Seconds away, round 2! West Coast Motocross Club Round 2 – Race Report and Results
Westcoast Motocross Clubs 2017 championship was started with a spectacular first club champs meeting at Landrake Moto Park in memory of John Townrow. The highly supported race series season opener was a top class event so it was no surprise that the clubs entries were solid as the series moved onto Newquay Moto Park for the second round of the season.
Report and Images by Charlene Vernon
Immense efforts with watering and track prep was performed by the clubs committee days leading into the event with the sun blaring across Cornwall every day of the week! Crazy amounts of water was blasted onto the circuit but still the dust was flying high during the event that turned out to be another spectacular day of racing.
The racing fixtures started of with the Sportsman division, after the cancelled final race at Landrake, the sportsmans lads and ladies were in for four moto’s to make up for the lost moto at the season opener.
The end of the opening lap of race one saw the oldest bike out there leading the race, with the super evo machine of number 212 in control as the trusty old Honda was being ragged to its limits. As the race undolded though it was youngster Dan Roberts in the lead on the 2 stroke KTM. Usual Sportsman front runner Zac Hudson was in mix at the front on the 57 plate Kawasaki! Dan Roberts though screamed the little KTM to a fantastic opening moto victory!
Josh Caddy had sprocket issues early on in the morning but the number 55 Honda bike was back in its usual top end running ways for the second race of four! Moto one winner Dan Roberts took the race holeshot as the dust was flying for the second moto.
Roberts held himself very strong in the lead as the evo bike of 212 was closing down with Josh Caddy and Zac Hudson to follow.
Dan Roberts again though took the race victory despite the best efforts of his racing rivals.
It was fairly chaotic for the start of race three as several riders hit the deck heading into the first corner, this also snarled up those that narrowly missed fallen riders! The racing for this moto saw big changes at the front end. Tom Isaacs found the power and ability to put himself into the top spot and he had a major lead on any possible challengers, but in the closing couple of laps Tom unfortunately stalled and gave the chance of a moto victory away! One guys upset though was another’s delight as Sam Johns number 32 became the leader, going onto secure his first ever motocross race win! A confusion in the change of circumstances did sadly mean Sam unfortunately missed having the finish flag correctly waved at him! But he was the rider to secure the top spot and the vital 45 points for the championship!
Usually the racing would have ended there but the sportsman’s class were back in action for their promised fourth moto!
The race saw all the main club championship contenders take to the line and the dust flew for one last time at the Newquay circuit with Dan Roberts grabbing the holeshot, narrowly edging the 212 evo Honda. Dan went onto secure the victory whilst Sam Johns had another great ride clearly still buzzing from his first ever win earlier on in the day!
Following the Sportsman races it was the motocross Open class, which also included the overs riders.
There was a very strong line up for this division and it was a nice surprise as there were plenty of other events going on so it was great to see the commitment from the Westcoast clubs riders.
Jamie Deadman got the holeshot on the number 27 Gibbs machine, M Williams though was the rider on the best form as he took charge of the race holding the lead spot by the mid way point looking rather professional. The well ridden 125 of James Williams was putting a major challenge on Deadman for the number 2 spot, but Deadman kept a cool head and went on to secure the second place spot with James third at the flag. M Williams secured the race one victory. Peter Cooper had a good days racing having been missing from recent events!
M Williams started moto two in the best way possible claiming the holeshot and was set for the moto two victory if free from mistakes or any advanced challenges. Adrian Rettallack had a great start to the moto as he was looking to gain extra points this time out. James Williams again found himself forcing his little 125 in a fair battle with the big 450 of Deadman. Home from leave to his mothers delight, Alex Hockey was back to his passion of motocross and showing he’s still got what it takes to be a regular front runner despite long absences from the sport, as did his long term friend and schoolboy racing mate Jack Blackburn who was also doing well on his return. Adrian had a great start to the moto but sadly dropped back some of the places he’s gained from his great start, but his mission was success as he made his way up 3 positions compared to moto 1! M Williams was the victor, with 27 Deadman second and 2 stroke 125 number 25 in third.
