Heyman and SJP Moto Crowned MX Nationals Champions as Barker Wins Girls Nationals – Team Report
This weekend saw the SJP Moto team head to FatCat for their home and final round of the Michelin MX Nationals for 2020. The demanding sand circuit is always a challenge but with the wet weather during the event the conditions were even more challenging.
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At FatCat the team were looking to secure the Big Wheel 85cc title claim some good results across the classes. Unfortunately, Reece Jones was forced to miss the event after recently breaking his leg training for the event at FatCat.
In the Small Wheel 85cc class Lucy Barker was the team’s only rider and was coming into this weekend full of confidence after successfully claimed the British Girls Nationals Crown. Last week Lucy competed the British Girls Nationals and after previously winning the title three times, Lucy was hoping for more success. This was to be no different with Lucy taking 5 race wins out of 5 in the Small Wheel 85cc class to claim the title, making her a 4 x British Girls National Champion.
This weekend at FatCat Lucy started well by qualifying 17th fastest and backed this up with two solid results on the Saturday to finish 12th in the opening moto and 11th in the second. On the Sunday Lucy again produced some strong rides to finish 15th and 11th for 11th overall on the day and 11th in the Championship.
After missing the opening round and the final round, Reece Jones finished the year 13th in the Small Wheel 85cc championship.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class Charlie Heyman started the weekend well in qualifying by taking another pole position with Billy Askew 4th fastest, Finley Evans 6th and James Barker in 8th. Going into the opening race all four riders were feeling strong as Heyman dominated the race from start to finish to take the win with Askew in second, as Evans and Barker rode well to finish 6th and 7th. In the second race on the Saturday Heyman took another superb race win ahead of Askew in second, Hayman’s victory was enough to see him claim the championship. This time out Barker claimed 5th with Evans in 6th.
Heyman started Sunday with another race win in the demanding conditions as Askew rode strong to finish 3rd with Evans in 7th and Barker in 9th. Going into the last race Heyman had one aim at that was to win and complete the unbeaten season, Heyman gated well and led from start to finish to take the win. In the final moto Askew took another 3rd place finish ahead of Barker in 6th and Evans in 10th.
The strong results saw Heyman take the overall win and the Championship crown with Askew taking third overall on the day and second in the Championship. James Barker took 6th overall on the weekend and secured 5th overall in the Championship.
In only his second event of the season Finley Evans claimed 7th overall and finished the championship in 18th in what would be his finally race for the SJP Moto team and everyone at the team wishes him well in the future.
In the MXY125cc class Jayden Haigh started the weekend well with 4th fastest in qualifying and in the first race he was involved in a first turn crash and got up a charged forward before a mid-race crash as he went on to finish 6th. In the second race he was running 3rd in class when he crashed hard and hurt his leg which ruled him out of the race and weekend. Jayden finished 16th overall on the weekend and 20th in the championship after missing a number of races.
Leighton Haigh – Coming into weekend we had already claimed a title with Lucy last weekend at the Girls Nationals and she arrived here looking to end the year well and she produced some great rides to secure 11th in a very competitive Small Wheel 85cc class. Heading to FatCat Charlie was on course to win the Big Wheels and over the weekend Charlie did the business and won all 4 races and the title which is great as he has been unstoppable all year. Little Billy Askew was my rider of the weekend as he rode mega to finish second in the Championship behind Charlie. James also rode great this weekend but struggled on the starts as he is now too big for the 85 and will be moving to the 125cc this week. Finley rode strong in his last ride for the team and we all wish him well in the future after the success he has brought to the team in the last few years. In the 125cc Jayden was riding well and looking fast with a 6th in the opening races and then a crash in the second race ending his weekend unfortunately.
Overall after all the challenges this year with Covid-19 and the restrictions it has been great to compete the MX Nationals and secure the title with Charlie and some great results across all the riders and showcase our sponsors during these difficult times. We now start to plan and prepare for 2021 when we hope to return to a more normal form of racing.