Game on! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 5 – Preview
With the super 2019 AMCA British Motocross Championship reaching its midway point this coming Sunday 2nd June, it’s time to get those sand tyres out! Venue for round 5 is Fatcat Moto Parc in South Yorkshire and with a trip to Hawkstone Park also coming up, the title tables could well have a different appearance come mid-July!
Report and Feature image by Mike Wood
In the series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, the big MX1 contest continues to thrill with now just 9 points separating the top five riders. After winning at Warmingham then earning another podium last time out at Bushton, Gary Gibson has soared to summit of the standings. Waiting to pounce though are some top quality talent in the form of James Dodd, Neville Bradshaw, Shane Carless and defending MX1 Champion Josh Waterman. At present Luke Mellows, Ashley Thomas, the spectacular Seb Osborne, Andrew Smart and Mark Roberts complete the top ten. Another rider though also worth watching out for at Fatcat is Luke Meredith who will be more than happy to be back on sand terrain!
Last time out in MX2, Kristian Whatley took the overall win and now leads the Championship by a single point from Jamie Wainwright. Having already posted a big Fatcat result earlier this season in a Maxxis event, sand racing Expert Jamie will certainly be looking forward to this weekend as he bids to regain the MX2 series top spot! With another podium at Bushton and a moto win, Ryan Crowder has kept himself in touch with the top two. In what as proved to be an intriguing contest so far, the 250cc 2T riders in this class have certainly mixed it up with Mark Young, 4th at Bushton, Jayden Murphy, Lee Truman, Sean Eckersley and Corrie Southwood all impressing. At present both Young and Murphy are inside the top ten title places along with 250F aces Josh Coleman, Matt Ridgway, Luke Dean and Clinton Barrs.
With a brilliant overall win at Bushton, Chris Povey has again leapfrogged Lewis Dowdeswell in the race for the AMCA 125cc crown. Povey’s advantage is 8 points whilst Dowdeswell is a further 100 points clear of 3rd placed Ryan Zebedee. Whilst it appears already to be difficult to break the dominance of the flying top two, there’s still plenty of riders who could easily pop out and snatch a win to stir things up! In the 125cc Championship top ten after round four are Brad Malin, Ryan Jones, Nathan Bache, Ben Watkins, Jasper Uphill, Jordan Ridgway and Richy Roberts.
After crashing out of the Vets moto three at Bushton, James Lane has also dropped down to 3rd in the title table. Going back to the top is Jamie Powell, now with a 47 point advantage over defending Vets Champion Simon Lane. Regularly, Craig Chamberlain has got home in 4th and that’s where he currently sits in the Championship standings ahead of Colin Conduit, Darren Bennett, Stephen Marlow, Stephen Elford, John Heath and Lee Spurr. At Bushton, Sean Smith made his comeback following a broken wrist and took 3rd overall. Sean is currently 17th in the standings so will be looking to make more progress at Fatcat!
Scoring another stylish maximum, Matt Tolley increased his Youth Championship lead to an impressive 124 points at Bushton. Yarin Evans and Harry Ridgway despite a moto one crash completed the podium last time out and are right in the mix. At present though it’s Ezra Blackwell holding 2nd in the title table with Reece Leverton, Joshua Fletcher-Williams, Brodie Salt and Dylan Williams also impressing in the opening four rounds of the Youth series.
In what will be another very busy weekend of action, the organising Northern Area AMCA Group are also hosting a full programme of racing on Saturday with round 3 of the BWMA Westermans International Women’s Championship topping the bill. At present its Chelsea Gowland and Jaysi Austin in control with the girls sure to produce more great entertainment. Fatcat Moto Parc will be signposted from Junction 4 of the M18 with the local postcode being DN3 3EH.