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The Greatest Minibike show on Earth! 2018 Minibike World Championships – Highlights, Race Report and Results
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The Greatest Minibike show on Earth! 2018 Minibike World Championships – Highlights, Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 31, 2018

The 2018 staging of the Minibike World Championships once again delivered an outstanding event, even if the weather did throw a spanner in the works on the Sunday.

Images courtesy of Harry Lessman – Picturebike

With tons of work being done to the Champs Parc venue the MBC crew presented an event that lived up to the moniker as the biggest Minibike event on the planet, with the presentation again on point.

The track was in prime condition too, and with a full day of practice and qualifying on Friday the weekend was set for some epic minibike action.  With the weather good on Saturday with the track fast and furious, it was all change on Sunday as the heaven’s opened and a mudder ensued for the remainder of the day.  With the conditions varied over the two days it certainly made the riders earn their stripes and worthy champions would be crowned having shown they have what it takes to race in all conditions.

Having recently been crowned the British Minibike Champ in the Kids 50cc class, Robbie Daly had the air of a champion around him as he lined up for his first moto on Saturday morning, and he didn’t look back all weekend as he ripped his way to 5 wins over the weekend, earning him the World title.  Cailen Griffiths, a newcomer to MBC events was very competitive finishing second, but a last race finish down the order made it a close call as Riley Ray-Barrow finished just 3 points behind him in third.  Olivia Reynolds rode fantastic for 4th, coming on strong in the Sunday Mud races.  In summary though all of the Kids were amazing and got stuck in regardless of the conditions.

The Youth 125cc Junior class was the most unpredictable group I have ever seen, with the top 6 rider’s only being separated by 9 points.  The weekend started in the fashion you would expect with British Champ Leo Vowles topping qualifying, then following that with the opening two moto wins.  In Moto 3 though the proverbial wheels fell off for him as he finished down in seventh. Harris Goddard came good in that third Moto for the win, whilst Jake Speller prevailed for the victory in race 4, while finishing the weekend off with a win was Harry Lee. With 4 moto winners and results a complete mish mash the title could of been anyone of the top 6’s as they headed into the final moto. Even though he struggled in the final race it was Speller, having collected good points all weekend,who took the World title, just 2 points ahead of Lee, with Vowles in third, Jack Perry fourth, Jorin Woolmer fifth and Goddard sixth. Great racing guys.

There were more surprises in store in the Youth 125 Senior category with British Champ Ewan Goddard having a DNF in his final moto which dropped him down to 5th overall after a promising start which saw him win moto 2.  The title though went home with Spanish racer Daniel Agea Moreno, who with two wins and two seconds in his first 4 races had the luxury of being able to ease his way home in the wet in moto 5 and still take home the title. We said in our preview to watch out for last years Junior Champ Senna-Ace Summers, and it proved to be so as he rode amazing all weekend long for second overall, and taking the chequers in the final race to round off an excellent weekend for the youngster. Harry Streeter would have left Champs Parc wondering what could of been, as even though he finished a fantastic third, a terrible first moto made the title out of reach. Portuguese rider Ruben Rodrigues enjoyed his trip with 4th overall, reveling in the final moto wet conditions where he finished second.

Last season we wrote about the 140cc British Champ Ash Gorman stepping up into the 160’s, which he did with great effect. This year with no 140cc classed he made the move to the 110cc group, and he certainly showed his liking for the smaller capacity machine by smashing home the World title with 4 race wins from 5. New Zealander Jeremy Mcknight came over for the MWC last year and vowed to come back better prepared in 2018, and he did just that riding tremendously all weekend long, being the only racer to lower Gorman’s colours and finishing second overall. Jack Titterrell will have left Champs Parc being the most contented riders on show. The British Champs no4 upped his game and scored good points in each and every moto to finish a superb 3rd place overall. Brett Pocock joined the 110 party finishing in 4th, relegating family member Matthew Pocock to 5th. Matthew showed early promise but a DNF in his final Moto put pay to any hopes of a top 3 finish. It wasn’t the best weekends for British Champ Piers Skinner who found the pace super fast and finished 6th overall.

Pat Crump was the returning Champ in the Masters and showed his class by once again taking the title with 4 race wins under his belt. Having already done the damage in the first 4 moto’s his race 5 low scoring mud waddle didn’t effect the result and he took the title by 17 points ahead of Jody Barnes who scored consistently in the top 5 in each moto. Barnes just held off the late challenge from Portugal’s Marcio Ferreira who ploughed through the mire to win the final moto and earn third overall. Scott Joyner was a rider who, Moto 1 apart would have been a title contender but his points deficit was too much to pull back and he finished 4th.

Having stormed to a maximum in last years Vets MWC, Chris Rose came to Champs Parc full of confidence having also won the British title back in July. His dominance continued on the Saturday where he railed his machine to three race wins, but his chequered flag taking would come to an end of Sunday when Jason Gutteridge put his hat in the ring and slithered his way to both race wins on the day for second overall behind Rose who retained his title.  Jason Taylor pitched in with 5 strong motos which earned him the third position on the podium.

