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Apex KTM swarm Fatcats! AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 5 – Race Report and Results

by adminJune 5, 2019

Apex KTM UK were certainly very happy with their days work following Round 5 of the AMCA British Motocross Championship held at Fatcat Motoparc on Sunday.

Report and Images by Mike Wood

All three of their riders present bagged podium places with Jamie Wainwright (MX2) and Brad Malin (125cc) winning their respective classes whilst MX1 ace Gary Gibson took 3rd overall. Completing the roll of honour for winners at the South Yorkshire venue were Jamie Powell (SRH KTM) in the Veterans, Matt Tolley (Tolley Jewellers/IDS KTM) in the Youth and Neville Bradshaw (DK Offroad Kawasaki) in MX1. The victories for both Wainwright and Bradshaw were to prove particularly decisive as it saw them move to the summit of their Championship standings.

MX1 winner Neville Bradshaw

Already this season in the AMCA series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, the MX1 class as produced arguably some of the best racing seen anywhere in the UK! And at Fatcat they were at it again starting with a classic moto one. Shane Carless, Nev Bradshaw, Gary Gibson and finally Bradshaw again all took turns to lead this clash whilst James Dodd, Josh Waterman, Ashley Thomas and Luke Meredith were in the mix and waiting to pounce. With Carless making a couple of mistakes which dropped him back to a 6th place finish it was Bradshaw taking the win despite being charged down in the closing stages by Dodd. Taking 3rd was Waterman with Gibson and Thomas next up.

MX1 moto two as the pack hits the opening turn

Moto two and Dodd led before Bradshaw and finally winner Carless came through. Eventually pacesetter Dodd had to settle for 5th but only after surviving a rather spectacular crash when he went off the side of one of the many Fatcat jumps! Despite losing two places the JSR Honda rider remarkably picked himself up, regained his composure and passed Meredith and Lee Harrison. Following that scare, making it to the finish relatively unscathed could later in the series prove crucial though as all of his main title rivals, Bradshaw, Gibson and Waterman were ahead of him!

Buoyed by that moto two win, the fast starting Carless then blasted his FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna to a last race victory from Bradshaw, Gibson, Dodd, Waterman, Will Hughes, Harrison and Meredith. Afterwards it emerged that defending MX1 Champion Josh Waterman had produced true heroism to complete the event. Having injured his ankle practising at Fatcat during midweek his participation on Sunday was in serious doubt right until the last minute. To then compound his agony, Josh jarred his back in moto two making it a very painful event so his eventual 5th overall was a truly brave effort! Taking the overall win at Fatcat was Nev Bradshaw, his maiden AMCA podium top slot. With Waterman, Carless, Gibson and Adam Chatfield also already being 2019 winners, the pendulum continues to swing in this simply amazing class!

Lee Truman(210) grabs the MX2 moto two holeshot

Just one point separated MX2 leader Kristian Whatley and challenger Jamie Wainwright going into Sunday’s event. But it’s now sand King Wainwright who tops the table 37 points clear following a simply stunning Fatcat performance. The very talented Apex KTM UK rider comfortably won all three races producing a motocross masterclass. Equally impressive was the Fatcat runner-up Henry Williams who chased Wainwright home on each occasion whilst Josh Coleman took a very hard earned final podium step.

Henry Williams, 2nd in MX2

Despite riding with a heavily strapped ankle, Ryan Crowder grabbed the holeshot in the opening MX2 clash before dropping down to 6th. As Wainwright galloped clear to his first win of the day from Williams, Corie Southwood recorded another strong AMCA Championship ride to earn 3rd as Coleman passed Whatley for 4th with Jansen Day, Richard Cannings, Luke Dean and Lee Truman next up.

Making a super start in the second MX2 clash, Truman on the 250cc IDS/ Redeleven Creative KTM briefly led the way before Wainwright quickly took control for win number two. Williams was impressing again and taking 2nd after holding off a determined challenge from Coleman. With Whatley, Crowder, Day, Cannings and Josh Taylor putting some big points on the board this moto ended painfully for Matt Ridgway, forced out with a badly jarred knee.

