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Nicholls extends series lead! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Round 6 – Race Report and Results
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Nicholls extends series lead! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Round 6 – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 13, 2018

Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda) extended his MX1 series lead, Mel Pocock (REVO Husqvarna UK) pulled back a bunch of points in MX2, Rossi Beard (Putoline Planet Husqvarna) moved to the front of the MXY2 championship chase and Mike Kras (GL12 Racing KTM) sealed the British Two-stroke Championship title. It’s safe to say it was all going on at Hawkstone Park on Sunday!

Feature image courtesy of Dave Rich – Article images courtesy of Matthew Rudd

Following the previous round at Duns, Nicholls had seen his championship lead cut to 12 points by Evgeny Bobryshev (Lombard Express Suzuki with PAR Homes) but luck wasn’t on the Russian’s side at the famous Shropshire sand circuit.

As Nicholls streaked to a gate-to-flag victory from defending champion Graeme Irwin (Hitachi ASA KTM UK) in the opening moto, Bobryshev found himself on the ground in the second turn and after a race-long charge could only get back to 10th.

Former champion Tommy Searle (Bike It DRT Kawasaki) had gone down with Bobryshev and after retrieving his bike from the chestnut paling mounted a sensational charge through the field to get up to third at the flag ahead of Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) and Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Apico Honda).

Searle wasn’t hanging around in the second moto and dropped the hammer from the gate, eventually claiming a 12-and-a-half second win but the drama was behind him where Nicholls held an early second before Banks-Browne made a pass. Nicholls got him back but in the closing stages he had Bobryshev on his rear wheel before the Russian fell on the final lap, eventually coming home seventh.

Irwin took third from Banks-Browne and Ryan Houghton (Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha) but the situation then went from bad to worse for Bobryshev who was docked a minute after failing a post-race noise test which dropped him to 12th.

So Nicholls topped the podium from Searle and Irwin and with two rounds to go leads Bobryshev by 39 points.

“It’s been a great day,” said Nicholls. “Qualification went well and the first race was really good actually. The track is quite physical and I used a lot of energy and before the second race I felt a little bit flat so I knew it was going to be tough.

“I’m trying not to think about the championship. I’m just focussed on the races and enjoying myself and I had one hell of a day today.”

Series leader Conrad Mewse (Hitachi ASA KTM UK) was in a different class in the opening MX2 race, winning by over 40 seconds from Pocock with Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) making a late pass on Todd Kellett (Verde Substance KTM) for third as Liam Knight (Pope Racing KTM) picked up fifth.

A first-lap crash in race two dumped Mewse down the field. Within a few laps he’d recovered to 21st but a second crash at the top of the hill forced him to pull out with a hand injury.

At the front Steven Clarke (Honda) led from Michael Ellis (Hitachi ASA KTM UK) and Knight but Pocock could sense victory and had worked his way up to second at half-distance before making a pass with three laps to go.

Knight took second from Clarke with Josh Spinks (M Smith KTM) fourth ahead of Martin Barr (REVO Husqvarna UK) and Gilbert.

The overall went to Pocock from Knight and Clarke. In the championship Mewse’s lead has been cut to 14 points with Gilbert still second but just one point ahead of Pocock.

“I’m just really, really happy,” said Pocock. “I’m still chasing my dream of winning a British championship – for a time I thought it would never happen and even an overall round win felt so far away.”

In the MXY2 class Beard nailed three wins to top the podium from Aaron Lee Hanson (Husqvarna) and Joel Rizzi (RFX Crescent Yamaha). The result gives Beard a 24-point lead over George Sim-Mutch (Manchester MX Husqvarna) who led the championship heading into Hawkstone where he ended the day fourth overall.

Defending B2S champion Kras held a 21-point lead ahead of Ash Wilde (RMJ Husqvarna UK) at the start of the day and looked a safe bet to wrap it up comfortably but he was forced to pit in the opener to have his silencer replaced. With Wilde winning and Kras coming home seventh the gap was suddenly down to 10 points with one race remaining.

Second time out Kras was content to sit in second behind Wilde and shadowed him to the flag so while Wilde took the overall from Jack Brunell and John Adamson it was the Dutchman who made it back-to-back titles.

“It feels good to win the title again,” said Kras, “and if I get the chance with Bob we can go for the hat-trick because it’s a great class and I love coming to England.”

