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Carless see’s the light at Brookthorpe. AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 7 – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 15, 2017

During a season in which he has been left frustrated by niggling injury woes, Marsh MX Honda pilot Shane Carless

MX1 winner Shane Carless

can at last see some positive light at the end of the tunnel! At Brookthorpe on Sunday during round seven of the AMCA British Championship, the Welshman went 3/1/1 to deservedly top the MX1 podium. In what as been a tough, ultra-competitive campaign, another rider struggling with injury at present is MX1 series leader Luke Burton. However one again the FUS FRO CPS Husqvarna rider defied a very painful knee to somehow take 2nd on the day with Ryan Crowder the winner during round six on the box in 3rd. That result means that with just two back to back rounds to come in September, Burton is edging ever closer to retaining his crown.

Report and Images by Mike Wood

In MX2, Ray Rowson on the Apex Geartec KTM banged in another big, smooth maximum score to thus extend his

Ray Rowson the MX2 winner

lead at the top of the standings to 70 points. Joining him on the Brookthorpe podium was defending Champion Josh Waterman and a very happy Bradley Tranter. Also grabbing maximum points to increase his 2T Championship advantage was Brad Turner as Jordan Saunders and Shaun Buchan completed the top three. In the final class for Vets it was the same old familiar story with series leader James Russell taking top honours from Terry House and Simon Lane.

So in this series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop in which there as been plenty of great action, the recently revamped and superbly prepared Brookthorpe circuit promised plenty more of the same, and that’s just the way it turned out to be! Throwing the gauntlet down to the big MX1 stars on their booming

Ryan Crowder(146) leading Gary Gibson in MX1 moto three.

450F mounts, it was to be 250cc 2T Gibson Tyres Yamaha mounted Adam Harris who posted the fastest qualification time. And in the opening MX1 contest, Harris was certainly again right on it. Taking the win though was Gary Gibson after being locked in a great battle with his title rival Luke Burton. Passing and repassing, the contest was decided when Burton’s motor stalled in a deep, rutted corner. The man on a charge in this one was Shane Carless, going from 8th up to 3rd and thus finish ahead of Ryan Crowder, Harris, Paul Neale, Luke Meredith and Jack Timms.

Whilst both Harris and Neale fell in the early stages of MX1 moto two, this contest was to develop into an absolute classic at the front. Initially and much to the delight of the local supporters it was Timms who had grabbed the holeshot before coming

MX1 moto two action from Jack Timms(282) and Gary Gibson.

under intense pressure from Burton, Crowder and Carless. Adding extra interest to the moto, first race winner Gibson was down in 10th and with it all to do. At the front, Carless timed his move to perfection, surging into pole position with just a couple of laps remaining and thus take the win with Burton 2nd and Crowder 3rd. Taking 4ht was the hard charging Gibson whilst Meredith had also stormed through in style for 5th just ahead of early pace-setter Timms. With early faller Neale getting back to 11th, Ed Briscoe, Matt Ridgway, Andrew Smart and Brandon Benjamin were also right in there and fighting hard.

In the last MX1 clash which had to be restarted, it was Carless leading just about all the way to confirm a richly deserved overall verdict as Crowder produced another accomplished ride to

Gary Gibson, 4th in MX1

bag 2nd with Burton in 3rd. The ever consistent Ashley Thomas, Briscoe, Smart and Neale were in the frame as Gibson had to settle for 8th. After injuring his ribs in moto two, the unfortunate Northern Irish rider crashed in this clash aggravating the pain! Afterwards the podium topper Carless said, “After having had injury problems just about all season, I was really pleased with this one and felt good on the bike all day. Not only did I take the win but I also convincingly recorded the fastest lap time during racing. Many thanks to Marsh MX and all my sponsors for their help.”

Recording the fastest qualifying time, MX2 series leader Ray Rowson then grabbed the moto one holeshot before being quickly passed by Luke Dean. For Dean though that glory was to be

Luke Dean in MX2 action

short-lived as he fell on lap two dropping right down to 14th. From here onwards it was Rowson leading all the way chased hard by Josh Waterman with Bradley Tranter having a great ride to bag 3rd. Loving the big Brookthorpe jumps, Jansen Day surged from 8th up to 4th and Lewis King went from 13th up to 7th. With Jack Cox, James Wainwright, Ryan Jones and Chris Povey also right in there, Dean after that earlier off took 8th. Not so fortunate in this moto was Luke Mellows, suffering a massive off which forced him out.

In MX2 moto two it was Rowson all the way as Waterman quickly moved up from 4th to slot into 2nd ahead of Tranter, Dean, Wainwright, Clinton Barrs, Day and Cox. After falling early on, King charged back from 18th to 9th whilst a battered

Jansen Day, 8th in MX2

and bruised Mellows showed great character to earn 10th.