The stacked 160 class was split into three groups after qualiyfing with the fastest 18 going into the Pro’s, the next 18 into the Inters and the slowest 18 into the Rookies.

Tom Burrill took early control of the Rookies class and armed with two moto wins took the overall ahead of Daniel Johnson in second and Red Circles racer Teagan Parnell in third. Adam Burton stuck a win in the middle for fourth overall while Callum Gutteridge who won Moto 5 couldn’t keep it consistent enough to challenge for the win and came fifth.

The race for the Inters title was as tight as they come, with three racers all super focused on getting the job done. In the end it was Dan Foreman who stood on the top step of the podium with a slender two point lead over Tryone Tugwell in second and Joe Banks just a further point back in third.

After the super fast racing in the Pro class in 2017, everyone knew that they needed to up their game if they were to become Champ in 2018. Reigning Champ, Frenchman Mike Valade, has had a disjointed season so far and in brief bursts has shown immense speed in the British rounds, but there have been chinks in his armour as British hope Bradley Pocock found out.  Valade’s intentions were clear from the offset though has he stormed to pole position with a collective qualifying time 2 seconds faster than his closest rival, the American Justin Sipes.

As the gate dropped on Moto number 1 it was clear that Valade was back to his best, and he took this and the next two moto victories with Sipes keeping him on his toes in the first two, before Pocock got his nose into second in race 3. As the rains came Sunday was to  be a great leveller and it was Pocock who would be the first to lower the Frenchman’s colours to take the race 4 victory. Sipes followed Pocock in defeating Valade by taking the final moto chequered flag. That all being said Valade’s worst moto finish was third and he kept control of the meeting all along to take World title number two with a stunning display of minibike racing. Sipes goes back to America as World number 2, an improvement of two places on his 2017 campaign, while Pocock who finished third will be disappointed with his first two moto’s where the damage on his title hopes were done.  The biggest surprise of the meeting was the performance of Dom Foreman, who rode tremendously to finish in 4th place ahead of the talented French duo of Valentin Pennetier in 5th and Raphael Besacier 6th, with Blaine Blackwell in 7th.

Again the MBC team did a tremendous job in putting British Minibike racing on the World stage, and with the level rising each year, you can be assured 2018 will go down in history as a great, but the team will already be looking at making it bigger and better in 2019.

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Results

Kids 50cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 800 Robbie Daly 125 25 25 25 25 25
2 144 Cailen Griffiths 101 22 22 22 22 13
3 18 Riley-Ray Barrow 98 20 16 20 20 22
4 199 Olivia Reynolds 90 18 20 14 18 20
5 278 Mason Flynn 78 16 18 18 16 10
6 333 Joshua Tilley 76 15 15 16 12 18
7 275 Ethan Georgiou 73 13 14 15 15 16
8 36 Maddie Banks 63 11 13 12 13 14
9 777 Otto Hookam 54 12 7 13 10 12
10 118 Lacey Adams 51 8 12 11 11 9
11 336 Harry Banks 46 7 9 10 9 11
12 158 Kieran Maunder 43 14 – – 14 15
13 31 Oakley Summers 21 10 11 – – –
14 140 Alfie Clarke 19 9 10 – – –
15 236 Jack Gardner 14 6 8 – – –

Youth 125’s Juniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 82 Jake Speller 99 22 22 16 25 14
2 117 Harry Lee 97 18 14 22 18 25
3 288 Leo Vowles 93 25 25 14 16 13
4 211 Jack Perry 91 20 16 18 22 15
5 118 Jorin Woolmer 90 15 18 20 15 22
6 8 Harris Goddard 90 16 13 25 20 16
7 101 Dayton Thompson 78 14 20 13 13 18
8 19 Ben Johnstone 77 13 15 15 14 20

Youth 125 Seniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 118 Daniel Agea Moreno 105 25 22 22 25 11
2 31 Senna-Ace Summers 99 16 18 20 20 25
3 109 Harry Streeter 93 6 20 25 22 20
4 222 Ruben Rodrigues 88 18 16 14 18 22
5 2 Ewan Goddard 73 22 25 16 10 –
6 101 Freddy Hills 72 15 13 15 14 15
7 100 Callum Radford 71 14 12 11 16 18
8 29 James Lee 64 20 14 18 12 –
9 64 Alex Dutton 63 5 15 12 15 16
10 106 Alex Cheshire 57 13 11 13 11 9
11 22 Harrison Jepson 55 9 10 9 13 14
12 10 Proenca Guilherme 53 12 9 10 9 13
13 108 Joe Clarke 35 8 7 – 8 12
14 53 Scott Clarke 20 10 – – – 10
15 287 Harvey Vowles 19 11 8 – – –
16 21 Liberty Bird 13 7 6 – – –

110cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 72 Ashley Gorman 120 25 25 20 25 25
2 139 Jeremy McKnight 107 22 22 25 22 16
3 123 Jack Titterrell 96 20 16 18 20 22
4 117 Brett Pocock 81 16 18 15 14 18
5 119 Matthew Pocock 75 15 20 22 18 –
6 43 Piers Skinner 75 18 14 13 16 14
7 88 Daniel Gappmaier 72 14 11 14 13 20
8 95 Anton Hafekost 53 13 13 12 – 15
9 731 Matt Sutherland 46 – 15 16 15 –
10 916 Jon Slack 43 11 10 10 12 –
11 953 David Hirst 35 12 12 11 – –
12 790 Matt Neill 19 10 9 – – –

Masters

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 1 Pat Crump 111 25 25 25 25 11
2 75 Jody Barnes 94 20 20 18 20 16
3 106 Marcio Ferreira 92 12 15 22 18 25
4 2 Scott Joyner 89 9 22 16 22 20
5 201 Matthew Chamberlain 76 16 16 14 16 14
6 107 Paulo Marques 68 14 11 11 14 18
7 282 Simon Vowles 62 18 14 15 15 –
8 11 Dale Howard 60 22 18 20 – –
9 117 Jeff Pike 57 11 9 10 12 15
10 19 Wayne Johnstone 54 10 10 12 9 13
11 427 Jason Gardner 49 13 13 13 10 –
12 395 Dave Goldsmith 45 8 8 9 8 12
13 12 Craig Powell 40 7 – – 11 22
14 279 Fredric Seroux 40 15 12 – 13 –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 95 Chris Rose 119 25 25 25 22 22
2 63 Jason Gutteridge 114 22 22 20 25 25
3 918 Jason Taylor 102 20 20 22 20 20
4 144 Russell Mason 90 18 18 18 18 18
5 281 Richard McLellan 75 15 14 15 16 15
6 208 Graham Parks 74 14 15 14 15 16
7 71 Colin Blackwell 62 16 16 16 14 –
8 280 Philippe Bellin 26 – 13 13 – –

160cc – Rookies

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 66 Tom Burrill 116 25 22 22 22 25
2 29 Daniel Johnson 94 22 16 20 18 18
3 505 Teagan Parnell 89 18 11 18 20 22
4 414 Adam Burton 83 14 15 25 13 16
5 63 Callum Gutteridge 83 20 20 8 25 10
6 259 Luke Redman 78 15 12 16 15 20
7 37 Dalton Miller 65 11 10 15 14 15
8 808 Jack Birthwright 58 10 13 7 16 12
9 15 Mollie Rabbits 58 12 14 9 12 11
10 77 Jordan Burton 52 8 9 10 11 14
11 228 Mason O’Rourke 44 7 – 14 10 13
12 881 Alex Hepher 42 13 18 11 – –
13 88 Michael Lyons 41 16 25 – – –
14 84 Craig Swales 38 9 8 12 9 –
15 69 Richard Sharman 31 3 5 6 8 9
16 311 Ricky Tatam 24 4 7 13 – –
17 716 Josh Cheshire 11 5 6 – – –
18 10 Paul Gell 6 6 – – – –

160cc – Inters

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 131 Dan Foreman 112 18 25 22 25 22
2 744 Tyrone Tugwell 110 20 20 25 20 25
3 36 Joe Banks 109 25 22 20 22 20
4 614 Fabio Neves 85 22 18 11 16 18
5 222 Ted Hartland 80 16 15 15 18 16
6 247 Matthew Cole 65 11 9 16 14 15
7 73 Michael Murphy 65 10 10 18 15 12
8 191 Loic Lejeune 63 12 11 14 12 14
9 5 Tom Crowder 60 14 12 12 11 11
10 28 Alex Amery 55 15 14 13 13 –
11 19 Pryce Howard 54 13 13 10 9 9
12 13 Cole Howard 41 8 16 9 8 –
13 109 Rhys Streeter 40 9 8 – 10 13
14 35 Shawn Clarke 17 – 7 – – 10
15 411 Michael Gwilliams 13 7 6 – – –
16 902 Jose Assuncao 8 – – 8 – –

160cc Pro’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 140 Mike Valade 117 25 25 25 22 20
2 132 Justin Sipes 107 22 22 20 18 25
3 57 Bradley Pocock 103 16 18 22 25 22
4 121 Dom Foreman 94 20 20 16 20 18
5 11 Valentin Pennetier 74 15 16 13 15 15
6 45 Raphael Besacier 72 14 13 15 16 14
7 71 Blaine Blackwell 67 18 5 14 14 16
8 871 David Lamb 56 12 14 11 7 12
9 717 Jody Burton 53 13 15 12 13 –
10 138 Sebastian Kaergaard 46 – 3 18 12 13
11 62 Louis Dutton 42 8 6 8 9 11
12 95 Anton Hafekost 41 7 11 5 8 10
13 291 James Cook 40 10 10 10 10 –
14 9 Scott Pohlman 39 9 12 7 11 –
15 145 Mads Frostholm 27 11 7 9 – –
16 994 Mathieu Provost 23 5 8 4 6 –
17 369 Daniel Lee 15 – 9 6 – –
18 920 Indalecio Trindade 10 6 4 – – –