May Day! 2021 UK EVO MX Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results
Back on Sunday April 26th the UK EVO MX team headed to Ford Nr Chippenham in Wiltshire for the opening round of the 2021 Championships which had attracted a huge entry in all classes. The track was in fine stead and was to produce some excellent racing but as with other events no spectators were allowed in attendance and restriction were in force.
Report and Images by Dave Rich
The Evo 125 class always produces some excellent racing, and it was certainly that at Ford with some good close and hard battles. In the opening race it was John May who set the early pace from Elliot Barrs with Ryan Williams in 3rd just ahead of Tom Church who did not get the best of starts but by the end of the opening lap was up into third after getting past Williams. Barrs was all over May on the second lap and managed to pass May, but this was short-lived as May came back at Barrs and regained the lead on lap 3 and was starting to getaway. Barrs was soon relegated to third after he came off and up into second came Church, but he was not going to catch May who took the win.
In the second moto again, it was May who had the best start from Barrs with Church tucked in third who was all over Barrs on the opening lap looking to get pass quickly which he did as not to let May get too far away at the front. Barrs seemed to drop off the pace on the leading two on lap 3, but it was all happening at the front as Church managed to pass May, but May came straight back at Church and regained the lead on the same lap. As they went into the penultimate lap there was nothing between them just as there was for third and fourth with Barrs now having Jim Davies looking to get pass, but all eyes were on Church who was determined to get pass May which he did on a sharp lefthander sneaking through on the inside and it looked as if Church was getting away, but May dug in again and chased him right to the line to be less than a second behind at the flag with Barrs holding off a late charge from Davies taking third. The last race was a bit of a procession with May, Church and Barrs in that order at the line, but there was a good battle for 4th going on behind them between Davies and Tom Moore who was breathing all over Davies on the last lap with Davies taking it by literally .370 of a second at the line.
In the Evo 250 class it was the YZ 250 Yamaha of Ben Milward who had the best start in the opening race and had a clear track in front of him and used it to great advantage as he was to ease away from James Kensington and Brett Hillman who were to have their own battle on the opening lap with Hillman getting the better of Kensington and was soon to close in on Milward and was right with him in the closing stages, but Milward held on with Hillman a close second and Kensington taking third. In the second moto it was Jamie Skuse who was riding with a trapped nerve in his back who did not get the best of starts in the opening race with the early lead in this one on CR 250 from
Kensington and Hillman with race one winner Milward this time back in 4th. Skuse was soon into a rhythm and eased away, Hillman got the better of Kensington on the opening lap with Kensington a lap later put under pressure from Milward who also found away pass, but there was only to be one winner and that was Skuse followed by Hillman and Milward. The last moto and again it was Skuse with the lead from the off from Hillman and Kensington. Skuse was to go on untroubled at the front and took the win from Hillman, but it was Milward after a real tussle with Kensington mid race who took third.
In the Evo 500 class there was some close racing especially between George Gough on the KX Kawasaki and the CR Honda of Paul Edge who pushed Gough in all three races, but Gough was to deal with the pressure and took a hattrick of wins by the closest of margins especially in the second moto where the deficit was literally a tyre tread at the line.
The Super Evo Under 45 class was stacked with talent and included South African Neville Bradshaw who was to show his class on the CR 500, but it was not plain sailing as Welshman Andrew Gillett on the KX 500 and Lewis Trickett on the PDF 500 Triumph were to make Bradshaw work hard in two of the races, but in the end the experience of Bradshaw even after a mistake in the last race saw him take a clean sweep of wins.
Laurence Wiltshire was in dominating form in the Super Evo Over 45 class and started his campaign in the 2021 Championship with a hattrick of wins with Simon Dearing notching up a hattrick of second place finishes and Max Hendy also putting together three good rides finishing with a hattrick of third place finishes.
In the Vets Over 45 Evo class, we saw that No 1 CR 500 Honda of Brian Wheeler hit the front from the off in the opening race who was to go on untroubled to the chequered flag but there was a good battle going on for second between Danny Blakeley on the KX 500 and YZ 250 of Phil Lewis with Lewis taking second after finding a way past Blakeley on the last lap.
Race 2 Saw Wheeler lead from the off from Lewis and Blakeley, but as they came back into sight out of the valley Wheeler had gone missing when his back brake failed dropping down into a left-hand corner and threw him off. Lewis was now leading and was to set off and went on to claim the win from Blakeley with Dean Warren on the KX 500 coming through to take third. The last race saw Lewis with the best start from Rob Mead with Wheeler dusted off and repaired there in third, but not for long as he passed both Mead and Lewis on the opening lap and from there went on to take the win with Lewis second and Mead third.
The 4-Stroke Under 50’s Twinshock class saw Mitchell Griffin take a clean sweep of wins whereas in the 4 Stroke Over 50’s class it was Paul Bennett on the Husqvarna 410 who took all three race wins.
In the Twinshock Under 50’s class, it was Richard Benham on the 295 Red Rocket who took the overall with three consistent rides which included a win ahead of Scott Reed who took second overall pipping Matt Nash who won the other two races by one point.
The Twinshock Over 50’s class saw the Fasthouse Butler 490 Maico of Terry House put in a domineering performance with three fine wins with the RM 500 Suzuki of Kevin Reed notching up a hattrick of seconds behind House and Shaun Church putting together three consistent rides to take third overall.
The Under 50’s Modern 2-Stroke class saw Bradshaw back out on track and again he put together a strong performance in all three races, but he was pushed hard in the first race by Tom Gilbert, and he also had to work hard in the second race after not the best of starts and had to claw his way to the front which he did within a couple of laps and in the last race he had no margin for error as Matthew Bath on the YZ 250 was a close second all through the race.
In the Over 50’s Modern 2-Stroke class there was no stopping Jason Morettes on the YZ 250 who dominated all three races and took maximum points ahead of Anthony Tanner and Chris Pritchett who both scored well in both races to take second and third overall.
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