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Gilbert & Rizzi rule the roost in Oxford! 2023 Michelin MX Nationals 3 – Race Report & Results

Gilbert & Rizzi rule the roost in Oxford! 2023 Michelin MX Nationals 3 – Race Report & Results

For round three of the top-rated MX Nationals Motocross series, it was back to the familiar Oxford Motoparc near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, a track the hardworking team pioneered last year that became the sensation of 2022.

Race Report by Dick Law – Feature Image courtesy of Crendon Fastrack Honda – other images by MX Nationals. 

The circuit was looking much better with the passing of time to settle the track and a winter and some sunshine to bring on the greenery. The track workers re-contoured some jumps and made minor improvements to improve what was already a great track.

In the Leatt Pro class, the Crendon Fastrack Honda teammates of Josh Gilbert and Conrad Mewse have been winning most of the national motocross championships this year, with Mewse taking most of the wins. But things changed last weekend as Gilbert showed he had the speed and the confidence and won both Pro MX1/MX2 races with Evgeny Bobryshev (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) dividing the Honda pair, relegating a sickly Mewse down to third overall, the poorest finish he has had all year.

But, in the Apico Pro MX2s, the overall was up for grabs as none of the riders could put two decent races together. Joel Rizzi (Gas Gas), with a win and a fifth, won the overall, but at the same time, Carlton Husband, who was suffering clutch problems, and a hurting Charlie Cole (Blade Bikes Kawasaki) came from last and almost last to sixteenth and twenty-fifth in the first race. They managed to back in race two with some strong races to give them second and third overall, with only five points separating the top five in the class.

At the start of the first combined MX1 and MX2, no one was more surprised than Bobryshev when he got the holeshot. He was chased into turn one by Gilbert, Mewse, Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha), Evo Monticelli (ASA United Gas Gas), Tommy Searle (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) and Tom Grimshaw (Chambers Gas Gas).
Searle and Grimshaw had a coming together at turn three when the different ruts they chose merged into one, and neither of the riders wanted to give way. Luckily, they both continued the race after a bit of a wobble. But as they despaired around the opening lap, Cole and Joe Brooks (GRT Impact KTM) were seen untangling their machines.

As the riders came around to complete lap two, Gilbert took the lead from Bobryshev, and a lap later, Mewse pushed Bobryshev down another place. For the rest of the race, Mewse did all he could to close on his teammate, and he did get to his back wheel a couple of times but could never affect a pass. With about three laps to too, Mewse seemed to decide to settle for second place as they crossed the finish line separated by just under six seconds.

Meanwhile, Bobryshev had been caught and passed by Kullas, but as the “plus two laps” board came out, he passed him back for third in the race, with Kullas settling for fourth.

Monticelli and Searle spent all race in fifth and sixth as Tristan Purdon (Gabriel SS24 KTM) slipped past Grimshaw for seventh place.

In the MX2 side of the race, Charlie Hayman (Tru7 Honda) had gated in fifteenth place and was the first MX2 rider till, on lap eight, and with a comfortable MX2 lead, his bike had some technical problems, and he pushed it back to the paddock, and out of the race. This incident left Rizzi with the class lead and the win as he crossed the line in fifteenth. But while all this was happening, Husband, after his first lap crash, was flying through the pack from thirtieth place to finish right behind Rizzi. Dylan Woodcock (Fantic) was third, with Calum Mitchell (Laxa MX KTM) fourth.

At the start of the second race, Gilbert got the holeshot from Bobryshev, and that was the order they stayed in the whole race. Monticelli gated third but was passed by Mewse before the start on the second lap, with Searle and Kullas doing the same later around the lap.

Miro Sihvonen (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) and Purdon swopped places on the opening lap. They spent the rest of the race together, crossing the finish line in seventh and eighth places. Monticelli was passed by both Kullas and Searle on lap eight to finish his race in sixth, with Kullas and Searle in fourth and fifth places.

Cole was unchallenged in the MX2 side of the race after Jamie Wainwright (WPH KTM) crashed out on the first lap, Brooks faded from eleventh to fourteenth, and Husband slipped back into the pack from thirteenth place with clutch trouble.

Brooks ended up second MX2, with Wainwright third.

