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Fireworks at Foxhill finale! Michelin MX Nationals Finale – Race Report and Results
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Fireworks at Foxhill finale! Michelin MX Nationals Finale – Race Report and Results

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The hammer came down on the 2019 Michelin MX Nationals at the iconic Foxhill venue in Swindon at the weekend which staged the sixth and final round of the championship.

Images courtesy of Dave Rich

It has been another successful season for the Irwin family and their team, having reported that rider and spectator numbers have been up across the board this year, and that registrations for the 2020 series have been piling in.

The team certainly made a fantastic effort to create a great atmosphere at the legendary circuit and the new layout served up some great racing although when watered the track was tricky, none more so when the Pro racers took to the circuit for their practice and qualifying on Sunday morning.

While everyone in the Pro qualifying session seemed to be feeling their way around the freshly watered track, Elliott Banks-Browne turned up the heat recording a time 2 seconds faster than anyone else to go pole in the mixed class with the newly crowned MX2 champ Josh Gilbert doing the same by over two seconds in the 250 classification.

2019 Pro MX1 Champion Harri Kullas took the overall yet again at Foxhills

It was the super smooth Harri Kullas who powered his Cab Screens Honda to the Moto one holeshot followed by the Geartec Husqvarna of Banks-Browne, with Crescent Yamaha’s Jake Shipton showing purpose in third. Banks-Browne had immense speed though, and breezed passed Kullas on lap three before ekeing out a nice lead at the head of the field. Kullas made up time in the closing stages of the Moto but Banks-Browne had it in hand and took the victory, from Kullas and Shipton. Lewis Tombs would finish a solid fourth which would give him a much deserved Second in the championship with Mel Pocock in fifth. Jake Millward was in fifth place until mid moto when an issue forced him to slow and cruise round and finish in 17th.  Luke Hawkins making a rare MX Nationals appearance, led a freight train of riders home in 6th, followed by Liam Knight, Stuart Edmonds, John Meara and Tony Craig.

In Moto 2 it was Rob Hooper Racing’s Tony Craig who made the first bend with his nose in front, but he drifted wide leaving the door open for the trio of Kullas, Shipton, Banks-Browne to come to the fore. Banks-Browne was in no mood to mess around and in an astonishing first lap passed both of his rivals and head off for the hills. All of Elliott’s hard work came undone as soon as lap two as he stalled the machine dropping him back to third, but once again he was blisteringly fast in finding his way back to the front pulling a seven second gap on Kullas. Nothing has been straight forward for Elliott and Geartec Husqvarna this year and what looked to be a certain race win and overall came to nothing as a rock came up and smashed a hole in the engine casing down in the furthest part of the valley, meaning an unfortunate DNF when he looked by far the quickest he has been for some time.

With Banks- Browne out of the equation, Kullas was free to ride his own race at the front, going on to take the win and the overall, although he couldn’t relax as Shipton was on his case all moto long finishing in second. Tombs would move passed Millward on lap two, and although it was close for the rest of the moto it was the Honda racer who would take the number three spot both in the moto and in the overall standings for the weekend. Behind these two Craig was having the ride of his season and his battle with Meara was out of the top drawer as the two traded places with Craig just holding on from Meara, with Pocock getting in the mix with these two in the latter stages of the moto finishing in seventh. In eighth Jamie Law would hold off John Adamson, while Hawkins would round out the top 10.

Tony Craig gave his all in the Pro MX1 class and ended the day 5th overall

It was a challenge for the 250’s in the MX2 Pro class being mixed in with the 450’s, and while the title was already signed, sealed and delivered to Gilbert there was still a matter of the runner up spot of the series still to be decided between the fast starting Michael Ellis and the veteran but injured Martin Barr. Having succumbed the title to Gilbert at Cusses Gorse last time round, Barr would be riding through the pain barrier at a challenging Foxhills.

