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May Day! 2021 UK EVO MX Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results

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.

No 35 John May & No 24 Tom Church battling it out in the Evo 125 class

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

Jamie Skuse giving his all in the Evo 250 class

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.

George Gough took a hattrick of wins in the Evo 500 class

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.

Phil Lewis was on a high in the Vets Evo over 45 class

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.

Neville Bradshaw in action in the Super Evo Under 45 class

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.

Results

125 Evo

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 John May 174 60 54 60
2 Tom Church 168 54 60 54
3 Elliot Barrs 150 50 50 50
4 Jim Davies 141 47 47 47
5 John Butler 129 45 43 41
6 Brett Revell 123 39 41 43
7 Josh Mcgill 115 41 35 39
8 Tom Moore 106 16 45 45
9 Dean Bachelor 103 35 33 35
10 Matt Coles 97 33 31 33
11 Richard Dors 91 31 29 31
12 Ryan Williams 91 43 37 11
13 Paul Jones 83 29 27 27
14 Neil Long 81 26 26 29
15 Glen Bixby 76 39 37
16 Jason Davies 73 23 25 25
17 Tim Pearce 72 24 22 26
18 Steve Bundock 63 19 20 24
19 Ian Mead 62 22 19 21
20 Jacob Griffiths 56 10 23 23
21 Taylor Levett 53 25 10 18
22 Dave King 52 17 16 19
23 Zack Hackett 51 27 24
24 Paul Winstone 48 15 13 20
25 Stuart Jackson 48 18 15 15
26 Colin Boyles 45 14 14 17
27 Phillip Newman 42 21 21
28 Leigh Brean 40 18 22
29 Simon Barry 39 13 12 14
30 Joel Curtis 37 37
31 Lloyd Rogers 35 12 11 12
32 Nick Pritchett 33 17 16
33 Mathew Jakeways 24 11 13
34 Richard Moulder 20 20

250 Evo

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Jamie Skuse 163 43 60 60
2 Brett Hillman 162 54 54 54
3 Ben Milward 160 60 50 50
4 James Kensington 144 50 47 47
5 Ryan Fellowes 131 41 45 45
6 Ben Hodgkins 131 45 43 43
7 Tyler Green 121 39 41 41
8 Jake Chamberlain 111 37 35 39
9 James Baker 107 33 37 37
10 Steven Stutt 105 35 39 31
11 Tom Ware 95 27 33 35
12 James Sansom 91 31 27 33
13 Kurt Richardson 83 29 29 25
14 Stuart James 80 25 26 29
15 Stuart Puddle 74 26 24 24
16 Gary Boxall 70 18 25 27
17 Scott Allen 68 24 18 26
18 Paul Rainey 65 21 23 21
19 Dave Watson 60 19 19 22
20 Austin Clarke 60 20 21 19
21 Josh James 54 23 31
22 ? 51 13 20 18
23 Jordan Carrier 47 47
24 Gary Tippin 46 12 17 17
25 Johno Ryall 46 16 14 16
26 Robert Snell 46 15 16 15
27 45 22 23
28 David Loxhamflyn 37 17 20
29 Stewart Wilson 29 15 14
30 Mark Chamberlian 22 22
31 Kevin Ayres 14 14
32 Stuart Kingston 11 11

500 Evo

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 George Gough 180 60 60 60
2 Paul Edge 162 54 54 54
3 Fred Heath 142 45 47 50
4 Matty Solf 135 43 45 47
5 James Price 133 50 50 33
6 Thomas Sorrell 121 41 41 39
7 Scott Faulkner 113 31 39 43
8 Alex Wallis 110 26 43 41
9 Chris Smith 107 37 33 37
10 Joe Maguire 99 33 37 29
11 Alfie Rimell 93 27 31 35
12 Joe Addison 89 29 29 31
13 David Alderton 80 35 45
14 Nicky Jones 47 47
15 Ben Vincent 39 39
16 Adam Plant 35 35

