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Kullas & Gilbert clinch titles at Cusses! MX Nationals Round 5 – Race Report and Results

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by adminAugust 26, 2019

The Michelin MX Nationals hosted a scintillating weekend of Motocross at a scorching hot Cusses Gorse in Wiltshire at the weekend and the fifth round of the championships.

Images courtesy of Elliot Spencer – MX Nationals

One of the biggest talking points was the addition of a Straight Rhythm event on the Saturday evening which drew an amazing crowd and provided a great hour of entertainment on the challenging stretch created by Justin Barclay and Alfie Smith. Carlton Husband on the Phoenix Tools Kawasaki fended off Michael Ellis 2-1 in the MX2 final, while Arenacross specialists Adam Chatfield and Jack Brunel duked it out for the MX1 win with Chatfield taking a 2-1 win.

Heading into Sunday’s Pro races the Cab Screens Deos Group Racing team were poised and ready in the hope that their racer Harri Kullas could claim the MX1 Pro title with one round to go, and by claiming Pole in qualifying the scene was set for another good day for the Estonian.  The only rider who could spoil the Cab Screens party was Buildbase Honda’s Lewis Tombs who came into the day 42 points down on the leader and with fourth in qualifying he too had shown good speed around the Wiltshire circuit.

Adam Chatfield – MX1 Straight Rhythm Champion

Tombs it was who pulled the race one holeshot, but he was being chased hard by the Geartec Husqvarna of Elliott Banks-Browne who made a quick move to the front on the first lap and put the hammer down to pull clear at the head of the field. The battle then raged behind Banks-Browne between the two championship contenders, and on lap four Kullas made the pass into second, relegating Tombs to third. Behind the top three, who would see their positions out to the end of the Moto, was Stuart Edmonds who was having a great race in fourth and held that spot until the midway point of the race when Jake Millward and Mel Pocock moved into fourth and fifth where they would stay with Edmonds finishing sixth.

Coming into the second Moto, and with Tombs looking fast it was looking doubtful if Kullas could extend his lead by a further seven points to clinch the title on the day, but Motocross has a funny way of throwing drama into every occasion and as the second Pro race roared to the first bend a giant size spanner would be thrown into the works as Tombs, Banks-Browne and Rob Hooper Racing’s Tony Craig would collide on the first bend leaving Tombs with a huge amount of work to do. While Tombs was in a heap on the floor, Kullas was moving ahead of Jake Shipton for the race lead and looking his usual silky smooth self. Moto 1 winner Banks-Browne would come down again on Lap one giving him a mountain to climb to catch back up with the front runners, but he and his training partner Tombs were making light work of the field. With Kullas building a comfortable lead the reality of him taking the title was dawning in the paddock as Tombs would need to get into third position to take it to the next round and with Shipton. Pocock and Millward a long way clear the celebrations were being made ready in the Cab Screens camp as Kullas cruised home for the race win, the overall and the Pro MX1 title. Behind him race one winner Banks-Browne would pull out after another fall, Shipton would finish second from Pocock, Millward, and Liam Knight with Tombs fighting back to sixth. Pocock would take second in the days overall standings with Millward rounding out the podium, but the jubilation was all reserved for Kullas who has had a truly remarkable season.

Harri Kullas “I enjoyed the track in the morning when it was a bit muddy. In the first race, I made a good start but I couldn’t find a good flow with my riding, and I struggled a little bit which was ok. I was closing in at some points and losing in others but I felt second was fine. In the second race I knew what I had to do and to find a couple of good lines, so I looked at the track before the second race and I knew I would have it. I had a good start behind Shipton in second place, and then just worked my way to the lead and enjoyed the moment. The last three or four laps felt quite long, and finally, we clinched the title which was nice to do before the last round. It was nice for me and nice for the team. They all have done a good job and made a good effort. It is nice to get the title because I have been second and third in Estonia, and in the German and the British Championship, but I have never won the title, so it was nice to get this MX National title for me and the team so it was a great day today.

