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Barr’s on top at Culham! AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 6 – Race Report and Results
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Barr’s on top at Culham! AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 6 – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 1, 2018

After weeks of dry, hard and slick tracks, riders contesting the latest AMCA British Motocross Championship action at Culham on Sunday had to change their focus to instead tackle some wet weather racing!

Report and Stock Pictures by Mike Wood

Despite that constant rain threat though, the superb Culham circuit which sits on the banks of the River Thames coped admirably with the sudden climate change and thus produce plenty of incident packed action. The main headlines on the day came in MX2 where Josh Coleman, a serious title contender saw his season come to a painful end and Clinton Barrs scored what will surely prove to be one of the most popular overall wins of the season! Also hitting the headlines, the MX1 and 2T class produced maiden AMCA Championship overall wins for Ray Rowson and the hard-charging Jake Parker respectively.

Shane Carless in MX1

With the rain at its worst, Ray Rowson made his intentions for the day perfectly clear by posting the fastest MX1 qualifying time ahead of Ryan Crowder and series leader Josh Waterman. One very notable absentee from the MX1 field though was Ashley Greedy who had led the series for most of the season but is now nursing a broken collarbone sustained in a mid-week practice crash.

Transferring that qualifying speed into race action, Rowson then led the opening moto from start to finish. In the early stages, Ryan Crowder, Jansen Day, Ashley Thomas, Gary Gibson and Josh Waterman were the next best. Whilst Crowder slipped back to finish 8th, Waterman showed just why he is the man to catch in MX1 by soaring up to get home in a great 2nd as Day had one of his best rides of the season to take 3rd. Unfortunately the closing stages of this moto was marred by a big crash which resulted in a very lengthy delay and ultimately the whole event being restricted to just two blocks of racing.

Ray Rowson the MX1 winner

So in the decisive second MX1 battle, it was Gary Gibson, buoyed by recent podium finishes in the IMBA European Championship who was fastest away but after two laps, Rowson had swooped from 4th up to pole position. From here onwards, Ray controlled all the way to the chequered flag and thus record his first ever AMCA MX1 overall victory. Following him home in moto two were Gibson, Waterman who completed the race without the use of his rear-brake after initially gating 8th, Lee Harrison, Shane Carless and James Dodd. On the podium, Waterman took silver and Gibson bronze but more significantly, Waterman has now opened up a very healthy 94 point lead at the top of the standings.

Gary Gibson, 3rd in MX1

Aboard his new 2019 FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna which he had only collected midweek, MX2 series leader Luke Burton not only posted the fastest qualifying time but also strolled to victory in moto one. Whilst Jonathan Roderick-Evans had claimed the initial holeshot before dropping back to 14th, there was to be several riders producing a seriously impressive climb up the leaderboard. Clinton Barrs went from 7th up to snatch 2nd, young Henry Williams went from 6th up to 3rd, Kieran Cooke stormed from 11th to take a great 4th and Lee Sealey despite suffering from a bout of food poisoning took a super 5th after gating 12th. Also in this incident packed moto one, Josh Coleman who had previously led the title chase saw his season come to a painful end when crashing out and suffering a fractured right fibula and dislocated right shoulder.

Simon Lane the Vets winner

Burton, Jack Gardner and Lewis King all took turns to lead MX2 moto two before Barrs smoothly moved through from an early 4th to take control on lap three. From here onwards, the DK Off-road Kawasaki pilot enjoying easily his best performance of the season kept the throttle wire tight before racing onto a great win. After admitting in his own words that he had made the wrong tyre choice for the ever changing track conditions in the second clash, Burton slipped off and dropped to 7th before recovering in style to get home in 2nd spot. Having another very impressive ride, Williams took 3rd from King, Gardner, Sealey and Tranter. Just two weeks after becoming a father for the second time, Barrs was to be a very popular and deserving overall victor afterwards saying, “Qualifying did not go well and had a few set-up problems which left me down in 12th so I wasn’t happy! In race one I gated 9th and just got my head down and after a few good battles found myself in 2nd. I felt like I had some really good lines that nobody else was on and that really made a difference as I was not getting roosted! Race two I made a better start and this time managed to pull off some quick passes. It took me 3 laps to get to the front and my lines were still good but it’s been a while since I won a Championship race so I tried to make sure that I remained composed and did not ride tight. I had so much incredible support from trackside that it just helped push me onto victory and it was certainly a great feeling passing the chequered flag in first place!”