Overall, in the MX1s, it was Gilbert from Bobryshev and Mewse, with Kullas missing out on the podium for the second week running, but in the MX2s, it was Rizzi, one point clear of Husband, with Cole third, three points off the win.

James Dodd (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) was Mr 100% in the RFX expert MX1s, winning all four of his races. Richard Bird (Allmoto Megabikes Yamaha), who didn’t finish out of the top three, was second overall, with Sion Talbot (KTM) a distant third.

With a couple of wins and second places, Ashley Greedy (Darjen Contractors Gas Gas) won the RFX expert MX2s from race two winner Mathew Bayliss (Darjen Contractors Gas Gas), with race three winner Ben Mustoe (ASA United Gas Gas) third.

Only two points separated the top two in the Motoverde amateur MX1s as Josh Greedy (Darjen Contractors Kawasaki) with three wins and a fourth place just beet race one winner, Luke Mellows (LM Kitchens Honda) with Sean Wainwright (Fasteddy Racing Honda) third.

It was even closer at the top of the Motoverde amateur MX2s as a single point separated wildcard rider Ben Clark (Rock Oil Husqvarna), who didn’t win a race, from Shaun Springer (Multitek Gas Gas), the winner of race one. Race two winner Dan Brough (Rutzz.co.uk Yamaha) was third, just six points off the win.

Only eight points separated the top four in the Worx clubman MX1s as without winning a race, Tallon Aspden (LA Groundwork KTM) won the overall with race one and four winner Billy Saunders (WMS Commercials Honda) second, just two points behind. Wildcard Justin Robinson (KTM) was third, while a DNF in race one spoilt Danny Webster’s (Husqvarna) weekend as he went on to win two of his next three races.

With two wins and two second places, Matt Tolley (426 Motorsport KTM) won the Spiral clubman MX2s from Aaron Framingham (Fabrican Racing KTM) and Matthew Pocock (MGP Steel KTM).

In the youth side of things, Billy Askew (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) again won all four of his Fly MXY2 races from Liam Bennett (Apico Husqvarna) and Jak Taylor (Lexa MX Husqvarna).

Wildcard rider Wal Beaney (KTM), with three wins and a second, won the Fly MXY125 from race one winner Tyla Hooley (Fantic) and Shane Jones (Gas Gas) third.

Josh Vail (SJP Moto Husqvarna), with three wins and a second place, won the hotly contested Syntol big wheel 85s from Jamie Keith (MBR X&P KTM) and race three winner Charlie Richmond (KTM).

Joel Winstanley-Dawson (Techsource Racing), with two-second places in Saturday’s sticky and muddy conditions, made up for it in the dryer and faster Sunday conditions by winning both races for the Syntol small wheel 85 overall. Winner of both Saturday’s races, wildcard rider Lucas Lee (Husqvarna) was second overall, with Chad Price (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) third.

The next round will be on the 5th and 6th of August at Cusses Gorse. Be there.

Results

Pro MX1 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2
1 Josh Gilbert 50 25 25
2 Evgeny Bobryshev 42 20 22
3 Conrad Mewse 42 22 20
4 Harri Kullas 36 18 18
5 Tommy Searle 31 15 16
6 Ivo Monticelli 31 16 15
7 Tristan Purdon 28 14 14
8 Miro Sihvonen 26 13 13
9 Tom Grimshaw 24 12 12
10 Jamie Carpenter 22 11 11
11 Jason Meara 19 10 9
12 Dan Thornhill 18 8 10
13 Martin Barr 16 9 7
14 Callum Green 14 6 8
15 Gavin Stevenson 10 4 6
16 Tom Murphy 8 3 5
17 Stuart Edmonds 7 7
18 Michael Ellis 5 5

Pro MX2 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2
1 Joel Rizzi 41 25 16
2 Carlton Husband 40 22 18
3 Charlie Cole 38 13 25
4 Joe Brooks 36 14 22
5 Jamie Wainwright 36 16 20
6 Calum Mitchell 33 18 15
7 Dylan Woodcock 31 20 11
8 Sam Nunn 28 15 13
9 Bailey Johnston 25 11 14
10 Shaun Mahoney 12 12
11 Charlie Heyman 12 12

