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Bradshaw bursts into Brookthorpe! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 9 – Race Report and Results
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Bradshaw bursts into Brookthorpe! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 9 – Race Report and Results

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by adminAugust 15, 2019

In a season which as been predominantly dry, some very unseasonal and extremely stormy weather in the 48 hours prior to the penultimate round of the 2019 AMCA British Motocross Championship last Sunday then typically threatened to wreak havoc! Thankfully though come race-day the rain had stopped and the Brookthorpe circuit had remarkably dried out to produce absolutely prime conditions and with it some stunning race action. After three hot blocks of racing, all of the respective Championship class leaders in this series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop safely negotiated this potential banana skin to either maintain or increase their title chasing advantages.

Report and Images by Mike Wood

One rider though who might now be nervously looking over his shoulder in the build up to the final round in three weeks’ time is the 125cc class leader Lewes Dowdeswell. At Brookthorpe on Sunday, Chris Povey on the FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna went 2/1/2 to reduce the gap at the top of the table to just 12 points. In moto one it was Ryan Zebedee who sprung out of the gate to lead the way for 5 great laps before dropping to 4th as young wild-card rider James Hanscomb came through for the win ahead of Povey, Dowdeswell who had earlier fell. Jimmy Margetson, Travis Steels, Jordan Wright, Ben White and Keelan Southwood were also in the frame.

After that opener, 125cc race two was a pure motocross classic as Margetson, Dowdeswell, Nathan Bache, Povey and Hanscomb locked horns at the front. On lap four, Bache slipped out of contention to eventually finish 8th as the battle continued to rage at the front. Both Dowdeswell and eventual winner Povey then took turns to head the pack before in a late final twist, Dowdeswell then dropped to 4th behind Margetson and Hanscomb, great entertainment!

Great 125cc action from James Hanscomb

In the last one, Povey looked the most likely winner as he controlled for the opening five laps before the fast Hanscomb came through for the win and thus also confirm the overall victory. Importantly for Povey he again finished infront of title rival Dowdeswell as Margetson, Zebedee, Jordan Ridgway and Bache finished the day strongly. In the Championship standings is definitely going to be Dowdeswell or Povey for the title with Zebedee favourite to take bronze, currently 136 points clear of Bache in 4th.

Will Hughes, 6th in MX1

With another quality, composed performance, Welsh ace Shane Carless will carry a nice 82 point advantage into the final MX1 round. Shane though will be very aware of the quality riders attempting to hunt him down and can certainly not relax with work still to do! One of those quality chasers is DK Offroad Kawasaki ace Neville Bradshaw who took the Brookthorpe overall win with a very determined 2/1/2 scorecard. In the opening MX1 moto, Nev indulged in a super battle with Shane, swapping positions for a couple of laps before the Welshman grabbed a vital win. James Dodd and Josh Waterman were also right on it in a great race for the right to finish 3rd. Dodd took that particular honour with Ashley Greedy, Luke Meredith, Will Hughes and Andrew Smart also in the frame.

Recently returning to action following a wrist injury, Greedy was quickest away in the second MX1 clash, leading the pack for a couple of laps before crashing out. In his absence, a thrilling three way battle developed at the front with Carless coming under serious pressure from Bradshaw and Dodd. Shortly after being passed by Bradshaw, the moto took another twist as Carless fell when getting cross-rutted and high-siding off his machine on the exit from a turn. Quickly though Carless was back under power but had to settle for a 4th place finish behind Bradshaw, Dodd and Waterman as Meredith had another impressive result in 5th.

Following that unexpected spill, Carless made amends in the final MX1 moto with a stylish gate to flag win from Bradshaw, Dodd, Waterman, Luke Mellows, Daniel Preston and the impressive Hughes. For Mellows this 5th place was to be another heroic effort. Still struggling with a shoulder injury sustained during the previous round at Culham, Luke confirmed that the offending joint had popped out of place on a very painful three occasions during the first moto on Sunday! So with just Long Lane to come its Carless leading the MX1 charge to the title on 1460 points with Dodd 1378, Bradshaw 1372 and Waterman 1300 the only other riders in with a chance of disputing a final medal position.

