Motocross
Now Reading
Waterman wins out! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results
0

Waterman wins out! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 11, 2018

In the sizzling cauldron that was Hawkstone Park last Sunday, new leaders have now emerged in the race for the 2018 AMCA British Motocross Championship MX1 and MX2 titles.

Report and Images by Mike Wood

In the big bike class, the immaculate Josh Waterman aboard his IDS Transport KTM reeled off three top class, high quality start to finish moto wins to also take the overall on the day ahead of FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna pilots Shane Carless and James Dodd. That result as seen Josh move to the top of the MX1 standings and go 31 points clear of Ashley Greedy who had been severely hampered by a last race rear-wheel puncture. Over in MX2, Luke Burton on the 250F FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna had to work a little harder for his moto win hat-trick. Showing incredible speed, strength and determination, Luke’s big 180 points haul means that he now leads what is proving a tight MX2 title race by just 9 points with Josh Coleman in 2nd and Lewis King in 3rd, only a further 7 points in arrears. Both King and Coleman also made it onto the Hawkstone podium, the latter producing a truly heroic performance after breaking his collarbone in three places just four weeks earlier!

Shane Carless, 2nd in MX1

On a day of maximum points hauls, Richard Cannings (M & S Brettle Yamaha) extended his 2T series lead with three smooth, untroubled start to finish victories whilst young Joseph Brookes (Nationwide Signs KTM) did likewise in the Youth Championship class. Rolling back the years, Gary Davies also maxed out in the Vets contest, in the process showing plenty of the old speed and style which carried him to multiple AMCA Championship titles.

So after the mandatory timed qualifying, MX1 opened proceedings with a motocross masterclass from Josh Waterman as he strolled to his first gate to flag win of the day. Just behind him though a super battle raged as Carless moved quickly up from 6th to lock horns with and hold off series leader Ashley Greedy for the right to finish 2nd. In the closing stages, James Dodd was also reeling in Greedy, just failing in his attempt to snatch 3rd. Next best in this opener were Ray Rowson, Gary Gibson and Brad Cavill who initially gated down in 15th. Already feeling rather battered and bruised after a couple of recent spills, moto one was a DNF disaster for Ryan Crowder when the bearings broke in his Husqvarna’s rear wheel, also unsettling the chain and sprockets!

MX1 winner Josh Waterman

As super Waterman led home Greedy in MX1 moto two, FUS teammates Carless and Dodd were going right at it for 3rd place. The very much inform Carless eventually took that one with Rowson, Cavill, Gibson and Luke Mellows next up. Following his opening race problems, Crowder took 9th as Josh Taylor rounded off the top ten.

Whilst Waterman went on his way to another win in the final clash, Greedy was soon in trouble picking up a rear wheel puncture on lap two. Desperate to maintain his series lead, Greedy still kept on the gas, reeling off the laps despite gradually dropping down the leaderboard. However with just one circuit remaining, his time was up with the offending tyre about to lose contact with the wheel rim. As a disappointed Ashley parked up just before the finish line he could only sit and watch as valuable Championship points drifted away! Taking 2nd in this last moto and having his best ride of the day was Gary Gibson on the LDR TMC Kawasaki with the consistent Carless, Rowson and Dodd next up.

James Dodd, 3rd in MX1

Just four weeks after suffering potential Championship season ending injuries, Josh Coleman (LRS/HTF Husqvarna) and Bradley Tranter (E.T James KTM) remarkably returned to MX2 action at Hawkstone and impressively figured in the opening moto top end shake-up. Taking the win though was the cool, smooth Luke Burton who quickly passed Lewis King. Coleman after an epic battle, brilliantly swooped past young Henry Williams on the final lap to earn 3rd with Tranter 5th and Kieran Cooke a fine 6th.

