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Game Over! Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 8 & Finale – Race Report and Results
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Game Over! Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 8 & Finale – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 28, 2017

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team-mates Darian Sanayei and Tommy Searle dominated the pro programme at the eighth and final round of the 2017 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Foxhill on Sunday.

Race Report and Image by Sean Lawless 

The American, a wildcard winner last time out, returned to run 1-1 in MX2 while Searle – making his 2017 championship debut after spending the entire season injured – matched Sanayei’s score in MX1.

In the British Two-stroke Championship it was James Dunn (GL12 Racing KTM) who remained unbeaten on the day as his team-mate Mike Kras took the title and Tom Grimshaw (HCR Putoline Apico Yamaha) topped the MXY2 class but couldn’t stop Keenan Hird (Craigs Motorcycles/Team Green) from sweeping to the coveted crown.

The day ended in disappointment for Buildbase Honda pairing Graeme Irwin and Martin Barr. Irwin, with the MX1 title already secured, attempted to race both classes but withdrew halfway through the day through illness and Barr, with second in the MX2 championship safe, crashed heavily in his opening moto

Fortunately, after being taken to hospital, the diagnosis was heavy bruising but no broken bones for the tough Irishman.

“It was kind of a last-minute decision to do this,” said Sanayei. “I had some pretty good racing with Martin Barr in the first one – I hope he’s all right – and in the second battled with Natzke for a little while and ended up going 1-1.

“I’ve never been to Foxhill and I missed a little bit of the free practice this morning so I went out there and I didn’t know really where I was going. On the first lap of the first race I went over a hill and the corner was a little bit sooner than I was expecting.”

Sanayei was joined on the podium by Natzke (Hitachi KTM UK) who took second on a tie-break after carding 4-2 from Mel Pocock (REVO Husqvarna UK) who ran 2-4.

In the championship Harri Kullas (MVR-D Route 77 Husqvarna) snatched third behind Ben Watson (Hitachi KTM UK) – who, with the title already in the bag, raced MX1 – and Barr.

Searle, the 2016 MX1 champ, was in dominant form but was chased hard all day by Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) who signed off with two second-placed finishes and Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda Racing) in third with a 4-3 card.

Watson, making his 450 debut, looked fast and impressed with a 6-4 score for fifth overall.

“I just came here to race,” said Searle. “It’s important for me to race and I’m enjoying racing at the moment probably more than I have done in the past just because I haven’t really got much pressure on myself.”

In the championship Krestinov took second from Brad Anderson (Verde Sports Racing KTM) by 13 points.

Despite missing the opening round of the two-stroke series Dunn claimed third in the championship behind Kras and Neville Bradshaw thanks to his second maximum score in a row.

“It’s nice to finish the year with a 1-1,” said Dunn. “Obviously, I didn’t start the season due to injuries last year so it’s good to finish on a strong note and go into the off-season feeling happy.”

Bradshaw, racing an ’89 CR500, came home third on the day behind series newcomer Ashley Greedy.

Heading into the final round of the MXY2 championship Grimshaw trailed Hird by 24 points and took his first overall win of the series with a 2-1 score

“I’m over the moon,” said Grimshaw. “I’ve come close all year but managed to put two consistent races in today and come away with the overall. To win the last race of the season is a great confidence boost before I move into MX2 in 2018.”

First race winner Charlie Cole (Husky Sport) followed Grimshaw home in moto two for second overall with Hird taking third on the day with a 5-3 score.

Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) was fifth overall to secure third in the championship.

Results

MX1 

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 100 Tommy Searle 50 25 25
2 44 Elliott Banks-Browne 44 22 22
3 37 Gert Krestinov 38 18 20
4 60 Brad Anderson 34 20 14
5 919 Ben Watson 33 15 18
6 173 Luke Norris 25 10 15
7 153 James Harrison 24 12 12
8 14 Robert Davidson 24 14 10
9 119 Ryan Houghton 21 8 13
10 25 Jamie Law 20 9 11
11 731 Jake Shipton 16 – 16
12 5 Graeme Irwin 16 16 –
13 295 Ross Rutherford 13 5 8
14 2 Kevin Woutts 13 13 –
15 49 Luke Parker 11 7 4
16 95 Dan Thornhill 11 11 –
17 301 Shaun Southgate 10 4 6
18 111 Eythor Reynisson 9 – 9
19 190 Luke Benstead 9 2 7
20 10 James Rutter 8 3 5
21 11 Matt Burrows 6 6 –
22 15 Jim O’Neill 3 – 3
23 152 Luke Sturgeon 3 1 2
24 166 Joshua Taylor 1 – 1

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 57 Darian Sanayei 50 25 25
2 33 Josiah Natzke 40 18 22
3 119 Mel Pocock 40 22 18
4 98 Todd Kellett 36 16 20
5 3 Josh Gilbert 31 15 16
6 151 Harri Kullas 28 13 15
7 180 Josh Spinks 25 12 13
8 66 Lewis Tombs 24 10 14
9 134 Liam Knight 22 11 11
10 148 Michael Eccles 20 8 12
11 25 Florent Richier 20 20 –
12 60 Dylan Woodcock 15 7 8
13 874 Chubbie Hammond 14 5 9
14 5 Graeme Irwin 14 14 –
15 714 Brad Todd 13 6 7
16 303 Jake Millward 10 – 10
17 63 Jordan Divall 9 9 –
18 41 Alexander Brown 8 3 5
19 360 Nathan Dixon 6 – 6
20 575 Taylor Hammal 6 2 4
21 19 Tom Neal 4 4 –
22 661 Josh Coleman 3 – 3
23 31 Robbie Dowson 2 – 2
24 337 Glenn McCormick 1 – 1
25 17 Luke Smith 1 1 –

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 61 Tom Grimshaw 47 22 25
2 82 Charlie Cole 47 25 22
3 29 Keenan Hird 36 16 20
4 9 Jake Curtis-Stevens 33 15 18
5 19 Lewis Hall 31 20 11
6 33 Josh Greedy 29 13 16
7 22 Ben Burridge 25 10 15
8 195 Dylan Stynes 25 11 14
9 66 Jake Parker 25 12 13
10 78 Harry Kimber 23 18 5
11 712 Josh Peters 21 9 12
12 551 Kristian Hutchings 17 7 10
13 161 Aidan Williams 17 14 3
14 103 Max Broadbelt 16 8 8
15 242 Joseph Dent 13 6 7
16 138 Kathryn Booth 11 5 6
17 118 Jaydon Murphy 9 – 9
18 814 Jordan Meredith 7 3 4
19 703 Matthew Treen 6 4 2

MX2ST

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 2 James Dunn 50 25 25
2 33 Ashley Greedy 44 22 22
3 272 Neville Bradshaw 38 18 20
4 55 Mike Kras 36 20 16
5 259 Manuel Iacopi 33 15 18
6 600 Jamie Skuse 31 16 15
7 172 Robert Holyoake 27 14 13
8 72 Connor Hughes 26 12 14
9 106 Will Worden 22 10 12
10 17 Damon Strydom 21 11 10
11 200 Phil Mercer 20 9 11
12 279 Adam Harris 20 13 7
13 140 James Kensington 15 6 9
14 15 Olly Jones 15 7 8
15 21 Jake Deacon 10 5 5
16 564 Leighton Holmes 9 3 6
17 11 Lewis Dowdeswell 8 8 –
18 14 Charlie Hamlet 5 1 4
19 511 Jasper Uphill 4 2 2
20 311 Aaron McCarroll 4 4 –
21 537 Damian Wedage 3 – 3
22 713 Corrie Southwood 1 – 1