Maxxis British Motocross Champs Round 1 – Preview and Wet Weather plan
The ACU British Motocross championships will be hoping it’s second time lucky this weekend as it heads to Culham Motoparc in Oxfordshire for the first round of the series after it’s initial opener at Lyng was postponed.
Feature image courtesy of Dave Rich
With the planned British Motocross Festival being slimmed down with the cancellation of the British Youth Nationals the event promoters RHL Activities have put out a Wet Weather plan for the event which reads:
“Following the announcement of the postponement of the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship, RHL Activities have put into place the Wet Weather Plan with immediate effect.
Saturday 31st March
8am – Main Gates Open – everyone will queue in access road into the site
10.30am – Vehicles will be escorted and sited individually by the paddock team
12.00pm onwards – Spectator Camping arrival time
Please note the paddock is on a lockdown until Sunday AM.
Anyone who isn’t stopping on the Saturday night will be parked in the car park on the left as you come into the site and will not be allowed in the paddock with your vehicle.
(Please note RHL will work with you to bring any tools & equipment into the paddock)
There will be no walking of the track until advised by RHL Activities – the track is on lockdown”
But enough of the weather worries lets check out the main contenders in each class as picked by the MXGB website:
Picking a winner at such an early stage of the season is a thankless task – especially when there’s such a huge pool of talent to choose from – so we’re making no predictions.
However, there’s no harm in looking at a few of the fancied runners and riders who’ll be in action at round one…
#1 Graeme Irwin (ASA Hitachi KTM UK)
The defending champion from Northern Ireland made a solid start to the season at the Hawkstone International and on his return to world championship action has noticeably picked up the pace every weekend.
#37 Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Apico Honda)
The Estonian Express ended last season in second with four overall podiums and one overall win.
#44 Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
A two-time MX2 champion, EBB has suffered a string of injuries since he moved to a 450 and a series of team changes haven’t helped but he’s coming into 2018 fighting fit on the same team as last year with a few impressive arenacross performances under his belt.
#45 Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda)
Jake missed Hawkstone and has quit GP racing but he’s been busting out wins in the Eastern Centre and you can be sure he’s put in the hard yards over the winter. He won at Culham last year before a season-ending injury.
#60 Brad Anderson (Verde Substance KTM)
A two-time champion, Brad was third in the 2017 title fight and has looked fast in EMX300 in Holland and Spain despite reportedly carrying neck and arm injuries.
#227 Kristian Whatley (RHR Yamaha)
The 2013 champion hasn’t raced a top-flight event since he crashed at Canada Heights last April so is coming in under the radar but he certainly has the talent to win.
#777 Evgeny Bobryshev (Lombard Express/SRD Suzuki UK)
The 2010 champion, Bobby lost his HRC ride at the end of last year but has scored solidly in two out of the three MXGPs he’s contested this season.
#3 Josh Gilbert (Honda Adventure Centre)
The young Cornishman had some great results last season on his way to seventh in the championship but didn’t make the EMX250 cut at Redsand last weekend.
#33 Josiah Natzke (Buildbase Honda)
The young Kiwi finished sixth last year after an inconsistent campaign with two race wins and four overall podiums punctuated by a number of costly no-scores. There is, however, a question mark hanging over his attendance at Culham after a big crash in Spain as he contested the EMX250 race one holeshot.
#50 Martin Barr (REVO Husqvarna UK)
The fastest EMX250 rider on the track at Redsand where he won the second race, the 30-year-old from Northern Ireland was second last year with three overall podiums and one overall win and started 2018 in great form at Hawkstone Park.
#57 Darian Sanayei (Bike It DRT Kawasaki)
A wild card for Culham, the young American contested the final two rounds in 2017 and won them both. At Redsand he missed the MX2 GP podium by a single point.
#98 Todd Kellett (Verde Substance KTM)
Winner of the overall at Blaxhall last year on his way to fifth in the championship, Todd broke several vertebrae in a practice crash in December and was a long way off full speed at the EMX250 opener at Redsand but expect him to build as the season progresses.
#119 Mel Pocock (REVO Husqvarna UK)
A two-time vice-champion, Mel was fourth last year with three overall podiums and after his EMX250 race win in Spain has to be considered a contender.
#426 Conrad Mewse (ASA Hitachi KTM UK)
We haven’t seen the teenager in Maxxis action for two years but he’s contesting the full season in 2018 and going on his GP form so far this season – he’s currently fifth in the world championship – he has to be one of the favourites.
British 2 Stroke
#2 James Dunn (GL12 Racing KTM)
James missed last year’s championship opener but after finding his feet won the final two rounds on his way to third in the series. A solid fourth at the EMX300 opener in Valkenswaard, he dropped down to EMX250 for Redsand but by his own admission wasn’t on top form.
#55 Mike Kras (GL12 Racing KTM)
The reigning champion, Mike has started 2018 in great form and currently leads the EMX300 series after taking a double win at Redsand.
#272 Neville Bradshaw (272 Race School Honda)
The veteran South African was never off the podium last season on his way to second in the championship and has been working hard over the winter.
Timetable of events
2 Stroke Start Straight Practice 5 mins / Free Practice 8 mins / Timed Practice 12 mins
09:35 MX2 Start Straight Practice 5 mins / Free Practice 10 mins / Timed Practice 15 mins
10:10 MX1 Start Straight Practice 5 mins / Free Practice 10 mins / Timed Practice 15 mins
10:45 2 Stroke Race 1 – 20 mins + 1 lap
Autograph Session / Interval
12:00 MX2 Race 1 – 25 mins + 2 laps
12:50 MX1 Race 1 – 25 mins + 2 laps
13:40 2 Stroke Race 2 – 20 Mins + 1 lap
14:20 MX2 Race 2 – 25 mins + 2 laps
15:10 MX1 Race 2- 25 mins + 2 laps
Podium Ceremony for MX1 / MX2 / 2 Stroke directly after last MX1 race
Culham Moto Park, Abingdon, OX14 3DA
Adults £20, Children £5, Family Ticket £45