The two William’s were out front early on as the third and final moto started off. Jamie Deadman’s race started as a nightmare as he was well down at the start after having come into contact with another rider! This poor start for Deadman meant the aggressive style he often shows came out to play as the charge was on for the 27 Gibbs machine but defeat was soon accepted as Deadman pulled out of the moto a rubbish end to a promising day. Alex Hockey though was in delight of the early carnage as this helped to get him into the lead spot!
The race was really spectacular to watch and was by far the moto of the weekend! The flag flew once again for the final time for eventual winner M Williams. Adrian again improved his results on the number 11 Honda.
Only 4 riders were out to compete in the Rookies class. Just one 4 stroke rider and three 2 strokes were to be heard at the Newquay circuit in this poorly supported class. Usual club rider Sam Hunt, in his first year on the big bikes rocked up to the meeting with his new KTM purchased in the months leading up to the event. Usual front runner Sam looked strong on the bike but he had Kian Mayho to keep him on his toes. Zak Sprake and William Jenkins had one fantastic 2 stroke battle going on, but the hard trying Zak ended up going down gifting Will the extra point at the flag. Sam Hunt took the victory as he flew rapidly on his new KTM.
Sam Hunt was on form again as the dust flew for the second moto, although a bit lonely Sam pushed himself with his own goals and set the pace to beat. The real racing action was again between the two 2 stroke riders Will and Zak. The pair were running near matching lap times and the intensity was high as the duo were switching places corner after corner leaving no minor room for any errors. Pushing each other on and giving the crowd some good action to view, Zak and Will did show great racing for the whole duration of the moto.
Sam took the victory and Zak got the better of Will as the pair headed into the third race with the overall to contend for!
Sam Hunt secured the holeshot in Race 3 as the few rookie racers were off! Sam was again in the lead on his own, with the 2 stroke battle back in swing! The results went the same way though, Sam took the victory with Zak second and Will third.
The Big wheel and Small wheel 85cc racers had their races combined to keep the action that little more intense, and also to keep the days times running smoother and faster! Jake Ware topped the times as the practice sessions were finalised.
The opening race of the meeting was a real showcase for Wares talents! The two twin brothers of Charlie and Jake were both on form and the pair started off the race perfectly and held the number 1 and two spot for the whole duration of the race! Jake Ware was the eventual winner with brother Charlie second. Dalton Sprake started off well as his continued improvements in motocross are seeing him become a regular front runner, but Josh Pethic did manage to get himself by Sprake to secure the better rank at the flag as Pethic secured third.
Thomas Higman also managed to find his way by Sprake by the finish. Jamie Hibbard secured a decent sixth place result. Credit also is due to Asher Flude for his great efforts and a 15th place finish.
The gates hit the dirt for moto two and Jake Ware grabbed the holeshot for the big wheels class, and Dalton Sprake was best for the small wheels. Jake Ware was seen putting in some seriously fast laps to clear a gap early on from the opposition. The battle between Charlie Ware and Josh Pethics heated up whilst Jake was far ahead. Dalton Sprake was clearly the top rider for the small wheel division!
The twins again topped the 2 top spots finishing first and second. Josh Pethic was third with Dalton Sprake fourth.
Different rider’s claimed the holeshot credit in the final race. This time out the big wheel credit went to the 92 plate of Josh Pethic whilst the 226 rider of William Rowe was top of the small wheels as the pair were off to the ultimate start! Jake Ware though, soon muscled himself to the lead spot as he again went to claim his fastest lap. Brother Charlie again slotted into the number 2 spot as the Ware show continued on the Gibbs Performance bikes. The race finished with Jake Ware securing the victory and overall big wheel win!
Charlie Ware claimed second with William Rowe securing third after achieving the reward for a perfect start at the gate drop!
Dalton Sprake went home as the small wheel overall victor after claiming 2 category first’s and a second!
The Autos displayed some top quality action, with some fearless riding by the littlest MX pilots, particularly by one gutsy little rider!
Action started for Auto’s with practice sessions, with the best times being posted by Declan Miller, Daniel White and Leon Sampson.
The gates fell to the ground for the first race of the day for the little rippers and it was the 66 of Leon Sampson who pinned his way to the opening holeshot credit! Number 4 Declan Miller was hot on Sampson’s rear fender as the auto moto one was set to be a great race.
Leon led as the pack headed down the opening hill. Danny Flude was charging and closing down the gap on number 15 Lewis Jenks.
