Chewing the Fat! AMCA British Motocross Championship Round 7 – Preview
After visiting Fatcat Motoparc last time out, the riders contesting the 2019 AMCA British Motocross Championship have another sand adventure to enjoy this coming Sunday, July 7th. The famous Hawkstone Park in Shropshire provides the venue with more vital title points on offer.
Report and Images by Mike Wood
In the series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, Neville Bradshaw has now moved to the top of the standings in a very exciting MX1 class. The DK Offroad Kawasaki ace has been plugging away, effectively but quietly going about his business, bagging podium places at Boraston, Warmingham and Fatcat. At present, Nev sits 6 points clear of early MX1 pacesetter and top Welsh rider Shane Carless. Also still right in the mix for glory in this ultra-competitive are Gary Gibson, James Dodd and Josh Waterman the defending Champion who has now recovered from a recent ankle injury. Such as been the dominance of the flying top five that Waterman in 5th spot is only 27 points off top slot but also a whopping 138 points clear of 6th placed Luke Mellows. At present behind Mellows its Ashley Thomas, Lee Harrison, Luke Meredith and Will Hughes rounding off the top ten.
In the five MX2 rounds staged so far, Apex KTM UK star Jamie Wainwright has scorched to four overall victories, his latest being a stunning maximum at Fatcat during round five. That result as fired Jamie back to the summit of the Championship table, 37 points clear of Kristian Whatley. Holding 3rd in the standings at present is Ryan Crowder, returning to fitness after struggling with an ankle injury. Crowder is 38 points clear of 4th placed Josh Coleman although the next rider up, Henry Williams look set to miss Hawkstone after picking up a bad knee injury during the IMBA round at Norley. Luke Dean, Clinton Barrs and fast 2T pilots Jaydon Murphy, Mark Young and Lee Truman round out the top ten.
Last time out at Fatcat, Brad Malin took the 125cc class win to also move into 3rd place in the standings. However unfortunately since that last round, Malin has announced that his 2019 season is over due to major knee surgery being required. At the top of this very exciting class, Lewis Dowdeswell, FWC Construction Bay KTM holds just an incredible single point advantage over Chris Povey. So with that 3rd spot in the Championship table now becoming vacant it opens the door for the likes of Ryan Zebedee, Ryan Jones, Nathan Bache and Ben Watkins to step up and close the gap on the flying top two!
So far this season the Vets class as seen leader Jamie Powell, James Lane and Simon Lane just about dominate every moto staged. However with James Lane missing Hawkstone due to a back injury, that sequence of dominance will now be broken. So with James absent, looking to put pressure on that top three and be a Hawkstone sand master are Craig Chamberlain, Colin Conduit, Stephen Marlow and Darren Bennett. Also look out for Sean Smith whilst there could be extra spice added this weekend’s Vets contest via a rare appearance from multi AMCA Champion Gary Davies.
Scoring consecutive maximums, Matt Tolley (IDS/Tolley Jewellers KTM) has surged 150 points clear at the top of the AMCA Youth class. At Fatcat, Ezra Blackwell took 2nd place, a position he also currently holds in the Championship table. Looking to close down Blackwell in the Hawkstone sand will be the likes of Harry Ridgway, Reece Leverton, Yarin Evans, Brodie Salt, Joshua Fletcher-Williams, Henry Tomes, Max Lewis and Connor Howells.
So with their also being a full programme of AMCA Support racing on the Saturday, Hawkstone Park is certainly the place to be this weekend! The good old circuit will be heavily signposted from the A49 Shrewsbury to Whitchurch, A53 Shrewsbury to Market Drayton and A442 Telford to Whitchurch roads with the area postcode for satnav users being SY4 4NA.