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British 2 Stroke Champs crowned! Apico 2 Stroke Motocross Festival Finale – Race Report and Results
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British 2 Stroke Champs crowned! Apico 2 Stroke Motocross Festival Finale – Race Report and Results

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by adminSeptember 5, 2019

British two-stroke championships in four different classes were decided in the sun-kissed Apico 2-Stroke Festival at Sellindge in Kent on Sunday – but there were five winners!

Report by Adam Duckworth – Images courtesy of Andrew Waghorne

The event saw veteran GP riders, motocross and enduro stars of today, a MotoGP racer plus clubmen and kids who all love two-strokes thrashed round the hard-packed track in Kent.

James Cottrell won the 125 British championship two-stroke title, Bradley Wheeler the 250, and George Gough the Evo. But the Super Evo class was jointly won by Billy Mackenzie and Mark Eastwood, who made a gentleman’s agreement to share the spoils in one of the most unusual decisions in racing.

Billy Mac dominated the first round of the series, winning all five motos on his Honda CR500. But just weeks before the second and final round, he broke his back and underwent surgery. Eastwood didn’t race the opening round, but won all five Super Evo races in the second round – so both men ended up level on point and with five wins each.

Mackenzie brought his CR500 to the event, saying he could probably risk riding a single moto to score enough points go clinch the title even if old rival Eastwood won all five. “The bike’s in the back of the van ready to go,” said former British MX1 champ and HRC factory rider Mackenzie. “I reckon I have got one moto in me!” But instead of risking further injury, both men sportingly decided they’d split the title of Eastwood won all his motos – which is exactly what he did.

The SuperEvo and Evo classes were mixed together on the day, and Eastwood ran at the sharp end of the pack in every moto, putting his CR250 against the faster 500s as George Gough, Brian Wheeler and Lewis Trickett all scrapped for the win.

There was drama right through the day in the Evo and SuperEvo class as former pro rider Trickett, out on a borrowed CR500, had awful luck. He ran away with the opener, then his bike wouldn’t start for race two. The pack had done half a lap before he got it going and he put on a stunning charge until the bike broke. Third time out he led then retired with a rear puncture and a destroyed rear wheel. Day two started with him missing practice as he struggled to fit a borrowed rear wheel, but he made amends by winning both motos. With three wins and two DNFs from five starts, he ended the weekend ninth overall.

Brian Wheeler

The real action though was for the championship, contested right down to the wire between Kawasaki’s George Gough and former GP rider Brian Wheeler. As Trickett won the opener from Wheeler and Gough but went out of moto two, the veteran riders scrapped for the lead. On the last lap, Wheeler dived inside of Gough and the pair clashed. Wheeler took the win but Gough was not pleased. In the final moto once Trickett had gone out on day one, Wheeler and Gough again battled but then Wheeler’s Honda CR500 stalled and wouldn’t start for a half a lap. He got going for sixth, but it seemed terminal. On day two he went out on his old Kawasaki KX500 and said: “It’s so low compared to the Honda. But I’ll give it everything I can.” Gough got the better of Wheeler on day two, following Trickett home in both motos to clinch the title by jut seven points from Wheeler who was second overall. Matt Coles took third from former GP rider Jon Barfoot, having a rare race on his CR250.

The action was fast and hotly contested in the British championship 250 category where ASA KTM’s Mel Pocock led after day one, riding a 2018 KTM 250SX owned by the team and usually ridden by Jack Brunell. Having his first ride on a two-stroke since he quit schoolboy racing many years ago, Pocock soon got to grips with the bike and took victory in the first two motos. But in the final clash of the day, he fell and had to pull through the pack while factory endure rider Nathan Watson – mounted on a 150 KTM which has an obvious power disadvantage – cleared off to take the win. Pocock came back through to claim third at the finish and end the day top points scorer of the first day, leading Watson by six points, with a moto win paying 45. Watson had only managed fourth in the opener, won by Pocock from fast-starting Steve Bixby and World Enduro champ Billy Bolt having his first ever motocross race.

In the second heat Watson followed Pocock over the line, with Brad Wheeler third from factory Husky man Bolt out on a borrowed stock bike. Wheeler held on for a fine second place in the last moto behind winner Watson, with Pocock blasting by Bolt for third. Steve Bixby was fifth and Matt Burrows, who ran near the front in every moto, sixth. Watson had really got the bike and the track nailed on the second day and was in unbeatable form. He won both motos to take the overall for the weekend, while Pocock battled through from less than ideal starts to take second overall.

