races with Brad Thornhill chasing him home in all four occasions.
            The youth classes are harder to predict, but Ike Carter and Kacey Hird are both at the top in the MXY2’s while James Smith and the new to class Ryan Mawhinney will be up the front of them MXY125’s.
            Sam Atkinson and Bailey Johnston were separated by just two points after round one and will be the ones to watch in this weekend big wheel 85’s. In the small wheel 85’s a DNF in race two stopped Tyla Hooley doing a clean sweep in the class, but Finlay Boxall will take the overall win’s any way he can get them.
            And if you didn’t get enough of riding the sand of Hawkstone Park over the weekend, there is a “Hawkstone experience” the day after racing for a chance to do even more laps of this testing course. Visit the MX Nationals web site for more information on that, and anything else.
            But remember, riders, no tear offs and no riding in the paddock. Everyone, no caracole BBQ’s, only gas.
            It costs £12 for a weekend spectator ticket, with under 12-year old’s free, and £10 for camping.

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Bridgestone Masters Round One, Preview.

With the first round of the Bridgestone Masters at Hawkstone being cancelled because of the atrocious weather the crossed the country in the middle of last month, the round this weekend at Culham becomes the opening round for the very popular series.
The hillside track next to the river Thames in Oxfordshire always produces some great racing action and with full start line’s both days of the racing weekend will be very interesting.
In the pro classes. Elliott Banks-Browne makes a welcome return after injury took him out of action at the Hawkstone international. The on-form Ryan Houghton must be one of the favourites for a MX1 race wins but the likes of Jake Shipton, Dan Thornhill, Josh Spinks, and Brad Todd may have other ideas. Lewis Tombs was riding MX1 on Jake Nicholls Buildbase Honda at last month’s Maxxis so he may be switching from MX2 to MX1.
The pro MX2 is very open. Carlton Husband has been having some good rides on his Phoenix Tools Kawasaki, but Luke Smith, Jay Hague, Corey Hockey and Taylor Hammal will be keeping him honest but any of the other MX2’s can sneak into the overall results come the end of Sunday.

In the amateur MX1’s second in last year’s championship chase Adam Wells must be the favourite to notch up some handy points while Matt Lomas and Colin McLuckie may have something to say about that. But both amateur classes have a habit of throwing up some different winner.
Second, in last year’s amateur MX2 championship Aaron Ongley is back this year to go one better, but Mitchell Warhurst will be doing what he can to stop him
Greg Fisher is back to defend his clubman class championship while in a packed 125 class Dylan Spencer and Sam Price will once again be fighting for race wins and the championship title for 2109.
The ever-competitive MXT2’s will be wind open again but with new riders moving into the class this year’s title could be anyone’s. But look out for Ike Carter, Kyle McNicholl to be up the sharp end come race time.
The big and small wheel 85’s like any of the youth classes are the most open for winner and hard to call. The same goes for the 65’s.
Riders are reminded no charcoal BBQ’s, but you can use a gas powered one, with care.
Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is free, but it maybe be a bit cold on top of the Culham hill.

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Herlings to join Hitachi KTM to Assist in his Rehabitiation

PRESS RELEASE
It was confirmed yesterday that Jeffrey Herlings will join Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Motocross Team to assist in his rehabilitation back into the sport following his unfortunate foot injury back in January. It is anticipated that Herlings will make guest appearances with the Team in selected events prior to competing in any 2019 MXGPs. As Milwaukee are now a co sponsor of both Roger Magee’s Team and Herlings, it is this partnership which has made this situation possible.
Robert Vos of Milwaukee said “we are really pleased to announce today in Valkenswaard our collaboration with Jeffrey Herlings as part of our long term strategy with the sport of Motocross. This relationship enhances our commitment to Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Motocross team and we look forward to our long term partnership developing over the years to come.
Roger Magee of Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee stated “we have assisted with the negotiations between Milwaukee and Jeffrey over the past few months so that the fastest Motocrosser in the World is now part of the Milwaukee “family” with their increasing investment in Motocross. We look forward to Jeffrey joining our Team at selected events to fully represent KTM and all of the sponsors”
Jeffrey Herlings confirmed “ I am super-pumped to become associated with such a major brand as Milwaukee and look forward to continuing with my rehabilitation from injury so that I can get back on the circuits just as soon as possible”

Bickers Lifting / Stebbing Car Superstore ACU Eastern Motocross Championship Kicks Off at Blaxhall