At the second time of asking, a restarted MX2 moto two clash was to be a classic encounter. Lee Sealey on the Wildmoor SevenSevenTwo Yamaha led the way but was soon under heavy pressure from King and Burton who had gated in 6th. On a mission, the hard charging Burton fired himself to the front by lap seven of proceedings, brilliantly passing Sealey and King before going onto earn another win. Digging deep yet again, Coleman took 4th after fighting off a very determined Rory Jones having his first Championship action of 2018 and Cory McShane. For most of this race, Williams had also been right in the mix before a last lap mistake saw him drop to 7th.

Luke Burton leading Bradley Tranter in MX2

Not enjoying the best of fortunes, Matt Ridgway looked to have got it right in the last MX2 moto holding 2nd spot behind his LDR TMC Kawasaki teammate King during the opening lap. Unfortunately Matt then crashed very hard before gallantly remounting to earn 24th place. At the front, King led for 5 laps before being relieved of his duties by a storming Burton. With another very impressive ride, Williams took a super 3rd from Coleman, Jack Gardiner, McShane, Jones and Sealey.

Mark Young made a fantastic start in the opening 2T race only to crash on completion of lap one and drop back to 5th. In control throughout though was series leader Richard Cannings, cruising to a massive victory. In a super tussle for 2nd, Young recovered from his very early tumble only to then drop again after another mistake finally forced him to settle for 6th. Infront of Young were Sean Eckersley, Jordan Saunders, Bradley Doyle and Jake Parker. After that eventful opening ride, Young held 2nd place throughout in moto two as Cannings galloped to another win. In the mix again were Saunders, Eckersley and Doyle as Ashley Benniston took 6th and James Lane who had started with a moto one DNF got home in 7th. Taking 5th first time out, Parker failed to finish moto two and was missing from the last clash of the day.

Sean Eckersley, 2nd in 2T

Having a truly eventful day, Young held 2nd in the last 2T moto, before falling and dropping to 23rd. Producing a stunning comeback ride, Mark fought right back to claim 4th despite losing power due to a split exhaust system! At the front it was Cannings gate to flag ahead of Doyle and Eckersley. Enjoying his best ride of the day, Adam Hill scored a fine 6th this time out after initially gating 12th. On the 2T podium, Eckersley and Doyle joined Cannings with Young, Saunders who had a last race hiccup and Ryan Zebedee the next best.

As Gary Davies led the opening Hawkstone Vets contest, there was a right old tussle going on just behind him as the Championship top two of Simon Lane and Terry House locked horns. That battle though was to end rather abruptly when the unfortunate House crashed hard when about to enter the famous Hawkstone bomb-hole. Suffering a suspected rib injury, Terry was forced out for the remainder of the meeting, an incident which could prove pivotal in the eventual destination of the Vets title. Upfront though the super Davies powered to victory aboard his trusty Kawasaki as Lane took 2nd from Richard Chinn, Sean Smith, Matt Gordon and Gary Jones.

Gary Davies the Vets winner

In an entertaining moto two, Davies had to call on all those previous Hawkstone experiences to see off a very determined Lane for the win. Equally experienced and classy, Gordon held 3rd spot throughout from Smith, Chinn and Matt Ryder. Much to the delight of his family and local supporters, Davies then completed his maximum score with another win in moto three, this time an incredible 12 seconds clear of runner-up Lane. So the Vets podium was Davies, Lane and Gordon, certainly plenty of class on show there then!

