Searle wins Round Two of the Maxxis British Championship as Simpson gets stuck in fourth gear.
Josh Gilbert, Buildbase Honda.
Tommy Searle on his BOS Kawasaki climbed on to the top step of the MX1 podium at round two of the Maxxis British Motocross championship last Sunday with series leader Shaun Simpson on an RFX KTM second, but equal on points, after spending most of race two stuck in fourth gear.
In the other classes. Conrad Mewse on a Hitachi KTM had two come from behind win’s in the MX2’s while Joel Rizzi dominated the MXY2’s on his RFX KTM. Kathryn Booth and Amie Goodlad shared the win’s in the Maxxis ladies’ event and finished the day equal on pints.
Conrad Mewes, Hitach KTM.
But what a weekend weather wise as competitors, officials and spectators all travelled through snow, hail and rain showers to get to the bitterly cold old-school Lyng track in deepest Norfolk. It couldn’t have been pleasant being a marshal that day.
Searle set the fastest qualifying time from Simpson, and Harri Kullas on his Cab Screens Deos Honda with the ever-improving Lewis Tombs on a Buildbase Honda followed by the on-form Jake Millward and Ryan Houghton who was riding hurt with a couple of broken ribs. While one Cab Screens rider, in Kullas was doing well, the other in Dan Thornhill crashed a dislocated his shoulder, again. He rode the first race but was well of his usual pace and sat out the second moto.
Tommy Searle, BOS Kawasaki.
Mel Pocock for the holeshot on his ASA United KTM at the start of the first MX1 race and held on to the lead for a couple of laps till smooth Simpson slipped by him to take the lead. By laps, five Searle relegated Pocock down another place as Tombs passed a fast-starting James Dodd for fourth place.
Inch by inch Searle closed in on Simpson. Or was Simpson just doing enough to hold on to the lead and not waste energy? One or the other. But as they came down the big hill for the last time, they were almost side by side with Simpson just getting over the finish line first.
Tombs had closed on third place man Pocock but ran out of laps to try for a pass as the pair finished third and fourth. Kullas had had a terrible start and was in sixteenth place at the end of the first lap and had a hell of a time trying to get past riders like Brad Anderson, Luke Smith, Houghton, Gert Krestinov and Millward on his way to fifth.
Shaun Simpson, RFX KTM.
Simpson got the holeshot at the start of the second race on a much rougher track from Searle, Tombs, Houghton, Kullas, Dunn and Pocock. But somewhere around the opening lap as the riders were all bunched together, Pocock hit Simpson and later in the lap Simpson’s KTM became stuck in fourth gear for the rest of the race. You could hear him slipping the clutch in the slower, sandier corners and it’s amassing the clutch lasted the whole race.
By lap two the race had settled down with one gear Simpson doing what he could to hold off Searle with Tombs third till lap seven when Kullas came past him. Houghton, on damage limitation, hovered around fifth place as Krestinov fought his way from eleventh at the start to sixth please while Dunn crashed out on lap three.
Overall it was Searle and Simpson on equal points with Kullas taking the last place on the podium. Tombs, who had the same points as Kullas was fourth from Pocock, Krestinov and Houghton. In the championship, Simpson is still two points clear of Searle from Tombs, Kullas and Millward.
Lewis Tombs, Buildbase Honda.
In the MX2’s Mewse didn’t make things easy for himself with some average starts, by his GP standards. Josh Gilbert on his Buildbase Honda got the holeshot at the start of the first race, from Liam Knight, Alvin Ostlund, Ashton Dickinson, Mewse and Bas Vaessen. But by the end of the third lap Mewse had passed all but one of them and was in second place, but almost ten seconds behind the leader Gilbert.
Mewse slowly closed the gap on Gilbert and on lap seven of thirteen he managed to get past and into the lead to take the win by just over eighteen seconds. Gilbert finished second with Ostlund spending all but one lap in third, apart from one lap when he had to fight off Vaessen who ended his race in fourth.
Glenn McCormick, Unique Fitout Husqvarna.
Martin Barr didn’t seem to get going but crossed the finish line in fifth while Dickinson had another strong ride in sixth place.
Dylan Walsh on his Revo Husqvarna lead the pack around the opening lap at the start of the second MX2 race from Knight, Ostlund, Gilbert, Mewse and Vaessen but it took Mewse a lot longer to get to the front this race.
By lap six Gilbert was in second behind Walsh with Mewse third. But a lap later Gilbert made a mistake and dropped back to fourth as Mewse passed Walsh for the lead and the eventual win.
Walsh hung onto second with Vaessen making a late race charge to third as Gilbert finished fourth. The injured Ostlund faded to fifth while Barr was sixth.
Overall Mewse had a perfect fifty from Gilbert, Vaessen, Walsh, Ostlund and Barr. In the championship, Mewse has a twelve-point lead over teammate Vaessen with Ostlund third and Gilbert fourth.
James Dunn, Big Van World Husqvarna.
Joel Rizzi is riding a two-stroke RFX KTM was unbeaten in the MXY2’s as he led race one from start to finish with a winning margin of just over twenty-four seconds. Kyle McNicol, after having a two-lap battle with Dominic Lancett made his way from fourth to second place as Lancett crashed out of second place with two laps to go. Ike Carter had gated second but lost a place to Lancett only to have it gifted back with two laps to go.