This Sunday (April 7th) sees the opening round of the 2019 Bickers Lifting / Stebbing Car Superstore ACU Eastern Motocross Championship take place at the Blaxhall Circuit hosted by the Woodbridge DMCC.
For 2019 the championship will take place over 7 rounds during the summer months and on Sunday Blaxhall will feature a bumper line up with nearly 200 riders competing across the Expert and Junior classes.
During the winter months the award winner sandy circuit at Blaxhall has seen more track changes to the layout to give the riders a fresh and exciting new challenge for the upcoming season.
In the Expert Class a bumper line of the region best riders and a selection of national stars will be competing across the three Championship races. Reigning Champion Shaun Southgate will have his work cut out to defend his title ahead of Lewis Tombs, former champion Luke Benstead, Declan Whittle, Jake Edey, 2019 MX2 Champion Ben Clark along with several up and coming riders such as Calum Mitchell, Josh Peters and Connor Hughes.
For 2019 former Holeshot sponsor HRM Boilers have introduced a new Expert Rookie Championship for non National riders in their 1st and 2nd season to compete for and at Blaxhall there will be nine riders competing for the title including last Juniors Champion, Ryan Watts and Junior MX2 Champion Connor Baldry and Woodbridge Club members Rheis Morter and Ben Alexander.
In the Junior Classes 160 riders will be split across four groups with the fastest 40 consisting the Junior Championship. With number of the last years top Juniors moving up the Expert class, the class will be wide open as a new group of challenger battle for the 2019 title.
All the action starts at 9:15am with the first block of racing start straight after Practice. Admission prices are £10 for Adults and £5 for Unaccompanied Children with the Blaxhall Circuit being located using the postcode IP17 1LG.

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SOUTHWEST MASTERS MOTOCROSS RETURNS

Todd Kellett
       This Sunday the resurrected South West Masters Motocross Championships returns. (Writes Dave Rich) The opening round of the 5 round series will be taking place at Whiteway Barton, Nr Kingsteignton in Devon. The revived series has been kindly sponsored by the national tyre and automotive distributors Point-S and will have classes for Experts, Juniors, Over 35 and Over 45’s.
        There has been considerable interest through the winter months with many riders registering for the whole series, and there is a good line up for the opening round. These include, in the experts the likes of Todd Kellett, who took fourth in last weekend’s EMX2T Championship at the British Grand Prix. At Whiteway he will be on a 450 and will be up against the likes of Jamie Skuse, Dan Thornhill, Jake Shipton, Joe Clayton, Kelvin Townsend, Luke Sturgeon, Ben Butler,  and Luke Hawkins, who returns to top-flight action after a severe hand injury three years ago. And there is many more. 
        In the Juniors there is a massive entry and qualification for the main group will be tuff going as lining up will include the likes of Michael Green, Ben Gibbons, Jamie Knight, Colby Walker, Daniel Wade, and young 16-year-old and up and coming star Jason Down, plus many others.
        The Over 35 and 45 class also is stacked with plenty of talent including a hot favourite in the Over 35’s Wayne Shimell, but giving him a hard time will be the likes of Darren Banwell, Ryan Towels and Luke Dewey whereas in the over 45’s riders include Leigh Williams, Rob Lewis and Alan Packer to name but a few.
        Whiteway Barton is an excellent viewing track with secure parking and will be signposted off the A380 Exeter to Newton Abbot road with the first race at 10-30am. (Postcode TQ12 3QF)
        There are still spaces available if required, just go on the ACU website to book in

 

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Wilkinson and Humphrey have fun in the Dutch Masters

British Champions Brett Wilkinson & Ryan Humphrey attended the second round of the Dutch Masters at Lochem a week after the opening round was cancelled during race 1 due to high winds. A first race 7th followed by a second race 8th gave them 6th overall as they return to Holland this weekend for round 3.

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World Enduro Super Series Welcomes Hixpania Hard Enduro To 2019 Calendar

Wels, Austria – 12 March, 2019 —
       The World Enduro Super Series is pleased to announce that Spain’s Hixpania Hard Enduro will become part of the forthcoming 2019 championship.
Joining the series as round four, Hixpania Hard Enduro will replace the provisionally proposed Classic Enduro in Italy and will be held on June 21-23.
       Facing complications in securing a suitable venue in Italy in June, series organisers WESS Promotion GmbH decided to look further afield. Following discussions with The 5 Elements event organisation team they were able to incorporate Hixpania Hard Enduro into this year’s series.
       Now entering its fourth edition, the Hixpania Hard Enduro has quickly become one of Spain’s most prestigious races, and one of Europe’s most visible Enduro races. Annually attracting many of the world’s best Enduro riders, it also welcomes a wealth of eager amateur competitors.
       For 2019, the race moves from its original autumn date to become a ‘summer’ event. The format of the race itself will remain unchanged.
       Staged over three days, the opening day of competition will feature a Superenduro-style prologue in the heart of the Aguilar de Campoo’s medieval town.   

       The second day’s ‘Campoo Extreme’ will take riders out on a challenging, 50-kilometre Cross-Country loop around the nearby lake, which competitors will complete three times.
       Bringing proceedings to a close, the third and final day of competition – known as ‘Lost Roads’ – will feature a multi-lap Hard Enduro race located in the infamous nearby quarry. 
       For 2019, Red Bull Media House will again act as the exclusive Media Partner for WESS, which will include a 26-minute Recap Program for all eight rounds on Red Bull TV, plus three live broadcast shows from Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, Red Bull Romaniacs and Getzen Rodeo.
       The eight-round World Enduro Super Series begins with Portugal’s Extreme XL Lagares on May 10-12.

