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High Five! BSMA Bridgestone National Motocross Championship Round 5 – Race Report and Results
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High Five! BSMA Bridgestone National Motocross Championship Round 5 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 27, 2017

With track conditions at Warmingham Lane resembling something closer to French hard pack prior to the event

Jack Timms had his Bridgestone hooking up real good for 2 wins

Fridays deluge of rain was more than welcomed for Saturdays racing leaving track conditions in perfect condition for round five of the six round BSMA Bridgestone national championship series.

Report and Images by Ady Cowshall

The vets and novice combined where first to take to the circuit with Simon Bracey desperate to make up points of the series leaders Lee Spurr (829 pts) and John Gauntlett (795 pts) after a DNF in one of the races at the last round he has an uphill task on his hands to claw back the 83 point deficit to Spurr out front. After an intense first few laps where the front runners all changed places Ross Parry joined in the action and luckily for Bracey put himself between Bracey and Gauntlett pushing Spurr down to fourth across the line. Bracey managed to settle himself into a winning rhythm by the flag but with Spurr and Gauntlett both in the mix the points haul was no where near what is needed to put himself back in contention. The second encouter again saw Bracey hit the front along with Rob Vernon but again Gauntlett and Spurr were in contention. Bracey took a flag to flag win but only gaining 10 points on the leader he has a lot of work to do in the final round to catch the on form Spurr or even Gauntlett, but with a potencial 225 points left on the table for the final round anything is possible and it will certainly be an interesting last 5 races as these guys know ‘all’ the tricks in the book.

The novice class riders had to play second fiddle to the wylie old vets as the top 8 were on a quicker lap time than the

Thomas Oconnor was inline for his best ever result untill a puncture struck

younger riders but it was Stephen Redfern again in command as he came home with a pair of wins and what looks like on paper to be an unassailable lead over his closest rival Rhys Grimes. Grimes could only manage a 5th in race 1 while Jack Vincent did his overall championship no harm at all with a great second place while Tamara Morgan fully recovered from her ‘off’ in round 3 secured a brilliant 3rd in front of Scott Mayhew who needs to keep an eye out for the new found form of Vincent. Second race couldnt have gone better for Redfern taking another victory and Vincent followed up his first race performance showing it was no fluke to gain a chunk of points on Grimes and Mayhew to close the gap on a potential podium finish for the series championship. With Redfern way out front the battle is for the remaining podium places with these three riders all in close contention!

The Amx and Open as usual ran together with Bridgestones own backed riders forging to the fore with Jack Timms JSR Honda leading the way and Andy Fitzgerald hanging onto his roost to try to make some distance on Alan Pearce as those two contest the lead in the championship. Timms on the Bridgestone tyres but concentrating on the AMCA championship having not contested all the Bridgestone rounds wasn’t a threat to the leaders in the series but was out front setting a good pace pulling away in the first few laps to gap the field. Rob Yates series leader and another using the Bridgestone tyres was soon making short work of the riders in his way despite being on a 250f he rode the wheels of it to pull up to second by the second lap. Yates had fought his way through into second and put the hammer down to reel in Timms and shortly after Harry Linton back on board a KTM got his Bridgestones hooking up to put the lap charts into a 1-2-3 for the title sponsors battling hard with Thomas O’connor untill the latter went out with a flat rear whilst being in his best position all year! By mid race Yates had snatched the lead while Timms was in the open class, Yates was in the Amx so the need for a duel on track wasn’t necessarily needed but Timms held onto the roost of Yates and the pair gapped the rest of the field giving Bridgestone a 1-2. Linton faded back from holding third to finish 5th over the line. Fitzgerald did what was needed finishing in front of Pearce by a few spots putting the onus on Pearce to come up with the goods for the final round. You can expect him to come out all guns blazing and most probably a complete opposite style from series leader Fitzgerald. The second race had Timms pull another holeshot gaining yet another bottle of Rhino Goo and going on to take the flag early as the race had to be red flagged. Yates was recorded as 2nd on the countback and wildcard Matt Ridgway came through to pass Fitzgerald for 3rd. Pearce was again behind the series leader adding more pressure to give it his all next time out.