In just about a repeat of the previous clash, Truman again holeshot the last MX2 moto only for the irresistible Wainwright to move into pole position before completion of the opening circuit. After gating in 9th, Whatley had his best ride of the day in this moto taking 3rd place behind Williams but ahead of Coleman, Crowder, Day and Taylor.

Jimmy Margetson, 2nd in 125cc

Having a wildcard ride, Jimmy Margetson led the opening 125cc moto from gate to flag despite a determined charge from runner-up Brad Malin in the closing stages. Behind the leading duo, the current Championship top two of Chris Povey and Lewis Dowdeswell were having a right old tussle for 3rd, the verdict eventually going to Dowdeswell. Also making the top ten in this opener were Travis Steels, Ryan Jones, Ryan Zebedee, Nathan Bache, Tomos Wright and Ben Murray.

Despite being on his spare bike, Malin was right on the gas in 125cc moto two and having made his comeback to racing in 2019 after missing a couple of seasons went onto bag his maiden AMCA moto win. And, what a win it was by a massive 24 seconds with Margetson, Dowdeswell, Povey , Jones, Steels and Ryan Zebedee in there again.

Brad Malin the 125cc winner

In an incredible scrap in the early stages of the final 125cc moto, leader Povey was passed by Malin, Dowdeswell and Margetson in one crazy lap! Following that maiden win in the previous scrap, Malin now was certainly enjoying the taste of victory and in this one he again took total control. Stretching that throttle wire to the max, the very fast Apex KTM UK pilot raced off and was comfortably first past the chequered flag, enough to also earn the 125cc  podium top step. Sunday’s results saw Margetson and Dowdeswell join Malin on the box whilst in the title standings Dowdeswell leads the way just a single point ahead of Povey. Delighted to be taking the Fatcat glory, a very humble Malin said, “We had a few issues with the bike in qualifying so switched to the spare. It was a bit of a rush changing the suspension over from the stock to the tuned but my Dad and Derek got it done. I struggled in moto one a bit with my fitness but in the remaining races I felt really good, just got my head down and controlled it from the front. I can’t remember the last time I topped the podium so am very happy especially after only coming back in 2019 after taking some time away from the sport.”

125cc start action in moto two

Although claiming that he had not raced on any sand tracks for several years, Vets Championship leader Jamie Powell increased his series lead to a big 77 points at Fatcat on Sunday. In superb style Powell cruised to three big moto wins as James Lane got home in 2nd place on each occasion. In moto’s one and two, the next best finisher was defending Champion Simon Lane but in the last clash he had to settle for 4th as a very determined Sean Smith got the better of him.

tephen Elford leading a Vets battle

Smith was always right in the thick of the action throughout, taking 4th overall with Stephen Marlow, Gareth Dunsford, Craig Chamberlain, Lee Spurr, Colin Conduit and Stephen Elford completing the top ten. In the Vets Championship race it’s still the the LRT Honda duo of James and Simon Lane proving to be Powell’s closest challengers with next best being Craig Chamberlain and Colin Conduit. Watch out though for Smith, already up to 12th despite missing rounds two and three due to a broken wrist!

Moto two Youth class start action

After completing a fairly routine victory in the opening Youth class race, Matt Tolley then produced arguably the ride of the meeting in moto two. In the first ten yards of this clash, Tolley was brought to a standstill when a rival’s leg became wrapped around his KTM’s back wheel and frame. Thankfully not only was his rival able to quickly free his leg but most importantly he was unhurt and able to continue in the contest. For Tolley though he was now in last place and with lots of work to do as the pack disappeared over the sand dunes! Incredibly by lap two Matt was already up to 4th then just three circuits later remarkably took the lead! Once infront he then increased his advantage with Max Lewis, Ezra Blackwell, Harry Ridgway, Joel Fisher and Reece Leverton next up.

