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Super Sunderland Storms Weymouth. Weymouth Beach Motocross – Race Report & Results
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Super Sunderland Storms Weymouth. Weymouth Beach Motocross – Race Report & Results

by adminOctober 25, 2017

Even ‘storm Brian’ couldn’t stop the mighty Purbeck MXC from staging the 2017 AMCA Weymouth Beach Moto-

Weymouth Experts winner, Sam Sunderland

cross! And, what a very successful event it was with a massive 340 riders, a large crowd watching all the action for FREE and the organising club able to hand over a cheque for a whooping £1,700 to the Weymouth and Portland Lions club. Then making it a perfect day for the Dorset community, Sam Sunderland the Red Bull KTM star and winner of the 2017 Dakar Rally took the big Experts class victory. Joining super Sam in the winner’s circle was Luke Wicks in the Juniors class and the very fast Harry Kimber in the Seniors.

Report and Images by Mike Wood

So after ‘storm Brian’ had finally cleared the coastal town, the Purbeck club and it’s very happy band of volunteers went to work on Sunday morning and construct the Weymouth beach circuit. And once the high tide had receded, it was time for the 2017

Matt Carrier having fun at Weymouth.

race action to commence. Opening proceedings was a Juniors class stacked and with the entry full signs up. Leading the thunderous charge was Mark Morris ahead of Dalton Cook, Brad Armstrong, Harry Watson, Steve Taylor, Luke Wicks and Luke Sansome. By lap two, Wicks aboard his 450F Honda was up into 2nd and reeling in leader Morris. With so many riders all out on a relatively short track, it meant that the fast front end riders were quickly catching the backmarkers. However Wicks was to make very light work of that heavy traffic, eventually moving to the front on lap four. From here onwards, Wicks controlled all the way to the chequered flag finishing nearly 13 seconds clear of Sansome with Morris, James Harris, Cook,

Formation Juniors racing in moto one.

Armstrong and Watson the next best.

In Juniors moto two, Morris again made another superb start and thus lead the way with Wicks down in 6th. Just like the opening clash though, Wicks was quickly on the move up the leaderboard, slotting into 3rd on lap one then moving into pole position by lap three. Also on the move was Sansome, getting up into 2nd, a position he was to hold onto after seeing off a very determined Brad Armstrong. Having started down in 12th, Brad came right through to pass Sansome on lap five before dropping back down to 4th. So Juniors moto two was victory to Wicks from Sansome, Morris, Brad Armstrong, Cook, Paul Armstrong and Wright. Competing in this class

Shane Carless, 2nd in the Experts.

was David Wright, riding in memory of his son who had been killed whilst serving the forces out in Afghanistan.

During the Seniors practice, young Harry Kimber had looked clearly the fastest rider on show but when moto one went into action, the Yamaha pilot rather surprisingly found himself down in 8th. Leading the blast was Chris Blackmore from Jack Hooper, Lloyd Nightingale, George Boyce, Luke Stephens and Harry Pritchard. But though by the completion of a very frantic opening lap, Kimber was already at the front and there he remained. In a fast, competitive contest, Kimber took the win incredibly nearly one full minute clear of runner-up Pritchard. After starting down in 11th, Bradley Rowland put in a super effort to get home in 3rd but the recovery of

Ross Millard, 5th in the Seniors.

the race surely belonged to James Cole. In the early stages James was 32nd before eventually storming back to bag a great 4th with Alexander Harvey in 5th and Ross Millard 6th.

Rowland then led the opening lap of the second Seniors moto before Kimber moved through to take complete control. With Kimber in such super form, Rowland was to be the only other rider to finish on the same lap total of 10. Harvey after starting 18th got right up to take 3rd ahead of Giles Richards, Lewis Ranger and Luke Stephens.

Although the 2016 Weymouth Experts winner and local star rider Jake Shipton was missing with a shoulder ligament injury along with Tommy Alba(broken ribs) and Dan

Matt Ridgway, 5th in the Experts.

