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Can anyone stop Kullas? MX Nationals Round 3 – Preview

Can anyone stop Kullas? MX Nationals Round 3 – Preview


by adminMay 16, 2019

It’s the third round of the MX Nationals Championships this weekend (18th & 19th May), which takes place at the awesome sand based Lyng venue in Norfolk. 

Images courtesy of X-Cast Media

Harri Kullas has been unstoppable in the Prox Racing Pro MX1 class taking all four Moto wins in the series so far in dominant style and he is going to be hard to beat again at Lyng. Mel Pocock’s transition to a 450 has been taking shape and with some quick starts he holds onto the second spot in the standings with Estonian rocket Gert Krestinov in third. Ryan Houghton comes into the weekend on the back of a nasty virus which has sidelined him from recent events, and he will be looking forward to getting his season back on track. Lewis Tombs sits in 5th but I have a feeling he could be moving up the standings after this weekend. Jake Shipton hot from his double Moto win at Wroxton in the Bridgestone British Masters will be on a high and will certainly be a podium contender. Elliott Banks-Browne has been seen back on a bike after his injury so a return from him could throw a spanner into the works. Jake Millward hasn’t been at his best in the series yet this year but in his current form will certainly there or thereabouts.

Mel Pocock

Martin Barr is in control of the ProX Racing Pro MX2 championship, but his closest rival and reigning champion Josh Gilbert is only 6 points behind and ready to pounce. The battle for third is immense with only 17 points separating third and thirteenth. Ben Franklin holds the number three spot right now but it’s wide open with the likes of Glenn McCormick, Carlton Husband, Michael Ellis, last weeks Bridgestone British Masters winner Taylor Hammal, Tom Grimshaw, Liam Knight Ashton Dickinson… all queued up behind him.

The Youth classes have served up some epic racing with Tyla Hooley in the Small Wheel 85 driving seat with Finlay Boxhall, Harrison Greenough and the winner last time out McKenzie Marshall all looking to take the Lyng win!

Sam Atkinson has only one blip on his otherwise perfect scorecard with 7 race wins from 8 races, and in that form it’s going to take a herculean performance to take him off the top spot, but the likes of Bailey Johnston, Thomas Harris, Joe Brookes, Charlie Palmer and Arai Elcock all have speed in abundance so on their day will be definite challengers to Atkinson.

In MXY1 Ryan Mawhinney was the top dog at Hawkstone and it puts him as the championship leader ahead of round 1 winner James Smith, with Louie Kessell and Ollie Beamish both within striking distance.

Ike Carter has been irrepressible wherever he has raced this year, but Kyle McNicol, Kacey Hird and Ryan Thompson will be determined to taste MXY2 glory for themselves this weekend.

Gavin Stevenson is holding back the Irish trio of Jason and John Meara and Richard Bird in Expert MX1 but in such a talent-packed class and, with so many more races left to run this is a title which could go down to the wire.

The Expert MX2 field has a depth of young talent, and it’s Ben Clark who holds the red plate as the series descends on Norfolk. At the last round, the top three were separated by just three points at the end of the day with Charlie Putnam taking the victory and he sits in third place, behind Aaron-Lee Hanson who could have a big say where the win goes this weekend.

Aiden Christie will be going all out to keep hold of his Clubman MX1 lead but he will have to watch out if Daniel Ashmore is back on track following his blistering 4 ride max at Hawkstone.

In the Clubman MX2 category Harry Fletcher heads the field but he will have to contend with the likes of Brad Thornhill, Sam Howland, and triple race winner from Hawkstone Fabio Rizzi.

Tickets if purchased for the weekend online are just £12 for Adults or £15 on the gate, with under 12-year old’s free. There is an additional charge of £10 for camping.

The track is located at postcode NR9 5QZ.