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Survival of the fittest! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results
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Survival of the fittest! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results

by adminJune 13, 2018

What a bizarre  contest the race for the 2018 AMCA MX2 British Motocross Championship is proving to be as it’s fast becoming a battle of survival and the last man standing!

Report and Images by Mike Wood

Before Sunday’s round 4 at Lower Drayton, the top two in the standings, Jamie Wainwright and Luke Dean were both missing after recently breaking their wrists! Now in the latest action, Josh Coleman has picked up a triple break of his collarbone whilst Bradley Tranter as snapped his shoulder! Whilst the above unfortunate MX2 pilots contemplate a period on the sidelines, in contrast Luke Burton is on his way back in style following recent shoulder problems. With a simply stunning performance, Burton on the FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna comfortably took all three wins to move from 8th up to 3rd in the standings and just 27 points off the top slot which is currently held by the now injured Coleman, it’s a funny old game! Joining Luke on the MX2 podium at Lower Drayton were Lewis King (LDR/TMC Kawasaki), now 2nd in the standings and Jack Gardiner (KTM) who produced another very impressive showing.

MX2 winner Luke Burton

In this fourth round of the AMCA series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, Burton laid down a big marker for the day by clearing off to a comfortable opening MX2 moto win ahead of Coleman as King had to work hard to see off a very determined Tranter for 3rd. In this opening clash, Gardner, Lee Truman, Luke Newman, Matt Ridgway, Clinton Barrs and Gareth Artus were the next best. Inserting maximum energy into his first ride of the day, Lee Sealey was forced to come from last to earn a top 15 finish.

As the gate dropped for MX2 moto two, it was to be a disastrous start for main contender Barrs as he clashed and fell just yards into the contest leaving him a distant last! Undeterred the tough Bristolian then gave it his all, storming back to earn 14th as Burton again took the win from Coleman and King. The main battle in this one featured Tranter, Gardner and Ridgway disputing 4th with the former getting the verdict with a brave last lap pass.

Lee Sealey, 5th in MX2

Unfortunately the final MX2 contest was to then prove to not only be very painful for Coleman and Tranter but also potentially pivotal in the eventual destination of the 2018 MX2 honours. Coleman hit the ground hard in the opening turn not only suffering injury but also badly bending his LRS/HTF Husqvarna. Despite being in immense pain, Josh was soon back on-board before going onto finish the race in an incredible 14th spot only to later following x-rays then discover that he had broken his collarbone in three places, what a truly heroic performance that was! Also in the wars, Tranter crashed out on lap six when in 9th place and when charging hard in his own typically thrilling all-action style, breaking his shoulder in the process! Up front though there was no such drama for the superb Burton as he completed his maximum points haul as Sealey, having his best ride of the day, chased him home with King, Barrs, Gardner and Truman, under the radar but certainly right in the mix. The injured warriors Wainwright, Dean, Coleman and Tranter have four weeks until the next round at Hawkstone Park but at this stage it looks very unlikely that any of them will be fit enough to compete! So the title advantage now swings in the favour of King, Burton, Gardner and company, it’s over to you guys!

Jack Gardner, 3rd in MX2

In the high quality and very competitive MX1 Championship, Josh Waterman on the fast IDS Transport/JD Racing KTM produced a terrific performance and thus take a deserved first overall win in 2018. In moto one though it was Gary Gibson (LDR/TMC Kawasaki) who grabbed a glorious holeshot and thus lead the way for two frantic laps before Waterman glided through. From here onwards Josh smoothly stretched the throttle wire to thus take a convincing opening moto victory as Shane Carless (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) came through strongly from 4th to take 2nd. Eventually early pace setter Gibson had to settle for 5th as series leader Ashley Greedy and Ray Rowson both overhauled him.

Fast out of the blocks, Waterman then led MX1 moto two all the way. On the final circuit, Greedy passed Ryan Crowder as Carless was the next best from Rowson, Jansen Day, Gibson, Dodd, Josh Taylor and Andrew Smart. In this one both Gibson and Dodd had been forced to work particularly hard after circulating in 19th and 15th places respectively during the early stages.

Josh Waterman

The final MX1 contest proved to be the most enthralling of the day as Carless led the thundering charge only to be passed by both Greedy (Andrew Marsh Motors Yamaha) and Waterman. For the next six laps, Waterman then inserted some heavy pressure on Greedy without though ever being able to get quite close enough to make a pass stick. Entering the final circuit the finishing places looked set as Greedy controlled with Waterman looking to be in a safe 2nd from Carless, Rowson, Dodd and Crowder, all looking comfortable in their respective positions. However in a very late drama, and just three corners from home, Carless dived hard under Waterman, unsettling the startled KTM ace. Although Waterman bit the dust, such was the speed of the top three that he still had sufficient time to dust himself down, remount and finish in 3rd thus earning him a super overall win. Also providing plenty of entertainment in this final MX1 clash was Gibson. Starting last he then went on a fast, serious charge and managed to get right back to 9th! The Lower Drayton results as meant that Waterman has moved up into 2nd spot in the standings and with the race for the title beginning to hot up, next it’s Hawkstone Park, so get your sand tyres at the ready for what should be a MX1 thriller!

