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Harris home and dry at Culham! Apico BSMA Nationals Finale – Race Report and Results
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Harris home and dry at Culham! Apico BSMA Nationals Finale – Race Report and Results

by adminSeptember 18, 2018

Culham hosted the final round of the Apico BSMA national series with everything to play for with several classes hanging in the balance. The weekends racing was blessed with good weather and fantastic racing.

Report and Images by Ady Cowshall – Images of Speed

The Auto pilot contenders were locked in battle all weekend with the Waters, Simkiss dual. Simkiss took the first moto, Waters the second, Simkiss the third. The fourth the lead changed no less than 4 times as the dogged determination of both riders shone through. Simkiss taking four to Waters one and the title. The fight for the minor placings saw a determined Matthew Morgan take advantage of Logan Gardner’s only mishap in the final moto to snatch a 3rd from what would of been five third place finishes for Gardner. But Morgan had a terrible first moto, starting off in the top 5 dropping down to 8th then pulling it back to get back inside the top 5 before throwing it away again to finish just inside the top 10. Bobby Ray Smith got stuck in and managing a better day Saturday collected two fourths, faded off the pace a little on Sunday, but still did enough for 5th overall on the day.

Josh Greedy, Senior Open Champion!

The Juniors only had 15 points in it at the start of the weekend, but the good money had to be on Fast Freddie Gardiner to stay out front of his main rival Joey Benfield. Gardiner started the weekend off in fine form, but Benfield was in the wings waiting for his chance. That chance came on Sunday with Gardiner throwing the bike down the track in the next two motos allowing an opening. Benfield took the win in the 3rd, followed home by Ollie Bubb, but it was Bubb who took the victory in the 4th after Gardiner got his bike stuck in the track tapes and it looked like a big job to come back through to be in contention, but at the flag he managed to 4th, only one spot behind his rival. Bubb took the max points, followed home by Jamie Kuehn hot on his heels. The consistency of the top five was rounded out by Harlow Green taking a borrowed YZ65 out on Sunday and with no set-up taking 2 more 5th place finishes. But come the end, and equal on points on the day for both championship hopefuls, Gardiner’s 15 point advantage was intact and he took the overall by virtue of more wins.

Lee Truman stretching it out in MX2

The Small wheel 85’s saw the red plate holder Jake Randall riding smart after pushing hard on Saturday. With Ben Zeale recording two no scores in the series, it was down to Ellis Poole to try to claw back 13 points from 3rd in the standings to challenge Randall for the title. Ben Mustoe was the rider on fire, although having missed several rounds he wasn’t a threat to take the title.  Mustoe stormed to 4 out of 5 race wins, but it was Randall who notched up the other win leaving him to ride well within his ability on Sunday to make sure of taking the title. Poole rode his heart out, but Mustoe and Finley Evans held him at bay and stole valuable points away. Lewis Roden just got the better of Dylan Williams out on his new blue machine having literally got it out of the crate and rode it for the first time! Tyler Smith managed to put together a complete weekend of consistent performances to push these two a further place down the order.

Paul Minihane in the Vets

The Big Wheels got a right royal shake up with Saturdays stars both not finishing the weekend, going out with injury. Ethan Sills had taken 3 wins but took a heavy landing over a big jump and had to pull out in too much pain. Billy Duke went out in the last race on Saturday after taking the first two runner up spots behind Sills, leaving the door wide open for Jak Taylor, who was fresh back from his world championship travels, and Jason Down to step up to take the wins. Taylor ended up with a poorly machine and had to nurse it home in one, but it was Down who grabbed the opportunity to snaffle the extra points up for grabs. Dan Arkell took a tumble in the 4th moto taking down Ria Truman in the process, Truman making the better comeback out of the pair after they got re-mounted. Josh Fletcher-Williams continued to come back from injury putting in his best ride of the season in 6th overall. Matt Tolley got the better of Connor Jago for the final podium spot on the day. The championship was already decided on Saturday with Duke going out, as he was the only one close enough to catch Sills. Sills didnt finish a race on Sunday but had put in some excellent riding throughout the year to clinch the crown.

Matt Tolley lays it into a sandy berm

The Senior 125 action was possibly the best racing all weekend with only a handful of points separating the top 2 of James Hanscomb and Callum Beeken. Both riders have come up through the BSMA ranks, with Beeken defending his 125 crown, they have both won the big wheel title in consecutive years. The pair have also been Injury hit, but these lads aren’t footballers, this is a tough sport for tough lads and both continued through the season each hoping to come out on top. Hanscomb took the opening victory to extend his championship lead. Surprise winner in the second moto was yet another smaller class previous champion Ben Watkins, but Beeken beat Hanscomb to the line and from there on in it was Beeken with the baton winning the remaining races. Watkins and Liam Gale both got between the two championship rivals to put a huge dent in the points for Hanscomb. The pair ended up tied on points with the rulebook coming out to award Beeken the championship on the higher number of wins over the season! Liam Gale was the next most successful on the day taking three 3rd’s ahead of moto winner Watkins, with Zac Cooper putting in some crazy ariel acrobatics to round out the top five. Harvey Matthews another rider to jump on the blue brand had his best results of the season by far, leap frogging up the championship table and taking 6th overall for the weekend.