The opening senior race shocked more than a few spectators as the familiar sound of a 4 stroke coming round in front was replaced by the scream of Callum Beeken’s 125 after he outbraked John Mckenzie coming into the first hairpin on the second time round, he then controlled the race from the front with an excellent display of smooth controlled riding to take the win by a clear margin from Ieaun Harris after he fought long and hard with Mckenzie in the opening laps. Harris couldnt make any inroads into Beekens lead and had to settle for 2nd with Mackenzie losing 3rd on the final lap to Jayden Murphy’s never give up attitude. With Tommi Davies rounding out the top 5 there was then a large gap back to the rest of the field. Race 2 had Davies hit the but Mckenzie soon overhauled him and brought Beeken with him, Davies faded as the laps past dropping him down the order Makenzie. Beeken had a country mile over the second placed 125 rider and stayed in front of the rest of the 4 strokes despite Harris’s pressure.

Ben Mustoe looked set to continue his top form and after disposing of early race leader Marshall Holstead checked

Kyle Ingram had good results in sw

out to a near 30 second lead by the flag on his green machine. Holstead took an unchallenged 2nd from Joey Benfield with Harvey Jackson and Levi Davies rounding out the top 5. The next race proved a little more exciting as once again Mustoe took off into the distance but this time second through 4th were a lot closer matched and it could of gone anyway. A last ditch effort from Benfield put him into 3rd over the line just behind Holstead with a disgruntled Jackson in 4th, Davies 5th once again. With the absence of Freddie Bartlett the final podium position has now become a tight battle so the last round will be a very good battle.

Like something out of one of the AMA motocross review videos James Hanscomb was inline for the ‘perfect’ season

Levi Davies keeps scoring well in 65’s

having not dropped a point, but with every good film comes a twist and round five ended that dream season, after fighting through to the front Hanscomb disappeared from the leaderboard only to re-appear outside the top 10, in fact only marginally inside the top 20 and as he clawed back the places another spill made life even harder, the expectations of a ‘Bubba’ style charge through the pack didnt materialise as he fought back the pain from what could of been a series ending crash to take home what points were easily available. With Hanscomb down and out of the picture this left the door open for the rest of the field to shine, Billy Duke had started badly so he was out of the equation leaving Ben Watkins to grab the lead back but he had serious attention from Thomas Casbeard and Billy Collins, Casbeard did get past but not for long Watkins wasn’t to be denied of his first bw win. Casbeard had to keep his errors to a minimum as Collins was pushing him all the way and the three crossed the line with less than 5 seconds separating them. As they set off for the next race expectation for the Bridgestone backed 85 rider Hanscomb to come round in front were dashed, suffering somewhat from his first race antics he approached the race with caution coming round to complete the first lap only 4th. Out front it was initially wildcard Alfie Rickwood but he was soon dropped down to 3rd as Casbeard hit the front, no sign of Watkins he’s gone down on the first lap along with Callum Watson and Duke hadn’t got out the gate great either which gave Caiden Wilkinson his chance at glory as he passed Rickwood and set after Casbeard. Untill the last lap it remained the same order with Hanscomb seemingly unable to push to gain any places but as they went round to the back of the circuit on the final lap things all changed and the commentator went wild as it was Hanscomb somehow in front and took the win from Casbeard and Wilkinson!

Small wheels has become a very tight battle for the series lead with two main contenders and an outside chance from a third. The wins have been yo yoing back and forth between Jak Taylor and Ethan Sills with the latter marginally holding the points lead. So as the gate dropped for these powerfull little machines it was Sills with the drop on his rival. Sills didnt look back and went on to take a solid win with Taylor lying second untill the dying stages where Kyle Ingram and Joe Brookes fought there way past. Tyler Smith had an early spill leaving him with plenty of work to do to come back up the order but could only manage 6th behind Jacob Harley. Second time out and Sills was pushed hard by Taylor the pair couldn’t shake off Brookes and mid race he got past Taylor and started to pressure Sills for the win, Sills held on to take the flag from Brookes and Taylor. With only the 2 races being run the points chase for the title is still very close in this class and with the ever improving Brookes sticking his front fender into the mix there could be an upset to come!