Expert MX1 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 James Dodd 100 25 25 25 25
2 Richard Bird 82 20 20 20 22
3 Sion Talbot 73 22 16 15 20
4 Aaron Ongley 62 13 13 18 18
5 Corrie Southwood 60 14 10 22 14
6 Aaron Patstone 56 18 14 9 15
7 Jay McCrum 53 12 9 16 16
8 Harry Bradley 48 16 18 14
9 Nathan Green 46 10 11 13 12
10 Josh Canton 45 8 12 12 13
11 Aidan Bruce 40 11 8 11 10
12 Josh Peters 37 15 22
13 Frazer Norrie 35 7 7 10 11
14 George Clarke 15 15
15 Scott Elderfield 9 9

Expert MX2 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Ashley Greedy 94 25 22 22 25
2 Mathew Bayliss 89 22 25 20 22
3 Ben Mustoe 75 20 10 25 20
4 Josh Coleman 74 18 20 18 18
5 Ollie Beamish 61 13 16 16 16
6 Henry Siddiqui 54 14 14 15 11
7 Callum Murfitt 53 12 15 12 14
8 Harvey Cashmore 53 15 12 13 13
9 Jimmy Margetson 47 18 14 15
10 Seth Moir 44 11 11 10 12
11 Niall Cregan 40 16 13 11
12 Charlie Griffiths 9 9

Amateur MX1 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Josh Greedy 93 18 25 25 25
2 Luke Mellows 91 25 22 22 22
3 Sean Wainwright 80 22 20 18 20
4 Brad Thornhill 58 20 14 12 12
5 Jamie Dixon 54 8 18 14 14
6 Callum Gordon 51 12 11 13 15
7 Ryan Osborn 51 15 15 8 13
8 Adam Reeves 50 13 9 10 18
9 Joshua Mccorkell 45 6 8 15 16
10 Henry Partridge 43 11 10 11 11
11 Lewis Taylor 43 13 20 10
12 Keelan Southwood 39 9 12 9 9
13 Daniel Maule 38 16 6 16
14 Jacob Bowden 36 14 16 6
15 Harry Foster 32 10 7 7 8
16 Reece Wain 19 7 5 7
17 Kieran Yorke 4 4

Amateur MX2 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Ben Clark 84 20 20 22 22
2 Shaun Springer 83 25 22 16 20
3 Dan Brough 78 22 25 13 18
4 Mitch Armour 68 14 18 20 16
5 Raife Broadley 56 6 25 25
6 Jonathan Rodrick-Evans 54 18 16 11 9
7 Charlie Palmer 48 5 14 14 15
8 Archie Hicks 47 12 13 9 13
9 Tom Hughes 39 13 11 4 11
10 Leon Williams 39 9 15 15
11 Leon Ongley 37 10 9 10 8
12 Alex Buchanan 36 16 12 8
13 Tommi Davies 33 11 10 12
14 Charlie Griffiths 32 18 14
15 Lewis Glynn 24 7 7 10
16 Morgan Walters 24 7 8 3 6
17 Harry Fletcher 21 4 5 12
18 Ben White 21 15 6
19 Jasper Gibson 16 4 5 7
20 Stephen Mullally 15 6 2 2 5
21 Ben Wainwright 13 8 1 4
22 David Finnemore 4 3 1

Clubman MX1 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Tallon Aspden 76 20 20 22 14
2 Billy Saunders 74 25 14 10 25
3 Justin Robinson 73 22 16 15 20
4 Danny Webster 68 25 25 18
5 Josh Young 63 13 15 20 15
6 Darren Manning-Coe 62 22 18 22
7 Kalem Hicks 55 18 13 12 12
8 Drew Lane 45 2 18 9 16
9 Josh Bailey 42 10 9 13 10
10 Ryan Davis 39 5 10 11 13
11 Calum Watson 26 8 11 7
12 Ben Lightbown 24 15 8 1
13 Jude Gaylard 23 12 6 5
14 Dean Rodgers 21 16 3 2
15 Lewis Anderson 20 6 14
16 Richard Evans 20 6 5 9
17 Rory Wootton 20 12 8
18 Mitch Brooks 16 16
19 Michael Graham 15 9 1 4 1
20 David Wilcox 14 3 11
21 Ashley Senior 14 3 4 7
22 Ollie Kingston 14 8 6
23 Ryan Bowring 14 14
24 Jordan Andrews 14 7 7
25 Chris Corthorn 13 11 2
26 Charlie Roper 9 4 5
27 Max Wood 5 2 3
28 Fraser Rogers 4 4
29 Daniel Chapman 1 1

