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Graham NETTS the win! NETT Quad Championships Finale – Race Report and Results
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Graham NETTS the win! NETT Quad Championships Finale – Race Report and Results

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The Final rounds of NETT Quad Championship moved to Duns Motocross 7th & 8th September 2019

Report by Jo Best – Images courtesy of Tony Anderson – Topshot Motorsport Photography

A titanic weekend of racing at a fabulous and flowing Duns, was crowned by the battle for the NETT Championship between QXoN team-mates Harry Walker and Murray Graham. At the drop of the first gate, scant points separated the duo who were leagues ahead of the rest of the field and seemingly unaware of other competitors, so great was their concentration on each other and their determination to win. Walker took the lead in moto 1 of the first day but a broken axle sealed the win for Graham.

Gift of the weekend was the return of NETT favourite Ayrton Knowles who “eased back in gently” by blasting his way to the first holeshot – an achievement he would repeat over the 2 days. Knowles went on to find stiff and unforgiving competition in the form of Michael Brewis who emerged the victor in this instance taking 2nd behind Murray, ahead of Ayrton in 3rd. Moto 2 provided Knowles with another 3rd and then a 5th in Saturdays final race after a tumble catching a berm, Brewis in turn took a 5th in the 2nd moto after fuel troubles but returned to 3rd in the next.

On both days, the Champs ran with the Adult Supports and the Over 40s – providing a full start gate and a more competitive field. Jack Young and Gary Atkinson entertained with a great battle in Moto 1, Young going on to take the first of three wins in Supports. Similarly, Mark Wolfenden took 1st place in all three motos in O40s. Atkinson would eventually claim overall 5th in the Champs.

Crozier, Oliver, Pinder and McKenna kept it more than interesting and were racing for points and side-bets! Alfie Walker though, was unable to prove his current pace due to a stub axle failure in moto 1 and yet further issues in moto 2. Back on track, moto 3 saw the younger Walker reclaim some glory and a 2nd.
Graham took the 2nd moto with Harry clawing back a victory in the 3rd.

Day 2 gave Graham the first win of the day but saw him loose out to a resolute Walker and some brilliant overtaking manoeuvres in the next 2.

The Walker wins continued with a flying Alfie taking all 3 firsts in Supports, along the way battling a last minute Sunday-sign-on Knowles and Jack Young – who after a breakdown and two 2nds, took overall 3rd on the Sunday behind a newly purple-haired (side-bet loosing) Dylan McKenna. Mark Wilson, John Chew and Jack Straughan joined the field on Sunday adding to the mix and upping the competition.

Steven Pinder- back on form after earlier incident took the overall win in the O40s ahead of an ever smooth and consistent Martin Sayer, and Richie Cornett respectively.

NETT Sidecars were joined by #11 Neil Campbell/Ross Graham and #21 Emma Moulds/Niki Adair and also saw the return of Andy Nixon – with Steven Wright as passenger.

The weekend was dominated by wins from the agile and very fast Campbell/Graham despite a stall in moto 1, and also some fierce competition between #112 Wilson/Houston and Moulds/Adair, although it was a very consistent #89 Mudie/Booth who took overall 2nd both days with five 2nd places and a 4th.

#100 Joab/Watson experienced numerous mechanical issues leading to a DNF and retirement on day 2 moto 2, #186 Gair /Porter made a dramatic exit over the berm on day 1, moto 2 but were able to continue and complete the weekend. #338 Walker/Walker kept it consistent across all 6 races and shared some great racing on day 2 with #67 Paliser/Shepherd. #31 Young/Marshall had a solid 2 days racing with Grant donating sponsorship of Adult fastest laps in memory of his Dad – Iveston and Satley’s Jackie Young. Wilson/Houston took overall 3rd on day one and 5th on day 2 – enough to secure them the 2019 NETT Sidecar Championship.