After three rounds, Joseph Brookes has been victorious in every Youth class moto. On Sunday though, Charlie Palmer on the LDR TMC Kawasaki was in a very determined mood to try and break that sequence, holeshotting races one and two and leading the way before the incredible Brookes got through. The closest finish of the day came in moto one when Palmer took the fight right down to the line, just missing out by the narrowest of margins in a classic scrap. In the previous rounds, Matt Tolley has been the next best but in the Hawkstone sand he had to settle for 5th as both Joel Fisher in 3rd and Jake Randall got the better of him. Corey Collins, Joshua Main, Harry Ridgway, Henry Tomes and Ben Dutton also impressed on Sunday but all the lads should be applauded for the manner in which they attacked the imposing, tough Shropshire terrain.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Josh Waterman 180 60 60 60
2 68 Shane Carless 154 54 50 50
3 292 James Dodd 139 47 47 45
4 4 Gary Gibson 138 43 41 54
5 12 Ray Rowson 137 45 45 47
6 14 Brad Cavill 127 41 43 43
7 33 Ashley Greedy 116 50 54 12
8 17 Luke Meredith 109 37 31 41
9 110 Andrew Smart 105 33 33 39
10 44 Luke Mellows 103 29 39 35
11 166 Josh Taylor 101 35 35 31
12 #110 Dean Swift 79 25 25 29
13 141 Robert Johnson 76 27 27 22
14 143 Luke Bull 75 26 23 26
15 146 Ryan Crowder 74 – 37 37
16 #12 Curtis Blamey 72 31 18 23
17 48 Rhys Walker 67 19 24 24
18 305 Ollie Kirby 63 17 19 27
19 54 James Smith 63 21 17 25
20 11 Ashley Thomas 62 – 29 33
21 368 Richard Gray 61 20 20 21
22 133 Lee Clarkson 60 18 22 20
23 6 Jansen Day 60 39 21 –
24 772 Craig Chamberlain 50 16 15 19
25 24 Kieron Mcavoy 49 23 26 –
26 149 Jack Griffiths 44 14 12 18
27 496 Matthew Jones 43 13 14 16
28 310 Joe Bailey 40 15 11 14
29 205 Will Hughes 38 22 16 –
30 74 Sean Wainwright 37 24 13 –
31 547 Harry Greetham 34 10 9 15
32 73 Stephen Wheatley 32 11 8 13
33 51 Scott Howlett 22 12 10 –
34 56 Nathan Buckland 17 – – 17

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Luke Burton 180 60 60 60
2 311 Lewis King 158 54 50 54
3 661 Josh Coleman 144 50 47 47
4 15 Henry Williams 138 47 41 50
5 10 Lee Sealey 128 35 54 39
6 #7 Cory Mcshane 127 41 43 43
7 231 Rory Jones 119 33 45 41
8 101 Jack Gardner 115 31 39 45
9 546 Kieron Cooke 105 43 35 27
10 99 Clinton Barrs 97 39 25 33
11 36 Gareth Artus 90 37 31 22
12 7 Luke Newman 87 29 23 35
13 17 Tyron Cleaver 85 27 29 29
14 220 Josh Canton 82 25 26 31
15 9 Bradley Tranter 82 45 37 –
16 33 Josh Greedy 79 26 27 26
17 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 72 14 21 37
18 73 Jack Wankling 71 22 24 25
19 3 Matt Ridgway 70 20 33 17
20 361 Pip Davies 66 21 22 23
21 68 Nathan Bache 64 23 17 24
22 626 Jamie Comley 56 17 18 21
23 2 Daniel Preston 44 24 20 –
24 123 Joe Sargent 41 6 16 19
25 23 Aaron Hardiman 39 16 8 15
26 119 Mitch Young 38 19 19 –
27 #23 Jordan Petrek 36 8 10 18
28 130 Aaron Collins 35 – 15 20
29 515 Ben Daniels 30 7 7 16
30 86 Elliot Cook 29 15 14 –
31 999 Conner Challinor 23 12 11 –
32 225 Ted Sanders 22 9 13 –
33 942 Macauley Davies 22 10 12 –
34 50 Macauley Edgerton 18 18 – –
35 758 William Morris 14 5 9 –
36 116 Jake Boote 13 13 – –
37 111 Joe Cox 11 11 – –