With Tolley winning the last moto from Blackwell and Leverton it meant that with the points totalled up it resulted in a Fatcat podium consisting of Tolley, Blackwell and Fisher. That maximum for Tolley now sees him with a very nice 150 points advantage at the top of the 2019 AMCA Youth class standings. With another vital overall win in the bag, talented young Tolley said, “Round 5 was a great day for me. I topped qualifying comfortably as I do favour the loamy sand tracks. Race 1 was perfect leading from start to finish however in race 2 I collided with another rider off the start. He caught his leg in my back wheel so I restarted last. Trying just to salvage some points I came through the pack to take the lead with just two laps remaining. The last race was just brutal and I felt burnt out after the earlier challenges but still made it to the finish taking the win.”   

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 272 Neville Bradshaw 168 60 54 54
2 68 Shane Carless 163 43 60 60
3 4 Gary Gibson 147 47 50 50
4 292 James Dodd 146 54 45 47
5 19 Josh Waterman 142 50 47 45
6 205 Will Hughes 121 39 39 43
7 17 Luke Meredith 121 41 41 39
8 18 Lee Harrison 119 35 43 41
9 11 Ashley Thomas 115 45 35 35
10 44 Luke Mellows 111 37 37 37
11 3 Cory Mcshane 84 22 29 33
12 215 Daniel Preston 80 24 27 29
13 48 Rhys Walker 71 20 24 27
14 361 Pip Davies 69 26 19 24
15 305 Ollie Kirby 67 19 23 25
16 333 Josh Greedy 66 23 26 17
17 36 Gareth Artus 66 33 33 –
18 368 Richard Gray 64 21 21 22
19 462 Mark Roberts 63 25 22 16
20 74 Sean Wainwright 62 31 31 –
21 24 Kieron Mcavoy 60 29 – 31
22 813 Chris Neesam 57 18 16 23
23 101 Tye Barrs 56 15 20 21
24 54 James Smith 54 17 17 20
25 149 Jack Griffiths 52 16 18 18
26 242 Jamie Smith 51 – 25 26
27 32 Matthew Chaplin 48 14 15 19
28 13 Sebastian Osborne 27 27 – –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 40 James Wainwright 180 60 60 60
2 15 Henry Williams 162 54 54 54
3 661 Josh Coleman 144 47 50 47
4 227 Kristian Whatley 142 45 47 50
5 146 Ryan Crowder 133 43 45 45
6 6* Jansen Day 127 41 43 43
7 52 Luke Dean 111 37 37 37
8 166 Josh Taylor 107 27 39 41
9 118 Jaydon Murphy 99 31 29 39
10 210 Lee Truman 99 35 31 33
11 99 Clinton Barrs 97 33 35 29
12 220 Josh Canton 93 25 33 35
13 44 Corie Southwood 91 50 17 24
14 999 Richard Cannings 80 39 41 –
15 7 Luke Newman 75 23 21 31
16 73 Jack Wankling 72 18 27 27
17 144 Bradley Doyle 70 21 23 26
18 249 Tommi Davies 70 24 26 20
19 231 Rory Jones 62 17 22 23
20 631 Mark Young 62 20 25 17
21 160 Sean Eckersley 61 15 24 22
22 224 Henry Partridge 56 16 19 21
23 46 Adam Hill 53 12 16 25
24 86 Nathan Frayne 50 13 18 19
25 85 Tim Burrows 50 14 20 16
26 130 Aaron Collins 43 11 14 18
27 511 Brogan Johnson 35 22 13 –
28 6 Matt Ridgway 29 29 – –
29 121 Kieron Cooke 26 26 – –
30 16 Rhys Newman 24 9 15 –
31 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 19 19 – –
32 514 Jake Boote 10 10 – –