The NETT 250s/150s Class continued to go from strength to strength- both in numbers and improving talent.
Robbie Wood made his intentions clear from the outset – taking the day 1, moto 1 holeshot and leading from the front to the chequered flag. A pattern to be repeated for the next 5 motos. Jake Best followed Robbie to the corner but was overtaken by a single-minded Chad Beevers on the hunt for Robbie and who took second place behind him across the board. Ethan Best continued his strong start – this time ahead of Talent and Humphris and then settled down to a weekend of nip and tuck with great competition, Mitchell Adams- the two providing consistent and great racing behind the main pack. Jake held off Talent to the end with Humphris chasing hard.

Jordan Wright, not quite on usual flying form and crashing at one race start, nevertheless certainly held his place in the field- taking overall third place both days in the 250Mods behind E Best and Adams respectively with Evans and Maybury trading places at 4th and 5th.

Rory Wood stayed ahead of Frank Marston in the 150s, taking overall first in both round 7 and 8, with Frank leading a tightly packed bunch – Evans and J Maybury often unable to pass. The ladies of the 250Std class – Louise Meek and Chloe Maybury battled through the weekend with the more experienced Louise taking the overall victory both days. NETT also welcomed MX newcomer Oliver Pinder to the Mod class who showed tremendous courage despite struggling to keep it rubber side down.

Josh Talent, J Best and Lewis Humphris battled and exchanged places and points over the 6 motos with Talent eventually gaining enough to earn him this year’s 250 Open Championship.

100s and 50s took to the track and Holeshot hero Taylor Hyndman lead the charge to the first corner in moto one of round 7, and did so again for a further 4 races, but it was the confident and speedy Chloe Gibson who overtook and kept up a flying pace around the track demonstrating some fantastic jumping skills, crossing the line first in all but one of the races and working her way towards winning the 100geared Championship- ahead of brother Adam. Adam was to encounter yet more competition on day 2 when Kyle Smith joined the 100 geared. Smith missed day one due to mechanical issues which prevented him contesting the 100Mod championship with Taylor Hyndman – Hyndman took 6 wins over a confidence building Jay Sams and Smith took the opportunity to get some track and race time on next years geared bike after a 6 hour round trip to pick up the new bike!

Malachy McKenna was on terrific form on his 50Mod, showing huge improvements in speed and jump- mixing it up with both Kirwins throughout, Reece Kirwin taking 5 of the 6 wins from William whilst Amelia Talent was also out with mechanical issues.

A fantastic finale all round. Congratulations to the Championship winners and many thanks to Duns MX, NETT Committee and Marshals!

Results

Round 7 (Saturday)

50 Modified: Malachy McKenna

100 Standard: Reece Kirwin, William Kirwin, Amelia Talent

100 modified: Taylor Hyndman, Jay Sams

100 geared: Chloe Gibson, Adam Gibson

150 geared: Rory Wood, Frank Marsden

250 Standard: Louise Meek, Chloe Maybury

250 Modified: Ethan Best, Michell Adams, Jordan Wright

250 Open: Robbie Wood, Chad Beevers, Jake Best

Adult Support: Jack Young, Josh Crozier, George Oliver

O40s: Mark Wolfenden, Steve Pinder, Richie Cornett

Adult Championship: Murray Graham, Harry Walker, Michael Brewis

Round 8 (Sunday)

50 Modified: Malachy McKenna

100 Standard: Reece Kirwin, William Kirwin, Amelia Talent

100 modified: Taylor Hyndman, Jay Sams

100 geared: Chloe Gibson, Adam Gibson, Kyle Smith

150 geared: Rory Wood, Frank Marsden

250 Standard: Louise Meek, Chloe Maybury

250 Modified: Ethan Best, Michell Adams, Jordan Wright

250 Open: Robbie Wood, Chad Beevers, Josh Talent

Adult Support: Alfie Walker, Dylan McKenna, Jack Young

O40s: Steve Pinder, Martin Sayer, Richie Cornett

Adult Championship: Harry Walker, Murray Graham, Ayrton Knowles