4 Stroke Twinshock Under 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Mitchell Griffin 180 60 60 60
2 George Wolff 158 50 54 54
3 Jack Bennett 54 54

4 Stroke Twinshock Over 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Paul Bennett 180 60 60 60
2 Paul Clarke 158 50 54 54
3 Chris Smejkal 154 54 50 50
4 Mike Sealey 141 47 47 47
5 Stephen Wildman 90 45 45

Modern Under 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Neville Bradshaw 180 60 60 60
2 Tom Gilbert 153 54 54 45
3 Tony Griffiths 143 50 50 43
4 Matthew Bath 142 45 43 54
5 Thomas Herbert 140 43 47 50
6 Clinton Barrs 139 47 45 47
7 Jordan Barrs 121 41 39 41
8 Joshua Barrs 111 35 41 35
9 Jason Williams 109 39 37 33
10 Josh Crewe 103 31 33 39
11 Tom Conlon 101 29 35 37
12 George Conlon 91 33 31 27
13 Nathan Bache 85 37 17 31
14 Callum Neate 81 25 27 29
15 Henry Smith 81 27 29 25
16 Wayne Angell 74 24 26 24
17 Jamie Doy 73 22 25 26
18 Ben Mason 70 23 24 23
19 Jamie Winbourne 65 21 23 21
20 Ben Whitmore 63 20 21 22
21 Dean Tucker 59 19 20 20
22 Lewis Sills 55 18 19 18
23 Brad Parkins 54 17 18 19
24 Paul Jones 48 26 22

Modern Over 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Jason Morettes 180 60 60 60
2 Anthony Tanner 158 54 50 54
3 Chris Pritchett 154 50 54 50
4 Simon Matthews 139 45 47 47
5 Darren Shortt 133 43 45 45
6 Adrian Jennings 133 47 43 43
7 Darren Neale 117 37 39 41
8 Keith Chandler 113 39 37 37
9 James Adams 101 31 35 35
10 Nick Keen 99 33 33 33
11 Steve Moody 82 41 41
12 Nigel Bache 74 35 39
13 Paul Rogers 60 29 31

Super Evo Over 45

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Laurence wiltshire 180 60 60 60
2 Simon Dearing 162 54 54 54
3 Max Hendy 141 47 47 47
4 Dave White 131 41 45 45
5 David Boswell Jones 127 43 41 43
6 Ray Chivers 121 39 43 39
7 Mark Sankey 117 37 39 41
8 Brad Davey 107 33 37 37
9 Martyn Tucker 100 50 50
10 Steve Matthews 97 29 35 33
11 Jim Allwood 95 31 33 31
12 Ian Prince 90 24 31 35
13 Greg Pascoe 81 27 29 25
14 Nick Brashill 80 25 26 29
15 Dan Ridge 80 26 27 27
16 Rob Hillier 71 23 22 26
17 Mike Gould 70 22 24 24
18 Jeremy Tooth 64 19 23 22
19 Mark Finn 61 20 25 16
20 Andy Pitt 58 16 21 21
21 Mark Mcgill 58 45 13
22 Rob Barnes 55 21 11 23
23 Phillip Jordan 54 15 20 19
24 Matthew Hillier 50 14 18 18
25 Steve Wells 50 50
26 ? 48 9 19 20
27 Tim Palmer 45 12 16 17
28 ??? 45 13 17 15
29 Paul Harrington 38 10 14 14
30 Nick Carter 35 35
31 Matthew Bartley 33 8 12 13
32 Simon Klemis 26 11 15
33 Aidan Quinn 18 18
34 Mark Upton 17 17

