MBC coming for Kieradan! British Minibike Championships Rounds 3 & 4 – Preview
The Minibike Champs crew have been beavering away all week at the fantastic Keiradan Park near Scunthorpe to present a fresh circuit and new features for rounds 3 and 4 of the British Minibike Championships which are held there this weekend on the 26th and 27th May.
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The Kids 50cc class of 2018 are super talented with massive future’s ahead for these ultra fast little racers. Archie Britton stole the show in rounds one a two with a clean sheet of race wins, but he has a whole host of little rippers nipping at his heels including 6 year olds Robbie Daly and Riley Ray Barrow, not to mention Nationals Champion Dayton Thompson who will be looking to get himself back on the top step of the podium again.
Leo Vowles head’s into the weekend with the Championship lead in the Youth 125cc Junior class after an epic performance at Mildenhall. Jake Speller is the only rider to lower Vowles colours in MBC competition so far this year and sits in third in the championships and will be looking for more of the same, whilst Jack Perry who sits in second in the standings will not want to lose ground on the leader. Micky Bennett was consistent in the last two round’s and keeping the points coming in will keep him in the hunt and the improving Ethan Lochrie will also be one to watch.
Ewan Goddard is a young man with a hunger for titles after powering to the Youth 125cc Senior Nationals title in March, and he leads the standings with a good win in round 2 of the British Champs. Alex Dutton though sit’s just 10 points behind Goddard in the Championship standings after taking the round 1 victory and will want to be back on the box in Scunthorpe. Freddie Hills and Harry Streeter could also feature and both are within touching distance of the championship leader.
Leading the way in MBC 110 category is Piers Skinner, with his biggest rival being the fast and frantic Matthew Pocock. Each of these racers has won a round this year and with Oscar Stearn who won the Nationals also on their tail the outcome of the weekend will be interesting.
The MBC140 is an intriguing contest this season with reigning champion Ash Gorman under fire from new challengers Blaine Blackwell and Kris Ayres. Blackwell tasted early success with a win the Nationals and Round 1, but Gorman was back to his best in round 2 and went unbeaten. We have a feeling the battle for the title between these three is gonna go down to the wire.
Having missed out on the Masters title in 2017 Lee Mitchell is super focused in 2018 and showed his intent with a stunning six race wins from six at Mildenhall. Jay Taylor will be looking to avenge this though and get his first win of the year and challenge Mitchell for the title.
Chris Rose has been a dominant force in the Vets class, but the times could well be changing with Jason Gutteridge starting the British Champs in stunning form taking the wins ahead of Rose in both Rounds 1 and 2. Rose is a wily old fella though so expect him to be on the charge at Kieradan.
The Expert class is so heaped with title hopefuls its difficult to know where to start. As it stands Rick Ford tops the standings after a Round 1 win, with Tyrone Tugwell holding second with Daniel Fisher 3rd. Jody Barnes pulled off the Round 2 win and sits in 4th but we have to be honest and say with such a lot of riders in with a chance, a win could come from anywhere.
The Pro class is as open and exciting as its ever been. French whizz kid and World Champion Mike Valade is fit from the injury he received at round 2 and will be back to looking to regain the form and speed which gave him the round 1 win. He has tons of points to make up after not scoring any points in Round 2, and the two riders joint at the top of the leaderboard Troy Beck and Kris Ayres will certainly not want to succumb to the French Dynamo. Another rider with heaps of points to make up is reigning British Pro Champ Bradley Pocock who had a weekend to forget in Mildenhall so expect there be plenty of fire in his belly this weekend. The Danish invasion will also be in full swing with Sebastian Kaergaard, and newcomer Mads Frosthholm also in serious contention as will be Nationals Champion and last years runner up Blaine Blackwell who will be wanting to improve on his 4th place in the series.
We look forward to reporting back to you from this event, but in the meantime keep up to date with the series via the MBC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/minibikechamps/