But it was Brad Wheeler, son of Brian, who kept his head to win the championship. With neither Watson, Pocock or fast-starting Apico Husky man Matt Burrows contesting the earlier round, it was down to a clash between Wheeler and Steve Bixby for the title. Bixby ran towards the front of the field several times, battling Pocock and Watson. But when it counted Wheeler made sure of the title and a second place in the final moto of the weekend hammered home he was British 250 two-stroke champion.

Bradley Wheeler

In the British championship 125 class, former GP rider James Cottrell was in a league of his own as he cleared off to five unchallenged wins – just as he had done at the opening round. He is the only rider to be undefeated in the British championship class and have a perfect two-stroke season. TM’s Chuck Davies ended the weekend second overall with two seconds, two thirds and a fourth place finish. Davies spent much of the weekend chasing Cottrell and scrapping with Jordan Divall. Divall took third overall, and came close to catching Cottrell several times. Divall was just one point behind Davies.

James Cottrell #711

Fourth overall was MotoGP star Bradley Smith, making his return to the dirt for the first time in a decade. He former KTM factory MotoGP rider and current Aprilia MotoGP racer and tester was shockingly fast all weekend, and got better as his confidence grew. As a former youth motocross prodigy before turning to road racing, Smith had spent just six days earlier racing at over 150mph in the British MotoGP road race championship at Silverstone. At Sellindge, he was third in the opener then a strong second in moto two, hounding down Davies to take the place right near the end of the moto. But in the third moto he went down on lap one and carved through the field from last to take fifth place and third overall on the first day. But his dreams of a podium in the British 125 championship were dashed by poor starts on day two when he had fourth then third place finishes. He ended fourth overall, and a creditable eighth in the series. Davies took runner-up in the championship while Sonny Smyth ended the series third overall, after finishing fifth at the Sellindge finale.

Matt Burrows

The 125 Rookie class was run alongside the British championship class and last year’s Apico Festival 85cc winner Jack Grayshon was credited with wins in all his five motos, as he had done at the opening round. Grayshon chased Cottrell hard and led the overall race at times. Grayshon had two seconds and third in the overall race in day one then, then a fifth – thanks to coming through the pack from a spill – and a second in the final moot. He was clearly the winner of the rookies, with Harrison Forde second with five second places then Harvey Fagg tgird. Of course Grayshon won the title from Fagg and Ben White, who didn’t race at the weekend.

The 85 big-wheel class was won by Raife Broadley but only after he raced hard and fast with Ollie Colmer. Broadley passed leader Colmer in the opener but the positions were reversed in race two. In the final moto of day one, Colmer went down and banged his head. He retired from the meeting, but still took 11th overall. Broadley won all the other motos, to take the overall win. But as he missed the first round, he ended the series fifth overall. Liam Bennett took second overall on the weekend, from Archie Fremel and Daniel Wood. Wood took the championship from Charlie Piddock and Lauren Cox.

In the small-wheelers, Kyron Carron won the SW85s with three moto wins and two seconds. It means he also walked off with the championship. Second overall on the weekend was Haydon Harris, the only rider to defeat Carron, while Louis Perrun Brown was third overall from Alfie Watson and Jack Davis. Consistent riding at the opening round saw Hannah Smye hold on for second in the championship from Harris, who only rode the second event.

In the 65s it was Alfie Osborne who dominated, winning four of the five motos backed up by a third. He beat Archy Atkinson and Marley Ray Tupper. But Atkinson was crowned champion from Tupper and Lawson Peedle who finished ninth at the weekend. The autos were run alongside the 65s where Ryan Clift battled with Chase Panter, Tyler Rogers and Stanley Tupper. Clift won three of the motos from Panter, the only rider to beat him all weekend. Rogers took third overall which gave him the championship from Clift and Panter.