Corie Southwood the MX2 winner

Right from the off in 2019, Kristian Whatley has been right in the mix for the AMCA MX2 title. On Sunday though it was unfortunately to be a case of damage limitation for the popular South Coast rider due to a badly broken finger sustained the previous week during a club event at Nymphsfield. With very little movement in his right hand, the use of his throttle and front brake proved to be a very painful experience. Bravely though and in an attempt to remain in contention for honours, Kristian completed all three moto’s to earn 10th overall and another 101 Championship points.

Kristian Whatley in MX2 action

So with Whatley not making the podium who would be on the Brookthorpe box? Well taking a superb and richly deserved overall win was the talented Welsh ace Corie Southwood joined by Champion elect Jamie Wainwright and Wildcard entry Adam Harris. Already this season, Southwood had bagged his maiden AMCA Championship moto win at Hawkstone and in Sunday’s opener he was right on the gas again. Moving up from 3rd he passed Matt Ridgway then Wainwright to take control and look on course for another victory. Three laps from home though, series leader Wainwright fought back to take the win as Ryan Crowder got home in 3rd ahead of a great scrap for 4th which featured Josh Coleman, Harris, Ridgway and Luke Dean.

With Wainwright falling on lap one of the second clash and finding himself right down in 20th, Southwood was hitting the front again. Making no mistake this time, the Langmead and Hay Race Team Husqvarna pilot roared onto victory from Crowder, Dean and Harris. Charging hard, Wainwright somehow got right back to 5th.

Adam Harris, 3rd overall in MX2

Although admitting that he was close to cancelling his entry and not attending the Brookthorpe event following the previous day’s horrific weather conditions, Harris certainly enjoyed the last MX2 moto. Leading all the way he then became involved in a truly thrilling finish. Having gated 6th, Wainwright passed 2nd placed Southwood on the final lap before reeling in Harris. In a last gasp attempt to take the win, Wainwright dived inside Harris going into the final corner, just failing by the very narrowest of margins to get the verdict. With another strong ride, Dean was on it again to earn 4th from Crowder and the brave Whatley. Brookthorpe proved to be another successful round for the two-smoker pilots with Mark Young, Brad Tranter and Lee Truman also inside the top ten overall positions. In the race for the title, Wainwright now has a 121 point advantage over Whatley with Crowder a further 45 points in arrears. The last word on Brookthorpe though goes to winner Southwood, “The track was wet early on and I only qualified in 10th which I was not happy with. I led the first moto but tired in the closing stages and settled for 2nd. The second moto was good and taking the win was great. In the last one although I tired again I knew that 3rd was enough to get the overall. It’s been a bad couple of years for me and I was not going to even race this season but thanks to Langmead and Hay Race team and all my sponsors I decided to give it a go and try and make a name for myself again. Although I was unfit early season I am at last beginning to feel good. I am really enjoying racing in the AMCA and intend to come back next year and give it another go maybe in MX1.”

Jamie Powell(61) and Simon Lane in a Vets battle

On his comeback from injury, James Lane led the opening Vets race before being quickly overhauled by Phil Mercer, the winner at both Hawkstone and Culham. Series leader Jamie Powell on the SRH KTM then got up into 2nd to chase Mercer all the way to the chequered flag. With Simon Lane and Craig Chamberlain next, Sean Smith just held off Darren Bennett in a super scrap for 6th as late on Colin Conduit also joined the party.

With Mercer gating in 3rd, Powell surged to the front in Vets moto two, leading the charge for four laps. Mercer though was right on the gas and on Powell’s tail, gliding smoothly through to take another win. With the front two well clear, the Lane boys were having a great battle for 3rd, James eventually getting the verdict from Simon.

Phil Mercer the Vets winner

In the last one, Powell finally got the better of ‘Factory Phil’ with the usual suspects of Simon Lane, James Lane, Smith, Chamberlain, Bennett and Conduit in the frame. With just one round remaining, Powell is 130 points clear at the top from Simon Lane and Chamberlain who is a further 151 points in arrears.