James Dodd

What a great contest the opening 2T moto was to be as James Lane, Jordan Saunders and finally series leader Richard Cannings all led the way. Eventually Cannings got the win with Saunders in 2nd, Boraston victor Sean Eckersley 3rd and Mark Young making his first Championship appearance of the season in 4th. After initially grabbing the holeshot, Lane had to settle for 5th ahead of Bradley Doyle, Ryan Zebedee and Jake Parker.

As Cannings cleared off for the win in moto two, there was to be plenty of super battles to entertain the crowd. Early on it was Eckersley v Zebedee whilst Saunders took on Young and Doyle. As another super competitive 2T battle unfolded, Eckersley eventually got the runners-up slot as Zebedee dropped to 8th behind Saunders, Young, Doyle, Lane and Parker.

Vets winner Simon Lane

Giving his M & S Brettle Yamaha full gas, Cannings completed his 2T maximum points haul with a comfortable last moto victory. Having easily his best ride of the day, Ashley Benniston held 2nd throughout to defeat all the usual top ten finishers already mentioned above.

There was a very welcome new rider on the Vets Championship start grid at Lower Drayton in a certain Mr Gary Davies, the former multiple AMCA Champion. In moto one Gary started with a fine 3rd place as series leader Terry House passed Simon Lane on the final lap to snatch the win. Also in the top ten in this opener were Gary Jones, Sean Smith, Stephen Marlow, Colin Conduit, Brian Staples, Stephen Elford and former Vets Champion Matt Ryder who was having a very rare outing after being forced into retirement due to injuries.

Sean Eckersley, 2nd in 2T

Vets moto two and Davies was to prove that he was already quickly dialling back into the groove as he blasted his trusty Kawasaki into an early lead before Lane, House and Smith pushed him back. In the closing stages, House threatened to overhaul Lane before making a mistake which instead allowed Smith through to take the 2nd spot.  On the gas the experienced Shropshire based Davies produced another great start in the final Vets clash before Lane on the booming JSR Honda took control on lap one. From here onwards super Lane controlled all the way to the flag with House, Davies, Jones, Smith and Marlow in hot pursuit. Also taking the overall win, Lane as now moved into top slot in the title race but just 2 points clear of House, this one could go right down to the wire!

Youth winner Joseph Brookes

Just what can you say about Youth 85/150 Championship leader Joseph Brookes on his Nationwide Signs KTM? Once again Brookes bagged maximum points at Lower Drayton and is yet to suffer defeat in the series. In all three rounds, Charlie Palmer as finished runner-up in every moto and is proving to be a very gallant challenger to Brookes dominance. Indeed Palmer briefly led moto two on Sunday before normal service was resumed. On the podium for the third time in 2018, Matt Tolley was again the bronze medallist although Joshua Fletcher-Williams did get the better of him in the last Lower Drayton mix.

Whilst the superb Brookes and Palmer continue to go clear at the front of the Youth clashes there’s still plenty of effort and excitement being shown from Fletcher-Willams along with the likes of Joshua Main, Harvey James, Ben Dutton, Reece Leverton and Henry Tomes. Well done to all the lads who have competed so far in this new series.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Josh Waterman 170 60 60 50
2 33 Ashley Greedy 164 50 54 60
3 68 Shane Carless 155 54 47 54
4 12 Ray Rowson 139 47 45 47
5 146 Ryan Crowder 134 41 50 43
6 292 James Dodd 127 43 39 45
7 6 Jansen Day 123 39 43 41
8 4 Gary Gibson 123 45 41 37
9 166 Josh Taylor 96 24 37 35
10 44 Luke Mellows 95 35 27 33
11 74 Sean Wainwright 93 37 29 27
12 110 Andrew Smart 92 31 35 26
13 14 Brad Cavill 91 26 26 39
14 5 Paul Neale 87 33 23 31
15 11 Ashley Thomas 84 27 33 24
16 301 Ben Hunt 72 12 31 29
17 957 Jake Preston 72 23 24 25
18 110* Dean Swift 69 25 21 23
19 102 Thomas Shepherd 61 22 22 17
20 143 Luke Bull 58 21 15 22
21 48 Rhys Walker 58 19 18 21
22 305 Ollie Kirby 56 20 16 20
23 28 Jack Timms 56 18 20 18
24 18 Lee Harrison 54 29 25 –
25 368 Richard Gray 52 16 17 19
26 149 Jack Griffiths 40 13 13 14
27 56 Nathan Buckland 39 9 14 16
28 74* Matthew Chaplin 36 11 12 13
29 547 Harry Greetham 35 10 10 15
30 24 Kieron Mcavoy 34 15 19 –
31 133 Lee Clarkson 28 17 11 –
32 119 Tony Griffiths 14 14 – –
33 310 Joe Bailey 9 – 9 –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Luke Burton 180 60 60 60
2 311 Lewis King 150 50 50 50
3 101 Jack Gardner 135 45 45 45
4 661 Josh Coleman 135 54 54 27
5 10 Lee Sealey 122 27 41 54
6 210 Lee Truman 119 43 33 43
7 3 Matt Ridgway 119 39 43 37
8 99 Clinton Barrs 111 37 27 47
9 546 Kieron Cooke 105 33 37 35
10 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 95 25 31 39
11 9 Bradley Tranter 94 47 47 –
12 17 Tyron Cleaver 88 26 29 33
13 36 Gareth Artus 88 35 39 14
14 7 Luke Newman 82 41 – 41
15 68 Nathan Bache 82 24 35 23
16 2 Daniel Preston 80 23 26 31
17 73 Jack Wankling 76 31 24 21
18 361 Pip Davies 73 22 25 26
19 141 Jonathan Jones 70 20 21 29
20 130 Aaron Collins 65 18 22 25
21 626 Jamie Comley 57 19 20 18
22 116 Jake Boote 56 17 19 20
23 7* Cory Mcshane 53 29 – 24
24 23* Jordan Petrek 50 14 17 19
25 515 Ben Daniels 47 16 15 16
26 942 Macauley Davies 44 11 16 17
27 119 Mitch Young 44 21 23 –
28 23 Aaron Hardiman 43 15 13 15
29 571 Ryan Pottenger 36 – 14 22
30 225 Ted Sanders 30 12 18 –
31 758 William Morris 13 13 – –