The second lap saw Declan Miller take charge as he led the moto and going onto win the race! Leon Sampson secured second after one mighty ride, and third was claimed by number 100 Danny Flude.
Leon Sampson dismissed any comments of a fluke good start in the opening moto as he bounced back into race two, again taking the holeshot credit after another perfect launch! Declan Miller was soon in the lead though, as the number 4 was well in charge of the field.
Lewis Jenks was riding really well in this moto and early on he held a nice gap in the third place position. Declan won the moto with Leon Sampson taking another second place. Lewis Jenks though had the race of his life so far securing third!
Double race winner rider Declan Miller was back into the lead position right front the gate drop as moto three kicked off.
Declan checked out of the race with Leon Sampson in second being hunted down and under high pressure from Daniel White.
Leon and Daniel had one crazy fight on their hands and neither rider gave up the challenge. Leon pushed so hard to keep White behind but White found immense courage to hit the down hill jump hard and pass Leon after a well performed jump, but White was flying down the hill so fast he ended up losing his front end and hitting the deck hard! White’s gutsy move saw him fall down heavily gifting Leon the points, but to the delight of the onlookers White was relatively ok and was even able to finish the moto! Declan won the race with Leon securing second. White performed one of the most committed and gutsy moments of the weekend and despite him going down he should feel very proud of the courage he displayed!
Up next was the Juniors with Levi Hilling top of the ranks as the opening moto began. Levi was looking typically strong as he usually does at one of this favourite race circuit’s. Leon Williams was looking on form having not looked his typical self lately, but this time he was really showing his ability, running well in the number 2 spot. Levi took the opening moto win and the runners up award went to Leon. Lewis George was third.
Kyran Nicholas made the perfect start in the second moto on the number 17 KTM that looked sharp with its bold pink colours.
Race one winner Levi had unfortunately missed the start. Kyran dropped it early on, allowing Hilling into the lead spot.
Leon Wiliams pulled himself up into the second place spot. Kyran rejoined the race well down, he was literally next to last so a hard moto was had as he had to make up ground. Levi Hilling took the victory on the number 10 bike, whilst Leon consistently secured second.
Kyran blitzed his lap times to finish in a perfect 4th place with a fine display of never give up attitude!
Levi Hilling had to make his way by Leon Williams after he had a great start for the final moto. It didn’t take long for the number 10 to march back into the top spot and Levi did again go on to claim the victory and the overall win! Leon had a brilliant weekends racing securing second spot in the race and overall. Leon displayed great ability all weekend and looked very comfortable on every element the Newquay circuit has to offer its riders. Kyran Nicholas secured third and managed to keep high in the ranks for the overalls after making the best of his hard moment in moto two.
1ST DAN ROBERTS
2ND SAM JOHNS
3RD ZAC HUDSON
4TH JACK TALBOT
5TH JOHN MITCHELL
5TH JOSH DUNN
1ST M WILLIAMS
2ND M VENNER
3RD ALEX HOCKEY
4TH SAM MORCOM
5TH WAYNE SLATER
1ST MARK LANCELEY
2ND JAMES WILLIAMS
4TH MARTIN DUNSTAN
5TH ROB KENDRYNA
6TH JAMIE DEADMAN
1ST MARTIN CURTIN
2ND ANDREW WATKINS
3RD NEIL STEPHENS
4TH IAN SMITH
5TH ADRIAN TOY
6TH ADRIAN RETALLACK
1ST SAM HUNT
2ND ZAK SPRAKE
3RD WILLIAM JENKINS
1ST JAKE WARE
2ND CHARLIE WARE
3RD JOSH PETHIC
4TH THOMAS HIGMAN
5TH JAMIE HIBBARD
6TH ASHER FLUDE
1ST DALTON SPRAKE
2ND WILLIAM ROWE
3RD WILLIAM TALBOT
4TH ALFIE TURNER
5TH TAYLOR WILLS
6TH JAKE JOHNS
1ST DECLAN MILLER
2ND LEON SAMPSON
3RD LEWIS JENKS
4TH DANNY FLUDE
5TH DANIEL WHITE
6TH ROMEO HILLING
1ST LEVI HILLING
2ND LEON WILLIAMS
3RD KYRAN NICHOLAS
4TH LEWIS GEORGE
5TH BEN TRIGGER
6TH OLLIE KING