While Ellis was making great starts, Gilbert was always on the attack and in Moto 1 he fought from way back to take the class win, 10 seconds ahead of Ellis, who was a further 11 seconds in front of his rival Barr. Tom Grimshaw put in another excellent moto in fourth, Glenn McCormick was fifth heading home, Lewis Hall, Ben Franklin and Ike Carter in eighth who was making his Pro MX Nationals debut.

Gilbert was keen to continue his moto win streak, but made hard work of it in Moto 2 pulling his way through to the class lead only to relinquish again to McCormick who was having a great ride. Gilbert would make his way back into the lead again to go 1-1 and take the overall, but all eyes were on two battles behind him with Ellis doing everything he could to overhaul McCormick for second which would have given him second in the series, but McCormick would ride a determined race and would hold onto second for third overall on the day. Back in fourth Barr had Grimshaw on his tail, and if Tom were to pass him that would have handed the number two spot back to Ellis, but Barr dug deep and fended off Grimshaw to finish fourth in the moto and claim the runners up spot in the series, while Ellis would finish third on the day and in the series. Hall would end the race in 6th from Franklin, Sam Nunn and Carter.

With two days of arduous racing, the Youth, Clubman and Expert classes had to show stamina and determination as the heat was on in more ways than one with titles and championship positions all to be decided as the series was reaching its conclusion.

Tyla Hooley was in fine form in the Small Wheel 85’s

Tyla Hooley would put on a supreme show in the Small Wheel 85’s showing why he was a worthy winner of this years title, blitzing to four moto wins and the overall.  McKenzie Marshall finished second in every moto giving him the number spot for the weekend and in the series. Shaun Mahoney fended off the ever trying Billy Askew for third.

The racing in the Big Wheel 85’s was out of the top drawer, and with champ Sam Atkinson sitting this one out, it gave the riders duking it out to decide the podium positions the spotlight. Joe Brookes drew first blood with the Moto 1 victory but then Charlie Palmer stepped it up a gear to bang in the next three moto wins with the last moto between these two being one of, if not the race of the weekend. With Palmer taking the overall he would also secure second in the championships with Brookes second in the round and third overall moving ahead of Thomas Harris. Harris would finish fourth over the weekend behind Raife Broadley who ended the day third.

There was heaps of drama in the MXY1 races with the 125’s putting on a great show in the hallowed Wiltshire bowl. The three way fight for the title was between James Smith, Ryan Mawhinney, and Oliver Beamish, but it was Louie Kessell who would finish the weekend on top of the round 6 podium, while wildcard race Alfie Jones was second. Smith put himself in the best possible position for the title with a 2-1 scorecard on Saturday but a spanner was thrown into the works on Sunday as his Motor seized in their first race of the day meaning some nervous times in his camp as they headed for the final moto. There was no need to panic though, as Smith pulled off a superb Moto win to take a well-deserved title.  Ryan Mawhinney would have to settle for second in the championship’s just 10 points adrift of Smith, while Beamish would take P3 at Foxhills, for the same spot in the series.

Billy Askew took 4th overall in the small wheel 85’s

Ike Carter would get the MXY2 job done on Saturday with a double Moto win giving him the title, and meaning he stepped up to the Pro ranks on Sunday. Kyle McNicol took control on Sunday going 1-1 for weekend win and second overall and in the series. Cullen Scott edged out Ryan Thomspon for second on the day but Thompson firmed up his championship podium having a strong season for third in the standings.

The question in Expert MX1 would be, could Gav Stevenson hold his nerve and claim the title, and the answer was a resounding yes as he pulled off the weekend overall on his way to the title by 98 points ahead of Richard Bird. Brad Cavill had an epic weekend finishing second, taking the final moto chequers with him, while Zac Stealey would pitch in for the win in Moto 2 and third overall. Aaron McCarroll secured the number 3 series spot with fourth at Foxhill.