2 Stroke

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 999 Richard Cannings 180 60 60 60
2 160 Sean Eckersley 154 50 54 50
3 83 Jordan Saunders 151 54 50 47
4 12 Mark Young 137 47 47 43
5 144 Bradley Doyle 129 43 45 41
6 100 Ashley Beniston 126 37 35 54
7 66 Jake Parker 125 39 41 45
8 781 James Lane 125 45 43 37
9 140 Ryan Zebedee 115 41 39 35
10 46 Adam Hill 101 31 31 39
11 89 Danny Lanfear 101 35 33 33
12 813 Chris Neesam 84 24 29 31
13 111 Richard Roberts 83 29 27 27
14 68 Callum Evans 76 25 26 25
15 934 Sam Callow 74 26 25 23
16 208 Scott Carter 74 33 19 22
17 333 Alec Everitt 73 27 17 29
18 910 Harvey Tillotson 73 23 24 26
19 312 Luke Ryder 69 22 23 24
20 41 Harry Clarke 60 20 21 19
21 80 Stephen Plant 57 19 18 20
22 32 Craig Cording 50 18 16 16
23 424 Matthew Morgan 47 16 13 18
24 58 Michael Wheatley 43 – 22 21
25 19 Thomas Barlow 42 13 12 17
26 1 Harvey Matthews 41 21 20 –
27 61 Jack Waterman 37 – 37 –
28 21 Jack Maddocks 32 17 15 –
29 614 Joshua Mantle 28 14 14 –
30 538 Jay Rumbold 15 15 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 73 Simon Lane 174 54 60 60
2 66 Terry House 164 60 50 54
3 77 Gary Davies 147 50 47 50
4 121 Sean Smith 144 45 54 45
5 74 Gary Jones 139 47 45 47
6 411 Stephen Marlow 129 43 43 43
7 3 Colin Conduit 121 41 39 41
8 22 Brian Staples 119 39 41 39
9 7 Stephen Elford 111 37 37 37
10 271 John Heath 95 29 33 33
11 145 Ryan Baker 93 33 29 31
12 205 Paul Wieczorek 87 27 25 35
13 99 Marc Bates 85 25 31 29
14 4 Sean Doyle 78 31 23 24
15 119 Russell Hartill 77 24 27 26
16 125 Nigel Travis 77 26 26 25
17 46 Warren Clifton 74 23 24 27
18 91 Matt Ryder 70 35 35 –
19 888 Steve Ferney 60 21 16 23
20 44 Sean Cossons 60 20 19 21
21 8 Dan Merifield 59 19 18 22
22 137 Alun Joyce 43 22 21 –
23 72 Matt Maund 39 17 22 –
24 126 Barry James 36 16 20 –
25 159 Chris Gaunt 35 18 17 –
26 167 David Bullock 30 15 15 –

Youth 85/150 Championship

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Joseph Brookes 180 60 60 60
2 128 Charlie Palmer 162 54 54 54
3 4 Matt Tolley 145 50 50 45
4 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 144 47 47 50
5 857 Joshua Main 129 45 41 43
6 853 Reece Leverton 121 37 43 41
7 334 Ben Dutton 119 41 39 39
8 303 Harvey James 113 43 45 25
9 55 Henry Tomes 101 29 37 35
10 46 Cain McElveen 94 35 33 26
11 26 Kierun Webber 91 33 25 33
12 6 Solomon Levey 86 39 23 24
13 75 Mitchell Hartill 85 27 27 31
14 170 Joe Butler 84 31 26 27
15 411 Calum Marlow 82 24 29 29
16 16 Jake O Gorman 78 – 31 47
17 277 Harry Ridgway 72 – 35 37
18 3 James Travis 72 25 24 23
19 7 Caleb Greaves 26 26 – –