While the possibility of the MX1 title being awarded was a reality, the race for the MX2 Pro title looked to be going down to the wire with Josh Gilbert and Martin Barr only separated by 3 points coming into Cusses. Sadly the possibility of a head to head fight for the title ended on lap one for Barr who after going down on the first bend, then took an almighty tumble before a full lap had been turned, breaking his shoulder in the process.

With his rival out of contention, Gilbert cruised to the Moto 1 win, but it was behind where the action was hot with Straight Rhythm champ Husband riding a stormer and fending off a whole train of MX2 racers with Tom Grimshaw in third ahead of Ashton Dickinson, Michael Ellis and Ben Franklin.

Going into the second Moto the calculators had been doing overtime and the synopsis was that if Gilbert was to win the Moto the MX2 title would be his for the second year in a row.  Ellis was the rider who could spoil the party and he made his intentions clear by making a fantastic start to lead the class with a number of 450 racers between him and Gilbert. The Buildbase Honda of Gilbert was hooking up a treat though, and on lap five he moved ahead of Ellis for the lead and he didn’t look back as he brought it home for the win and title number two to a smaller celebration than that their MX1 counterparts due to the unexpected event of them taking the title a round early. Ellis would remain in second which was enough for third overall behind Tom Grimshaw who had a fantastic day going 3-3 for second on the podium. McCormick would finish the Moto in fourth ahead of Dickinson and Sam Nunn.

Josh Gilbert “You never like to win a championship through injury or something like that, so I hope Martin gets well soon, but on the other hand I am happy to win the championship. I didn’t feel like I rode 100% like I know I should in either race really. But I did what I had to do, so yeah I am happy. I have two more rounds to do now with a Maxxis and an MX Nationals so hopefully, I can round off both Championships with good results.”

Racing on both the Saturday and Sunday the Youth, Clubman and Expert classes put on a great show all weekend long.

In the Small Wheel 85’s Tyla Hooley continued his sensational form taking the overall and the Championship title with him, but it wasn’t without drama as fall in race three meant a huge fightback through the pack, in a race that saw Billy Askew claim a superb race win. Race two winner McKenzie Marshall would tie on points with Hooley but with Hooley notching the win in the final moto he would have to settle with the number two spot on the podium with Askew in third.

Sam Atkinson brought home the championship bacon in the Big Wheel 85’s but he too would have a dramatic weekend with a low scoring opening Moto meaning he had work to do, eventually getting the job done with a great victory in the final moto. The day itself belonged to Ollie Colmer though, who had a sensational weekend with two moto wins and the overall with Atkinson ending the day in second with Charlie Palmer posting solid motos throughout for third.

James Smith made a welcome return to the top step of the box in the MXY1 class with three race wins and the overall, regaining the series lead in the process. Wildcard racer Jude Morris made a good impression too winning race two and finishing second overall with Oliver Beamish in third.

Ike Carter finally broke the clutches of Kyle McNichol in the race for the MXY2 title, forcing home four straight wins for the overall, and with McNichol suffering from a DNF in the opening moto Carter now has a 73 point cushion ahead of his rival in the championship chase. Tom Murphy pitched in with four runner up spots for second overall with Cullen Scott edging out Ben Clayton for third by a solitary point.

Expert MX1 Championship leader Gavin Stevenson started his weekend in the worst possible fashion with zero points scored in his first moto, with George Simmutch taking the win, but it was Brad Cavill who would take the honours for the weekend, and although he didn’t take the chequers in any of his races he posted a solid 3-2-4-2 scorecard to take the win. Championship contender Richard Bird would finish second, but could only pull in 4 points on Stevenson who would put the Moto 1 disappointment behind him and win two motos to finish third in a great damage limitation exercise. Josh Bentley pulled a great race three Moto win out of the bag for seventh overall.

It’s a squeeze in the Expert MX2 title race, with series leader Aaran Lee-Hanson continuing to rack up points with fourth overall, but Jordan Keogh reeled in 13 points with a great second overall setting this one up for a dramatic final round with just 10 points separating the two.  Charlie Putnam was the Star of the day though, churning out three moto wins for the overall, while Josh Coleman with the race two victory was third.