As Rowson controlled MX2 moto three from start to finish, Day was holding 2nd early on until suffering an uncomfortable off. Going through the whoops section, his feet slipped off the footpegs, losing contact with his bike. Frantically trying to retrieve the situation he eventually hit the ground and dropped to 17th. Also well outside the top ten in the early stages, Waterman had to work hard and produce a strong ride to earn an eventual 6th. This was to be a very profitable moto for Team FUS as Cox got home in 2nd from teammate Tranter in 3rd and Dean, King, Barrs, Mellows and Wainwright the next best. After his earlier spectacular moment, Day took 13th in this one but the happiest MX2 rider on the day was certainly Tranter. Smiling with delight at his 3rd overall he said, “I felt really good in qualifying and thought that this might be my day. I then record a hat-trick of strong 3rd places my best performance of the season and on the podium. So happy for Team FUS and all the sponsors.”

Although not being totally satisfied with his riding at Brookthorpe, 2T series leader Brad Turner quickly got into his

Rory Jones, 4th in 2T

stride to comfortably win the opening contest. In the mix was Jason Kenderick who passed Dylan Hodgkins for 2nd, Jordan Saunders, the spectacular Rory Jones, Shaun Buchan, Bradley Doyle, Matthew Nash, Jordan Wright and Tony Griffiths.

Kenderick led 2T moto two from Saunders and Turner and quickly a super three way battle for top spot was developing. For a couple of laps battle raged between these top 2T aces until Turner stretched that throttle wire to zoom past both his rivals in one swoop. So on completion it was Saunders taking 2nd with Kenderick 3rd, Buchan 4th, James Lane 5th and young Jones 6th.

Kenderick was again the fastest rider away in the last 2T moto before that man Turner went through. Despite that pass on him, Kenderick though remained in 2nd and looking good for an eventual podium spot before going missing from proceedings. This must have been total frustration for Kenderick who had also been well on course for an  overall top three placing during the last round at Boraston before again suffering a last race DNF! So with the unfortunate Jason out, Buchan took 2nd and Sanders 3rd in the moto to also confirm their places on the Brookthorpe box. With another very strong performance, Jones got home in 4th in this final battle chased hard by Wright, Nash and Richard Lloyd.

In a typically entertaining opening Vets moto, series leader James Russell on his Premier Bikes KTM grabbed the

Simon Lane, 3rd in the Vets.

holeshot to lead from Simon Lane and Terry House. Quickly House closed on the front two only to fall and lose ground. Once again though the determined KTM pilot fought back to snatch 2nd away from Lane with Gary Jones, Richard Chinn, Darren Bennett and Brian Staples the next best.

After just missing out in moto one, House made amends in the second clash all be it by the very narrowest of margins! In a great battle, on the run in to the chequered flag, House took the outside line whilst Russell dived for the inside, Terry getting the verdict by just a tyre’s width as Lane took 3rd and all the usual suspects filled the remaining top ten places.

So it was down to a House v Russell last moto decider for the Vets overall top slot. But it was Darren Bennett who grabbed the holeshot before quickly being replaced by Lane who went on to take the win and thus spoil the party as Russell finished in 2nd spot. Earlier in the contest, House was right on it and inserting tremendous pressure on Russell before crashing and having to settle for 3rd. Jones, Chinn, Bennett, Staples and Paul Wieczorek were the next best in this one but the end result was another crucial overall win for Russell as he now extends his series lead to 84 points.

Results

MX1 

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 68 Shane Carless 170 50 60 60
2 14 Luke Burton 158 54 54 50
3 146 Ryan Crowder 151 47 50 54
4 4 Gary Gibson 146 60 47 39
5 17 Luke Meredith 123 41 45 37
6 56 Edward Briscoe 121 35 41 45
7 110 Andrew Smart 117 37 37 43
8 15 Paul Neale 117 43 33 41
9 282 Jack Timms 117 39 43 35
10 78 Ashley Thomas 100 22 31 47
11 8 Matt Ridgway 97 27 39 31
12 105 Brandon Benjamin 97 33 35 29
13 110* Dean Swift 85 31 29 25
14 231 Luke Newman 81 29 26 26
15 279 Adam Harris 78 45 – 33
16 143 Luke Bull 75 26 25 24
17 171 Zac Stealey 74 23 24 27
18 102 Thomas Shepherd 70 20 27 23
19 88 Kristofer Ayres 65 24 19 22
20 34 Mitchell Benjamin 58 18 20 20
21 27 Joshua Scott 53 15 17 21
22 255 Ricky Fenton 50 16 16 18
23 517 Mark Young 48 25 23 –
24 133 Lee Clarkson 46 11 21 14
25 100 Nicky Jones 45 14 18 13
26 368 Richard Gray 41 12 13 16
27 54 James Smith 39 17 22 –
28 74 Matthew Chaplin 38 8 15 15
29 24 Kieran Mcavoy 35 21 14 –
30 496 Matthew Jones 30 – 11 19
31 38 Ricky Sealey 29 – 12 17
32 141 Robert Johnson 19 19 – –
33 41 Anthony Delrieu 13 13 – –
34 305 Ollie Kirby 10 10 – –
35 149 Jack Griffiths 9 9 – –
36 4* Mark Bayliss 7 7 – –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 12 Ray Rowson 180 60 60 60
2 1 Josh Waterman 151 54 54 43
3 4 Bradley Tranter 150 50 50 50
4 131 Jack Cox 138 45 39 54
5 52 Luke Dean 133 39 47 47
6 40 James Wainwright 125 43 45 37
7 311 Lewis King 123 41 37 45
8 6 Jansen Day 117 47 41 29
9 99 Clinton Barrs 115 31 43 41
10 964 Ryan Jones 101 37 31 33
11 210 Lee Truman 97 29 33 35
12 35 Chris Povey 92 35 26 31
13 44 Luke Mellows 86 12 35 39
14 70 Tyron Cleaver 77 25 25 27
15 557 Shaun Pearce 77 27 24 26
16 47 Luke Phillips 66 20 23 23
17 111 Richard Roberts 63 21 20 22
18 7 Cory Mcshane 62 33 29 –
19 119 Martin Jones 60 24 18 18
20 782 Oliver Consterdine 58 19 15 24
21 84 Steve Crute 56 16 19 21
22 616 Troy Jones 56 15 21 20
23 87 Craig Robinson 51 26 – 25
24 78 Adam Wise 50 14 17 19
25 101 Jack Gardner 45 18 27 –
26 484 Russell Griffiths 44 22 22 –
27 504 Aaron Hardiman 33 17 16 –
28 73 Jack Wankling 23 23 – –
29 66 Ryan Williams 13 13 –