Jonny Roderick Evans fends off Tyrone Cleaver in mx2

The Senior Open was dominated by Aaron Colley taking 4 out of the 5 victories, with Jack Wankling taking the other. Josh Greedy suffered from some unusually slow starts to give himself some extra work as he secured second on the weekend and took the highest points score of all the youth classes to take the very impressive BSMA trophy. Wanklings win helped him on his way to third, but not enough to get within reach of the crown. Marshall Smith continued to improve amassing his highest points score, with his final championship standings not representing his results due to missing the opening rounds. Ryan Mundell managed to get his little 2 stroke into the top 5 in one race but didn’t score in the final two races. Despite his speed, Tommi Davies’s do or die style saw him at the sharp end one minute, and then dropping down the order the next, but a couple of 4th place finishes helped him on his way to 7th overall.

Jak Taylor gets bike trouble

Phil Evans only need to finish races to be assured of the novice crown but he threw caution to the wind as he chased Josh Mayhew to second place in the opening race with his closest rival Ben Gardner behind him. Gardner went on to win the final moto, but despite beating Evans each time the deficit was only dented and Evans won the championship by a large margin. Mayhew took 4 wins over the weekend, but only doing several rounds it didn’t matter in the championship race. It was tight for second with only 8 points between the second placed rider, Jack Partridge and third in the championship Scott Mayhew with Partridge seemingly struggling. Mayhew turned that negative 8 into a positive 7 by the end of the weekend walking away with runner up to Evans.

The Vets was the one the crowds wanted to see.  Just 2 points separated leader Andy Marchant from Christian Seldon and that lead was level pegging after the first race with Seldon taking it. The biggest problem for both riders was the wildcard ride of Craig Chamberlain, who having got between the pair in the previous round, and won a race, he could play a major part in the outcome of the championship. However as race two unfolded all three riders where in close contention and as Seldon attempted an inside line to hit the big step up it all went wrong and Seldon was down and out! Marchant had no other close championship rival and really only had to finish the remaining races to take the title, but instead went on to win each one to take the title. Lee Spurr was sitting in 3rd in the championship at the start of the day but a fall on Sunday and some determined riding from Chris Peaty saw him drop a place as Peaty secured 2nd from the absent Seldon. Seldon’s championship hopes were dashed and he was down to 4th overall after his misfortune in race one and an air ambulance ride for treatment.

MX2 started off with a win for Lee Truman, who was back from a freak hand injury and looking good, however that was his only top spot as he had Corey Southwood and Jonny Roderick-Evans sharing the remaining glory and indeed kept Truman back in 3rd for those races. Karl Haycock managed a 2nd in the final moto behind Southwood, but it was Southwood’s day with 3 wins, a 2nd and 5th, tying on points with Roderick-Evans, but taking the overall on more wins. Truman did well to hold on for 3rd overall after lack of bike time with Haycock 4th. Overall championship winner Kieran Yorke came home in 5th overall, not too many points in front of Haycock with Daz Webster’s consistency bring home 3rd in the championship.

MX1 was a titanic battle between the on form Jaydon Murphy and fellow Yamaha mounted 2 stroke rider Adam Harris. Whilst Harris didn’t have to beat Murphy for the championship it certainly proved entertaining to watch them and Tyron Cleaver all do battle in the sand and indeed in the air! The real battle for the championship was between Cleaver and Harris with Harris holding a good points advantage over his rival, but still needing to finish each race with a decent points tally. However it wasn’t until Harris took his foot firmly off the gas and rode the last race just to finish that Cleaver really got his foot on the gas and took the final moto win. Murphy took the overall on the day but Harris took runner up and extended his lead to take the MX1 title.