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Results

125 British

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 711 James Cottrell 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 102 Chuck Davies 193 40 38 38 40 37
3 63 Jordan Divall 192 37 37 40 38 40
4 38 Bradley Smith 188 38 40 35 37 38
5 121 Sonny Smyth 180 35 36 37 36 36
6 55 Jordan Moyle 177 36 35 36 35 35
7 501 Jamie Cox 170 34 34 34 34 34
8 28 Sonny Mee Harris 163 33 33 33 31 33
9 369 Maciej Pietraszek 161 32 32 32 33 32
10 87 Mark Wheatley 156 31 31 31 32 31

125 Fast

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 107 Connor Disano 208 45 45 40 38 40
2 741x Troy Hayward 207 40 37 45 40 45
3 24a Lee Tolan 183 31 34 37 45 36
4 747 Benjamin Causer 174 38 35 35 28 38
5 193 Brandon Love 168 33 36 33 34 32
6 75 Guy Raines 161 36 32 23 37 33
7 41 Sean Dath 160 32 28 30 35 35
8 741 Jordan Ambler 156 22 38 31 31 34
9 152 Sam Cheesman 141 28 27 27 32 27
10 39 Bradley Foulstone 134 25 24 28 29 28
11 25 Nathan Griffith 128 20 20 36 27 25
12 83 Matt Snelling 113 29 26 29 – 29
13 5x Tom Bennett 108 30 40 38 – –
14 88A Alex Mortada 104 37 33 34 – –
15 13 Paul Bunn 103 26 25 26 26 –
16 133 K Beecham 97 34 31 32 – –
17 24 Benjamin Reeves 93 21 23 – 25 24
18 21 Joe Hughes 67 – – – 30 37
19 25 James Studholme 66 – – – 36 30
20 74 Tom Brown 64 – – – 33 31
21 14 Louis Budgen 64 35 29 – – –
22 44 Tyler Wallis 60 18 18 24 – –
23 67 Michael Chesney 57 27 30 – – –
24 51 Ben Taylor 50 – – – 24 26
25 77 Ed May 46 – 21 25 – –
26 73 Ben Roberts 46 24 22 – – –
27 93 Sven Seamark 38 19 19 – – –
28 19 Beau Gosnell 23 23 – – – –
29 28a Jack Hughes 17 – 17 – – –

125 Rookie

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 99 Jack Grayshon 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 75A Harrison Forde 200 40 40 40 40 40
3 581 Harvey Fagg 188 37 37 38 38 38
4 72 Leon Ongley 76 38 38 – – –
5 4 Johnny Baldock 74 – – – 37 37
6 24A Kody Panter 36 – – – 36 –

250 British

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 91 Nathan Watson 212 37 40 45 45 45
2 9A Mel Pocock 204 45 45 38 36 40
3 15 Brad Wheeler 188 35 38 40 38 37
4 110 Matt Burrows 179 36 30 35 40 38
5 57 Billy Bolt 179 38 37 37 34 33
6 55 Steve Bixby 175 40 28 36 35 36
7 204 Ryan Butler 168 34 35 34 33 32
8 19 Rheis Morter 165 33 34 33 31 34
9 161 Aiden Williams 159 28 31 28 37 35
10 36 Grant Martin 158 30 33 32 32 31
11 140 James Kensington 155 32 32 31 30 30
12 46 Ben Roberts 97 31 36 30 – –
13 132 Harry Whitlock Bain 87 29 29 29 – –
14 9 Robert Flockton 54 27 27 – – –

250 Fast

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 22 Luke Tucker 206 38 40 45 45 38
2 901 Ashley Watt 196 36 38 40 37 45
3 472 Ady Peedle 186 34 35 37 40 40
4 111 Paul Whillians 184 37 36 38 36 37
5 50 Darren Llewellyn 179 35 34 36 38 36
6 90 Joseph Reeves 169 33 32 35 35 34
7 32 Craig Cording 166 31 33 34 33 35
8 446 Adam Carson 154 29 30 32 31 32
9 3x Ben Whitmore 150 27 29 31 32 31
10 467 Steven Halfhide 146 28 28 30 30 30
11 34 Richard Horton 137 26 26 27 29 29
12 52 Dean Tucker 137 25 27 29 28 28
13 146 Ryan Jarvis 103 24 25 – 27 27
14 642 Jon Ashdown 101 23 24 28 26 –
15 55A Lee Pale 92 22 37 33 – –
16 75 Aaron Ongley 85 40 45 – – –
17 261 Drew Lane 67 – – – 34 33
18 66 Harry Titterall 63 32 31 – – –
19 5 Matt Mayers 53 30 23 – – –
20 17 Alfie Smith 45 45 – – – –