Luke Oldfield did his Clubman MX1 title aspirations the world of good by firing in three moto wins for the overall closing in a massive 25 points on series leader Stephen Kelly in the process with just 25 points between them as they head into the final round in three weeks time. Jordan Moxey would take the second step of the podium with Bradley Maddever in third.

Ben Thomson brought his A game to Cusses and put in a superb performance to take the Clubman MX2 overall from Moto 4 winner Troy Jones. Fabio Rizzi would finish third and close in on table topper Harry Fletcher who didn’t have the best of weekends ending up in 8th. Patrick Gilligan took both of the Saturday Moto wins but he wouldn’t emerge with any points on Sunday.

The culmination of the series takes place on the 13th and 14th September with the venue expected to be announced very soon!

Results

Pro MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 151 Harri Kullas 47 22 25
2 9a Mel Pocock 36 16 20
3 303 Jake Millward 36 18 18
4 66 Lewis Tombs 35 20 15
5 134 Liam Knight 30 14 16
6 162 Stuart Edmonds 26 15 11
7 44 Elliot Banks-Browne 25 25 –
8 49 John Adamson 23 10 13
9 57 Tony Craig 23 13 10
10 731 Jake Shipton 22 – 22
11 10a Jason Meara 22 8 14
12 25 Jamie Law 21 9 12
13 160 John Meara 20 11 9
14 65 Jacob Joyce 14 6 8
15 155 Jack Brunells 12 12 –
16 17 Luke Smith 7 7 –

Pro MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 3 Josh Gilbert 50 25 25
2 61 Tom Grimshaw 40 20 20
3 10 Michael Ellis 38 16 22
4 6 Carlton Husband 36 22 14
5 115 Ashton Dickinson 34 18 16
6 337 Glenn McCormick 32 14 18
7 300 Ben Franklin 27 15 12
8 52 Luke Dean 26 13 13
9 82 Charlie Coles 23 12 11
10 365 Samuel Nunn 15 – 15
11 32 Callum Mitchel 11 11 –

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 101 Tyla Hooley 87 25 22 15 25
2 555 McKenzie Marshall 87 22 25 20 20
3 441 Billy Askew 76 18 15 25 18
4 65 Fin Wilson 72 20 20 18 14
5 82 Ashden Barlow 64 15 16 22 11
6 32 Beau Brown 54 11 13 14 16
7 698 Ollie Addy 54 14 12 16 12
8 195 Louis Vincent 53 12 14 12 15
9 31 Will Haydock 44 10 8 13 13
10 55 Ryan Waggott 42 13 9 11 9
11 11 Shaun Mahoney 40 – 18 – 22
12 1 Brandon Hedyat 35 8 7 10 10
13 651 Tyler Kirby 31 9 6 8 8
14 326 Charlie Owen 25 6 4 9 6
15 3 Lucy Barker 21 7 – 7 7
16 146 Finlay Boxall 21 16 5 – –
17 95 Harry West 17 5 3 4 5
18 44 Corey Gorden 15 3 2 6 4
19 8 Dylan Meaney 11 – 11 – –
20 7 Tyler Jones 10 4 1 3 2
21 79 Joshua Vail 10 – 10 – –
22 538 Billy Thornton 8 – – 5 3

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 6 Ollie Colmer 92 25 20 25 22
2 127 Sam Atkinson 81 9 25 22 25
3 128 Charlie Palmer 80 20 22 20 18
4 19 Joe Brookes 73 22 13 18 20
5 8a Thomas Harris 65 18 16 16 15
6 171 Arai Elcock 59 16 15 12 16
7 8 Jake Randall 54 13 14 14 13
8 221 Tye Jones 41 – 12 15 14
9 14 George Hopkins 41 11 11 7 12
10 654 Jack Dando 40 12 9 10 9
11 17 Kayde Rayns 39 14 2 13 10
12 63 Dan Arkell 37 8 10 8 11
13 72 Raife Broadley 33 15 18 – –
14 34 Josh Bassett 28 10 – 11 7
15 3 James Barker 26 7 6 5 8
16 119 Syd Putnam 23 – 8 9 6
17 36 Hudson Roper 16 5 3 4 4
18 776 Charlie Nudds 15 2 7 3 3
19 49 Joe Jordan 15 6 1 6 2
20 94 Luke Fox 11 1 4 1 5
21 68 Corey Hamilton 11 4 5 2 –
22 46 Bradley Bacon 4 3 – – 1

