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Crowning Glory! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results
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Crowning Glory! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results

by adminSeptember 12, 2018

Going into Sunday’s final round of the 2018 AMCA British Motocross Championship at Long Lane, Shropshire, it was Josh Waterman(MX1), Luke Burton(MX2), Richard Cannings(2T), Simon Lane(Vets) and Joseph Brookes(Youth) leading the race to the titles. Producing very composed and calculated performances all of the above lads were to then safely negotiate this potential banana skin to thus proudly be crowned the Kings of the very popular AMCA series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop. Well done all you 2018 Champions!

Race Report and Images by Mike Wood

In what as been a truly memorable week for IDS KTM ace Josh Waterman, the Gloucestershire based rider got the title ball rolling in this Wrekin MXC promoted event. Just seven days after claiming the IMBA European MX1 Championship in Switzerland, Josh comfortably added the AMCA title to his honours list at Long Lane. On a circuit in prime condition, he started the day with a 2nd place meaning that with his closest rival Shane Carless down in 5th he then required just a further 8 points to earn that British crown in this his maiden season on the 450F. Getting the job done with little fuss and also ensuring he avoided any potential clashes, Josh got home in a very safe 7th before finishing the day with another 2nd.

Joseph Brookes the Youth Champion.

Although it was Josh taking the title and the rightful glory there was though no doubt who was the MX1 star in this final round! Gary Gibson on the very fast LDR TMC Kawasaki scorched to three big moto wins, a massive result which hauled him from 5th in the standings up into 3rd and thus pinch the bronze medal position in the Championship table. Also enjoying this finale were Luke Mellows and Luke Meredith, recording their best finishes of the season. Super fit Mellows went 4/2/5 for a very popular podium place in 3rd overall whilst Meredith was 4th overall and led the opening moto of the day for five laps. Afterwards the IMBA and AMCA MX1 Champion Waterman joked that he was looking forward to some fast food on the way home instead of the salad diet endured throughout a busy season. He also commented “What an amazing year it has been! I was on the podium in every round of the AMCA Champs and the series as been full of hard racing. It’s so nice to do the double and I want to thank everyone who has made this all possible.”

Aboard a Marsh MX Husqvarna, MX2 series leader Luke Burton went into Sunday’s event holding a very healthy 115 point advantage at the top of proceedings. Totally focussed on the job in hand, Burton then confirmed his fifth AMCA title by winning the opening moto at Long Lane. And Luke had to do it the hard way, gating 11th he moved quickly through to take control on lap three, overhauling both Clinton Barrs and Jack

Shane Carless the 2018 MX1 runner-up

Gardner who had earlier led the contest. In moto two, Barrs again grabbed the holeshot to take control with on this occasion Burton coming through from 15th for the win. Gardner who has enjoyed a very profitable season and the very impressive youngster Henry Williams controlled the last MX2 moto of the campaign before the Champion Burton relieved them of their duties! So on the Long Lane podium it was Burton finishing with another maximum points haul and taking the top step from Williams and Barrs, both full value for their respective 2nd and 3rd places. Starting the day as Burton’s closest rival, Lewis King had to settle for 4th overall on the day but still maintained the series silver medal spot as Gardner took bronze. In getting that fifth crown in the bag, Burton said, “This has been an awesome AMCA series yet again with all of the organising clubs doing a great job. I am really buzzing after picking up another title but it would not be possible without the help from all my sponsors and the support of family and friends.”

MX1 winner at Long Lane, Gary Gibson

With 84 points separating 2T leader Richard Cannings (M & S Brettle Yamaha) and Sean Eckersley this title race was still very much on. However whilst the day was then to go very much to plan for Cannings, his rival Eckersley did not enjoy the best of fortunes! As Cannings romped to a moto one victory, Eckersley’s day started with a rear wheel puncture and a 29th place finish! That result meant that Cannings was confirmed as Champion and the pressure was off. Whilst the fast Yorkshireman then also took the remaining two moto wins and thus sign off in style, the day did not get much better for the unlucky Eckersley. Crashing in moto two, Sean bravely recovered back to 6th before finishing with a strong 2nd. On the day it was Cannings, Mark Young and Ashley Benniston filling the podium places whilst Eckersley and Bradley Doyle took the Championship medal positions behind Cannings.