Evo

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 112 George Gough 203 38 40 45 40 40
2 1 Brian Wheeler 196 40 45 35 38 38
3 27 Matt Coles 189 37 38 40 37 37
4 11a Jon Barfoot 181 35 36 38 36 36
5 11B Alex Wallis 171 32 35 36 34 34
6 84 Dominic Wallis 168 31 34 37 33 33
7 52 Ivano Chiesa 159 29 32 34 32 32
8 24 B Reeves 141 34 37 – 35 35
9 214 Lewis Trickett 135 45 – – 45 45
10 11 Jamie Pantry 63 30 33 – – –
11 96 John Waghorne 36 36 – – – –
12 12 Paul Rogers 33 – – 33 – –
13 67 Daniel Beaven 33 33 – – – –

Super Evo

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 8a Mark Eastwood 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 46 Oliver Weekes 200 40 40 40 40 40
3 685 Martin Cuddy 114 38 38 38 – –
4 242 Ray Chivers 74 37 37 – – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 72 Raife Broadley 220 45 40 45 45 45
2 5 Liam Bennett 195 38 37 40 40 40
3 495 Archie Fremel 185 36 36 37 38 38
4 28 Daniel Wood 184 37 38 38 35 36
5 45 Archie Cottral 180 35 35 36 37 37
6 7 Charlie Piddock 172 34 33 34 36 35
7 8 Braydon Gillam 159 28 31 32 34 34
8 144 Joe Grace 157 30 32 29 33 33
9 44 Lauren Cox 156 31 30 31 32 32
10 99b Freddie Willet 142 26 26 28 31 31
11 06 Ollie Colmer 112 40 45 27 – –
12 64 Travis Houston 100 33 34 33 – –
13 75 Vic Buckley 93 29 29 35 – –
14 99A Joey Mortada 90 32 28 30 – –
15 63 Natalie Smye 54 27 27 – – –

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 77x Kyron Carron 215 40 45 45 45 40
2 721 Haydon Harris 206 45 40 36 40 45
3 262 Louis Perrun Brown 189 37 37 40 38 37
4 18 Alfie Walton 184 38 35 37 36 38
5 902 Jack Davis 182 35 36 38 37 36
6 72A Archie Thipthorpe 168 34 34 33 33 34
7 52 George Barber 167 31 32 34 35 35
8 113 Murphy Tupper 165 33 33 32 34 33
9 33 Kit Szajo 109 36 38 35 – –
10 111 Alfie Stevens 64 – – – 32 32
11 62 Hannah Smye 63 32 31 – – –

65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 94 Alfie Osborn 218 38 45 45 45 45
2 68 Archy Atkinson 201 45 38 40 40 38
3 32 Marley Ray Tupper 191 40 40 36 38 37
4 7 Harrison Davies 188 37 37 37 37 40
5 88 Jamie Leek 168 33 33 32 35 35
6 10 Presley Walker 165 32 32 34 34 33
7 44 Ricco Hardy 146 29 29 30 29 29
8 13 William John 141 34 35 – 36 36
9 472 Lawson Peedle 141 28 28 29 28 28
10 81 Zak Murphy 126 – 31 31 33 31
11 55 Sonny Bixby 125 30 – 35 30 30
12 100 Regie Willett 124 31 30 – 31 32
13 23 Louie Wallis 107 35 34 38 – –
14 84a Matt Davidson 105 36 36 33 – –
15 238 Jimmy Rickford 66 – – – 32 34

Auto’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 35 Ryan Clift 215 45 45 45 40 40
2 215 Chase Panter 207 40 40 37 45 45
3 17 Tyler Rogers 190 38 38 38 38 38
4 55 Stanley Tupper 188 37 37 40 37 37
5 84 George Add Tor 177 33 36 36 36 36
6 21 Lewis Harris 172 32 35 35 35 35
7 272 Jenson Knowles 166 31 33 34 34 34
8 222 Spencer Newman 69 35 34 – – –
9 268 Ned Jones 36 36 – – – –
10 16 Ted Merriman 34 34 – – – –