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Nicholls reaches the Heights at Nationals return! Michelin MX Nationals Round 4 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 15, 2019

The Michelin MX Nationals travelled to the Garden of England, the county of Kent, and the superb Canada Heights venue for round 4 of the Championship at the weekend.

Images courtesy of X-Cast Media

As always the circuit was excellently prepped for the two-day moto onslaught that the MX Nationals brings with it, and with the weather fantastic throughout, the scene was set for another epic weekend of championship racing.

Injury has been the main topic of conversation in the Pro MX1 class with a whole heap of the main contenders succumbing in various guises throughout the season.

Series leader Harri Kullas showed up in a damage limitation exercise only three weeks on from breaking his shoulder blade, and with number 2 in the standings Gert Krestinov out, and 2018 champion Jake Nicholls, and Geartec Husqvarna’s Elliott Banks-Browne returning, all manner of permutations were thrown around the paddock before racing commenced.

It was Banks-Browne who threw down the gauntlet in qualifying going pole, but only .027 seconds ahead of Jake Millward. Nicholls was also less than a second down on Banks-Browne so there was nothing in it in terms of speed between these three. It was going to be a hard slog for Kullas and with a time over 9 seconds slower than the pacesetters his 3 round unbeaten run was certain to end.

True to the form book Millward was out of the traps like a rat up a drain pipe in Moto 1 with Nicholls in hot pursuit. The reigning champion had the bit between his teeth, but Millward is showing nerves of steel this year and brought it home for the win 3 seconds ahead of Nicholls.  Banks-Browne faded after a strong start, finishing third with Mel Pocock fourth, another injury returnee Lewis Tombs fifth and Jake Shipton in sixth.

It was another holeshot in Moto 2 for Millward but this time Nicholls sensed glory early and moved into the lead and made for the hills. Banks-Browne would also make his way past Millward but he couldn’t get onto even terms with Nicholls at the front and it was the number 45 Honda who would take the win and a fantastic overall at his comeback race. Banks-Browne would bring it home for second and third overall, with Millward third in the race and on the number 2 block of the podium at the end of the day. It was stand out ride for Northern Irish star Jason Meara finishing fourth in Moto 2 aboard Gert Krestinovs Phoenix Tools Kawasaki. Tombs would finish fifth with Pocock sixth while Kullas rode through the pain barrier and gained eighth overall which amazingly extended his championship lead.

There is a huge battle raging for the MX2 title with current champion Josh Gilbert going at it with veteran Martin Barr, with Barr going into the event with a slender 3 point lead.

Gilbert laid down the marker in qualifying going a full second quicker than his rival and as the gate dropped on Moto 1, it was Gilbert who was the top MX2 rider in the race. Barr was coming after him fast though, as was the emerging talent Taylor Hammal, who on lap four would move past Barr and set chase on the leader. As the moto reached its 3/4 mark Hammal was hounding Gilbert but with 3 laps to go Gilbert would put Tombs on a 450 between them and cruised home for the win. Hammal found passing Tombs a tough nut to crack which helped Barr close the gap and subsequently make a pass on the final lap for second with Hammal in third, Brad Anderson fourth, Ben Franklin fifth and Michael Ellis sixth.

Ellis made a jet-propelled start in Moto 2 keeping the chasing Gilbert at bay until lap 4, when the West Country racer moved into the lead where he would stay for a 1-1 day and the overall. Barr would also reel in Ellis and finished second for the number two spot overall with Ellis third. Anderson would hold off Hammal for fourth which in turn would gift him the third and final podium spot for the weekend, with Hammal fourth overall and Ellis fifth.

The tables have now turned with the 3 point swing going the way of Gilbert as his battle with Barr is set to continue at round 5 in August.

In it for the long haul, the Youth, Expert and Clubman classes rode on Saturday and Sunday with two days of arduous racing to undertake.

The smallest racers, the Small Wheel 85’s saw series leader Tyla Hooley put in a powerhouse performance with 3 wins from 4. Warren Clarke would be the only racer to topple the red plate holder with a controlled start to finish victory in race 2 which would help him claim third overall. Splitting the two was McKenzie Marshall finishing the weekend in second.

