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Great Eight for Carless! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 8 – Race Report and Results
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Great Eight for Carless! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 8 – Race Report and Results

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Following round 8 of the AMCA British Motocross Championship held at a very dry and punishing Culham Moto-Parc on Sunday, it’s a case of as you were at the top of the standings in all of the respective classes. Shane Carless (MX1), Jamie Wainwright (MX2), Lewis Dowdeswell (125cc), Jamie Powell (Vets) and Matt Tolley (Youth) are still the lads to catch. And on current form in this super series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, barring disaster it’s hard to see them relinquishing their hard-earned advantages!

Report and Pictures by Mike Wood

For most of the season the race for MX1 glory as been dominated by five outstanding performers in Shane Carless, James Dodd, Neville Bradshaw, Josh Waterman and Gary Gibson. That five though as now become four after Irish ace Gibson failed to score at Culham due to a reoccurring back problem. Despite having extensive treatment right up to the event, Gary was forced out of moto one and the rest of the meeting, heartache following a season which had started so well! With Gibson out it was Carless who took the Culham MX1 opener in style ahead of a rejuvenated Waterman, Bradshaw, Dodd, Jamie Skuse, Andrew Smart and Luke Mellows who had crashed in the closing stages dislocating his shoulder. Having an impressive moto one ride, Will Hughes charged from an early 18th up to 9th.

Following an almost identical pattern, Carless then superbly led the second clash all the way with the above names again in the frame, on this occasion joined by Zac Stealey in 7th and Sean Wainwright. In the third and final moto, Carless made another supersonic start to quickly take control although Bradshaw and Dodd were soon closing him down in a great three-way tussle. Lap 5 and Bradshaw got through before racing onto the win with Carless taking 2nd despite being forced to slow in the closing stages after tweaking his back. Dodd, Waterman, Smart and the returning Paul Neale were next up as Mellows with that injured shoulder somehow bravely got home again inside the top ten.

So on the Culham podium it was FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna ace Carless, Bradshaw and the defending MX1 Champion Waterman. Delighted to be back on the podium, Waterman commented “I had been really looking forward to Culham and qualified in 2nd. After a poor start in moto one I set the fastest lap and got home in 2nd. I also got 2nd in moto two but felt that in the last race conditions were quite dangerous. The track was so dry and dust was rising but the organisers had done all they could considering recent weather conditions. Many thanks again to all my family, team and sponsors.” In the title race, Carless has opened up a 69 point gap at the top from Dodd and Bradshaw a further 20 points in arrears, next up it’s the spectacular Brookthorpe circuit in Gloucestershire.

Luke Mellows, 7th in MX1

There was carnage at the start of the opening MX2 moto when, unfortunately, Jaydon Murphy one of the many outstanding performers in this 2019 class, Jansen Day and Jack Wankling were involved in a big opening turn crash, all being forced out of both this contest and the remainder of the meeting. This moto though did also produce a  fantastic scrap with three hot battles at the front, Kristian Whatley v Jamie Wainwright for 1st, Luke Dean v Corie Southwood for 3rd and the hard charging Bradley Tranter v Ryan Crowder for 5th. In the closing stages, Clinton Barrs also joined in the fun, great entertainment! Eventually, it was to be victory for Whatley just over two seconds clear of Wainwright.

MX2 moto one action as Kristian Whatley gets the holeshot

Tranter after his impressive opening moto certainly had the throttle wire stretched to the max in the second MX2 clash as he led the pack before eventually being pushed back. The determined JSR Honda rider still though took a great 4th with Wainwright getting the win from Whatley and Crowder. Having a good day, Barrs was also right in the mix again taking 5th with Dean, Mark Young, Sean Eckersley, Josh Coleman and Southwood completing the top ten.