Results

Auto’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 55 Lee Simkiss 223 45 43 45 45 45
2 55x Ollie Waters 217 43 45 43 43 43
3 153 Logan Gardner 203 41 41 41 41 39
4 9 Matthew Morgan 186 30 37 39 39 41
5 82 Bobby Ray Smith 177 39 39 27 37 35
6 100 Bailey Williams 175 37 35 32 34 37
7 512 STANLEY SIEBERT 168 35 34 34 31 34
8 31 Ifan Rees 168 34 33 35 33 33
9 16 Luca Tatchell 162 33 31 37 32 29
10 57 George Pitts 162 32 30 33 35 32
11 33 Ollie Oldfield 147 28 29 30 30 30
12 441 ZACH BUBB 143 29 28 29 29 28
13 710 LOUIE CHALLENGER 125 31 32 31 – 31
14 52 Donte Roden 110 27 27 28 28 –

Junior 65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 14 Freddie Gardiner 215 45 45 41 39 45
2 24 Joey Benfield 215 43 43 45 41 43
3 44 Ollie Bubb 211 41 41 43 45 41
4 40 Jamie Kuehn 199 39 39 39 43 39
5 10 Harlow Green 185 37 37 37 37 37
6 18 Shane Jones 175 35 35 35 35 35
7 167 Jack Evans 170 34 34 34 34 34
8 4 Zane Sibley-Deakin 163 32 33 33 32 33
9 100 Ashton Bubb 156 33 30 32 31 30
10 48 Liam Regan 155 29 31 30 33 32
11 96 Alfie Crealock-Lovell 146 31 29 29 30 27
12 11 Theo Hemsley 144 27 32 27 27 31
13 17 Beau Smith 139 30 28 26 26 29
14 77 Tommy Morgan 139 28 27 28 28 28
15 249 Iolo Evans 112 26 – 31 29 26

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 163 Ben Mustoe 223 45 45 43 45 45
2 512 FINLEY EVANS 207 43 43 35 43 43
3 8 Jake Randall 205 41 43 45 39 37
4 81 Tyler Smith 199 39 39 39 43 39
5 116 Ellis Poole 197 33 41 41 41 41
6 69 Lewis Roden 180 37 35 37 37 34
7 144 Dylan Williams 171 35 33 34 34 35
8 10 Jacob Harley 168 34 34 35 33 32
9 11 Levi Davies 156 31 29 33 32 31
10 1 Connor Howells 154 32 32 32 28 30
11 22 Alfie Smith 150 30 31 29 31 29
12 94 Fletcher Ridout 143 28 30 30 29 26
13 111 Josh Hemsley 139 26 28 31 30 24
14 60 Fraser Topp 134 27 26 26 27 28
15 212 Harry Beach 130 25 27 28 25 25
16 272 Katie Morgan 123 24 25 27 24 23
17 146 Braidy Tucker 117 23 24 25 23 22
18 150 Max Miles 106 29 – 24 26 27
19 31 Ben Zeale 105 – 37 – 35 33
20 77 KYRON CARRON 64 – 33 31 – –
21 117 Tommy Smith 43 43 – – – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 29 Jason Down 211 39 39 43 45 45
2 22 Jak Taylor 198 30 41 41 43 43
3 4 Matt Tolley 191 41 37 35 39 39
4 45 Connor Jago 187 37 29 39 41 41
5 63 Daniel Arkell 173 35 35 37 29 37
6 15 Josh Fletcher Williams 170 33 33 33 37 34
7 80 Louie Smith 167 32 34 32 34 35
8 47 Leon Williams 164 31 31 34 35 33
9 2 Ria Truman 157 34 32 31 32 28
10 121 Ellis Bubb 150 29 27 30 33 31
11 25 GRACE PACKMAN 145 27 28 28 30 32
12 125 Billy Elvin 139 26 26 29 28 30
13 30 Ethan Sills 135 45 45 45 – –
14 21 Nate Parkin 118 28 30 – 31 29
15 5 Billy Duke 86 43 43 – – –

Senior Open

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 148 AARON COLLEY 223 45 45 43 45 45
2 33 Josh Greedy 211 43 43 41 41 43
3 73 Jack Wankling 207 41 41 45 43 37
4 98 Marshall Smith 193 39 39 35 39 41
5 17 Owen Woodhouse 180 37 34 37 37 35
6 36 Joseph Davies 169 34 35 31 35 34
7 249 Tommy Davies 165 28 29 39 30 39
8 87 Brandon Baker 165 33 32 33 34 33
9 77 Ryan Manley 161 31 31 34 33 32
10 16 Luke Woodhouse 148 32 25 28 32 31
11 34 Toby Griffiths 138 25 26 26 31 30
12 3 Ryan Mundell 102 35 37 30 – –
13 74 LEWIS KING LONDON 95 30 33 32 – –
14 5 Callum Watson 84 27 30 27 – –
15 25 Ryan Lancellotte 82 26 27 29 – –
16 411 Dane Lovatt 57 29 28 – – –
17 46 Finley Smith 24 24 – – – –