Sam Atkinson was a joy to watch in the Big Wheels and pocketed another four faultless race wins and the overall to add to his burgeoning collection. Charlie Palmer edged out Thomas Harris by a single point for second.

MXY1 was a 2 Stroke bunfight. Bobby Bruce made good in both motos on the Saturday, but that was the only points he chalked on the board as his bike blew up on the line of Race 3 ending his day, leaving it to the rest to fight it out for the overall. Sensing an opportunity Oliver Beamish didn’t need a second chance and rode a stormer to win race 3, and coupled with a second in the final race of the weekend, he would pull off his first MX Nationals win. James Smith put in four solid rides for second while Ryan Mawhinney came good in the final moto to take the chequers and third overall.

After race 1 and qualifying it looked like MXY2 was going to be another weekend of domination for Ike Carter, but Motocross has a funny way of throwing up upsets and a fifth for Carter in Race 2, and a win for his closest rival Kyle McNicol meant this wasn’t going to be the straight forward weekend that was first thought.  Carter would keep his cool though and collected the next two moto wins to tie on points with McNichol who looked solid all weekend long, and with the final moto in the bag, it would be Carter who would get the nod over McNichol for the overall. Ryan Thompson would claim the third step on the podium with four good race results.

Gavin Stevenson and Richard Bird battled it out all weekend long for the Expert MX1 win taking two wins apiece, but it was Stevenson with the stronger results over the four Motos and he would take the overall and extend his series lead. Bird was second, with Aaron McCarroll in third.

Rossi Beard blitzed to a full house of race wins for the Expert MX2 overall from Josh Coleman who had an excellent day, with Jansen Day in third, although it is fifth-placed Aaron-Lee Hanson who now holds the series lead with the previous Red Plate holder Ben Clark absent.

It was a two-way fight for the victory in the Clubman MX1 category with Luke Oldfield pulling out all of the stops to beat Steven Kelly for the win with Luke Coker completing the podium.

Brad Thornhill and Fabio Rizzi duked it out over the entire weekend in the Clubman MX2 class but it was Thornhill with a 2-1-2-2 scorecard who took the honours by the smallest of one-point margins. Thornhill’s victory was doubly sweet as he also moved into the Number 1 spot in the championship standings ahead of Harry Fletcher who loses that honour after finishing third overall at the weekend.

The next stop on the MX Nationals Tour is Cusses Gorse in Wiltshire which will host Round 5 of the series on the 24th and 25th August.

Results

Pro MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 45 Jake Nicholls 47 22 25
2 303 Jake Millward 45 25 20
3 44 Elliot Banks-Browne 42 20 22
4 9a Mel Pocock 33 18 15
5 10a Jason Meara 32 14 18
6 66 Lewis Tombs 32 16 16
7 25 Jamie Law 24 10 14
8 151 Harri Kullas 23 12 11
9 14 Luke Burton 21 8 13
10 162 Stuart Edmonds 21 11 10
11 17 Luke Smith 17 9 8
12 65 Jacob Joyce 16 7 9
13 731 Jake Shipton 15 15 –
14 160 John Meara 13 13 –
15 155 Jack Brunells 12 – 12

Pro MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 3 Josh Gilbert 50 25 25
2 50 Martin Barr 44 22 22
3 60 Brad Anderson 36 18 18
4 575 Taylor Hammal 36 20 16
5 10 Michael Ellis 35 15 20
6 61 Tom Grimshaw 29 14 15
7 300 Ben Franklin 29 16 13
8 365 Samuel Nunn 25 11 14
9 337 Glenn McCormick 25 13 12
10 82 Charlie Coles 23 12 11

