Shaun Simpson take the first Maxxis overall of the year as Bas Vaessen and Conrad Mewse dominate the MX2’s
Shaun Simpson wants his British championship back, and he made that fact perfectly clear at last weekends round one of the Maxxis motocross championship by winning the MX1 class overall, at a wet and windy FatCat Motoparc in Doncaster.
In the MX2’s Hitachi KTM teammates Bas Vaessen and Conrad Mewse were in a class of their own and shared the win’s and second places to end the day tied on points at the top of the leader board. Dutch rider Vaessen was given the overall win because of his victory in the second race.
Shaun Simpson, RFX / KTM
But it was the weather that stole the show as mother nature threw everything she had at the sandy track, but with a great effort from the FatCat track crew the show went on. Loads of rain in the days before the event had left the track in a boggy condition and come Saturday as the teams started to arrive the wind picked up with gusts pulling at awnings and ripping up trackside banners.
Heavy overnight rain that night didn’t help but by the time racing had started the sun came out between the down pores.
Tommy Searle, BOS Kawasaki
Simpson on his RFX KTM had set the fastest qualifying time made his intentions clear at the start of the first MX1 race by getting the holeshot, and despite a small fall on lap three wasn’t threatened for the lead as he went on to win the race by over forty-three seconds.
Lewis Tombs on a Buildbase Honda is standing in for the still recovering Jake Nicholls, followed Simpson into turn one but was passed on the opening lap by the on form Harri Kullas on the grey Cab Screens Honda. Kullas was on his way to second place and even had time to duck into the work area for a quick goggle change on the last lap.
Lewis Tombs, Buildbase Honda
Tommy Searle on his BOS Kawasaki didn’t get the best of starts, by his high standards, and came around at the start of lap two in eighth place, but by the halfway point he was in third, which was where he finished.
Mel Pocock is getting used to the switch from MX2 to MX1 started fifth and finished a strong fourth, one place ahead of the fast-starting Tombs.
Brad Todd and Jake Shipton both had strong rides as they come from a mid-field start to sixth and seventh places. Brad Anderson, complete with a new Arai crash helmet, on his Verde 250 two-stroke KTM and Ryan Houghton riding an RHR Yamaha both had to work very hard after bad starts but finished the race in eighth and tenth, separated by John Adamson.
Luke Benstead, GH MC Husqvarna. Brad Anderson, Verde KTM. Ryan Houghton, RHR Yamaha.
Todd Kellet was one of only two riders to break into the sub-two-minute lap time, the other being Simpson, was involved in a bit turn two crash had to pull out of the race with a badly miss-firing Yamaha.
Todd Kellet, Yamaha
Jake Millward on his Chamber Husqvarna got the holeshot at the start of race two and set off at a breakneck pace. Kullas chased him around the opening lap till his drive chain broke stopping the grey Honda in its wheel tracks. Simpson took over second place and despite an off-track excursion to the lead on lap five as Searle moved into third place.
Two laps later Searle displaced Millward in second just as Simpson had to call into the work area to have a stone removed from the rear brake that was holding him up. This dropped him down to third place and handed a sizable lead to Searle, and a gap too big to close before the end of the race.
Searle crossed the finish line just under twenty-three seconds clear of Simpson, but Simpson had done enough for the overall winner’s place.
Harri Kullas, Cab Screens Honda
Millward hung onto third with Tombs spending most of the race in a lonely fourth place. Best ride of the day came from Houghton as he was twenty-fifth on lap one but finished the race in fifth, for, you guessed it, fifth overall.
Dan Thornhill was sixth after having Houghton pass him on the last lap for eighth overall as Anderson, run out of fuel in his thirsty two-stroke was ninth overall.
Kellet’s race lasted only three laps’s this race as once again the miss-firing Yamaha was taken back to the paddock.
Ryan Houghton, RHR Yamaha.
Ashton Dickinson and Dylan Walsh lead the pack into turn one at the start of the first MX2 race, but both fell on the opening lap and handed the lead to Vaessen and Mewse with Josh Gilbert hanging in third. The heavy, waterlogged sand was sapping the power of the 250’s, and many would drop out by the end of the race.
At the halfway stage Mewse dived into the lead, but Vaessen wasn’t letting him have a win easy and chased him all the way to the flag as the pair crossed the finish line separated by just over a second.
Alvin Ostlund on his Revo Husqvarna made steady progress all race as he came from twelfth and finished third as Martin Barr chased him over the line.
Canrad Mewse, Hitachi KTM.
Walsh recovered to fifth and was still battling with Dickinson as the race finished. Gilbert crashed out of third and ended his race in seventh from Jay Hague and Ben Franklin, who was the last rider on the lead lap.