Senior 125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 211 Callum Beeken 221 43 43 45 45 45
2 94 James Hanscomb 211 45 41 39 43 43
3 100 LIAM GALE 196 41 34 41 41 39
4 25x Ben Watkins 195 32 45 43 34 41
5 2 Zac Cooper 187 39 39 35 37 37
6 1 Harvey Matthews 171 35 33 33 35 35
7 44 Keelan Southwood 169 33 29 37 39 31
8 338 BEN WHITE 169 37 35 34 31 32
9 921 Efan Loring 163 34 32 32 32 33
10 28 Charlie Griffiths 158 29 31 31 33 34
11 146 Daniel Bartlett 138 21 28 29 30 30
12 9 Rhys Manka 131 25 25 25 27 29
13 200 TOM SIMPSON 128 26 18 27 29 28
14 7 Kieran Eldridge 128 28 26 24 25 25
15 12 Declan Roden 126 27 19 30 28 22
16 24 Luke Woolgrove 123 23 24 28 21 27
17 51x Lewis Glynn 118 22 23 23 26 24
18 16 ELENOR CLABEY 113 19 22 22 24 26
19 22 Tom Cumber 105 18 21 20 23 23
20 717 Troy Gillett 96 17 17 19 22 21
21 131 Austin Topp 87 14 16 17 20 20
22 27 James Parkin 86 30 30 26 – –
23 15 Logan Bevington 85 15 15 18 18 19
24 6 Luke Jerromes 84 24 27 16 17 –
25 263 James Allen 76 16 20 21 19 –
26 54 Alfie Rickwood 68 31 37 – – –
27 6x THOMAS GARNESS 20 20 – – – –
28 201 Benito Sidoli 13 13 – – – –

Vets
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 800 Andy Marchant 221 41 45 45 45 45
2 772 CRAIG CHAMBERLAIN 215 43 43 43 43 43
3 716 Chris Peaty 195 37 41 41 39 37
4 38 RICHARD TUDOR 193 35 37 39 41 41
5 819 Lee Spurr 191 39 39 37 37 39
6 145 Rob Gittoes 174 34 35 35 35 35
7 37 Roger Thornton 167 33 34 34 33 33
8 315 Mark Ward 165 31 33 33 34 34
9 9 Richard Roderick 156 29 32 32 31 32
10 7x Paul Minihane 155 30 31 31 32 31
11 142 Brian Grimes 146 27 29 30 30 30
12 88 Terry Sparkes 114 28 28 29 29 –
13 73 STEVE POTTER 62 32 30 – – –
14 701 Christian Seldon 45 45 – – – –
15 192 Paul Webb – – – – – –

Novice
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 99 Josh Mayhew 219 45 45 45 45 39
2 142 BEN GARDNER 215 41 43 43 43 45
3 105 Phil Evans 201 43 39 35 41 43
4 397 Scott Mayhew 197 39 41 37 39 41
5 11 Eddie Deegan 185 35 37 39 37 37
6 921 Jack Partridge 180 34 35 41 35 35
7 21 PAGE BUBB 37 37 – – – –

MX1
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 118 JAYDON MURPHY 221 45 45 45 43 43
2 279 Adam Harris 215 43 43 43 45 41
3 17 Tyron Cleaver 209 41 41 41 41 45
4 117 Thomas O’Connor 195 39 39 39 39 39
5 11 Liam Deegan 181 35 35 37 37 37
6 977 Joe Smith 176 37 34 35 35 35
7 42 Rhys Grimes 169 34 33 34 34 34
8 191 JOE SEEDHOUSE 37 – 37 – – –

MX2
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 44 Corey Southwood 215 37 45 43 45 45
2 308 JONATHAN RODERICK EVANS 215 43 43 45 43 41
3 210 Lee Truman 207 45 41 41 41 39
4 49 Karl Haycock 201 41 39 39 39 43
6 208 Kieran Yorke 172 35 37 32 33 35
5 220 JOSH CANTON 179 33 35 37 37 37
7 67 CONNOR HALLIGAN 165 39 32 31 35 28
9 79 Ieuan Harris 164 34 33 34 34 29
8 2 Jake Ford 165 32 34 35 30 34
10 921 Henry Partridge 155 29 31 33 31 31
11 663 John McKenzie 152 31 29 28 32 32
12 80 Darren Webster 150 28 30 30 29 33
13 130 Aaron Collins 141 27 27 29 28 30
14 438 Tristan Leyshon 128 26 25 24 27 26
15 602 Elliott Clegg 80 – 26 27 – 27
16 14 Ryan Thomas 76 25 – 25 26 –
17 12 ROBERT MORRIS 76 – – 26 25 25
18 9 Ben Bird 58 30 28 – – –