Clayton claims Cornwall! BSMA Nationals Round 1 – Race Report
Race Report and Images by Ady Cowshall – Images of Speed
The big boys in MX1 and MX2 were the first to sample this illustrious circuit with the combined class there were some great races. It was soon apparent that the track was very quick drying as the riders sorted themselves out it was the Kawasaki of Joe Clayton who stole the show in MX1 but he wasn’t getting it all his own way with a lot of pressure from Adam Harris, Corey Southwood and Tyrone Cleaver. Clayton took a clean sweep in MX1 with Southwood taking the honours in MX2, but Harris managed to get his 2 stroke out front to take the Apico holeshot award and set the pace on occasion. Behind Southwood the MX2 class was tight with Kieron Yorke and Jonathon Rodderick-Evans filling the podium. Harris and Cleaver duked it out for the MX1 podium with Harris getting the better.
The Senior class is split this year with 250f’s going to the line first and it was a Yamaha show with all 3 podium places being filled with the distinct sound of the YZF’s, Josh Greedy getting the overall in part gifted by Jayden Murphy’s bad luck with a puncture. But Greedy took 3 wins to Murphy’s 2. But it was Jack Wankling who set the pace in almost all the early laps collecting the Apico holeshot award along the way and nabbing himself the final podium place. Ben Clayton was hovering just waiting for one of the Yams to go down and grabbed a couple of third place finishes to end out 4th.
The 125 seniors was like going back in time, the high pitched scream really had the crowds entertained with previous 85cc winner, James Hanscombe wearing down Sam Berrisford in the first moto to take the win and last years champion left wondering what had happened with a poor first race result but bounced back to take the second moto. This was not enough to get him on the podium though as Ryan Tanner must of had three weetabix on Sunday morning to dominate with 3 races wins and the overall. Hanscombe’s first race was his best but managed to round out the weekend with a solid start to the campaign in third overall and Berrisfords consistently running up front paid off with 2nd overall.
The Big Wheel 85’s had 4 different moto winners with Ethan Sills the only rider notching up 2 wins to take the overall. Local rider Jason Down looked to be strong in the first moto pushing Sills but his weekend didn’t go to plan and he didn’t feature at the front again. Billy Duke’s weekend got stronger as it went on recovering from a mid week crash, he managed to stay in contention to clinch 2nd overall with a last race win. Jak Taylor didn’t get the results he needed on Saturday and despite a race win on Sunday could only manage a 5th overall while Sam Davies’s lightning starts got him the Apico holeshot award, but one bad race left him in 3rd overall, 10 points ahead of Alfie Rickwood.
The Small Wheel 85’s was a masterclass of riding by Jake Smith, despite Ben Zeale’s best efforts Smith was unstoppable taking a maximum and a healthy 14 point lead into the next round. Tyler Smith looked every inch a winner in the first moto but a spill dropped him down the order and he never regained that fire. Jake Randall was up there but just couldn’t put it all together to break into the top 3 as was Ellis Poole who did manage a couple of 3rd place motos. But it was Lewis Roden’s higher consistency that earned him the final place on the podium behind Zeale.
The Juniors could of gone in a multitude of directions as Freddie Gardiner spent a lot of time looking for Cornish gold but somehow managed to win the overall, he was pushed at times by Archie Hobbs as this pair raced off out front. Kenzie Cole picked up on Hobbs misfortune to grab 2nd overall from Hobbs while Ollie Bubb had a consistent weekend knocking on the door of the top 5. Joey Benfield managed to secure 4th overall bagging some excellent results. This class looking to possibly be one of the fiercest fought with three potential winners.
The Auto field was the smallest in stature and numbers! But the racing was intense and i’m not talking about how fast the Dads run round after the kids either! The top 4 could of taken the overall if bad luck had played any part but as it boiled down it really was a two way between Lee Simkiss and Harley OCallahan. Simkiss took the first moto but dropping to 3rd in the next was enough to allow OCallahan the victory, with OCallahan not dropping below 2nd all weekend and taking 3 motos to Simkiss’s two! It was that tight and had Logan Gardner not got between the pair in the one moto it would of been a tie on points. Having said this it really wasn’t a 2 horse race with Gardner and Ollie Waters in contention and ready to steal places if the two at the front put a wheel wrong.
The final group to rip up the prime Landrake soil was the mixed vet and novice group and the vets gained some serious new talent with Andy Marchant and Christian Seldon added to the mix with Dean Warren looking very smooth on his 2 stroke. The vets dominated the group with Marchant taking the first moto but Seldon took the next two. Marchant again took the final two giving him the overall Warren grabbed a second in the final outting as Seldon had gone down early on and struggled to pull back through with the dust getting a problem at the end of the weekend. The novice having to play second fiddle to the experience of the older guys had there own battle albeit a little further back with Phil Evans getting the better of Jak Ford and Tanisha Thomas showing the lads behind how to ride.
The next round of the Championships takes place at Brookthorpe on the 23rd and 24th of June.