Boraston set for Easter Bonanza! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 2 – Preview
It’s round 2 of the AMCA British Motocross Championship this coming Sunday, April 21st and the organising Teme Valley MXC have been working overtime to ensure that their Boraston circuit is in absolute prime condition.
Report and Images by Mike Wood
At the opener just 3 weeks earlier, required extra qualifying sessions meant that the programme was restricted to just 2 blocks of racing. This weekend though it’s back to three full, all-action moto’s for each class in this much talked about Championship series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop.
Following the round 1 proceedings at Norley it’s Josh Waterman(MX1), James Wainwright(MX2), Lewis Dowdeswell(2T), Matt Tolley(Youth) and James Lane(Vets) who are the very early pace-setters. In MX1 both Waterman and James Dodd went 3/1 to finish the day locked together on 110 points apiece. Early season form suggests that these two riders will be at the forefront of proceedings right throughout the series. Unfortunately though Josh crashed hard in last weekends’ opening IMBA round in France and at this time it’s uncertain when he can return to action. So that could well open the door for the Welsh duo of Shane Carless and Ashley Greedy, AMCA debutant Neville Bradshaw, Gary Gibson and Andrew Smart who are currently next up in the early standings.
James Wainwright won both MX2 clashes at Norley producing a brace of quality, controlled performances. Also on the round 1 podium in MX2 were Ryan Crowder in 2nd and Kristian Whatley, the first time the former ACU Maxxis Champion had competed for 8 months. Although the new AMCA format allows 250cc 2T in this class, it was definitely the four bangers who ruled at Norley with 250F pilots Josh Coleman, Henry Williams, Jansen Day, Luke Dean, Matt Ridgway, Clinton Barrs and Bradley Tranter currently completing the top ten.
In the new 125cc 2T class, the opening two moto’s at round one produced an identical top four finishing order as Lewis Dowdeswell took the wins chased home by Ryan Jones, Chris Povey and Brad Malin. The quick 125cc boys produced some great action at Norley so expect more of the same this weekend with Jasper Uphill, Jordan Ridgeway, Ben Watkins and co looking to break that top four early dominance.
Bagging maximum points at Norley, Matt Tolley made a great start to his 2019 AMCA Youth class campaign. Behind him, Ezra Blackwell and Harry Ridgway finished locked together on 104 points apiece with Blackwell earning the silver medal position courtesy of his better moto two placing. Next up in this one currently are Yarin Evans, Jake O’Gorman, Dylan Williams, Joshua Fletcher-Williams, Jordan Hall, Solomon Levey and Connor Howells.
It was two new boy’s, James Lane and Jamie Powell who lit up Norley with a couple of outstanding battles for victory. Both riders finished the day with 114 points as Lane was declared the overall winner after being first past the chequered flag in a decisive second clash. Also right in the mix and showing that he is very determined to hang onto his the Vets crown was Simon Lane as Sean Smith, Martin Atherton, Craig Chamberlain, Colin Conduit and Martin Sandiford started the campaign strongly.
So Boraston in Shropshire is the place to be on Easter Sunday for some top class AMCA Championship racing. The circuit will be signposted off the A456 Newnham Bridge to Tenbury Wells road with the postcode being WR15 8NB.