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Blazing Blaxhall. Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 6 – Race Report and Results
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Blazing Blaxhall. Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 6 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 18, 2017

Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) raced to a dominant double MX1 win – his third in a row – at round six of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at the Woodbridge club’s excellent Blaxhall circuit on Sunday.

Report by Sean Lawless – Images Courtesy of Martin Pickard

The Irishman now leads the championship by 52 points and could wrap the title up one round early at Preston Docks on July 31.

In MX2 it was 20-year-old Todd Kellett (Hitachi KTM UK) who raced to a career-first moto win and overall victory on a sensational debut for his new team while James Dunn (GL12 KTM Racing) doubled up in the two-stroke class.

Qualifying second behind home favourite Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna), Irwin holeshot the opening moto before it was red-flagged after EBB crashed heavily and sustained a suspected concussion that put him out for the rest of the day.

From the restart Irwin holeshot again and after soaking up early pressure from two-time champ Brad Anderson (Verde Sports Racing KTM) pulled clear to win by over 10 seconds from Ando and Ryan Houghton (iFly JK Racing Yamaha).

Title contender Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda Racing) took a hard-fought sixth after an early crash dropped him to 22nd on the opening lap.

Irwin took his third holeshot of the day in race two and after swapping passes with Ando finally broke clear at half-distance to come home over seven-and-a-half seconds clear of Krestinov.

Anderson, who was slowed by a rear brake issue, was third for second overall ahead of Houghton whose race-two fourth earned him the final step on the podium.

“There was a lot of talk before this race from a lot of guys who were all coming here to win so it’s good to be the man who actually did win both races today,” said Irwin. “This is all that matters to me – I don’t care about any other series, this is the one that I want to win and to go 1-1 here and extend my lead to 52 points is perfect.

“I can wrap the title up one round early at Preston Docks and that’s the goal now.” 

Micky Eccles (Putoline Planet Suspension Husqvarna) topped MX2 qualification but it was Kiwi Josiah Natzke (Hitachi KTM UK) who holeshot the opening moto and cleared off to win by almost 10 seconds from Mel Pocock (REVO Husqvarna UK).

Local hero Lewis Tombs (Lings Husqvarna) had a great ride for third just ahead of Kellett who came through from 15th after the first lap.

Brad Todd (Putoline Planet Suspension Husqvarna) led moto two before Josh Spinks (M Smith KTM Racing) took over at the front.

At half-distance Kellett, who’d again been forced to make a succession of passes, moved ahead as behind him a fierce battle raged for the leading positions.

Series pace-setter Ben Watson (Hitachi KTM UK) and his main title rival Martin Barr (Buildbase Honda), who’d both come from outside the top 20, were in the thick of it with Watson taking second from Barr on the final lap.

It’s surreal,” said Kellett, “what you dream of. The first race was steady and I didn’t get a great start but in the second race I just thought I’d have a bit of fun.

“The first race was a bit of a disappointment – I think I should have been in second really but it’s one of those things. That was my first start on the bike so everything is new to me and I’m still learning. We’re just taking it as it comes, step by step.”

Pocock’s 2-5 card was good enough for second overall from Natzke who was ninth in race two after ending the opening lap all the way back in 29th.

In the championship Watson now leads Barr by 42 points with Kellett a further 32 points adrift in third.

Blaxhall also played host to round three of the British Two-stroke Championship and Dunn, who missed the opening round, looked super-smooth as he streaked to both wins to take the overall ahead of veteran South African Neville Bradshaw (DB Racing Honda) who ran 2-3 from series newcomer Manuel Lacopi who carded 4-2.

Dutchman Mike Kras (GL12 Racing KTM) lost his unbeaten record but despite struggling to 3-8 finishes after taking a big soil sample in race two he still leads Bradshaw by seven points with one round to go.

“It’s was mint to get two wins,” said Dunn. “I’m really, really happy with that. I’m building my confidence every weekend now and getting back to where I want to be. I need to thank [GL12 boss] Bob Buchanan for getting me on a bike and getting me to these races – that’s made all the difference.”

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 5 Graeme Irwin 50 25 25
2 60 Brad Anderson 42 22 20
3 119 Ryan Houghton 38 20 18
4 37 Gert Krestinov 37 15 22
5 95 Dan Thornhill 29 16 13
6 14 Robert Davidson 29 18 11
7 57 Tony Craig 25 13 12
8 25 Jamie Law 22 6 16
9 11 Matt Burrows 20 11 9
10 190 Luke Benstead 20 12 8
11 111 Eythor Reynisson 17 7 10
12 153 James Harrison 17 10 7
13 6 Carlton Husband 15 – 15
14 162 Stuart Edmonds 14 – 14
15 173 Luke Norris 14 14 –
16 49 Luke Parker 13 8 5
17 302 Brad Woodroffe 9 9 –
18 12 George Grigg-Pettitt 8 5 3
19 48 Reece Desoer 6 – 6
20 411 Declan Whittle 4 – 4
21 10 James Rutter 4 2 2
22 188 Adam Day 4 3 1
23 915 Jim O’Neil 4 4 –
24 447 Simon Booth 1 1 –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 98 Todd Kellett 43 18 25
2 119 Mel Pocock 38 22 16
3 33 Josiah Natzke 37 25 12
4 919 Ben Watson 36 14 22
5 50 Martin Barr 35 15 20
6 66 Lewis Tombs 34 20 14
7 714 Brad Todd 27 16 11
8 180 Josh Spinks 25 7 18
9 3 Josh Gilbert 22 9 13
10 303 Jake Millward 20 10 10
11 134 Liam Knight 19 4 15
12 151 Harri Kullas 16 13 3
13 337 Glenn McCormick 15 8 7
14 148 Michael Eccles 12 12 –
15 63 Jordan Divall 11 6 5
16 272 Neville Bradshaw 11 11 –
17 874 Chubbie Hammond 9 – 9
18 115 Ashton Dickinson 8 – 8
19 575 Taylor Hammal 7 5 2
20 31 Robbie Dowson 6 – 6
21 60 Dylan Woodcock 4 – 4
22 38 Gavin Stevenson 3 2 1
23 122 Jake Sheridan 3 3 –
24 19 Tom Neal 1 1 –

MX 2Stroke

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 2 James Dunn 50 25 25
2 272 Neville Bradshaw 42 22 20
3 259 Manuel Lacopi 40 18 22
4 17 Damon Strydom 34 16 18
5 55 Mike Kras 33 20 13
6 172 Robert Holyoake 31 15 16
7 106 Will Worden 26 14 12
8 200 Phil Mercer 24 13 11
9 258 Luke Gidney 22 7 15
10 82 Charlie Cole 21 12 9
11 600 Jamie Skuse 20 10 10
12 564 Leighton Holmes 15 9 6
13 311 Aaron McCarroll 14 – 14
14 72 Connor Hughes 13 6 7
15 3 Jason Moreland 11 8 3
16 48 Benjamin Talbott 11 11 –
17 35 Rob Hales 10 5 5
18 98 Ty Kellett 9 1 8
19 388 Mathew White 6 4 2
20 14 Charlie Hamlet 4 – 4
21 74 Troy Willerton 3 3 –
22 21 Jake Deacon 2 2 –
23 140 James Kensington 1 – 1