MXY1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 69 James Smith 97 25 22 25 25
2 101a Jude Morris 91 22 25 22 22
3 771 Oliver Beamish 74 14 20 20 20
4 84 Harry Barker 66 12 18 18 18
5 31 Ryan Mundell 59 13 16 16 14
6 807 Luca Pegg 54 15 15 11 13
7 15 Ryan Mawhinney 49 20 – 14 15
8 417 Vinnie Gutherie 47 16 – 15 16
9 54 Drew McCreeamer 36 – 12 12 12
10 101 Cameron Jackson 35 – 11 13 11
11 121 Josh Jones 34 9 7 10 8
12 47 Leon Williams 32 7 8 8 9
13 810 Oliver Barnes 30 6 9 9 6
14 45 Ben Hession 28 8 10 – 10
15 338 Ben White 24 10 14 – –
16 440 Shay Arnold 24 11 13 – –
17 313 Josh Keogh 20 4 4 5 7
18 711 Louie Kessell 18 18 – – –
19 89 Charlie Parker 18 2 5 7 4
20 46 Melanie Griffith 17 3 3 6 5
21 289 Tom Williams 15 5 6 4 –

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 117 Ike Carter 100 25 25 25 25
2 74 Tom Murphy 88 22 22 22 22
3 582 Cullen Scott 65 20 14 13 18
4 11 Ben Clayton 64 16 20 14 14
5 181 Ryan Thompson 60 15 13 16 16
6 57 Kyle McNicol 58 – 18 20 20
7 66 Connor Mullian 58 13 15 15 15
8 277 Ben Clark 54 18 12 12 12
9 150 Aaron Patstone 48 14 16 18 –
10 202 Tyler Westcott 46 11 11 11 13
11 98 Marshall Smith 43 12 10 10 11
12 99 Billy Whynn 37 10 9 9 9
13 101b Connor Warren 33 9 7 7 10
14 14 Jak Henderson 24 8 8 8 –

Expert MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 14 Brad Cavill 82 20 22 18 22
2 57 Richard Bird 76 22 18 16 20
3 38 Gavin Stevenson 72 – 25 22 25
4 171 Zac Stealey 70 12 20 20 18
5 311 Aaron McCarroll 61 16 14 15 16
6 56 Edward Briscoe 56 13 15 13 15
7 68 Josh Bentley 54 8 10 25 11
8 28 John Robson 52 18 12 10 12
9 491 George Simmutch 50 25 – 12 13
10 3 Ben Edwards 46 15 3 14 14
11 91 Ryan Adair 33 9 13 11 –
12 50 Stephen Mullally 30 14 16 – –
13 447 Simon Booth 29 6 8 6 9
14 911 Ben Hayward 25 7 5 7 6
15 188 Adam Day 24 5 9 – 10
16 957 Jake Preston 24 10 6 8 –
17 14a Joe Clayton 22 11 11 – –
18 134 Jamie Dixon 17 – 4 5 8
19 169 Matt Lomas 12 1 2 2 7
20 12 Adam Hayward 11 3 1 3 4
21 36 Daniel Parry 11 2 – 9 –
22 19 Rheis Morter 11 4 7 – –
23 268 Paul Atkinson 9 – – 4 5
24 57a Carl Hayward 1 – – 1 –