Super Evo Under 45 

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Neville Bradshaw 180 60 60 60
2 Andrew Gillet 151 47 54 50
3 James Harrison 147 50 50 47
4 Luke Hill 133 45 43 45
5 Gary Brown 129 41 47 41
6 Darren Marklove 123 39 41 43
7 Lewis Trickett 119 54 11 54
8 Oliver Weeks 115 43 45 27
9 Lee Brown 107 33 37 37
10 Luke Dewey 97 29 33 35
11 James Moore 89 27 31 31
12 Simon Marston 88 26 29 33
13 Luke Bedwell 78 25 27 26
14 Richie Frankcom 76 37 39
15 Ricky Brown 74 35 39
16 Lewis Patterson 68 21 23 24
17 Danny Braddick 68 23 25 20
18 Bradley Clarke 66 31 35
19 Chris Peaty 63 20 22 21
20 Matthew Hitchman 62 11 26 25
21 Nathan Jacobs 57 15 20 22
22 Micheal Evett 53 12 12 29
23 Max May 52 17 19 16
24 Leigh Mccarron 51 18 15 18
25 Toby Wright 47 24 23
26 Jamie Bishop 47 14 16 17
27 Kyle Jones 46 22 24
28 Lewis Winbourne 42 13 14 15
29 Robert Mills 40 19 21
30 Adam Hawkwood 37 18 19
31 Brett Ayres 33 16 17
32 Jason Hasaka 13 13

Twinshock Over 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Terry House 180 60 60 60
2 Kevin Reed 162 54 54 54
3 Shaun Church 139 47 45 47
4 Paul White 138 45 43 50
5 Mark Gleadhill 133 50 50 33
6 Gary Benham 125 43 39 43
7 Mark Taylor 121 41 35 45
8 Mark Mumford 111 37 33 41
9 Jon Wood 96 20 37 39
10 Stephen Ryan 95 31 29 35
11 Graham Challis 95 35 31 29
12 Triss Macey 93 29 27 37
13 Mike Fredriksen 82 27 24 31
14 Spencer Briggs 80 39 41
15 Derek Cook 75 26 25 24
16 Ashley Miles 73 24 23 26
17 David Ponting 72 23 22 27
18 John Jennings 65 21 19 25
19 Paul Stacey 60 19 18 23
20 Adam Tabrett 53 33 20
21 Dominic Durkan 48 22 26
22 Jim Shand 47 47
23 Dave Watson 46 25 21

Twinshock Under 50

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Richard Benham 164 50 60 54
2 Scott Reed 158 54 54 50
3 Matt Nash 157 60 37 60
4 Brad Perrett 142 45 50 47
5 James Reeves 139 47 47 45
6 Carl Benham 131 43 45 43
7 Kyle Godbear 123 41 41 41
8 John Durkan 119 39 43 37
9 Steven Williams 115 37 39 39

Vets Evo Under 45

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Phillip Lewis 168 54 60 54
2 Danny Blakeley 151 50 54 47
3 Dean Warren 140 45 50 45
4 Brian Wheeler 132 60 12 60
5 Simon Jones 131 41 47 43
6 Gary Henson 125 39 45 41
7 Mik Hill 105 33 37 35
8 Andy Lidington 103 37 35 31
9 Martin King 100 18 43 39
10 Mike Wheeler 100 35 41 24
11 Julian Turner 99 29 33 37
12 Rob Mead 97 47 50
13 Jonathon Briggs 97 25 39 33
14 Dan Woodman 76 24 29 23
15 Jason Jenner 70 22 23 25
16 Kevin Woolford 67 7 31 29
17 Lee Mason 65 20 24 21
18 Mark Picard 57 19 19 19
19 Ben Braddick 57 31 26
20 Barry Sills 56 8 22 26
21 Kevin Allen 55 12 21 22
22 Peter Dixon 53 26 27
23 Jeff Evans 50 43 7
24 Mark Hutchinson 48 23 25
25 Neil Sutton 47 20 27
26 Glyn Moreton 47 27 20
27 John Annely 46 13 17 16
28 David Smith 45 17 16 12
29 David Woodbridge 43 10 15 18
30 Steve Angell 43 15 13 15
31 Gareth Williams 39 21 18
32 John Pinkney 37 11 9 17
33 Shaun Hiscox 30 9 8 13
34 Ian Williams 27 16 11
35 Sean Renvoize 24 10 14