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Frocester Redemption for Waterman. AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 8 – Race Report and Results
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Frocester Redemption for Waterman. AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 8 – Race Report and Results

by adminSeptember 6, 2017

Just one week ago, MX2 top pilot Josh Waterman was left bitterly frustrated by an under-performing KTM engine

Josh Waterman the MX2 winner.

lacking power and punch which lost him vital points during an IMBA European Championship round in Italy. But then just seven days later and proving how quickly fortunes can change in motocross, at Frocester for the penultimate round of the AMCA British Motocross Championship that frustration was to turn to total smiles and elation! Those niggling mechanical gremlins, caused by an electrical fault had finally been identified and rectified thus allowing Josh to not only scorch to a hat-trick of moto wins but also keep himself in contention to retain his AMCA MX2 title when the series concludes at Norley this weekend. Topping the Frocester podium, Josh reduced leader Ray Rowson’s advantage down to 43 points. Rowson though the MX2 man very much inform  was also on that box along with Luke Dean, the rider that currently sits 3rd in the series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop.

Race Report and Images by Mike Wood

In MX1, defending Champion Luke Burton calmly collected another calculated overall win and now requires just a

Luke Burton the MX1 winner.

further 49 points to retain his title. During Sunday’s action, Ryan Crowder claimed his third successive MX1 podium spot with 2nd overall whilst Gary Gibson took 3rd. When the AMCA series wraps up this weekend at Norley, the rider with what appears to be the least work to do and thus get over the line is 2T leader Brad Turner. Following another overall win on Sunday, Turner requires just 8 points to secure his first AMCA title. Bagging his first ever podium, a simply delighted Jack Waterman took 2nd in the 2T at Frocester with James Lane the 2016 series runner-up recording his best finish so far this campaign with 3rd. The last class for Vets which as proved to be a season long three-way domination looks like going in favour of James Russell. The former AMCA Open class

Matt Ridgway, 6th in MX1

Champion took victory on Sunday and now needs another 91 points to earn the 2017 Vets crown.

Despite rain falling pretty much throughout the entire proceedings thus making corner entry particularly slippery and visibility for riders difficult, the big old Frocester circuit was in great shape and survived the weather to dish up some very exciting racing thanks to the sterling efforts of the Dursley MXC.

Currently in a rich vein of form, Ryan Crowder grabbed the opening MX1 holeshot of the day before Luke Burton moved through just as the pack completed lap one. From here onwards it was the MX1 Championship leader controlling all the way

Close MX1 action from Gary Gibson(4) and Luke Burton.

although he did have a nervous moment in the closing stages, making contact with a backmarker in a corner which stalled his FUS Husqvarna’s engine. Taking 2nd in this one and just over 3 seconds in arrears was Shane Carless who had been on a massive charge. Gating 7th, the Marsh MX Honda rider was really on it as Crowder took 3rd from fast 2T ace Adam Harris and a great race long tussle for 5th featuring Gary Gibson, Paul Neale, Luke Meredith and Ashley Thomas.

MX1 moto two and Crowder again took the holeshot to thus lead the opening lap. This time around it was to be Gibson claiming the eventual win as Burton moved up to get home in 2nd ahead of fast starting Crowder, Jack Timms, Thomas, Harris

Adam Harris, 5th in MX1

and Matt Ridgway enjoying one of his best rounds of the campaign. In this second clash the man in trouble was Carless who after being involved in a turn one collision lost his handlebar grip! Quickly repairing the damage, Shane was right down in 22nd before recovering back to finish 13th.

Desparate to make amends and claw back vital points, Carless then led the final MX1 clash all the way to the finish after passing holeshot king Crowder. With Burton, struggling for clear vision in the rain and suffering a fall early on which dropped him down to 6th, the Champion elect decided to settle for a safe 2nd. Finishing their respective performances off in style, the smooth Crowder was again to take 3rd ahead of Harris, Gibson and Ridgway, all right in the mix and fighting hard. In this moto, Brandon Benjamin enjoyed his own best ride of the day, getting it home in 7th.

Lewis King on the TMC Kawasaki was fastest away in the opening MX2 clash before being passed by Josh Waterman. In a frantic few early laps, Bradley Tranter, Jansen Day and Clinton Barrs were also right on it as series leader Ray Rowson in 8th and Luke Dean 9th had plenty of work to do. As Waterman raced off to bag the win, Rowson stormed back up the leaderboard to snatch 2nd, followed through by Dean who also had a great ride in 3rd. Early leader King eventually had to settle for 4th with Tranter, Day and Barrs the next best.