MX2 Champion Luke Burton

In the separately scored 2T MX2 class, Adam Hill had already secured the gold medal, also finishing a fine 7th in the main 2T table. Afterwards Champion Cannings announced that he would be moving into the 2019 MX2 class on his 250cc Yamaha also saying “It’s been a great season for me and the team. We all pulled together and achieved what I decided to aim for way back last November. The AMCA Championship as been a good series and with good tracks.” So with Cannings moving on watch out next year for the likes of fast Mark Young and Harry Linton. Young who despite missing the opening two rounds and a potential 360 points still took 8th in the 2018 standings!

Holding a big 138 point advantage going into Sunday’s finale, Simon Lane on the JSR Honda wrapped up his second AMCA Vets title with a moto one victory ahead of Gary Jones, Sean Smith, Matt Gordon, Colin Conduit and Brian Staples. In the remaining Vets moto’s, Lane checked out in style with a brace of wins although he was pushed all the way by a very determined Smith, the eventual series runner-up. Jones was 3rd overall on the day and in the standings but what about the man in 4th place, Mr Colin Conduit! All season, Colin has campaigned a 144cc Yamaha and despite going head to head with an whole array of fast four-stroke models which had an obvious power advantage, he has always been right in the mix at the front end of proceedings, a great effort! Also enjoying a memorable season was Brian Staples on the Redline Honda, securing his 4th consecutive title in the separately scored Vets Over 50 class.

MX1 Champion Josh Waterman with the number 1 plate onboard

On winning the main title, Simon Lane was quick to show appreciation for his parents support, “ This title was special for me as both my parents are now in their 70’s and they are the ones that started all this going many years ago but are still here to support me. I have really enjoyed this season, the competition is tough and I think the AMCA Championship is getting stronger every year. After two fantastic seasons with JSR Honda it’s time to move on and I will be leaving now to start my own team alongside my brother James . I want to wish JSR all the best for the future.”

Mathematically the tightest conclusion to any of the AMCA title races looked to be in the new Youth 85cc/150cc contest. Travelling to Long Lane, just 28 points separated Joseph Brookes (Nationwide Signs KTM) and Charlie Palmer (LDR TMC Kawasaki). All season long these talented youngsters have rather dominated at the front end of proceedings but who would prove victorious in this crucial decider? Well top honours and the title was to go to Brookes who finished the series with a classy maximum score. Confirming his eventual and richly deserved bronze medal position, Matt Tolley took 2nd on the day from Palmer, Yarin Evans, Harry Ridgway and Joshua Main.

So that’s a wrap for 2018 and the AMCA have already announced that the 2019 series will be extended to a ten round competition. With the annual rumour mill already rolling as everyone speculates on who’s riding what and in which class next year, it’s certainly going to be an interesting AMCA Winter!

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 4 Gary Gibson 180 60 60 60
2 19 Josh Waterman 149 54 41 54
3 44 Luke Mellows 146 47 54 45
4 17 Luke Meredith 143 50 50 43
5 146 Ryan Crowder 138 43 45 50
6 292 James Dodd 131 41 43 47
7 68 Shane Carless 127 45 47 35
8 6 Jansen Day 115 37 39 39
9 11 Ashley Thomas 113 39 37 37
10 18 Lee Harrison 111 35 35 41
11 110 Dean Swift 93 31 31 31
12 74 Sean Wainwright 88 33 33 22
13 143 Luke Bull 86 27 26 33
14 54 James Smith 82 29 24 29
15 24 Kieron Mcavoy 78 26 25 27
16 305 Ollie Kirby 72 19 27 26
17 48 Rhys Walker 72 24 23 25
18 368 Richard Gray 69 23 22 24
19 77 Rob Keightley 66 22 21 23
20 149 Jack Griffiths 60 21 18 21
21 772 Craig Chamberlain 56 17 19 20
22 141 Robert Johnson 54 25 29 –
23 547 Harry Greetham 51 15 17 19
24 818 Jamie Crump 40 20 20 –
25 74* Matthew Chaplin 18 18 – –
26 811 Roy Rowland 16 16 – –
27 158 Sam Jones 14 14 – –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Luke Burton 180 60 60 60
2 15 Henry Williams 162 54 54 54
3 99 Clinton Barrs 140 47 50 43
4 311 Lewis King 132 43 39 50
5 101 Jack Gardner 132 50 37 45
6 121 Kieron Cooke 131 39 45 47
7 10 Lee Sealey 123 41 41 41
8 36 Gareth Artus 103 35 31 37
9 3 Matt Ridgway 100 33 43 24
10 210 Lee Truman 95 29 27 39
11 9 Bradley Tranter 92 45 47 –
12 17 Tyron Cleaver 88 31 22 35
13 220 Josh Canton 88 24 33 31
14 7 Luke Newman 81 23 25 33
15 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 77 22 26 29
16 50 Macauley Edgerton 72 21 24 27
17 73 Jack Wankling 67 26 23 18
18 361 Pip Davies 66 20 20 26
19 231 Rory Jones 62 27 35 –
20 130 Aaron Collins 59 16 18 25
21 626 Jamie Comley 58 18 21 19
22 47 Chelsea Gowland 57 17 17 23
23 7* Cory Mcshane 54 25 29 –
24 139 Robert Palmer 53 15 16 22
25 942 Macauley Davies 47 11 15 21
26 23 Jordan Petrek 46 13 13 20
27 141 Jonathan Jones 38 19 19 –
28 52 Luke Dean 37 37 – –
29 90 Daniel Spencer 28 14 14 –
30 999 Conner Challinor 12 12 – –

