Championship Win and Narrow defeat for SJP Moto KTM
This weekend was the final round of the Michelin MX Nationals at Cusses Gorse, with the SJP Moto KTM team looking to claim two championship titles.
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This weekend saw just Charlie Heyman and Billy Askew competing for the team after Jayden Haigh suffered a hand injury last weekend at the previous round.
Saturday started with the qualifying session for both riders, with Billy Askew claiming 2nd fastest in the Big Wheel 85cc class and Charlie Heyman going fastest in the 125cc class giving both riders good start positions and strong chances to claim the championship titles.
On the Saturday the weather provided plenty of heavy rain making track conditions very hard and technical for the riders.
In the 125cc class, Charlie finished 2nd in the 125cc class in the opening moto after an early moto mistake, forced him to charge from the back of the field. The second moto on the Saturday saw Charlie claim the race win and narrowly miss out on the overall race win but the victory was enough to secure the Championship.
The Saturday saw Billy suffer two difficult races which saw him finish down in 6th and 7th places after being involved in crashes that were out of his hands and involving other riders. The two problematic races meant that Billy lost some of the point lead that he had in the championship standings.
Sunday saw the weather conditions much better and in the 125cc class Charlie went onto claim another 2nd place in the opening moto and followed it up with a race win in the final moto of the year to finish 2nd overall and claim the Championship.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class, Billy had two moto’s to secure the title. Unfortunately, another tough race in the opening moto saw Billy in 5th place and the championship standings close going into the final moto with just a 1-point lead.
With the championship on the line, Billy went into the race with a one-point lead and knew he must beat his title rival to claim the crown. When the gate dropped Billy was in the lead, but the race was stopped and restarted due to an issue with the start gate. In the restart the gate dropped and both riders were at the front of the field and battled the whole race long for the victory. When the finish flag came out it was unfortunately not enough with Billy finishing 2nd and missing out on the championship by just two points.
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager – This weekend we were down to just Charlie and Billy after Jayden’s crash last weekend. Coming into the weekend we were hoping to claim both the 125cc and Big Wheel 85cc Championship. Charlie rode well all weekend and although he had a couple of crashes and missed out on the overall win, he still claimed the title which was the aim. For Billy it was a rough weekend, on the Saturday he suffered bad luck and was involved in crashes with fallen riders. Going into the last race Billy had a narrow lead but then the race was restarted while Billy was leading, and his rival was down in 13th. In the restart it wasn’t to be the same story and Billy lost out on the title by 2-points. Billy has put his heart and soul into this weekend and unfortunately, it didn’t work out but he was a great sport in the whole situation and will focus on the Revo ACU British Championship Big Wheel 85cc title over the next two rounds.