Once again Rizzi got the holeshot at the start of race two but Carter, after passing the fast-starting Max Ingham closed in on the leader and crossed the line just over three and a half seconds behind him. Ingham held on for third while Lancett came from eighth at the start to end his race in fourth with McNicol and Josh Peters filling the next two places.
Overall it was Rizzi on a maximum from Cater, McNicol, Peters and Ryan Thomson but in the championship, Rizzi is unbeaten from McNicol and Carter with Lancett fourth.
Joel Rizzi, RFX KTM.
In the Maxxis Ladies, Kathryn Booth and Amie Goodlad stared the win’s and second places to tie on points with Nieve Holmes taking the third place on the podium.
Nieve Holmes, EnduroTek Husqvarna.
Top fifteen overall results
1 Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
3 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens, Deos Group Honda) 16 + 20 = 36
4 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 18 + 18 = 36
5 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 20 + 14 = 34
6 Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Kawasaki) 14 + 15 = 29
7 Ryan Houghton (RHR Yamaha) 12 + 16 = 28
8 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 15 + 13 = 28
9 Brad Todd (Gabriel Yamaha) 9 + 12 = 21
10 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 10 + 11 = 21
11 John Adamson (Bikesport Honda) 11 + 7 = 18
12 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 7 + 10 = 17
13 James Dunn (Big Van Husqvarna) 13 + 0 = 13
14 Ben Putnam (G&JP Husqvarna) 0 + 9 = 9
15 Tony Craig (Putoline Husqvarna) 8 + 1 = 9
1 Shaun Simpson 94
2 Tommy Searle 92
3 Lewis Tombs 70
4 Harri Kullas 58
5 Jake Millward 57
6 Ryan Houghton 55
7 Gert Krestinov 53
8 Mel Pocock 52
9 Brad Todd 48
10 Brad Anderson 43
1 Conrad Mewse (Hitachi KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 22 + 18 = 40
3 Bas Vaessen (Hitachi KTM) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Dylan Walsh (REVO Husqvarna) 14 + 22 = 36
5 Alvin Ostlund (REVO Husqvarna) 20 + 16 = 36
6 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 16 + 15 = 31
7 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs MC KTM) 15 + 14 = 29
8 Liam Knight (Verde KTM) 13 + 12 = 25
9 Tom Neal (Craigs MC KTM) 12 + 9 = 21
10 Alaxander Brown (Apico KTM) 6 + 13 = 19
11 Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) 8 + 10 = 18
12 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Kawasaki) 9 + 8 = 17
13 Matt Burrows (Apico Husqvarna) 7 + 6 = 13
14 Tom Grimshaw (HCR Yamaha) 11 + 1 = 12
15 Glen McCormick (Unique Fitout Husqvarna) 0 + 11 = 11
1 Conrad Mewse 97
2 Bas Vaessen 85
3 Alvin Ostlund 76
4 Josh Gilbert 70
5 Dylan Walsh 70
6 Martin Barr 64
7 Liam Knight 49
8 Ashton Dickinson 48
9 Alexander Brown 42
10 Tom Neal 29
1 Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Ike Carter (DEP Husqvarna) 20 + 22 = 42
3 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 22 + 16 = 38
4 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 16 + 15 = 31
5 Ryan Thomson (Central Forestry KTM) 18 + 11 = 29
6 Max Ingham (Hardcore Yamaha) 8 + 20 = 28
7 Louie Kessell (Kescommericals KTM) 13 + 12 = 25
8 Kacey Hird (Team Green Kawasaki) 10 + 13 = 23
9 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 15 + 8 = 22
10 Joseph Dent (Yamaha) 15 + 7 = 22
11 Andrew Pohlen (Putoline Husqvarna) 11 + 9 = 20
12 Lewis Wood (SJP Husqvarna) 9 + 10 = 19
13 Dominic Lancett (Verde KTM) 0 + 18 = 18
14 Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha) 4 + 14 = 18
15 Jack Grayshon (Apico Husqvarna) 12 + 0 = 12
1 Joel Rizzi 100
2 Kyle McNicol 76
3 Ike Carter 74
4 Dominic Lancett 60
5 Ryan Thomson 49
6 Josh Peters 48
7 Patrick Jackson 47
8 Kacey Hird 45
9 Louie Kessell 40
10 Max Ingham 30
1 Kathryn Booth (RFX KTM) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Amie Goodlad (JW KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
3 Nieve Holmes (Enduro Tek Husqvarna) 20 + 18 = 38
4 Gabrielle Hamlet (Colwyn Bay Honda) 16 + 20 = 36
5 Charlotte Hall (Dream Honda) 18 + 16 = 34
6 Nadiya Jones (KTM) 15 + 14 = 29
7 Rosie Rowett (Troy Lee KTM) 13 + 15 = 28
8 Sophia Levell (KTM) 14 + 13 = 27
9 Catherine King (Chedder Honda) 12 + 12 = 24
10 Eleanor Calby (Chedder KTM) 10 + 11 = 21
11 Ria Truman (Decade Honda) 11 + 9 = 20
12 Kayleigh Durston (Yamaha) 9 + 10 = 19
13 Hannah Jones (ACE KTM) 8 + 8 =16
14 Georgia Patterson (Herts MX Honda) 7 + 6 = 13
15 Stacey Henderson (Elvo Honda) 5 + 7 = 12