Dean made a flying start in moto two, putting in a big few early laps before being reeled in by Waterman. After a

Lewis King(311) grabs the MX2 holeshot followed by Bradley Tranter(4).

super battle, Waterman then moved to the front before racing off to another impressive win. Day and Barrs were to be the next best as Rowson got home in 5th. This was certainly to be a very painful moto for the series leader Rowson after earlier suffering a nasty cut to his head when a flying stone pierced his goggles. Also not enjoying such good fortune this time around, King crashed on lap one when entering a fast downhill corner. Restarting last he got home in 12th.

Dean and Tranter were very fast off the mark in the final MX2 clash before they both fell on the completion of lap one. Quickly remounting, the rider in trouble was Tranter, suffering a painful injury to his rear end and also losing all the fluid from his back brake system! Upfront the rejuvenated Waterman was simply flying, blasting to another win chased home by Rowson, Day, Barrs,

Vets winner James Russell.

Luke Mellows and James Wainwright. After their earlier tumble, Dean recovered for 7th and Tranter was 13th whilst King was forced out early on with mechanical gremlins. Afterwards a relieved Waterman said, “For the last couple of months we been having problems which we thought was down to the engine but found it was an electrical issue which we rectified just yesterday at 4pm. What a difference I had in speed and power today and felt like I was riding a different bike. The track was really good so well done to Lawson Benjamin and the Dursley MXC crew”.

Enjoying the Frocester terrain, Jack Waterman led the charge in 2T moto one for three laps before being overhauled by Championship pace-setter Brad Turner. Getting home in 3rd was Shaun Buchan passing Jason Kenderick late on. Having campaigned on a KTM all season, Kenderick was out on a TM at Frocester and looked very comfortable aboard his new mount whilst James Lane, Bradley Doyle, Jordan Saunders and Rory Jones all started strongly. Having finished her BWMA Ladies campaign, Nadiya Jones was competing for the first time in the AMCA 2T series and got home in 30th place in moto one.

What a classic 2T moto two proved to be as again Waterman grabbed the holeshot before Buchan, Lane, Doyle and finally Waterman for the second time all took turns to lead. Taking the win it was Waterman from Lane enjoying easily his best performance of the season, Kendrick, Doyle and Saunders. Not having it all his own way, Turner was 17th before falling and dropping right back to 31st. Showing his class though the AMS/IDS KTM ace eventually recovered for 9th. The final 2T clash also produced more super action as Buchan led a four way battle at the front which featured Saunders, Turner and Alec Everitt. Eventually though that man Turner took the all-important win to just about tie up a much deserved title. On the podium though the happiest man was certainly Jack Waterman, “ Today went well and I made good starts which helped. The track was superb and I am so pleased as that was my first ever podium.”

In a great Vets moto one battle, Simon Lane, James Russell and finally winner Terry House all took turns to lead the way. Such was the pace of the top three that they forged a massive advantage for themselves at the front. The main focus then turned to a terrific scrap for 4th in which Richard Chinn got the verdict just ahead of Gary Jones who had gated right down in 14th and Brian Staples.

Vets Champion elect Russell then led moto two all the way as House held 2nd, then fell dropping back to 3rd before again recovering to reclaim the runners-up position. Next best was Lane, Jones, Chinn, Darren Bennett and Staples. The best race of the day though was certainly to be moto three! In that clash both Russell and Lane took turns to lead but the man providing the entertainment was House. Holding 2nd the KTM rider fell and dropped back to what appeared to be a distant 3rd! Undeterred he not only remounted but passed Lane for 2nd before then remarkably reeling in and passing a very surprised leader Russell on the final lap. In an incredible finish, Russell then responded to regain his leadership on the very last corner, getting the verdict by just a tyre’s width, simply superb!