2 Strokes

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 999 Richard Cannings 180 60 60 60
2 160 Sean Eckersley 151 54 47 50
3 4 Bradley Doyle 146 47 45 54
4 12 Mark Young 144 43 54 47
5 83 Jordan Saunders 133 50 50 33
6 140 Ryan Zebedee 119 41 39 39
7 100 Ashley Beniston 115 31 43 41
8 46 Adam Hill 111 37 31 43
9 111 Richard Roberts 105 35 33 37
10 208 Scott Carter 96 39 26 31
11 333 Alec Everitt 93 29 35 29
12 782 Oliver Consterdine 88 24 29 35
13 781 James Lane 86 – 41 45
14 813 Chris Neesam 78 26 25 27
15 1 Harvey Matthews 72 33 14 25
16 338 Ben White 70 21 23 26
17 68 Callum Evans 66 20 24 22
18 58 Michael Wheatley 65 25 16 24
19 61 Jack Waterman 64 27 37 –
20 934 Sam Callow 63 19 21 23
21 786 Jack Hill 61 22 27 12
22 42 Karl Brittain 59 18 20 21
23 312 Luke Ryder 59 17 22 20
24 219 Ben Nicholls 55 23 15 17
25 87 Ben Durban 53 16 19 18
26 80 Stephen Plant 51 14 18 19
27 66 Jake Parker 45 45 – –
28 41 Harry Clarke 41 15 11 15
29 59 James Mcquade 39 11 12 16
30 590 Gareth Goldthorpe 39 12 13 14
31 108 George Hough 35 7 17 11
32 19 Thomas Barlow 28 6 9 13
33 32 Craig Cording 23 13 – 10
34 193 Jack Maddocks 19 9 10 –
35 277 Sam Bailey 10 10 – –
36 614 Joshua Mantle 8 8 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 77 Gary Davies 180 60 60 60
2 73 Simon Lane 162 54 54 54
3 19 Matt Gordon 145 45 50 50
4 121 Sean Smith 141 47 47 47
5 148 Richard Chinn 140 50 45 45
6 411 Stephen Marlow 121 39 41 41
7 74 Gary Jones 119 43 39 37
8 7 Stephen Elford 117 37 37 43
9 3 Colin Conduit 99 27 33 39
10 205 Paul Wieczorek 97 33 29 35
11 22 Brian Staples 97 35 35 27
12 271 John Heath 93 29 31 33
13 99 Marc Bates 87 31 27 29
14 91 Matt Ryder 84 41 43 –
15 46 Warren Clifton 80 24 25 31
16 4 Sean Doyle 74 22 26 26
17 125 Nigel Travis 72 23 24 25
18 119 Russell Hartill 65 18 23 24
19 126 Barry James 60 19 18 23
20 888 Steve Ferney 60 21 20 19
21 159 Chris Gaunt 58 17 19 22
22 51 John Ball 52 15 16 21
23 8 Dan Merifield 50 13 17 20
24 703 Wayne Holder 47 25 22 –
25 44 Sean Cossons 44 12 15 17
26 167 David Bullock 43 14 14 15
27 137 Alun Joyce 41 20 21 –
28 5 Stuart Brown 38 10 10 18
29 35 Peter Sargent 37 9 12 16
30 147 David Bennett 35 26 9 –
31 42 Paul Woodland 29 16 13 –
32 254 Robert Beers 19 8 11 –
33 32 Billy Barker 11 11 – –

Youth 85/150

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
3 711 Joel Fisher 150 50 50 50
4 8 Jake Randall 135 43 45 47
5 4 Matt Tolley 135 45 47 43
6 174 Corey Collins 121 47 29 45
7 857 Joshua Main 119 41 39 39
8 277 Harry Ridgway 117 33 43 41
9 55 Henry Tomes 113 35 41 37
10 334 Ben Dutton 109 37 37 35
11 133 Bradley Johnstone 84 29 26 29
12 303 Harvey James 81 21 27 33
13 16 Jake O Gorman 81 19 31 31
14 75 Mitchell Hartill 77 26 24 27
15 26 Kierun Webber 74 24 25 25
16 11 Reece Leverton 74 39 35 –
17 170 Joe Butler 73 27 22 24
18 555 Kai Reason 72 25 21 26
19 7 Caleb Greaves 65 22 20 23
20 2 Yarin Evans 56 23 33 –
21 46 Cain McElveen 54 31 23 –
22 865 Leonard Haynes 39 20 19 –