Some off-track controversy would cost Aaron-Lee Hanson the Expert MX2 title but that couldn’t detract from the majestic racing on track with some of the UK’s best young talent showcasing their skills around the legendary track. Josh Coleman would rack up two great moto wins, but Joel Rizzi showed more consistency going 2-2-1-2 which gave him the win by just one point over Coleman with race two victor Rossi Beard in third. Jordan Keogh kept his cool to put in four solid moto’s and claim the 2019 Expert MX1 title. Charlie Putnam would end his weekend in fifth and in turn landing him third in the series.

Luke Oldfield after a bad last race took 3rd overall in the Clubman MX1, and second in the Championship standings.

There was a different winner in each moto in the Clubman MX1 group but it was Bradley Maddever with the Moto 2 win who would stand aloft on the box come the afternoon presentation’s, but behind him was where the fate of the title would lie. Stephen Kelly has had an excellent season, but of late, Suzuki mounted Luke Oldfield had been reeling him in. Kelly would need to score consistent points in each race to claim the title and he did just that finishing second over the weekend, although it went down to the wire with Oldfield throwing everything at it including winning the penultimate moto. Third overall, level on points wasn’t enough for Oldfield, but he put a valiant fight to the end. David Rushton would open the weekend with a win and come home with fourth overall, while James Bates saved the best for last taking the chequered flag in the final moto.

Jordon Moxey was the stand out performer in Clubman MX2 with a maximum four wins from four for the overall from Luke Kennett in second with a 2-2-2-2 scorecard, but the most important points scored were those of Harry Fletcher who would finish third over the weekend but take the Championship title over Fabio Rizzi and Brad Thornhill.

Jordan Moxey dominated all four Clubman MX2 races

Once again the MX Nationals team and crew pulled off another great season of racing, and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2020.

Results

Pro MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 151 Harri Kullas 47 22 25
2 731 Jake Shipton 42 20 22
3 66 Lewis Tombs 38 18 20
4 9a Mel Pocock 30 16 14
5 57 Tony Craig 27 11 16
6 160 John Meara 27 12 15
7 8 Luke Hawkins 26 15 11
8 44 Elliot Banks-Browne 25 25 –
9 303 Jake Millward 22 4 18
10 49 John Adamson 22 10 12
11 162 Stuart Edmonds 22 13 9
12 134 Liam Knight 22 14 8
13 25 Jamie Law 19 6 13
14 37 Gert Krestinov 19 9 10
15 10a Jason Meara 14 8 6
16 17 Luke Smith 12 5 7
17 155 Jack Brunell 7 7 –

Pro MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 3 Josh Gilbert 50 25 25
2 10 Michael Ellis 42 22 20
3 337 Glenn McCormick 38 16 22
4 50 Martin Barr 38 20 18
5 61 Tom Grimshaw 34 18 16
6 9 Lewis Hall 30 15 15
7 300 Ben Franklin 28 14 14
8 117 Ike Carter 25 13 12
9 365 Sam Nunn 13 – 13

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 101 Tyla Hooley 100 25 25 25 25
2 555 McKenzie Marshall 88 22 22 22 22
3 11 Shaun Mahoney 72 20 12 20 20
4 441 Billy Askew 72 18 20 18 16
5 32 Beau Brown 65 15 16 16 18
6 698 Ollie Addy 60 16 15 14 15
7 82 Ashden Barlow 58 13 18 15 12
8 55 Ryan Waggott 55 14 14 13 14
9 651 Tyler Kirby 50 12 13 12 13
10 326 Charlie Owen 41 10 11 9 11
11 44 Corey Gorden 38 9 9 10 10
12 94 Alfie Osbourn 31 11 – 11 9
13 538 Billy Thornton 18 8 10 – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 128 Charlie Palmer 97 22 25 25 25
2 19 Joe Brookes 87 25 18 22 22
3 72 Raife Broadley 70 20 20 14 16
4 8a Thomas Harris 69 13 22 16 18
5 4a Matt Tolley 61 18 16 12 15
6 14 George Hopkins 61 16 13 18 14
7 8 Jake Randall 60 5 15 20 20
8 654 Jack Dando 49 12 12 13 12
9 171 Arai Elcock 47 14 10 15 8
10 34 Josh Bassett 44 15 11 8 10
11 78 Roan Delaney 43 10 9 11 13
12 63 Dan Arkell 37 7 14 7 9
13 17 Kayde Rayns 36 8 7 10 11
14 68 Corey Hamilton 29 6 8 9 6
15 49 Joe Jordan 22 9 6 – 7
16 776 Charlie Nudds 20 4 5 6 5
17 33 George Botterill 14 2 3 5 4
18 119 Syd Putnam 11 11 – – –
19 94 Luke Fox 7 3 4 – –