Sunday’s event also featured round two of the AMCA 85cc/150cc Youth Championship, the youngsters on duty displaying plenty of skill and courage to master the slippery conditions. Taking moto one it was Alfie Rickwood all the way ahead of Harrison McCann and Max Lewis. In the second encounter, Rickwood looked set to record another big win until his engine stalled on several occasions. Losing valuable ground and places, the distraught youngster was eventually forced to retire from the moto. So bagging the win this time around it was McCann from Lewis, Jack Loveridge and Ben Dutton. In the last clash, Rickwood had his bike back on song to thus record another win with McCann, Joshua Fletcher-Williams and Lewis the next best. That stoppage for Rickwood in moto two though also meant that he would not feature on the podium with the trophies going to McCann, Lewis and Loveridge.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Luke Burton 168 60 54 54
2 146 Ryan Crowder 150 50 50 50
3 4 Gary Gibson 150 45 60 45
4 68 Shane Carless 143 54 29 60
5 279 Adam Harris 137 47 43 47
6 8 Matt Ridgway 121 37 41 43
7 15 Paul Neale 117 43 35 39
8 78 Ashley Thomas 113 39 45 29
9 105 Brandon Benjamin 109 29 39 41
10 17 Luke Meredith 105 41 31 33
11 110 Andrew Smart 103 31 37 35
12 171 Zac Stealey 97 33 33 31
13 56 Edward Briscoe 90 27 26 37
14 282 Jack Timms 82 25 47 10
15 110* Dean Swift 79 26 27 26
16 34 Mitchell Benjamin 66 22 24 20
17 158 Sam Jones 65 21 19 25
18 102 Thomas Shepherd 65 24 23 18
19 401 Jack Beniston 64 18 22 24
20 133 Lee Clarkson 63 23 17 23
21 143 Luke Bull 56 35 21 –
22 231 Luke Newman 52 – 25 27
23 74 Matthew Chaplin 52 16 15 21
24 772 Craig Chamberlain 52 17 16 19
25 255 Ricky Fenton 45 15 13 17
26 38 Ricky Sealey 43 13 14 16
27 305 Ollie Kirby 39 19 20 –
28 54 James Smith 38 20 18 –
29 112 Mark Wyatt 36 10 11 15
30 149 Jack Griffiths 35 11 10 14
31 100 Nicky Jones 34 – 12 22
32 909 James Harrison 33 12 9 12
33 149* Rikki Wainwright 30 9 8 13
34 547 Harry Greetham 19 8 – 11
35 27 Joshua Scott 14 14 – –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 1 Josh Waterman 180 60 60 60
2 12 Ray Rowson 153 54 45 54
3 52 Luke Dean 145 50 54 41
4 6 Jansen Day 143 43 50 50
5 99 Clinton Barrs 135 41 47 47
6 44 Luke Mellows 123 39 39 45
7 40 James Wainwright 121 35 43 43
8 4 Bradley Tranter 115 45 41 29
9 131 Jack Cox 109 37 33 39
10 964 Ryan Jones 105 33 35 37
11 7 Cory Mcshane 101 29 37 35
12 210 Lee Truman 88 31 26 31
13 70 Tyron Cleaver 80 26 27 27
14 311 Lewis King 78 47 31 –
15 73 Jack Wankling 75 27 25 23
16 119 Martin Jones 73 23 24 26
17 111 Richard Roberts 70 22 23 25
18 782 Oliver Consterdine 70 24 22 24
19 557 Shaun Pearce 62 – 29 33
20 616 Troy Jones 62 20 20 22
21 84 Steve Crute 59 19 19 21
22 36 Grant Jones 56 18 18 20
23 41 Ben Wainwright 56 21 16 19
24 47 Robert Ainley 46 25 21 –
25 500 Matthew Alford 33 16 17 –
26 440 Conor Brookes 32 17 15 –
27 66 Ryan Williams 15 15 – –
28 35 Jack Bullock 14 14 – –