Sean Smith, 2nd in the Vets

Extending his 2T series advantage, Richard Cannings cruised to a big opening moto win at Culham, leading from gate to flag in style. In the early stages, Mark Young held 2nd with Sean Eckersley in 3rd but the man on a serious charge was Jake Parker. In every round so far, Parker has been knocking on the door and in this moto he showed his speed again by climbing from 7th to bag the runners-up position. Eventually an equally quick Young took 3rd from Eckersley, Doyle, Ryan Zebedee, James Lane and Jack Waterman.

In the second clash for two-smokers, Cannings looked on course to record another runaway win before being halted on lap seven with a collapsed rear-wheel. So taking the moto victory was that man Parker, passing Eckersley on the final lap as Young got home in 3rd. Once again Doyle, Ashley Beniston, Lane, Zebedee and Alec Everitt were in the frame and bagging more vital points. On the box though, top honours belonged to a rightfully delighted Parker who proved to be a very worthy Culham winner.

Jake Parker the 2T winner.

Following a big crash at Hawkstone, Terry House was a Vets class non-starter and in his absence, Simon Lane took full advantage! Bagging another maximum point’s haul, the JSR Honda rider increased his series lead. In moto one though it was Sean Smith who was fastest away, heading the charge for two laps before being replaced by Lane who had gated 4th. So on completion of a typically competitive Vets contest it was victory to Lane from Richard Chinn, Smith, Gary Jones, Colin Conduit and Stephen Elford.

Certainly proving that he had the Culham starts well and truly dialled in, Smith was again quickest away in Vets moto two this time leading for seven laps as Lane surprisingly found himself down in 11th. Showing though just why he is the series pace-setter, Lane then stormed up the leaderboard before taking control just two laps from home. As for the fast Smith, well he had to be satisfied with 2nd place with Chinn, Jones and Brian Staples the next best.

Youth winner Joseph Brookes

At Culham, Youth series leader Joseph Brookes faced a new challenge in the form of Team Green Kawasaki ace Ben Mustoe who was having a wildcard ride. Brookes though was determined to maintain his incredible unbeaten record in the AMCA series and that’s just what he managed to achieve! In moto one it was Brookes all the way from gate to flag as Mustoe passed Charlie Palmer early on for 2nd. Holding 4th spot throughout the contest was Matt Tolley from Joshua Main, Mitja Krasniqi, Henry Tomes and Ezra Blackwell.

With another very accomplished performance, Brookes took another gate to flag win in moto two from Mustoe, Palmer, Krasniqi, Tolley, Tomes and Main. Next up for the entertaining Youth aces and all other Championship chasers is the big, spectacular jumps of Brookthorpe in Gloucestershire on August 12th.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 12 Ray Rowson 120 60 60 –
2 19 Josh Waterman 104 54 50 –
3 4 Gary Gibson 99 45 54 –
4 68 Shane Carless 92 47 45 –
5 18 Lee Harrison 90 43 47 –
6 6 Jansen Day 89 50 39 –
7 292 James Dodd 84 41 43 –
8 146 Ryan Crowder 74 37 37 –
9 11 Ashley Thomas 74 39 35 –
10 17 Luke Meredith 70 29 41 –
11 44 Luke Mellows 68 35 33 –
12 166 Josh Taylor 62 33 29 –
13 110 Dean Swift 58 31 27 –
14 143 Luke Bull 53 27 26 –
15 54 James Smith 51 26 25 –
16 48 Rhys Walker 48 24 24 –
17 305 Ollie Kirby 46 23 23 –
18 368 Richard Gray 39 17 22 –
19 51 Scott Howlett 39 21 18 –
20 100 Nicky Jones 39 22 17 –
21 74 Sean Wainwright 39 25 14 –
22 149 Jack Griffiths 37 18 19 –
23 74* Matthew Chaplin 36 20 16 –
24 56 Edward Briscoe 31 – 31 –
25 547 Harry Greetham 31 16 15 –
26 310 Joe Bailey 30 19 11 –
27 666 Max Luckes 28 15 13 –
28 73 Stephen Wheatley 26 14 12 –
29 12* Curtis Blamey 21 – 21 –
30 24 Kieron Mcavoy 20 – 20 –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 99 Clinton Barrs 114 54 60 –
2 14 Luke Burton 114 60 54 –
3 15 Henry Williams 100 50 50 –
4 311 Lewis King 90 43 47 –
5 10 Lee Sealey 88 45 43 –
6 101 Jack Gardner 86 41 45 –
7 121 Kieron Cooke 86 47 39 –
8 231 Rory Jones 72 39 33 –
9 9 Bradley Tranter 70 29 41 –
10 36 Gareth Artus 68 33 35 –
11 3 Matt Ridgway 66 35 31 –
12 17 Tyron Cleaver 62 25 37 –
13 7 Luke Newman 60 31 29 –
14 220 Josh Canton 54 27 27 –
15 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 51 26 25 –
16 73 Jack Wankling 50 24 26 –
17 626 Jamie Comley 47 23 24 –
18 130 Aaron Collins 44 21 23 –
19 515 Ben Daniels 40 19 21 –
20 999 Conner Challinor 39 17 22 –
21 942 Macauley Davies 38 20 18 –
22 242 Ben Walker 37 18 19 –
23 361 Pip Davies 37 22 15 –
24 7* Cory Mcshane 37 37 – –
25 451 Billy Wieczorek 35 15 20 –
26 68 Nathan Bache 32 16 16 –
27 23 Jordan Petrek 31 14 17 –