Winfried Kerschhaggl – WESS, Series Manager: “We’re extremely happy to welcome the Hixpania Hard Enduro into the 2019 WESS calendar. It’s a race we have watched closely over the last number of years and can see how important it is for both the riders and the passionate spectators who come to watch. The format of the race is one which embodies a little bit of everything WESS stands for. It mixes Superenduro, Cross-Country and Hard Enduro seamlessly, all during one event. Although our initial goal was to host round four of the series in Italy, the difficulties in trying to find a suitable venue on that specific date regrettably made it impossible. However, we’re now looking forward to working with Fran Rico and his 5 Elements team and fully trust that they can deliver a memorable event for all to enjoy. We’re confident that Hixpania Hard Enduro will deliver some of this year’s standout moments of the World Enduro Super Series.”

Fran Rico – The 5 Elements, Founder & Event Producer: “I’m looking forward to bringing Hixpania Hard Enduro into WESS. I really feel that we have a strong race and one that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all of the other events in the series. For those that know Hixpania, the format of the race remains exactly as it has done for the last three editions. The only change is the date, moving from autumn to summer. However, those that know Aguilar de Campoo will also know that due to its 1000 metres of altitude and location in the north of Spain, the weather in June is every bit as unpredictable as late October. We’re excited for this next chapter of Hixpania Hard Enduro and will work hard over the next four months to ensure everything is ready to deliver a world-class event.”

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Bridgestone Masters Round One, Preview

            This weekend round one of the Bridgestone Masters takes place at the iconic Hawkstone Park in Shropshire where all ten classes of riders are almost full to busting making for great racing over both days.
             In the pro classes. It looks like Elliott Banks-Browne maybe a non-starter after an injury the other weekend and with Josh Gilbert a late entry, but possibly not doing all the rounds because of his EMX commitments, both classes are up for grabs. The on-form Ryan Houghton must be one of the favourites for a MX1 race wins but the likes of Jake Shipton, Dan Thornhill Josh Spinks have other ideas. Lewis Tombs was riding MX1 on Jake Nicholls Buildbase Honda at last weekend’s Maxxis so he may be switching from MX2 to MX1.
            Brad Anderson will be riding his 250cc two-stroke in the pro-MX2’s along with the young Demonic Lancett, the experienced Matt Burrows along with many others.

             In the amateur MX1’s second in last year’s championship chase Adam Wells must be the favourite to notch up some handy points while Matt Lomas and Colin McLuckie may have something to say about that. But both amateur classes have a habit of throwing up some different winner.
             Second, in last year’s amateur MX2 championship Aaron Ongley is back this year to go one better, but Mitchell Warhurst will be doing what he can to stop him
            Greg Fisher is back to defend his clubman class championship while in a packed 125 class Dylan Spencer and Sam Price will once again be fighting for race wins and the championship title for 2109.
            The ever-competitive MXT2’s will be wind open again but with new riders moving into the class this year’s title could be anyone’s. But look out for Ike Carter, Kyle McNicholl to be up the sharp end come race time.
           The big and small wheel 85’s like any of the youth classes are the most open for winner and hard to call. The same goes for the 65’s.
            Riders are reminded no charcoal BBQ’s, but you can use a gas powered one, with care. No tear-offs by request of the circuit owners and no piling sand on the concrete start pad.
            Entry for spectators is £10, £5.00 for concessions with children under 3 getting in free. Camping is free, but it will be a bit cold.

Febvre out for a least six weeks with Broken Astragalus

The year had started well for Romain Febvre. Training hard and well on the pace at last weekend’s GP in Argentina. He was ready to race, he was fast, and was well motivated, but now his season is already ruined. Febvre was fighting hard at the front of the pack in the second heat and was looking his first podium of the season. But a bad fall in a series of waves put a stop to his race.
The ankle of the 2015 World Champion was bent under in the violent shock of the crash. Immediately after the fall, Romain was holding his leg and left the track with the medical team. The first assessment, made at the circuit, did not reveal a break but all concerned were aware that he had to wait until his ankle deflates to see more clearly.

More detailed exams earlier this week in Belgium revealed a broken astragalus. The astragalus is literally the bone that binds the leg and foot and supports the weight of the body. Fractures, therefore, require a lot of time to recover. They are talking about a minimum of six weeks after the operation, that is scheduled for March 12, so it will be four GP’s before Romain can even get on his bike again. Effectively his year is over championship wise.

Brad Anderson

Brad is looking a lot better just a week and a half after his crash at the Hawkstone International on the 17th of February. He had a coming together with another rider when the ruts they were riding came together. Brad’s bike hit the fence and came back and hit him in the face, smashing off the front of his crash helmet, which did its job dissipating the impact.
He is planning to make a comeback to racing at round one of the Maxxis British motocross championships at FatCat on the 10th of March.

Bambam out for this weekend’s Atlanta Supercross

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing team rider Justin Barcia will sit out this weekend’s 2019 Supercross round in Atlanta following a crash while training today at his compound in Florida.
Following a medical check at Tallahassee Orthopaedic Clinic (TOC) in Tallahassee, Florida, Barcia is being evaluated for a concussion and as a precautionary measure he will not take part in this weekend’s Monster Energy Supercross round at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
After eight rounds into the 2019 Supercross series, Justin sits 6th in points with one win under his belt at the opening round at Anaheim 1.