2 Strokes

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 999 Richard Cannings 180 60 60 60
2 12 Mark Young 158 54 54 50
3 100 Ashley Beniston 134 37 50 47
4 26 Harry Linton 130 50 41 39
5 144 Bradley Doyle 129 45 47 37
6 781 James Lane 119 43 31 45
7 27* Jack Seaborne 112 41 45 26
8 333 Alec Everitt 111 31 37 43
9 160 Sean Eckersley 109 12 43 54
10 25 Ben Watkins 109 39 35 35
11 111 Richard Roberts 101 33 27 41
12 140 Ryan Zebedee 99 35 39 25
13 46 Adam Hill 93 27 33 33
14 934 Sam Callow 86 26 29 31
15 58 Michael Wheatley 76 29 20 27
16 1 Harvey Matthews 71 24 23 24
17 813 Chris Neesam 70 19 22 29
18 41 Harry Clarke 69 20 26 23
19 68 Callum Evans 69 25 25 19
20 312 Adam Crump 64 23 21 20
21 32 Craig Cording 57 18 18 21
22 476 Harry Allport 49 16 16 17
23 424 Matthew Morgan 48 15 15 18
24 35 Chris Povey 47 47 – –
25 50 Daren Llewellyn 46 22 24 –
26 19 Thomas Barlow 43 14 14 15
27 27 Wayne Williams 42 13 13 16
28 129 Sam Allsopp 40 21 19 –
29 136 Paul Jones 39 – 17 22
30 320 Sam Bailey 17 17 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 73 Simon Lane 180 60 60 60
2 121 Sean Smith 158 50 54 54
3 74 Gary Jones 154 54 50 50
4 19 Matt Gordon 141 47 47 47
5 22 Brian Staples 131 43 43 45
6 3 Colin Conduit 131 45 45 41
7 271 John Heath 125 41 41 43
8 99 Marc Bates 115 39 39 37
9 34 Jeremy Bates 111 37 35 39
10 125 Nigel Travis 99 33 37 29
11 46 Warren Clifton 95 31 33 31
12 4 Sean Doyle 93 27 31 35
13 263 Wayne Martin 81 25 29 27
14 159 Chris Gaunt 73 24 24 25
15 143 Steven Birt 72 23 25 24
16 51 John Ball 71 22 23 26
17 888 Steve Ferney 71 26 26 19
18 119 Russell Hartill 62 29 – 33
19 205 Paul Wieczorek 62 35 27 –
20 8 Dan Merifield 61 21 22 18
21 167 David Bullock 60 19 19 22
22 5 Stuart Brown 60 20 20 20
23 189 Paul Biddulph 42 – 21 21
24 77 Andrew Lowe 23 – – 23

Youth 85/150

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Joseph Brookes 180 60 60 60
2 4 Matt Tolley 158 54 54 50
3 128 Charlie Palmer 154 50 50 54
4 2 Yarin Evans 137 43 47 47
5 277 Harry Ridgway 137 47 45 45
6 857 Joshua Main 123 39 43 41
7 282 Hugo Litchfield 123 45 39 39
8 867 Brodie Salt 115 35 37 43
9 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 111 41 35 35
10 862 Solomon Levey 96 26 33 37
11 26 Kierun Webber 91 31 29 31
12 7 Caleb Greaves 89 29 31 29
13 16 Jake O Gorman 78 37 41 –
14 75 Mitchell Hartill 66 33 – 33
15 88 Jack Martin 27 27 – –