Thornhill(mechanical issues), the 2017 line-up still had some outstanding quality. With all eyes on Sam Sunderland, it was to be Welsh star Shane Carless who instead led the pack into the opening turn followed by Sunderland, Josh Waterman, Matt Ridgway, Ross Keyworth and Ben Harrison. By lap two, Red Bull KTM ace Sunderland was in control although initially he found Carless to be a very determined challenger. Eventually Sunderland did manage to break free and glide to the win from Carless in 2nd as Waterman took 3rd. This was to be the 2016 AMCA MX2 Champion Waterman’s very first outing on a brand new 450F KTM which had been run-in during the previous week by his brother Jack. As Ridgway took 4th from Joshua Bentley and Ben Franklin, the man on a

Luke Sansome 2nd in the Juniors.

serious mission was without doubt James Dodd. Starting right down in 30th, somehow the FUS Husqvarna ace came back in style and earn a great 7th.

What a fantastic race the second Experts clash was as Carless grabbed the holeshot to lead the way from Sunderland, Dodd, Waterman and Ridgway. In the next three laps, Sunderland, Careless again and Waterman all took turns to control proceedings before the moto appeared to finally settle down with Sunderland back at the front of the fast moving pack. However the very determined Waterman, Carless and Dodd refused to be beaten, staying right on the tail of Sam and indeed on lap nine Waterman blasted that new 450F KTM into the number one slot. Unfortunately though

Juniors start action with eventual winner Luke Wicks(227) in the frame.

Josh’s moment of glory was to be rather short lived as his clutch cried enough leaving Sunderland to take the eventual win from Dodd, Carless, Bentley, Franklin and Ridgway.

Afterwards Weymouth winner Sunderland said, “I was really happy to comeback and race at Weymouth after having not been here for a while. It’s a cool event and good fun with quite a few good riders. The 2nd race was cool and had a right old ding-dong at the front for the win. I only live 30 minutes down the road at Poole so it’s fairly local for me. The last time I raced here was on a 125cc when I was only 15 years-old so yes I really enjoyed today.” Hopefully Sam will be back in 2018 to defend his title, the date for you diary is 28th October.

Harry Kimber the Seniors winner.

Results

Juniors Unlimited Sponsored by Caroline Racing

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 227 Luke Wicks 120 60 60
2 18 Luke Sansome 108 54 54
3 401 Mark Morris 100 50 50
4 881 Brad Armstrong 90 43 47
5 307 Dalton Cook 90 45 45
6 177 James Harris 84 47 37
7 20 Brett Selby 76 37 39

Experts top three with left to right, James Dodd 3rd, winner Sam Sunderland and runner-up Shane Carless.

8 40 Mathew Harris 74 39 35
9 999 Paul ARMSTRONG 70 27 43
10 512 Tommy Reeve 68 35 33
11 951 Harry Watson 66 41 25
12 233 Lee Sims 59 33 26
13 472 Adam Moore 50 29 21
14 84 Andrew Hollingsworth 49 31 18
15 231 Jordan Gold 42 22 20
16 26 Harvey Wright 41 – 41
17 317 Jack Watson 40 13 27
18 241 James Allen 39 26 13
19 14 Steve Taylor 37 20 17

Early Juniors action

20 132 Craig Redmond 35 19 16
21 169 Joe Turner 33 11 22
22 34 Lee Welch 32 9 23
23 337 Charlie Hemmings 31 – 31
24 165 Mark Disney 31 7 24
25 02 30 23 7
26 101 James White 29 – 29
27 44 Jamie Ford 25 25 –
28 95 Christopher Rose 24 24 –
29 777 Tommy Hobd 21 16 5
30 286 Craig Morgan 21 21 –
31 589 George Humble-Smith 20 12 8
32 275 Ricky Hayles 19 – 19
33 98 Rhys Trotter 19 5 14
34 137 Lee Galpin 18 18 –
35 417 Michael Smith 17 17 –
36 261 Dominic Ritchings 15 – 15
37 144 Nick Groves 15 15 –
38 48 Kieron Meek 14 14 –
39 421 Greg Brice 12 – 12
40 328 Phil White 11 – 11
41 446 Dale Lyons 10 10 –
42 13 Andy Vowles 10 – 10
43 145 Angus Harris 9 – 9
44 621 Daryl Ritchings 8 8 –
45 142 James Sainsbury 6 – 6
46 55 Lee Hardy 6 6 –