Gilbert got the holeshot from Vaessen at the start of race two but crashed back to fourth by the end of the lap, handing the lead to Vaessen. Ostlund was second from Mewse, who had made very rapid progress up the field from his eleventh place at the start.
Dylan Walsh, Revo Husqvarna.
With four laps to go Mewse was in second and closing in on his teammate Vaessen and as they started the last lap, he was in his wheel tracks but just couldn’t find a safe place to passing in the very testing conditions. This gave the overall to Vaessen with Mewse second but both on the same points.
Ostlund hung on to third in the race and third overall as Walsh had to fight his way through the field from twenty-fourth to fourth for fourth overall.
Barr had another solid race as he came from fifteenth to sixth to score valuable championship points just behind Gilbert.
Josh Gilbert, Buildbase Honda.
Dominic Lancett got the holeshot at the start of the first MXY2 race from Kyle McNicol and Joel Rizzi, but by the end of the second lap, Rizzi was in the lead and on his way to his first win of the day. Lancett was second, almost five seconds behind Rizzi with McNicol hanging onto third. Ike Carter was fourth as Patrick Jackson had to fight his way from twelfth at the start, to finish sixth
Once again Lancett got the holeshot at the beginning of race two, but, once again Rizzi passed him by the end of the second lap to take the win and the overall. Lancett was pushed back to fifth by McNicol, Max Ingham and Sam Nunn but recovered to finish third.
Overall it was Rizzi with a maximum, from Lancett, McNicol and Carter.
Josh Spinks, MSR Redline Yamaha.
1 Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
2 Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki) 20 + 25 = 45
3 Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) 16 + 18 = 34
4 Jake Millward (Chambers Husqvarna) 9 + 20 = 29
5 Ryan Houghton (RHR Yamaha) 11 + 16 = 27
6 Brad Todd (Gabriel Yamaha) 15 + 12 = 27
8 Dan Thornhill (Cab Screens Honda) 7 + 15 = 22
9 Brad Anderson (Verde KTM) 13 + 9 = 22
10 Harri Kullas (Cab Screen Honda) 22 + 0 = 22
11 Luke Burton (Geartec Husqvarna) 8 + 11 = 19
12 Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) 18 + 0 = 18
13 Jamie Law (Apico Husqvarna) 4 + 13 = 17
14 Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) 14 + 0 = 14
15 John Adamson (Bikesport Honda) 12 + 0 = 12
Bas Vaessen, Hitachi KTM.
1 Bas Vaessen (Hitachi KTM) 22 + 25 = 47
2 Conrad Mewse (Hitachi KTM) 25 + 22 = 47
3 Alvin Ostlund (Revo Husqvarna) 20 + 20 = 40
4 Dylan Walsh (Revo Husqvarna) 16 + 18 = 34
5 Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) 18 + 15 = 33
6 Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) 14 + 16 = 30
7 Alaxander Brown (Apico KTM) 9 + 14 = 23
8 Liam Knight (Pope KTM) 12 + 11 = 13
9 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 13 + 9 = 22
10 Jamie Wainwright (KTM) 11 + 10 = 21
11 Ashton Dickinson (Craigs KTM) 15 + 3 = 18
12 Taylor Hammal (RHR Yamaha) 7 + 8 = 15
13 Josh Spinks (MSR Redline Yamaha) 0 + 13 = 13
14 Michael Ellis (Pope KTM) 0 + 12 = 12
15 Calum Mitchell (SF Racing KTM) 10 + 0 = 10
Dan Thornhill, Cab Screens Honda.
1 Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Dominic Lancett (Verde KTM) 22 + 20 = 42
3 Kyle McNicol (Manchester MC Husqvarna) 20 + 18 = 38
4 Ike Carter (DEP KTM) 18 + 14 = 32
5 Max Ingham (KTM) 8 + 22 = 32
6 Tom Murphy (Kawasaki) 13 + 16 = 29
7 Bobby Bruce (Crescent Yamaha) 14 + 15 = 29
8 Aaron Padstone (Brenron KTM) 16 + 13 = 29
9 Patrick Jackson (APJ KTM) 15 + 10 = 25
10 Kacey Hird (Team Green Kawasaki) 10 + 12 = 22
11 Ryan Thomson (Central Forestry Husqvarna) 11 + 9 = 20
12 Josh Peters (Gabriel Yamaha) 6 + 11 = 17
13 Louie Kessell (Kes KTM) 7 + 8 = 15
14 Lewis Taylor (Wakefield Husqvarna) 9 + 4 = 13
15 Jack Grayshon (Apico KTM) 12 + 0 = 12