radley Doyle(4) and Brogan Johnson in MX2 action

Whilst Tranter was forced out of the last MX2 moto five laps in due to a front wheel puncture when again right in contention, there was to be a terrific tussle at the front as the fast starting Crowder held off Wainwright. The series leader and very talented Apex KTM UK pilot though soon found a way through to bag another 60 Championship points with Whatley a rather lonely 3rd. Barrs, Dean and Southwood again had very strong rides as Matt Ridgway on a 250cc 2T Midwest Husqvarna had his best ride of the day to take 7th. In the title race, Wainwright now as a nice 123 point advantage over Whatley whilst Crowder has strengthened his grip on 3rd place in the standings. Naturally very delighted to claim another overall win and increase his Championship lead, Wainwright said, “I was very excited at the start of the day as the track looked like it had been prepped well. I qualified in 2nd which was more than good enough then after a poor start took 2nd in moto one after battling with Kristian. Before race two I went and had a good look at the track as conditions were changing so that I could find better lines. I then had a good start to win this moto. In the last one Crowder and me had a good old battle early on before I broke away for the win and I felt a lot more comfortable this time around. Many thanks to all of my team, mechanics and sponsors for making it happen.”

MX2 winner Jamie Wainwright

In a classic opening 125cc contest, title leader Lewis Dowdeswell on the FWC Construction Bay KTM led all the way for the win despite being under constant attack from his main Championship rival Chris Povey. On completion, Dowdeswell’s victory margin was just by a very narrow single second as Nathan Bache, Ryan Zebedeee and Harvey Matthews were next up. Just behind that leading five rider’s battle raged as Tomos Wright just got the better of Ben Watkins and young Billy Duke making his AMCA debut.

125cc winner Chris Povey

Bache was quickest away in moto two but Povey, desperate not to lose further ground in the title race was on a mission. Four laps in and he took control before putting the hammer down and scorching off to a big win. Gating 4th, Dowdeswell eventually bagged 2nd from Zebedee, Bache, Wright and Watkins. So with one win apiece it was down to a last moto decider for the very fast Dowdeswell and Povey but who would get that overall win?

In another tremendous, high speed contest, Dowdeswell got the 125cc moto three holeshot and led for six thrilling laps under pressure from Povey. Using every racing line available, Povey, the FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna pilot eventually got past his rival before claiming another massive win despite falling in the closing stages. Crucially  Dowdeswell still took 2nd leaving him with a 33 point Championship advantage as Zebedee, Bache, Steels, Wright and Jordan Ridgway finished the meeting strongly. Third overall on the day, Zebedee has also strengthened his grip on the bronze medal position in the standings. One of the biggest movers in this class was Bache who following his Culham performance jumped from 7th up to 4th.

Vets winner Phil Mercer(200) leading Sean Smith

Living just a stone’s throw away from Culham, Vets star Phil Mercer was certainly relaxed and ready for Sunday’s action. In great style, Phil followed up his Hawkstone victory with another maximum points haul. In moto one it was Mercer all the way from series leader Jamie Powell. Gating in 6th, Simon Lane eventually earned 3rd from Sean Smith, Stephen Elford, Anthony Bennett and Stephen Marlow.

Powell was quickest away in Vets moto two as Mercer started in 4th. By lap three Phil had hit the front and there he remained with Powell eventually getting another 2nd spot and Lane in 3rd. With his gating gloves on, Powell also grabbed the final Vets holeshot before being pushed back by ‘fast Phil’. Lane, Smith, Craig Chamberlain, Colin Conduit, Stephen Hurst and Marlow were next best this time. Second overall on the day, Powell now has a tidy 106 points series lead ahead of defending Vets Champion Lane.

Youth class winner Charlie Palmer

Although wild card riders Charlie Palmer and Jake Randall dominated the Culham Youth class racing, series leader Matt Tolley still took 3rd overall to thus increase his Championship lead. In moto one on Sunday, Palmer displayed some truly incredible speed and style, taking the win nearly 40 seconds clear of Randall with Tolley, Harry Ridgway, Ezra Blackwell and Jake O’Gorman completing the top six.