2 Stroke

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 66 Jake Parker 114 54 60 –
2 160 Sean Eckersley 101 47 54 –
3 517 Mark Young 100 50 50 –
4 144 Bradley Doyle 92 45 47 –
5 781 James Lane 84 41 43 –
6 140 Ryan Zebedee 84 43 41 –
7 100 Ashley Beniston 82 37 45 –
8 61 Jack Waterman 76 39 37 –
9 333 Alec Everitt 74 35 39 –
10 46 Adam Hill 64 29 35 –
11 338 Ben White 64 33 31 –
12 999 Richard Cannings 60 60 – –
13 400 Ben Griffiths 59 26 33 –
14 68 Callum Evans 58 31 27 –
15 813 Chris Neesam 54 25 29 –
16 934 Sam Callow 53 27 26 –
17 71 Blaine Blackwell 47 22 25 –
18 1 Harvey Matthews 46 24 22 –
19 32 Craig Cording 44 21 23 –
20 603 James Mcquade 44 23 21 –
21 58 Michael Wheatley 43 19 24 –
22 41 Harry Clarke 40 20 20 –
23 57 Stephen Hurst 36 17 19 –
24 80 Stephen Plant 35 18 17 –
25 112 Sam Russell 34 16 18 –
26 36 Joshua Crewe 31 15 16 –
27 320 Sam Bailey 28 13 15 –
28 424 Matthew Morgan 28 14 14 –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 73 Simon Lane 120 60 60 –
2 121 Sean Smith 104 50 54 –
3 148 Richard Chinn 104 54 50 –
4 74 Gary Jones 94 47 47 –
5 22 Brian Staples 86 41 45 –
6 7 Stephen Elford 86 43 43 –
7 3 Colin Conduit 84 45 39 –
8 205 Paul Wieczorek 80 39 41 –
9 145 Ryan Baker 72 37 35 –
10 271 John Heath 70 33 37 –
11 46 Warren Clifton 66 35 31 –
12 189 Paul Biddulph 62 29 33 –
13 4 Sean Doyle 60 31 29 –
14 125 Nigel Travis 53 26 27 –
15 99 Marc Bates 53 27 26 –
16 888 Steve Ferney 48 24 24 –
17 159 Chris Gaunt 46 23 23 –
18 126 Barry James 44 22 22 –
19 8 Dan Merifield 41 20 21 –
20 167 David Bullock 39 21 18 –
21 119 Russell Hartill 38 18 20 –
22 5 Stuart Brown 38 19 19 –
23 703 Wayne Holder 25 – 25 –
24 137 Alun Joyce 25 25 – –

Youth 85/150

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Joseph Brookes 120 60 60 –
2 163 Ben Mustoe 108 54 54 –
3 128 Charlie Palmer 100 50 50 –
4 852 Matt Tolley 92 47 45 –
5 0 Mitja Krasniqi 90 43 47 –
6 857 Joshua Main 86 45 41 –
7 55 Henry Tomes 84 41 43 –
8 40 Ezra Blackwell 76 39 37 –
9 16 Jake O Gorman 76 37 39 –
10 26 Kierun Webber 70 35 35 –
11 75 Mitchell Hartill 64 31 33 –
12 7 Caleb Greaves 64 33 31 –
13 277 Harry Ridgway 29 29 – –
14 853 Reece Leverton 27 27 – –