The action now shifts to the spectacular Foxhill circuit in Wiltshire for the penultimate round on September 23.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 45 Jake Nicholls 47 25 22
2 100 Tommy Searle 45 20 25
3 1 Graeme Irwin 42 22 20
4 44 Elliott Banks-Browne 36 18 18
5 37 Gert Krestinov 31 16 15
6 119 Ryan Houghton 29 13 16
7 95 Daniel Thornhill 28 14 14
8 60 Brad Anderson 28 15 13
9 6 Carlton Husband 24 12 12
10 295 Ross Rutherford 20 10 10
11 777 Evgeny Bobryshev 20 11 9
12 111 Eythor Reynisson 18 7 11
13 11 Matt Burrows 16 9 7
14 301 Shaun Southgate 14 6 8
15 17 Luke Smith 9 5 4
16 173 Luke Norris 8 8 –
17 311 Aaron McCarroll 8 2 6
18 49 Luke Parker 5 – 5
19 2 Yohei Kojima 5 3 2
20 56 Edward Briscoe 4 4 –
21 411 Declan Whittle 3 – 3
22 300 Charlie Hamlet 2 1 1

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 119 Mel Pocock 47 22 25
2 134 Liam Knight 38 16 22
3 511 Steven Clarke 35 15 20
4 3 Joshua Gilbert 35 20 15
5 180 Josh Spinks 32 14 18
6 98 Todd Kellett 29 18 11
7 50 Martin Barr 25 9 16
8 426 Conrad Mewse 25 25 –
9 10 Michael Ellis 24 12 12
10 41 Alexander Brown 21 13 8
11 66 Lewis Tombs 20 10 10
12 575 Taylor Hammal 19 5 14
13 115 Ashton-Lee Dickinson 14 1 13
14 184 James Carpenter 11 4 7
15 714 Brad Todd 11 11 –
16 77 Jay Hague 9 – 9
17 9 Lewis Hall 8 8 –
18 300 Ben Franklin 7 3 4
19 38 Gavin Stevenson 7 7 –
20 303 Jake Millward 6 – 6
21 111 Ben Putnam 6 6 –
22 65 James Mackrel 5 – 5
23 31 Robbie Dowson 3 – 3
24 101 Ben Clark 2 – 2
25 4 Robert Yates 2 2 –
26 48 Adam Collings 1 – 1

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 123 Rossi Beard 75 25 25 25
2 13 Aaron Lee Hanson 60 18 20 22
3 912 Joel Rizzi 53 20 22 11
4 491 George Sim-Mutch 46 14 16 16
5 579 Bobby Bruce 45 13 18 14
6 90 Dominic Lancett 42 22 – 20
7 57 Kyle McNicol 40 11 14 15
8 49 Callum Green 37 12 13 12
9 181 Ryan Thompson 33 9 11 13
10 712 Josh Peters 33 15 10 8
11 365 Sam Nunn 31 16 15 –
12 117 Ike Carter 30 – 12 18
13 74 Thomas Murphy 26 7 9 10
14 11 Max Ingham 17 10 – 7
15 7 Louie Kessell 16 4 6 6
16 277 Benjamin Clark 14 3 7 4
17 805 Patrick Jackson 14 6 8 –
18 314 Bill Moynes 12 5 2 5
19 33 Josh Greedy 11 8 – 3
20 222 Jake Winnard 9 – – 9
21 3 Ryan Mundell 8 2 5 1
22 433 Jack Lindsay 7 1 4 2
23 581 Casey Lambley 3 – 3 –
24 18 Jack Parker 1 – 1 –

BS2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 704 Ashley Wilde 50 25 25
2 155 Jack Brunell 40 20 20
3 49 John Adamson 38 22 16
4 55 Mike Kras 36 14 22
5 2 James Dunn 33 15 18
6 63 Oliver Benton 33 18 15
7 822 Mike Bolink 29 16 13
8 200 Philip Mercer 22 12 10
9 293 Ryan McLean 21 10 11
10 600 Jamie Skuse 21 13 8
11 98 Ty Kellett 16 9 7
12 371 Manuel Iacopi 14 – 14
13 537 Damien Wedage 14 5 9
14 15 Bradley Wheeler 14 8 6
15 272 Neville Bradshaw 12 – 12
16 957 Jake Preston 12 11 1
17 140 James Kensington 11 6 5
18 77 Luke Oldfield 8 4 4
19 712 William Leer 7 7 –
20 282 Tony Cadman 5 2 3
21 7 Lee Baggs 3 1 2
22 131 Henry Siddiqui 3 3 –