As the Youth class pack charged to turn one of their opening moto at Brookthorpe, there was drama for young Jake O’Gorman when his left footpeg came adrift. While Jake and his team frantically attempted to solve the problem and get back on track, another Jake (Randall) took the win from Harry Ridgway, Ezra Blackwell, Matt Tolley, Reece Leverton and Solomon Levey.

Harry Ridgway on his way to 2nd overall

Randall and Ridgway then disputed top slot in moto two, the former getting the verdict just ahead of Tolley, Blackwell and Leverton. After his opening race issues, O’Gorman took 6th in this one. After being right in contention in the earlier moto’s, Ridgway finally then got his reward in the last Youth clash. With a composed, controlled performance, Harry bagged a fine AMCA Championship win ahead of Randall and O’Gorman. Delighted with his Brookthorpe performance, Ridgway said, “Although some people do not enjoy riding in on wet tracks I really like it and for me it’s my favourite time to ride. After starting with two 2nd places I got the holeshot in the last race. Jake Randall was closing on me but crashed which gave me a good lead. I then thought carefully about my lines and ensured that I didn’t make a mistake. Getting the win made me really pleased.”

In the Championship standings, it’s Tolley still leading the way on 1483 points from Ridgway 1393 and Blackwell 1362 and these three lads can now not be caught so are guaranteed a final medal position.

Richy Roberts, 16th in 125cc

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 272 Neville Bradshaw 168 54 60 54
2 68 Shane Carless 167 60 47 60
3 292 James Dodd 154 50 54 50
4 19 Josh Waterman 144 47 50 47
5 17 Luke Meredith 123 43 45 35
6 205 Will Hughes 119 41 37 41
7 44 Luke Mellows 111 25 41 45
8 10 Andrew Smart 111 39 35 37
9 462 Mark Roberts 108 26 43 39
10 215 Daniel Preston 106 37 26 43
11 59 Paul Neale 99 27 39 33
12 3 Cory Mcshane 95 35 31 29
13 957 Jake Preston 91 31 29 31
14 28 Jack Timms 85 33 25 27
15 74 Sean Wainwright 73 24 33 16
16 361 Pip Davies 69 23 24 22
17 48 Rhys Walker 68 20 23 25
18 133 Lee Clarkson 63 17 22 24
19 32* Richard Lloyd 61 21 17 23
20 305 Ollie Kirby 60 19 21 20
21 54 James Smith 57 15 16 26
22 101 Tye Barrs 55 16 20 19
23 813 Chris Neesam 51 11 19 21
24 18 Lee Harrison 49 22 27 –
25 149 Jack Griffiths 47 18 14 15
26 19* Christian Dicks 46 14 15 17
27 33 Ashley Greedy 45 45 – –
28 32 Matthew Chaplin 40 13 13 14
29 24 Kieron Mcavoy 36 – 18 18
30 242 Jamie Smith 29 29 – –
31 547 Harry Greetham 24 12 12 –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 44 Corie Southwood 164 54 60 50
2 40 James Wainwright 159 60 45 54
3 279 Adam Harris 152 45 47 60
4 146 Ryan Crowder 149 50 54 45
5 52 Luke Dean 138 41 50 47
6 661 Josh Coleman 129 47 43 39
7 631 Mark Young 117 35 41 41
8 142 Bradley Tranter 111 39 37 35
9 210 Lee Truman 109 37 35 37
10 227 Kristian Whatley 101 27 31 43
11 7 Luke Newman 86 22 33 31
12 6 Matt Ridgway 85 43 24 18
13 99 Clinton Barrs 84 26 25 33
14 160 Sean Eckersley 84 29 26 29
15 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 82 33 23 26
16 220 Josh Canton 79 25 27 27
17 121 Kieron Cooke 78 24 29 25
18 118 Jaydon Murphy 70 31 39 –
19 616 Troy Jones 68 23 21 24
20 921 Henry Partridge 62 20 22 20
21 130 Aaron Collins 61 19 20 22
22 511 Brogan Johnson 58 17 18 23
23 27 Macauley Davies 56 18 19 19
24 46 Adam Hill 54 16 17 21
25 213 Rory Merchant 21 21 – –
26 510 Kyle Biggs 15 15 – –