2Stroke

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 808 Brad Turner 180 60 60 60
2 83 Jordan Saunders 151 47 54 50
3 101 Shaun Buchan 144 43 47 54
4 231 Rory Jones 135 45 43 47
5 33 Jordan Wright 123 37 41 45
6 288 Matthew Nash 121 39 39 43
7 781 James Lane 111 33 45 33
8 144 Bradley Doyle 109 41 31 37
9 247 Jason Kendrick 104 54 50 –
10 46 Adam Hill 98 24 35 39
11 813 Chris Neesam 91 27 33 31
12 934 Sam Callow 85 31 27 27
13 71 Blaine Blackwell 83 22 26 35
14 32 Richard Lloyd 78 – 37 41
15 100 Scott Bates 75 26 23 26
16 3 Colin Conduit 68 19 25 24
17 191* Jake Morgan 64 10 29 25
18 41 Harry Clarke 62 21 20 21
19 68 Nathan Bache 61 17 21 23
20 86 Matthew Hockenhull 53 – 24 29
21 301 Ben Griffiths 53 18 13 22
22 105 Richard Hathaway 51 15 17 19
23 113 Philip Peaster 50 14 18 18
24 54 Dylan Hodgkins 50 50 – –
25 235 Philip Dyson 48 16 16 16
26 33* Daniel Talbot 47 25 22 –
27 57 Stephen Hurst 44 13 14 17
28 50 Joshua Herbert 39 – 19 20
29 194 Ashley Wilson 38 23 15 –
30 119 Tony Griffiths 35 35 – –
31 116 Aiden Wharton 29 29 – –
32 191 Joe Seedhouse 20 20 – –
33 287 Danny Russello 12 12 – –
34 84 Aarron Kitching 11 11 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 38 James Russell 168 60 54 54
2 66 Terry House 164 54 60 50
3 73 Simon Lane 160 50 50 60
4 74 Gary Jones 141 47 47 47
5 148 Richard Chinn 135 45 45 45
6 6 Darren Bennett 129 43 43 43
7 22 Brian Staples 123 41 41 41
8 205 Paul Wieczorek 117 39 39 39
9 411 Stephen Marlow 109 37 37 35
10 505 Warren Clifton 105 35 33 37
11 271 John Heath 101 33 35 33
12 703 Wayne Holder 93 31 31 31
13 99 Marc Bates 85 29 29 27
14 187 Chris Matthews 83 27 27 29
15 888 Steve Ferney 74 24 26 24
16 146 Robert Vernon 73 25 25 23
17 125 Nigel Travis 72 23 23 26
18 232 Matthew Holcombe 70 21 24 25
19 51 John Ball 58 19 19 20
20 69 John Hawkins 57 18 18 21
21 50 Stephen Guest 55 13 20 22
22 8 Dan Merifield 51 15 17 19
23 44 Sean Cossons 49 16 15 18
24 490 Graham Howard 42 11 14 17
25 135 Gary Hurst 35 22 13 –
26 2 Nigel Reed 34 12 22 –
27 167 David Bullock 30 14 16 –
28 268 Steven Gallagher 26 26 – –
29 259 Jamie Smith 21 – 21 –
30 103 Shaun Hayles 20 20 – –
31 89 Glyn Moreton 17 17 – –
32 79 Richard Partridge 12 – 12 –

Non Qualifiers

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 69 Ryan Phillips 174 54 60 60
2 99 Daniel Brazil 157 60 47 50
3 547 Harry Greetham 155 47 54 54
4 666 Max Luckes 147 50 50 47
5 451 Billy Wieczorek 135 45 45 45
6 21 Jack Maddocks 43 – 43 –
7 53 Sam Kirkham – – –