125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 414 Brad Malin 174 54 60 60
2 119 Jimmy Margetson 168 60 54 54
3 35 Lewis Dowdeswell 150 50 50 50
4 11 Chris Povey 141 47 47 47
5 22 Travis Steels 133 45 43 45
6 964 Ryan Jones 131 43 45 43
7 140 Ryan Zebedee 123 41 41 41
8 338 Ben White 111 33 39 39
9 45 tomos wright 109 37 35 37
10 611 Ben Murray 101 35 33 33
11 68* Nathan Bache 94 39 37 18
12 844 Joshua Barnett 89 25 29 35
13 125 Ben Watkins 88 31 31 26
14 44 Keelan Southwood 86 29 26 31
15 111 Richy Roberts 76 27 25 24
16 529 Rhys Hunt 75 23 23 29
17 9 Kyde Marlow 75 26 24 25
18 117 Jordan Ridgway 69 15 27 27
19 515 Ben Daniels 63 21 19 23
20 34 Philip Dyson 62 19 21 22
21 41 Harry Clarke 52 20 17 15
22 283 Jack Jordan 51 16 15 20
23 22* Tom Cumber 51 14 18 19
24 192 Harvey Matthews 51 17 22 12
25 80 Stephen Plant 46 13 16 17
26 777 Tom Hardwick 42 22 20 –
27 90 Connor Barrs 40 12 14 14
28 85 Joshua Main 39 18 – 21
29 581 Lewis Smith 36 11 12 13
30 20 William Bache 29 – 13 16
31 50 Joshua Herbert 24 24 – –
32 55 Grant Bryant 10 10 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 61 Jamie Powell 180 60 60 60
2 781 James Lane 162 54 54 54
3 73 Simon Lane 147 50 50 47
4 121 Sean Smith 144 47 47 50
5 411 Stephen Marlow 135 45 45 45
6 470 Gareth Dunsford 123 43 43 37
7 772 Craig Chamberlain 119 37 39 43
8 819 Lee Spurr 117 39 37 41
9 3 Colin Conduit 115 35 41 39
10 154 Darren Bennett 95 31 33 31
11 7 Stephen Elford 95 41 29 25
12 107 John Barnes 87 25 27 35
13 271 John Heath 85 26 26 33
14 64 Clint Mears 84 33 31 20
15 99 Marc Bates 76 24 25 27
16 57 Stephen Hurst 70 22 24 24
17 119 Russell Hartill 65 19 20 26
18 3* Gregory O’Callaghan 65 20 22 23
19 268 Steven Gallagher 65 23 21 21
20 135 Gary Hurst 63 11 23 29
21 147 David Bennett 62 27 35 –
22 205 Paul Wieczorek 56 21 13 22
23 888 Steve Ferney 49 14 17 18
24 711 Ian Jesson 48 15 16 17
25 189 Paul Biddulph 47 13 19 15
26 51 John Ball 44 16 14 14
27 181 Andrew Bowles 43 18 9 16
28 120 Robert Glynn 37 – 18 19
29 143 Steven Birt 35 12 12 11
30 167 David Bullock 34 10 11 13
31 44 David Travis 32 17 15 –
32 5 Stuart Brown 31 9 10 12
33 254 Anthony Bennett 29 29 – –
34 921 William Burden 8 8 – –

Youth 85/150

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 4 Matt Tolley 180 60 60 60
2 40 Ezra Blackwell 154 50 50 54
3 711 Joel Fisher 142 54 45 43
4 11* Reece Leverton 136 43 43 50
5 277 Harry Ridgway 135 47 47 41
6 546 Max Lewis 126 45 54 27
7 55 Henry Tomes 113 39 39 35
8 18 Brodie Salt 105 37 37 31
9 830 Logan Jay Powell 101 31 33 37
10 24 Lewis Proud 93 35 19 39
11 6 Solomon Levey 92 24 35 33
12 11 Connor Howells 89 41 26 22
13 2 Yarin Evans 88 – 41 47
14 272 Daniel Chafer 85 33 23 29
15 75 Mitchell Hartill 80 25 31 24
16 33 Harvey Gater 76 23 27 26
17 212 Harry Beach 73 26 22 25
18 26 William Gough 69 22 24 23
19 16 Jake O Gorman 66 21 – 45
20 24* Sion Wright 60 18 21 21
21 271 Jed Reeson 58 20 18 20
22 117 Tremaine Young 58 19 20 19
23 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 56 27 29 –
24 30 Callum Pickles 54 29 25 –