Palmer, Randall, Tolley and O’Gorman filled the top four in moto two as Reece Leverton got in the frame this time around. With another big win, Palmer completed his maximum in moto three from Randall, Tolley, O’Gorman, Fletcher-Williams and Ridgway. With two rounds remaining at Brookthorpe and Long Lane it’s Tolley in charge of the title race on 1283 points from Ridgway 1225 and Blackwell just a further point in arrears on 1224.

Luke Dean, 4th in MX2

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 68 Shane Carless 174 60 60 54
2 272 Neville Bradshaw 160 50 50 60
3 19 Josh Waterman 155 54 54 47
4 292 James Dodd 144 47 47 50
5 10 Andrew Smart 131 43 43 45
6 600 Jamie Skuse 129 45 45 39
7 44 Luke Mellows 117 41 39 37
8 171 Zac Stealey 107 31 41 35
9 74 Sean Wainwright 103 25 37 41
10 59 Paul Neale 97 27 27 43
11 17 Luke Meredith 94 39 24 31
12 11 Ashley Thomas 92 33 35 24
13 205 Will Hughes 91 37 21 33
14 33 Ashley Greedy 82 24 31 27
15 957 Jake Preston 81 23 29 29
16 242 Jamie Smith 74 22 26 26
17 18 Lee Harrison 68 35 33 –
18 124 Kieron Mcavoy 62 14 23 25
19 101 Tye Barrs 61 21 22 18
20 361 Pip Davies 59 19 18 22
21 305 Ollie Kirby 58 18 20 20
22 54 James Smith 54 16 19 19
23 992 Luke Craig 51 26 25 –
24 813 Chris Neesam 50 13 16 21
25 149 Jack Griffiths 49 15 17 17
26 32 Matthew Chaplin 42 12 15 15
27 547 Harry Greetham 41 11 14 16
28 215 Daniel Preston 29 29 – –
29 333 Josh Greedy 23 – – 23
30 368 Richard Gray 20 20 – –
31 119 Martin Jones 17 17 – –

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 40 James Wainwright 174 54 60 60
2 227 Kristian Whatley 164 60 54 50
3 146 Ryan Crowder 147 43 50 54
4 52 Luke Dean 138 50 43 45
5 99 Clinton Barrs 133 41 45 47
6 44 Corie Southwood 125 47 35 43
7 631 Mark Young 115 35 41 39
8 661 Josh Coleman 113 39 37 37
9 160 Sean Eckersley 105 33 39 33
10 6 Matt Ridgway 103 31 31 41
11 142 Bradley Tranter 92 45 47 –
12 220 Josh Canton 89 29 33 27
13 210 Lee Truman 88 37 16 35
14 308 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 81 26 29 26
15 921 Henry Partridge 77 24 24 29
16 7 Luke Newman 76 25 27 24
17 511 Brogan Johnson 73 22 26 25
18 16 Rhys Newman 63 21 23 19
19 46 Adam Hill 62 19 21 22
20 4 Bradley Doyle 60 23 14 23
21 616 Troy Jones 57 20 19 18
22 88 Kristofer Ayres 56 – 25 31
23 249 Tommi Davies 54 18 20 16
24 139 Bobby Palmer 53 15 18 20
25 79 Ieuan Barrett-Harris 48 27 – 21
26 27 Macauley Davies 48 16 17 15
27 41 Ben Wainwright 45 13 15 17
28 130 Aaron Collins 39 17 22 –
29 471 Henry Dunsford 14 14 – –

