Heyman Continues to Dominate, as Jones takes Runner up in the MX Nationals for SJP Moto – Team Report
After completing the last round of the Michelin MX Nationals just two weeks ago the SJP Moto returned to action at Cusses Gorse for Round 3. So far this season the team have been producing some great results and the third round would also see the return to action for Finley Evans in the Big Wheel 85cc class and Jayden Haigh in the Youth 125cc class.
Images courtesy of Martin Pickard – MLP
The weekend started with the timed qualifying session and in the Small Wheel 85cc class Reece Jones took the pole position by half a second, with Lucy Barker finishing 24th fastest. In the Big Wheel 85cc class saw Charlie Heyman dominate the session and take pole by nearly 6 seconds or his nearest rival while teammates James Barker, Finley Evans and Billy Askew finished 5th, 6th and 7th fastest. Jayden Haigh was the only rider in the MXY125 class and went 8th fastest in his session.
The Saturday Small Wheel 85cc races would see Reece Jones take two solid second place finished in both the races and claim the fastest lap in the opening race. Female team member Lucy Barker produced two strong rides for 24th and 21st place finishes on the Saturday.
On the Sunday in the Small Wheel 85cc class Reece suffered a bad start in the opening race and recovered back to finish a strong 4th place and took the fastest lap of the race in the process, Lucy continued to improve her results as she claimed 19th place but tweaked her wrist on one of the big jumps. The final race of the weekend for the class saw Reece battle hard from a not so good start and push forward all moto long to claim second at the flag, while Lucy suffered a DNF after trying to compete but couldn’t continue due to her wrist.. Reece’s results saw him claim second overall and move to seventh in the championship after missing the opening round. Lucy’s DNF dropped her to 27th overall and sits 17th in the championship.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class on the Saturday, Heyman continued his domination of the championship with two more race wins to keep the unbeaten run going. The opening moto saw Heyman win by 16 seconds with Evans taking 3rd in his first race of the season ahead of Barker in 4th and Askew in 7th. The second moto saw Barker take 3rd with Askew in 4th and Evans taking 6th.
On Sunday in the Big Wheel 85cc class Heyman picked up from Saturday and charging to two more race wins, making it 12 out of 12 wins. In the first race saw Askew take fourth with Evans and Barker 7th and 8th. The final race of the weekend saw Barker battle Heyman for the win and take second with Evans 5th and Askew 7th. At the end of the weekend Heyman took the overall. Barker finished in 4th overall, Evans 5th overall and Askew 6th overall. In the Championship Heyman extended the championship lead with one round left while Askew sits third, Barker fifth and Evans in 22nd after missing the first two rounds.
In the MXY125 class Jayden Haigh was competing his first round of the Championship after returning from a collarbone during the Lockdown period. On the Saturday Jayden took two solid sixth place finishes to start his return to championship racing. On the Sunday the opening moto saw Jayden suffered from a big crash which dropped him down the order and finished 16th and then in the final moto Jayden battled through the pain to finish 9th to claim 8th overall on the weekend and moved up to 21st in the Championship.
The team now has a month until the final round takes place at FatCat on the first weekend of October.
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager: “This weekend has been another great weekend for the team, we took four of the top six overall positions in the Big Wheel 85cc class. Charlie was on fire once again and Billy and James had some great results over the weekend. Finley rode well on his return to racing. In the Small Wheels Reece was riding great and did well to get second overall and Lucy had a solid first day and suffered a painful wrist that forced her out of the last race. Jayden also rode well on the Saturday in the 125cc class but suffered a big crash in the first race on Sunday which slowed him down. As a whole it was a good weekend and we look forward to going to FatCat for the final round at the team’s local round and hope to have an advantage.”