MXY1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 711 Louie Kessell 88 25 22 25 16
2 731 Alfie Jones 76 20 14 22 20
3 771 Oliver Beamish 74 18 20 18 18
4 69 James Smith 72 22 25 – 25
5 15 Ryan Mawhinney 72 15 15 20 22
6 101a Jude Morris 64 16 18 15 15
7 5a Billy Duke 53 13 10 16 14
8 417 Vinnie Gutherie 53 14 16 12 11
9 807 Luca Pegg 51 12 13 14 12
10 101 Cameron Jackson 46 11 12 13 10
11 171 Luke Southern 36 10 8 9 9
12 174 Corey Collins 36 9 9 11 7
13 84 Harry Barker 32 – 11 8 13
14 60 Jamie Watson 29 7 4 10 8
15 45 Ben Hession 26 8 7 5 6
16 108 Robert Storer 24 6 6 7 5
17 121 Josh Jones 20 5 5 6 4
18 89 Charlie Parker 10 2 2 4 2
19 4 Jack Loveridge 7 4 3 – –
20 313 Josh Keogh 7 1 1 2 3
21 46 Melanie Griffith 7 3 – 3 1
22 794 Oliver Bordessa 1 – – 1 –

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 57 Kyle McNicol 92 20 22 25 25
2 582 Cullen Scott 77 22 20 20 15
3 181 Ryan Thompson 76 18 18 18 22
4 74 Tom Murphy 65 15 16 22 12
5 66 Connor Mullian 59 16 11 16 16
6 202 Tyler Westcott 58 10 13 15 20
7 910 Harvey Tillotson 57 12 14 13 18
8 11 Ben Clayton 57 14 15 14 14
9 117 Ike Carter 50 25 25 – –
10 99 Billy Wynn 45 8 12 12 13
11 70 Shiaru Honda 41 9 10 11 11
12 14 Jak Henderson 26 7 9 10 –
13 277 Ben Clark 13 13 – – –
14 5 Reece Martin 11 11 – – –

Expert MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 38 Gavin Stevenson 92 25 20 25 22
2 14 Brad Cavill 89 22 22 20 25
3 171 Zac Stealey 72 14 25 18 15
4 311 Aaron McCarroll 67 18 13 16 20
5 54 Corey Hockey 63 15 15 15 18
6 491 George Simmutch 62 20 14 12 16
7 59 Paul Neale 61 16 18 13 14
8 3 Ben Edwards 46 11 11 11 13
9 65 Jacob Joyce 45 – 12 22 11
10 957 Jake Preston 40 9 9 10 12
11 447 Simon Booth 39 10 10 9 10
12 28 John Robson 36 13 – 14 9
13 414 Sam Gabriel 29 8 7 7 7
14 57 Richard Bird 28 12 16 – –
15 118 Kieran Clarke 26 6 8 6 6
16 268 Paul Atkinson 24 4 4 8 8
17 911 Ben Hayward 17 7 3 2 5
18 12 Adam Hayward 16 5 5 4 2
19 134 Jamie Dixon 13 2 6 5 –
20 57a Carl Hayward 9 1 1 3 4
21 169 Matt Lomas 9 3 2 1 3

