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Irwin and Watson Crowned! Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 7 – Race Report and Results
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Irwin and Watson Crowned! Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 7 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 31, 2017

Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) and Ben Watson (Hitachi KTM UK) sewed up the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship MX1 and MX2 titles at round seven of the series at Preston Docks on Sunday.

Report by Sean Lawless – Image by Nuno Laranjeira

Irwin won both MX1 races – extending his Maxxis win-streak to eight motos – and clinched the title with victory in the second 25-minute plus two lap race after resisting early pressure from EWC contender Nathan Watson who’d taken up a wildcard ride.

“It’s awesome, fantastic, amazing,” said the 24-year-old Irishman. “I can’t believe it. This year everything’s just clicked. The team, the bike, everything. I’ve been given the tools to do the job and I can’t thank everybody enough. My wife, my whole family, the team, all my sponsors – it’s amazing. 

“We’ve won eight races in a row now which is some serious momentum. In that last race today I was like ‘should I think of the championship and let Nathan Watson by’ but I just couldn’t have anybody talking about an enduro rider coming to the British championship and winning so I put my head down.”

Irwin was joined on the podium by Brad Anderson (Verde Sports Racing KTM) who went 2-4 and Nathan Watson who ran 6-2.

Ben Watson, who missed almost the entire 2016 season through injury, won the opening MX2 moto and led race two before American wildcard Darien Sanayei (Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki) passed him just after half-distance.

With his main title rival Martin Barr (Buildbase Honda) struggling with starts all day Watson knew he could afford to ease his pace and still take the title with one round to go.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “I came here with a 42-point lead and knew I had to leave here over 50 ahead if I wanted to win the championship so I pushed on in both races. I won the first race and was second in race two – I’d have loved to have pushed harder in the last one and tried to fight for the win but I thought of the bigger picture.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the whole team and everyone who’s backed me after being out almost all of last year. It feels great to come back and win the championship.”

Sanayei’s 2-1 card gave him the overall win from Watson and Barr who took a pair of fourth-placed finishes to snatch third on a tie-break from Josiah Natzke (Hitachi KTM UK).

“I’ve been here a couple of times before and I love the track and the weather held off so it was actually a great day,” said Sanayei. “I was third in race two behind Natzke and Ben so I followed their lines a little bit and then just started pushing about halfway through and came away with the win.”

In the MXY2 class Keenan Hird (Craigs Kawasaki Team Green) took the overall and the series lead after opening race winner Lewis Hall (Team Green Kawasaki) crashed out of race two while leading.

“I’m very happy,” said Hird. “There was a bit of luck in race two because Lewis went down but sometimes that’s how it goes. I felt good out there and just relaxed and rode my own race.”

Hird’s 3-1 card gives him a 24-point lead in the championship ahead of Tom Grimshaw (HCR Putoline Apico Factory DBC Yamaha) who was third overall on Sunday behind Jack Bintcliffe (Hitachi KTM UK).

The championship concludes on August 27 at Foxhill.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 5 Graeme Irwin 50 25 25
2 60 Brad Anderson 40 22 18
3 91 Nathan Watson 37 15 22
4 151 Harri Kullas 36 20 16
5 37 Gert Krestinov 34 14 20
6 119 Ryan Houghton 29 16 13
7 95 Dan Thornhill 29 18 11
8 6 Carlton Husband 27 12 15
9 162 Stuart Edmonds 25 11 14
10 14 Robert Davidson 23 13 10
11 25 Jamie Law 22 10 12
12 153 James Harrison 16 7 9
13 295 Ross Rutherford 14 8 6
14 11 Matt Burrows 13 9 4
15 57 Tony Craig 12 4 8
16 49 Luke Parker 8 5 3
17 48 Reece Desoer 7 – 7
18 411 Declan Whittle 7 2 5
19 111 Eythor Reynisson 6 6 –
20 311 Aaron MCarroll 3 1 2
21 511 Jay Lamb 3 3 –
22 4 Harry Bradley 1 – 1

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 57 Darian Sanayei 47 22 25
2 919 Ben Watson 47 25 22
3 50 Martin Barr 36 18 18
4 33 Josiah Natzke 36 20 16
5 151 Harri Kullas 34 14 20
6 148 Michael Eccles 29 16 13
7 119 Mel Pocock 26 11 15
8 3 Josh Gilbert 19 7 12
9 38 Gavin Stevenson 19 13 6
10 66 Lewis Tombs 18 9 9
11 41 Alexander Brown 17 15 2
12 98 Todd Kellett 16 2 14
13 714 Brad Todd 15 5 10
14 77 Jay Hague 15 10 5
15 303 Jake Millward 12 12 –
16 180 Josh Spinks 11 – 11
17 272 Neville Bradshaw 8 – 8
18 60 Dylan Woodcock 8 8 –
19 134 Liam Knight 7 – 7
20 63 Jordan Divall 7 3 4
21 115 Ashton Dickinson 6 6 –
22 19 Tom Neal 5 4 1
23 122 Jake Sheridan 3 – 3
24 575 Taylor Hammal 1 1 –

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 29 Keenan Hird 45 20 25
2 77 Jack Bintcliffe 38 22 16
3 61 Tom Grimshaw 37 15 22
4 82 Charlie Cole 36 18 18
5 99 Howard Wainwright 34 14 20
6 78 Harry Kimber 28 13 15
7 195 Dylan Stynes 26 12 14
8 19 Lewis Hall 25 25 –
9 101 Ben Clark 24 16 8
10 575 Declan Hunter 22 9 13
11 11 Max Ingram 22 10 12
12 66 Jake Parker 22 11 11
13 138 Kathryn Booth 17 7 10
14 814 Jordan Meredith 15 6 9
15 161 Aidan Williams 8 8 –
16 184 Cavan Barlett 5 5 –
17 614 Jack Lawson 4 4 –