125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 941 James Hanscomb 170 60 50 60
2 11 Chris Povey 168 54 60 54
3 35 Lewis Dowdeswell 147 50 47 50
4 119 Jimmy Margetson 146 45 54 47
5 140 Ryan Zebedee 133 47 41 45
6 33 Jordan Wright 125 41 45 39
7 22 Travis Steels 121 43 43 35
8 117 Jordan Ridgway 115 35 37 43
9 68 Nathan Bache 109 29 39 41
10 44 Keelan Southwood 101 37 31 33
11 338 Ben White 95 39 27 29
12 146 Jordan King 91 31 23 37
13 125 Ben Watkins 79 27 33 19
14 45 tomos wright 78 23 29 26
15 192 Harvey Matthews 72 26 24 22
16 111 Richy Roberts 69 16 26 27
17 844 Joshua Barnett 69 20 25 24
18 148 Aaron Colley 68 33 35 –
19 41 Harry Clarke 63 22 20 21
20 810 Oliver Barnes 63 25 21 17
21 34 Philip Dyson 60 21 19 20
22 85 Joshua Main 58 17 18 23
23 9 Kyde Marlow 53 – 22 31
24 529 Rhys Hunt 49 24 – 25
25 283 Jack Jordan 49 15 16 18
26 163 Tom Cumber 48 18 14 16
27 80 Stephen Plant 44 14 15 15
28 90 Connor Barrs 26 13 13 –
29 611 Ben Murray 19 19 – –
30 20 William Bache 17 – 17 –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 200 Phil Mercer 174 60 60 54
2 61 Jamie Powell 168 54 54 60
3 781 James Lane 147 50 50 47
4 73 Simon Lane 144 47 47 50
5 121 Sean Smith 133 43 45 45
6 772 Craig Chamberlain 131 45 43 43
7 154 Darren Bennett 119 41 37 41
8 3 Colin Conduit 117 39 39 39
9 411 Stephen Marlow 105 33 35 37
10 819 Lee Spurr 103 37 31 35
11 37 Stephen Elford 95 31 33 31
12 189 Paul Biddulph 85 29 29 27
13 711* Guy Langmead 84 25 26 33
14 57 Stephen Hurst 83 27 27 29
15 254 Anthony Bennett 79 23 41 15
16 271 John Heath 70 24 25 21
17 99 Marc Bates 69 22 24 23
18 711 Ian Jesson 68 21 21 26
19 135 Gary Hurst 67 26 17 24
20 119 Russell Hartill 66 18 23 25
21 268 Steven Gallagher 60 16 22 22
22 73* Ady Cowshall 57 19 19 19
23 88 Daran Williams 54 20 20 14
24 167 David Bullock 52 17 18 17
25 888 Steve Ferney 48 13 15 20
26 44 David Travis 46 14 14 18
27 5 Stuart Brown 40 11 13 16
28 470 Gareth Dunsford 35 35 – –
29 77 Andrew Lowe 31 15 16 –
30 79 Richard Partridge 12 12 – –

Youth 85/150

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 8 Jake Randall 174 60 60 54
2 277 Harry Ridgway 168 54 54 60
3 4 Matt Tolley 142 47 50 45
4 40 Ezra Blackwell 140 50 47 43
5 11* Reece Leverton 137 45 45 47
6 16 Jake O Gorman 113 20 43 50
7 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 111 35 35 41
8 18 Brodie Salt 111 37 37 37
9 2 Yarin Evans 109 29 41 39
10 11 Connor Howells 105 39 31 35
11 55 Henry Tomes 101 41 39 21
12 6 Solomon Levey 98 43 33 22
13 212 Harry Beach 93 31 29 33
14 75 Mitchell Hartill 84 33 27 24
15 33 Harvey Gater 83 26 26 31
16 101 Fenn Lynch 81 27 25 29
17 24 Sion Wright 73 25 22 26
18 3 Tegan Nightingale 71 24 20 27
19 830 Logan Jay Powell 71 23 23 25
20 16* Cameron Chell 66 22 21 23
21 107 Will Turner 65 21 24 20