Let the team battles commence…. MCF Southern Team Event – Preview
The MC Federation are presenting their tenth team event this weekend which brings MCF Youth Clubs together, as they go head to head in a battle for points with the ultimate goal to become the 2019 MCF Youth League Champions.
This year is slightly different in that they will be hosting, along with clubs, two events. One for the South and one for the North, cutting down on the travel costs for riders and clubs. This year’s events will see two clubs lift the Team Cup title, but with points being scored for the Youth League there will be only one overall winner of the Silver Rose Bowl, Insurance Prize and the title of MCF League Champions.
Going into the two events, only 300 points are separating the top 5 teams, so it is all to play for. The current top five are South West MXC, South Somerset MXC, Portsmouth MX, 90 Racing MXC and Newton Le Willows MCC. With clubs scoring over 1100 points per round up until now there is certainly no runaway winner.
This weekend’s meeting is the Southern Team Cup, which takes place at the fabulous Little Silver venue in Devon, and includes the three table-topping clubs from the League, South West, South Somerset and Portsmouth, with Ringwood, no slouches either in fifth.
South West MXC have been runners up in the league the last two years so will be super determined to seal the deal with a good performance on local soil this weekend. Elliott Mason will be one to watch for them in the Auto’s having racked up a heap of points for his club at recent meetings. Big Wheel 85 racer Ben Zeale has fired in a massive stack of league points this year, and he will be expected to be towards the sharp end this weekend.
Another West Country club South Somerset, are no strangers to winning Youth League titles having won it no less than four times, but they haven’t been on the podium since 2015, so their Team Manager Elouise Neale will be looking to motivate her racers to up their game over the two days of racing. They sit 219 points behind South West so they will be looking for their top racers to be on the boil, including the likes of Jack Dando in the Big Wheel 85’s, Grant Tucker in the AMX class, and Tyler Cooper in the Autos.
Portsmouth MXC come into this year’s event having won the League title for the last three years running, and were Team event winners in 2016 and 2017 but they have ground to make up if they are to make it a record-breaking four league titles in a row as they currently sit third in the table. PMXC stalwart Paul Spacagna knows how to get the best from his riders. Their Small Wheel 85 squad look to pack a punch with big scorers Tyler Kirby and Luke Richardson ready to step up to the plate for their club. Thomas Casbeard in the Rookies and Josh Coleman in the Open categories will also be expected to pile on the points over the two days.
Ringwood MXC made the League Podium in 2016 and 2017, and this famous old club will be looking to get back on the box with a strong performance this weekend. They sit in fifth in the standings, but Team Manager Sally Cake has put together a strong line up which includes big 65 scorers Max Beaumont and Travis Barnes. Jayden Neale in the Auto’s and Shay Arnold in the Rookies have also done their club proud this year and plied their team with big points during the six league fixtures and will undoubtedly be in the mix at Little Silver this weekend.
Whatever the outcome, the Team Event always provides a unique atmosphere and brings together riders from different ages and groups to cheer on their teammates.
In a new twist, the top 20 riders from each class from this weekend will have the chance to compete in a shootout with the top 20 from the Northern Team Cup with a venue and date to be announced soon.
Good Luck to everyone involved. Let the racing commence!