125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 11 Chris Povey 174 54 60 60
2 35 Lewis Dowdeswell 168 60 54 54
3 140 Ryan Zebedee 147 47 50 50
4 68 Nathan Bache 144 50 47 47
5 45 tomos wright 131 43 45 43
6 338 Ben White 113 35 39 39
7 192 Harvey Matthews 106 45 35 26
8 76 Billy Duke 105 39 33 33
9 211 Kyde Marlow 105 37 37 31
10 146 Jordan King 95 29 31 35
11 844 Joshua Barnett 94 31 26 37
12 22 Travis Steels 86 – 41 45
13 117 Jordan Ridgway 85 21 23 41
14 125 Ben Watkins 84 41 43 –
15 529 Rhys Hunt 83 25 29 29
16 111 Richy Roberts 80 33 24 23
17 611 Ben Murray 79 27 25 27
18 44 Keelan Southwood 74 26 27 21
19 34 Philip Dyson 65 22 21 22
20 20 William Bache 62 15 22 25
21 85 Joshua Main 61 17 20 24
22 41 Harry Clarke 60 23 18 19
23 810 Oliver Barnes 60 24 19 17
24 80 Stephen Plant 51 16 17 18
25 22* Tom Cumber 49 19 16 14
26 283 Jack Jordan 48 18 14 16
27 90 Connor Barrs 44 14 15 15
28 55 Grant Bryant 40 20 – 20

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 200 Phil Mercer 180 60 60 60
2 61 Jamie Powell 162 54 54 54
3 73 Simon Lane 150 50 50 50
4 121 Sean Smith 141 47 47 47
5 772 Craig Chamberlain 121 33 43 45
6 411 Stephen Marlow 121 41 41 39
7 3 Colin Conduit 117 35 39 43
8 154 Darren Bennett 109 37 37 35
9 57 Stephen Hurst 103 29 33 41
10 819 Lee Spurr 103 31 35 37
11 107 John Barnes 91 27 31 33
12 254 Anthony Bennett 88 43 45 –
13 135 Gary Hurst 86 26 29 31
14 271 John Heath 80 25 26 29
15 711* Guy Langmead 74 20 27 27
16 119 Russell Hartill 73 23 24 26
17 268 Steven Gallagher 69 21 25 23
18 99 Marc Bates 67 19 23 25
19 189 Paul Biddulph 67 24 21 22
20 3* Gregory O’callaghan 66 22 20 24
21 711 Ian Jesson 60 17 22 21
22 888 Steve Ferney 55 18 17 20
23 167 David Bullock 51 16 16 19
24 44 David Travis 51 14 19 18
25 77 Andrew Lowe 45 13 15 17
26 37 Stephen Elford 45 45 – –
27 5 Stuart Brown 42 12 14 16
28 778 David Downworth 39 11 13 15
29 470 Gareth Dunsford 39 39 – –
30 181 Andrew Bowles 33 15 18 –
31 79 Richard Partridge 22 10 12 –

Youth 85/150
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 128 Charlie Palmer 180 60 60 60
2 8 Jake Randall 162 54 54 54
3 4 Matt Tolley 150 50 50 50
4 16 Jake O Gorman 137 43 47 47
5 277 Harry Ridgway 131 47 41 43
6 40 Ezra Blackwell 129 45 43 41
7 15 Joshua Fletcher-Williams 123 39 39 45
8 55 Henry Tomes 117 41 37 39
9 18 Brodie Salt 107 37 35 35
10 853 Reece Leverton 101 19 45 37
11 11 Connor Howells 101 35 33 33
12 6 Solomon Levey 89 33 25 31
13 75 Mitchell Hartill 88 31 31 26
14 212 Harry Beach 85 29 29 27
15 272 Daniel Chafer 82 26 27 29
16 156 Saul Porter-Crowther 77 27 26 24
17 33 Harvey Gater 72 25 22 25
18 3 Tegan Nightingale 69 24 24 21
19 24 Sion Wright 68 22 23 23
20 101 Fenn Lynch 64 23 21 20
21 107 Will Turner 60 18 20 22
22 271 Jed Reeson 40 21 19 –
23 117 Tremaine Young 39 20 – 19