The autos is looking increasingly like a Freddie Gardiner demo race as after an initial challange from Ben Casey he went on to dominate the class taking a half minute lead to the flag over just 4 laps! Casey had a right scrap for runner up spot with Harlow Green, possibly the biggest lad in the group which is definitely a hindrance to him as he man handles his little machine around swopping places several times before having to accept 3rd but any mistake would of been eagerly snatched up by the ever present Ollie Bubb. The last race was a much closer run thing between Gardiner and Casey as they traded places several times right up till the last lap when Casey went down letting Gardiner off the hook and home and dry with another big lead. Third through to seventh was a close call, Green again taking 3rd, 4th to Bubb then it was Lee Simkiss, Shane Jones and Brody Biggs all in close contention.

The final round comes to Brookthorpe and with the track now truly bedded in its going to be a tough demanding circuit where the riders that use good line choice will be the ones coming home with the bacon.

Results

Auto’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 14 Freddie Gardiner 90 45 45
2 53 Ben Casey 86 43 43
3 10 Harlow Green 82 41 41
4 44 Ollie Bubb 78 39 39
5 55 Lee Simkiss 71 34 37
6 22 Sonny Rooney 70 37 33
7 84 Brody Biggs 69 35 34
8 8 Shane Jones 68 33 35
9 79 Harley O’Callaghan 64 32 32
10 6 Jayci Dix 62 31 31
11 9 Matthew Morgan 58 28 30
12 249 Iolo Evans 58 29 29
13 48 Liam Regan 58 30 28
14 7 Jenson Severn 54 27 27
15 88 Charlie James 51 25 26
16 78 Jeremy Titley 51 26 25
17 774 REECE ASTBURY 48 24 24
18 122 Dylan Spurr 46 23 23

Juniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 3 Ben Mustoe 90 45 45
2 17 MARSHALL HOLSTEAD 86 43 43
3 222 Joey Benfield 82 41 41
4 225 Harvey Jackson 78 39 39
5 1 Levi Davies 74 37 37
6 2 Oliver Rigby 70 35 35
7 118 Zack Lewis 68 34 34
8 212 Harry Beach 66 33 33
9 111 Connor Howells 63 31 32
10 16 THOMAS BALEMAN 59 32 27
11 46 Hayden Yeend 59 29 30
12 006 Malachi Stock 57 28 29
13 167 Jack Evans 55 27 28
14 27 Jack Green 53 22 31
15 9 Ethan Lochrie 53 30 23
16 121 Ben Spurr 51 26 25
17 619 Cameron Chell 50 24 26
18 06 Ashton Phillips 47 23 24
19 34 Archie Wycherley 45 25 20
20 112 Kenzie Taysome 43 21 22
21 97 Ethan Childe 41 20 21

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 30 Ethan Sills 90 45 45
2 19 Joe Brookes 84 41 43
3 25 Kyle Ingram 82 43 39
4 22 Jak Taylor 80 39 41
5 181 Tyler Smith 72 35 37
6 10 Jacob Harley 71 37 34
7 44 Danny Webster 64 31 33
8 51 Sonny Shipton 63 28 35
9 119 Jack Viner 62 30 32
10 52 Matthew Mears 62 32 30
11 15 JOSH WILLIAMS 61 34 27
12 24 Kieran Calver 61 33 28
13 99 Josh Brookes 60 29 31
14 220 Alfie Smith 56 27 29

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 333 Thomas Casbeard 84 43 41
2 59 CAIDEN WILKINSON 82 39 43
3 25 Ben Watkins 78 45 33
4 205 Billy Collins 78 41 37
5 94 James Hanscomb 76 31 45
6 54 Billy Duke 70 35 35
7 4 Daniel Maulie 69 37 32
8 910 Harvey Tillotson 66 32 34
9 1 Harvey Matthews 64 33 31
10 54X ALFIE RICKWOOD 62 23 39
11 51 Lewis Glynn 60 30 30
12 116 LEWIS COOPER 57 28 29
13 24 Luke Woolgrove 57 29 28
14 5 Callum Watson 56 34 22
15 813 Leo Whordley 52 25 27
16 2 Ria Mai Truman 52 27 25
17 941 Josh Noon 50 26 24
18 154 Mckenzie Horlock 47 24 23
19 27 TAYLOR JOHNSON 43 22 21
20 22 Guitar Webster 42 16 26
21 334 Ben Dutton 40 20 20
22 74 Lewis Hyham 40 21 19
23 717 Troy Gillett 36 19 17
24 294 Emily Noon 36 18 18
25 275 Shauna Hope 33 17 16
26 28 Charlie Griffiths 15 15 –

Seniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 211 Callum Beeken 90 45 45
2 17 Owen Woodhouse 86 43 43
3 36 Joseph Davies 80 39 41
4 98 Marshall Smith 80 41 39
5 77 Ryan Manley 74 37 37
6 51 Steffan Hooper 66 31 35
7 10 Kyle Biggs 66 35 31
8 46 Finley Smith 65 33 32
9 777 Tom Hardwick 63 30 33
10 114 Louis Smith 62 28 34
11 88 BRYN BROOKES 61 34 27
12 41 Jude Hartwell 61 32 29
13 11 Eddie Deegan 59 29 30
14 34 Toby Griffiths 53 27 26
15 25 Ryan Lancellotte 28 – 28
16 6 Luke Jerromes – – –

Seniors- Open

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 79 Ieuan Harris 88 45 43
2 663 John McKenzie 86 41 45
3 118 Jaydon Murphy 84 43 41
4 249 Tommy Davies 76 39 37
5 199 Brad Priest 73 34 39
6 411 Dane Lovatt 70 35 35
7 414 Elliott Pugh 69 37 32
8 107 Dean Palmer 67 33 34
9 99 Josh Mayhew 65 32 33

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 452 Simon Bracey 90 45 45
2 544 John Gauntlett 84 41 43
3 819 Lee Spurr 80 39 41
4 713 ROSS PARRY 78 43 35
5 146 Rob Vernon 76 37 39
6 49 Gary Mason 72 35 37
7 717 Jason Gillett 68 34 34
8 17 DAVE LANGTREE 64 31 33
9 167 MATT EVANS 63 33 30
10 304 STEVE BEVAN 62 30 32
11 60 Colin Yeend 59 32 27
12 145 Robert Gittoes 58 27 31
13 64 Gary Jones 56 28 28
14 40 Grant Mayhew 55 26 29
15 21 Nick Boot 55 29 26
16 138 KARL CLACK 50 25 25
17 7x Paul Minihane 48 24 24
18 315 MARK WARD 45 22 23
19 149 Robert Howard 45 23 22
20 142 Brian Grimes 40 19 21
21 28 DARREN BARKER 40 20 20
22 48 Scott Hughes 36 18 18
23 6 Norbert Czora 33 16 17
24 9 Richard Roderick 21 21 –
25 14 Blane Roach – – –

Novice

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 72 Stephen Redfern 90 45 45
2 829 Jack Vincent 86 43 43
3 81 Tamara Morgan 78 41 37
4 42 Rhys Grimes 76 37 39
5 91 Mark Roberts 74 33 41
6 397 Scott Mayhew 74 39 35
7 921 Jack Partridge 69 35 34
8 77 Dan Edwards 67 34 33

Adult Open

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 28 Jack Timms 90 45 45
2 8 MATT RIDGWAY 86 43 43
3 22 Andy Fitzgerald 82 41 41
4 101 SHAUN BUCHAN 76 37 39
5 26 Harry Linton 74 39 35
6 331 Alan Pearce 72 35 37
7 31 Scott Meredith 67 33 34
8 70 Luke Davies 67 34 33
9 225 Joe Roberts 63 32 31
10 117 Thomas O’Connor 62 30 32
11 14 Ryan Thomas 61 31 30

AMX

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 4 Rob Yates 90 45 45
2 2 Jake Ford 86 43 43
3 49 Karl Haycock 82 41 41
4 921 Henry Partridge 76 37 39
5 9 Ben Bird 76 39 37
6 64 Jack Hunt 70 35 35
7 11 Liam Deegan 68 34 34
8 438 Trystan Leyshon 66 33 33
9 58 LIAM JOHNSTON 64 32 32
10 142 Bopper Gardner 62 31 31