2 Stroke

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 808 Brad Turner 157 60 37 60
2 61 Jack Waterman 155 54 60 41
3 781 James Lane 149 45 54 50
4 101 Shaun Buchan 145 50 41 54
5 247 Jason Kendrick 142 47 50 45
6 83 Jordan Saunders 133 41 45 47
7 144 Bradley Doyle 133 43 47 43
8 231 Rory Jones 111 39 35 37
9 333 Alec Everitt 109 31 43 35
10 33 Jordan Wright 101 35 39 27
11 32 Richard Lloyd 100 37 24 39
12 934 Sam Callow 88 24 33 31
13 813 Chris Neesam 80 18 29 33
14 68 Nathan Bache 79 29 27 23
15 288 Matthew Nash 75 23 26 26
16 194 Ashley Wilson 73 27 17 29
17 71 Blaine Blackwell 71 25 21 25
18 46 Adam Hill 71 22 25 24
19 626 Jamie Comley 66 26 22 18
20 86 Matthew Hockenhull 64 33 31 –
21 3 Colin Conduit 61 21 20 20
22 41 Harry Clarke 54 13 19 22
23 287 Danny Russello 53 19 18 16
24 254 Anthony Bennett 51 17 15 19
25 105 Richard Hathaway 48 15 16 17
26 104 Nigel Woodman 43 20 23 –
27 503 Jake Humphreys 38 12 14 12
28 666 Max Luckes 36 10 12 14
29 33* Daniel Talbot 29 8 – 21
30 84 Aarron Kitching 27 14 – 13
31 57 Stephen Hurst 27 16 11 –
32 99 Daniel Brazil 25 – 10 15
33 461 Nadiya Jones 24 11 13 –
34 451 Billy Wieczorek 9 9 – –
35 191 Joe Seedhouse 7 7 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 38 James Russell 174 54 60 60
2 66 Terry House 168 60 54 54
3 73 Simon Lane 150 50 50 50
4 74 Gary Jones 139 45 47 47
5 148 Richard Chinn 137 47 45 45
6 6 Darren Bennett 127 41 43 43
7 22 Brian Staples 123 43 41 39
8 205 Paul Wieczorek 119 39 39 41
9 411 Stephen Marlow 111 37 37 37
10 271 John Heath 101 33 33 35
11 187 Chris Matthews 89 31 31 27
12 703 Wayne Holder 87 25 29 33
13 103 Shaun Hayles 86 29 26 31
14 505 Warren Clifton 83 35 27 21
15 540 Vince Larcombe 80 27 24 29
16 125 Nigel Travis 75 26 25 24
17 232 Matthew Holcombe 72 23 23 26
18 126 Barry James 71 24 22 25
19 888 Steve Ferney 64 22 20 22
20 69 John Hawkins 63 19 21 23
21 268 Steven Gallagher 59 21 19 19
22 51 John Ball 55 17 18 20
23 44 Sean Cossons 49 15 16 18
24 37 Stephen Elford 47 12 35 –
25 167 David Bullock 42 14 11 17
26 5 Stuart Brown 38 10 12 16
27 79 Richard Partridge 35 18 17 –
28 2 Nigel Reed 27 13 14 –
29 8 Dan Merifield 26 11 15 –
30 50 Stephen Guest 20 20 – –
31 112 Alex Luckes 16 16 – –
32 112 Alex Luckes 13 – 13 –

Youth 85/150 Championships

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 702 Harrison McCann 168 54 60 54
2 546 Max Lewis 151 50 54 47
3 4 Jack Loveridge 134 41 50 43
4 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 132 43 39 50
5 334 Ben Dutton 127 39 47 41
6 715 Aiden Woodman 121 33 43 45
7 54 Alfie Rickwood 120 60 – 60
8 27 Taylor Johnson 119 37 45 37
9 170 Joe Butler 99 29 31 39
10 44 88 47 41 –
11 922 Ozzie Murray 82 45 37 –
12 18 Christopher Conduit 66 31 – 35
13 15* 62 27 35 –
14 214 David Bradley 59 26 33 –
15 11 Reece Leverton 35 35 – –
16 5 Riley Hughes 25 25 – –
17 72 Billy Platt 24 24 – –

Non Qualifiers

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 36 Gareth Artus 180 60 60 60
2 97 Darren Marklove 149 50 45 54
3 134 Owen Taylor 144 47 47 50
4 13 Kyle Jones 133 43 43 47
5 595 Ben Rumbold 119 45 33 41
6 55 Darren Harvey 117 33 39 45
7 166 Josh Taylor 108 54 54 –
8 40 Ben Mauler 105 27 35 43
9 176 Bradley Mears 91 41 50 –
10 27 Marcus Waldron 88 22 27 39
11 32 Oliver Vaughan 78 37 41 –
12 69 Ross Lower 66 35 31 –
13 24 Henry Smith 61 24 37 –
14 598 Aaron Boundy 60 31 29 –
15 115 Liam Pearce 54 29 25 –
16 197 Thomas Hacker 51 25 26 –
17 0* Daryl Perkins 39 39 – –
18 647 Laurence Agg 26 26 – –
19 35 Conor Carey 23 23 – –