Clubman MX2- Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Matt Tolley 94 22 22 25 25
2 Aaron Framingham 74 20 20 14 20
3 Matthew Pocock 73 12 25 20 16
4 Charlie West 62 9 13 18 22
5 George Boyce 59 25 18 11 5
6 Richy Roberts 53 18 14 8 13
7 Bradley Johnstone 50 3 15 22 10
8 Jamie Collins 44 14 12 16 2
9 Jack Ratcliffe 38 11 12 15
10 Jordan Ambler 38 13 2 9 14
11 Jordan Meredith 36 16 10 3 7
12 Jake O’Gorman 33 15 18
13 Adam Dyer 32 15 1 13 3
14 Max Fletcher 31 8 8 4 11
15 Matthew Fuller 29 10 5 6 8
16 Mitchil Collins 28 9 7 12
17 Hayden Stevens 21 5 16
18 Toby Lightbown 21 11 10
19 Sam Menzies 16 4 3 9
20 Danny Townsend 12 6 6
21 Luke Coker 9 5 4
22 Frankie Elwell 8 7 1
23 James Lee 7 1 6
24 Max Flint 7 7
25 Spencer Stanbridge 6 4 2
26 Cameron Vickers 2 2
27 Jake Evans 1 1

MXY1 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Wal Beaney 97 22 25 25 25
2 Tyla Hooley 91 25 22 22 22
3 Shane Jones 65 14 16 20 15
4 Wesley McGavin 64 12 18 18 16
5 Harrison Greenough 60 20 20 20
6 Chester Hyde 57 11 14 14 18
7 Ollie Bubb 49 16 15 16 2
8 Jack Meara 44 9 8 13 14
9 Archie Girdham 43 7 12 11 13
10 Cody Spacagna 38 13 11 5 9
11 Kai Thorpe 37 8 10 15 4
12 Ryan Waggott 34 18 13 3
13 George Corke 31 9 12 10
14 Declan Wright 30 4 5 9 12
15 Max Corke 25 4 10 11
16 Tyler Jones 25 6 3 8 8
17 Jack Bearey 23 10 6 7
18 Gus Mustoe 22 3 7 7 5
19 Braidy Tucker 19 5 2 6 6
20 Will Haddock 17 15 2
21 Caden Tomlin 10 2 1 4 3

MXY2 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Billy Askew 100 25 25 25 25
2 Liam Bennett 86 22 22 20 22
3 Jak Taylor 76 16 18 22 20
4 Bayliss Utting 69 15 20 16 18
5 Mckenzie Marshall 66 20 12 18 16
6 Fin Wilson 62 18 15 14 15
7 George Hopkins 49 10 10 15 14
8 Kayde Rayns 49 13 14 13 9
9 Seth Manners 45 11 9 12 13
10 Sid Putnam 45 12 13 9 11
11 Kyron Carron 43 9 11 11 12
12 Lee Cameron 36 8 8 10 10
13 Lennox Dickinson 30 14 16

Big Wheel 85 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Josh Vail 97 25 25 22 25
2 Jamie Keith 86 22 22 20 22
3 Charlie Richmond 85 20 20 25 20
4 Finlay Pickering 64 18 16 14 16
5 Blake Ward-Clarke 59 10 18 16 15
6 Lewis Spratt 55 16 15 10 14
7 Stanley Siebert 52 15 14 12 11
8 Harry Lee 47 11 18 18
9 Harley O’Callaghan 46 12 13 9 12
10 Maison Jones 45 9 11 15 10
11 Zane Stephens 44 8 12 11 13
12 Travis Bixby 44 14 10 13 7
13 Archie Stapley 36 13 9 5 9
14 Archie Congdon 30 6 8 8 8
15 Silas Mandeville 27 7 7 7 6
16 Freddy Richards 22 5 6 6 5

Small Wheel 85 – Overall

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Joel Winstanley-Dawson 94 22 22 25 25
2 Lucas Lee 92 25 25 20 22
3 Chad Prince 70 16 18 18 18
4 Reuben Jenkins 70 18 20 16 16
5 Authur Moore 62 20 22 20