Expert MX2 

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 91 Charlie Putnam 93 25 18 25 25
2 313 Jordan Keogh 86 22 22 22 20
3 661 Josh Coleman 85 18 25 20 22
4 13 Aaron-Lee Hanson 73 20 20 18 15
5 712 Josh Peters 58 12 15 15 16
6 333 Josh Greedy 54 16 13 11 14
7 119 Mitch Young 50 13 11 13 13
8 79 George Clarke 46 14 16 16 –
9 22 Ben Burridge 45 11 10 12 12
10 52 Stephen Kelly 42 9 6 9 18
11 166 Josh Taylor 36 8 14 14 –
12 15a Ross Kersey 35 10 7 10 8
13 22a Todd Leadbetter 29 6 5 8 10
14 123 Finley Rossi Beard 27 15 12 – –
15 95 Dylan Stynes 26 7 3 7 9
16 208 Kieran Yorke 16 4 8 4 –
17 74 Troy Willerton 14 – 9 5 –
18 115 James Angel 13 3 4 6 –
19 58 Patrick Gilligan 11 – – – 11
20 611 Callum Gordon 5 5 – – –
21 800 Lewis Taylor 2 – 2 – –
22 5 Reece Martin 2 2 – – –

Clubman MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 77 Luke Oldfield 91 25 25 16 25
2 769 Jordan Moxey 81 22 22 22 15
3 951 Bradley Maddever 75 15 18 20 22
4 49 Luke Coker 75 10 20 25 20
5 66 David Rushton 68 20 16 14 18
6 25 Stephen Kelly 66 18 14 18 16
7 92 Carl Robson 58 16 13 15 14
8 240 Alex Christopher 48 11 15 11 11
9 977 Sam Morcom 46 9 12 13 12
10 901a Ashley Watt 42 14 6 12 10
11 52 Harry Foster 35 13 9 – 13
12 520 Ben Lightbrown 29 7 7 8 7
13 448 Joe Salmons 24 8 8 – 8
14 283 Will Hurford 23 6 3 9 5
15 24 Lee Tolan 22 12 10 – –
16 195 Kris Rea 21 – 11 10 –
17 50 Charlie Sutton 16 – – 7 9
18 42 Ashley Senior 16 – 4 6 6
19 901 Colby Walker 13 4 2 5 2
20 27 Lee Baggs 10 5 5 – –
21 711 Guy Langmead 5 3 – 1 1
22 99 Cameron Vickers 4 – – – 4
23 458 Dean Rodgers 4 – – 4 –
24 151 Lewis Wigger 4 1 – 3 –
25 140 Mark Cronin 4 2 – 2 –
26 131 Nigel Smorfitt 3 – – – 3
27 56 Matt Bowen 1 – 1 – –

Clubman MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 132 Ben Thomson 88 22 22 22 22
2 616 Troy Jones 85 20 20 20 25
3 290 Fabio Rizzi 79 16 18 25 20
4 771 Toby Lightbown 67 18 16 15 18
5 111 Richard Roberts 53 11 12 16 14
6 58 Patrick Gilligan 50 25 25 – –
7 78 Max Fletcher 50 9 15 14 12
8 17 Harry Fletcher 46 15 7 11 13
9 86 Elliot Cook 42 10 14 18 –
10 792 Jack Colley 37 7 11 10 9
11 777 Archie Hicks 35 12 4 9 10
12 47a Ben Evans 33 8 13 12 –
13 414 Elliott Pugh 32 6 8 3 15
14 157 Tommy Lee Morris 30 14 – – 16
15 171 Tallon Aspden 28 4 – 13 11
16 108 Michael McAlister 22 3 9 2 8
17 2 Jamie Bevin 20 – 5 8 7
18 37 Oliver Cook 18 13 – 5 –
19 31a Charlie West 18 2 6 7 3
20 47 Tex Doughty 15 – 3 6 6
21 105 Rory Wooton 15 5 10 – –
22 184 Harry McDonald 10 1 – 4 5
23 3 Dan Houlker 5 – – 1 4
24 99 Ryan Turner 4 – 2 – 2
25 110 Jake Wotherspoon 1 – – – 1
26 562 Thomas Higgins 1 – 1 – –