Seniors Unlimited

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 781 Harry Kimber 120 60 60
2 65 Bradley Rowland 104 50 54
3 106 Alexander Harvey 95 45 50
4 150 Lewis Ranger 86 41 45
5 78 Ross Millard 78 43 35
6 122 Giles Richards 72 25 47
7 96 Luke Stephens 70 27 43
8 39 Jack Cole 70 31 39
9 10 George Boyce 68 35 33
10 391 Kyle Proctor 66 29 37
11 401 Grant Laming 66 37 29
12 67 Chris Blackmore 62 39 23
13 54 Lewis Cave 59 18 41
14 547 Glenn Whittock 57 33 24
15 671 Harry Pritchard 54 54 –
16 48 Kye Williams 53 22 31
17 4 Billy Saunders 52 26 26
18 942 James Cole 47 47 –
19 991 Bradley Priest 45 24 21
20 431 Jon Rutherford 44 17 27
21 779 Josh Scadding 42 23 19
22 1 Alan Morrison 41 21 20
23 527 Ryan Poolman 33 11 22
24 57 Matthew Tooth 27 10 17
25 46 Robbie Lapham 25 – 25
26 42 Jonathan Haden 21 9 12
27 13 Jack Hooper 20 20 –
28 97 George Welch 19 19 –
29 141 Luke Dewey 18 – 18
30 943 Lewis Smith 18 5 13
31 112 Leonard Paget 16 – 16
32 20 Lewis Robinson 16 6 10
33 45 Peter Skevington 16 16 –
34 33 James Day 15 – 15
35 53 Jack Alderton 15 15 –
36 666 Max Luckes 14 – 14
37 14 Ryan Thomas 14 7 7
38 -??- – 7383615 – 14 14 –
39 89 David Jones 13 13 –
40 91 Matt Carrier 12 12 –
41 11 Benjamin Hawkins 11 – 11
42 722 Shane Trotter 9 – 9
43 470 Gareth Dunsford 8 8 –
44 47 Oliver Vaughan 8 – 8
45 761 Connor Campbell 6 – 6
46 485 Fraser Smith 5 – 5

Experts Unlimited Sponsored by Poole Motorcycles

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 96 Sam Sunderland 120 60 60
2 68 Shane Carless 104 54 50
3 292 James Dodd 95 41 54
4 683 Joshua Bentley 92 45 47
5 8 Matt Ridgway 90 47 43
6 300 Ben Franklin 88 43 45
7 54 Corey Hockey 78 37 41
8 50 Lee Wren 64 31 33
9 25 Brad King 57 33 24
10 132 Henry Siddiqui 55 29 26
11 15 Paul Neale 54 17 37
12 61 Jack Waterman 54 27 27
13 210 Lee Truman 50 19 31
14 1 Josh Waterman 50 50 –
15 77 Luke Oldfield 47 25 22
16 01 Alan Pearce 45 16 29
17 42 Jordan Carrier 44 24 20
18 140 James Kensington 42 21 21
19 100 Scott Bates 41 18 23
20 101 Mark Young 41 22 19
21 17 Joe Golding 40 23 17
22 5 Ben Harrison 39 39 –
23 511 Joshua Brine 39 – 39
24 231 Luke Newman 35 – 35
25 23 Gareth Artus 35 35 –
26 26 Harry Linton 33 20 13
27 615 Callum Gasson 26 26 –
28 951 Brad Thornhill 25 – 25
29 27 Josh Scott 25 9 16
30 79 Jamie Mccarthy 24 14 10
31 682 Lewis Barfoot 23 11 12
32 247 Jason Kendrick 22 8 14
33 86 Elliot Cook 22 13 9
34 666 Brett Moore 20 15 5
35 37 Marcus Alba 19 12 7
36 71 Blaine Blackwell 18 – 18
37 352 Liam Brown 17 6 11
38 41 Sam Lycett 15 – 15
39 402 Martin Jessopp 15 7 8
40 65 Bradley Barfoot 10 10 –
41 46 Richard Meakin 6 – 6
42 311 Scott Meradit5h 5 5 –