Expert MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 912 Joel Rizzi 91 22 22 25 22
2 661 Josh Coleman 90 25 20 20 25
3 123 Finley Rossi Beard 83 16 25 22 20
4 313 Jordan Keogh 67 20 18 15 14
5 91 Charlie Putnam 60 14 16 14 16
6 52 Stephen Kelly 57 9 12 18 18
7 79 George Clarke 55 18 15 12 10
8 11 Chris Povey 46 10 14 10 12
9 712 Josh Peters 39 – 11 13 15
10 166 Josh Taylor 38 12 10 16 –
11 333 Josh Greedy 37 13 – 11 13
12 119 Mitch Young 36 11 9 8 8
13 15a Ross Kersey 31 7 8 5 11
14 58 Patrick Gilligan 25 – 7 9 9
15 13 Aaron-Lee Hanson 15 15 – – –
16 321 Thomas Hardcastle 14 8 – 6 –
17 200 James Dunn 13 – 13 – –
18 131 Henry Siddiqui 13 – 6 7 –

Clubman MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 951 Bradley Maddever 79 16 25 16 22
2 25 Stephen Kelly 76 18 20 20 18
3 77 Luke Oldfield 76 22 22 25 7
4 66 David Rushton 74 25 14 15 20
5 36 Daniel Morley 67 15 16 22 14
6 79 Jamie McCarthy 60 14 18 18 10
7 46 Stuart Nesbit 58 13 15 14 16
8 92 Carl Robson 51 11 12 13 15
9 77a James Bates 45 12 8 – 25
10 240 Alex Christopher 40 4 13 11 12
11 191 Rocky Lethaby 35 2 10 10 13
12 447 Ryan Gardiner 34 10 6 7 11
13 977 Sam Morcom 32 – 11 12 9
14 901a Ashley Watt 31 8 7 8 8
15 24 Lee Tolan 30 6 9 9 6
16 158 Dan Holiday 22 7 5 5 5
17 505 Ross Parkinson 20 20 – – –
18 520 Ben Lightbrown 19 5 4 6 4
19 42 Ashley Senior 9 – 3 3 3
20 133 Jake Hassell 9 9 – – –
21 50 Charlie Sutton 4 1 – 1 2
22 56 Matt Bowen 4 – – 4 –
23 52 Harry Foster 3 3 – – –
24 893 Billy Middleton 2 – – 2 –
25 283 Will Hurford 2 – 2 – –
26 140 Mark Cronin 1 – – – 1
27 901 Colby Walker 1 – 1 – –

Clubman MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 981 Jordan Moxey 100 25 25 25 25
2 101 Luke Kennett 88 22 22 22 22
3 17 Harry Fletcher 68 14 20 16 18
4 74a Lewis King London 64 13 15 20 16
5 290 Fabio Rizzi 59 12 12 15 20
6 414a Richard Roberts 55 18 14 11 12
7 771 Toby Lightbown 48 16 7 14 11
8 47a Ben Evans 47 10 10 12 15
9 777 Archie Hicks 45 5 13 13 14
10 78 Max Fletcher 44 11 11 9 13
11 157 Tommy Lee Morris 40 15 – 18 7
12 95a Brad Thornhill 37 3 16 10 8
13 414 Elliott Pugh 35 9 18 8 –
14 171 Tallon Aspden 30 6 8 6 10
15 31a Charlie West 27 7 4 7 9
16 132 Ben Thomson 20 20 – – –
17 108 Michael McAlister 19 4 9 2 4
18 238 Adam Ford 15 – 6 3 6
19 792 Jack Colley 13 8 5 – –
20 581 David Kane 10 – – 5 5
21 184 Harry McDonald 8 2 2 4 –
22 2 Jamie Bevin 6 – 3 – 3
23 562 Thomas Higgins 4 1 – 1 2
24 173 Mitchil Collins 1 – – – 1
25 29 Xavier Cook 1 – 1 – –