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 101 Tyla Hooley 97 25 22 25 25
2 555 McKenzie Marshall 71 14 15 20 22
3 227 Warren Clarke 69 16 25 14 14
4 441 Billy Askew 65 13 18 16 18
5 146 Finlay Boxall 61 18 16 15 12
6 32 Beau Brown 56 15 14 11 16
7 65 Fin Wilson 54 – 12 22 20
8 82 Ashden Barlow 54 20 6 18 10
9 698 Ollie Addy 43 11 11 10 11
10 33 Joseph Leeks 37 7 13 9 8
11 8 Dylan Meaney 36 6 10 7 13
12 79 Joshua Vail 35 22 – 13 –
13 110 Aaron Potterton 33 12 8 6 7
14 57 Chester Hyde 33 10 9 8 6
15 84 Aston Phillips 31 8 4 4 15
16 7a Jack Meara 29 9 3 12 5
17 200 Keelen Hope 23 3 20 – –
18 17 Connor McGrath 19 – 7 3 9
19 22 Luke Richardson 17 5 5 5 2
20 651 Tyler Kirby 7 1 2 – 4
21 326 Charlie Owen 5 – 1 1 3
22 25 Brett Kelly 4 4 – – –
23 538 Billy Thornton 3 2 – – 1
24 46 Hayden Yeend 2 – – 2 –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 127 Sam Atkinson 100 25 25 25 25
2 128 Charlie Palmer 81 22 15 22 22
3 8a Thomas Harris 80 18 22 20 20
4 19 Joe Brookes 71 20 18 18 15
5 171 Arai Elcock 65 15 20 14 16
6 500 Callum Murfitt 53 13 14 12 14
7 72 Raife Broadley 50 16 – 16 18
8 5a Liam Bennett 45 9 9 15 12
9 4a Matt Tolley 44 10 12 11 11
10 31 Ben Zeale 41 11 10 10 10
11 17 Kayde Rayns 38 12 13 5 8
12 221 Tye Jones 36 8 16 7 5
13 16 Ben Pratt 35 6 11 9 9
14 41 Jay Sherry 33 – 7 13 13
15 8 Jake Randall 25 5 8 6 6
16 122 Charlie Reynolds 21 – 6 8 7
17 7 Dexter Milbourne 17 4 5 4 4
18 34 Josh Bassett 14 14 – – –
19 84 Ben Humphries 13 7 – 3 3
20 119 Syd Putnam 7 1 4 1 1
21 68 Corey Hamilton 6 – 2 2 2
22 112 Jamie Garvin 3 – 3 – –
23 46 Bradley Bacon 3 3 – – –
24 49 Joe Jordan 2 2 – – –
25 94 Luke Fox 1 – 1 – –

MXY1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 771 Oliver Beamish 83 18 20 25 20
2 69 James Smith 80 20 16 22 22
3 15 Ryan Mawhinney 76 22 22 7 25
4 84 Harry Barker 67 15 18 18 16
5 31 Ryan Mundell 63 12 13 20 18
6 807 Luca Pegg 61 16 15 15 15
7 338 Ben White 52 10 12 16 14
8 18 Jack Parker 52 14 11 14 13
9 579 Bobby Bruce 50 25 25 – –
10 10 Harvey Cashmore 44 11 9 12 12
11 101 Cameron Jackson 41 9 10 11 11
12 2 Ross Kearns 40 13 14 13 –
13 45 Ben Hession 35 8 8 9 10
14 82 Eric Lynch 33 7 7 10 9
15 313 Josh Keogh 28 6 6 8 8

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 117 Ike Carter 91 25 16 25 25
2 57 Kyle McNicol 91 22 25 22 22
3 181 Ryan Thompson 74 18 18 20 18
4 74 Tom Murphy 71 20 20 18 13
5 150 Aaron Patstone 70 12 22 16 20
6 277 Ben Clark 62 16 15 15 16
7 800 Lewis Taylor 52 13 14 11 14

Expert MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 38 Gavin Stevenson 92 20 25 22 25
2 57 Richard Bird 88 25 16 25 22
3 311 Aaron McCarroll 78 18 22 18 20
4 56 Edward Briscoe 74 16 20 20 18
5 28 John Robson 66 22 15 14 15
6 171 Zac Stealey 62 15 18 15 14
7 68 Josh Bentley 59 13 14 16 16
8 118 Kieran Clarke 44 11 10 11 12
9 55 Steve Bixby 39 12 12 13 2
10 50 Stephen Mullally 38 8 11 10 9
11 447 Simon Booth 35 10 8 7 10
12 3 Ben Edwards 35 14 13 8 –
13 51 Jay McCrum 34 5 6 12 11
14 36 Daniel Parry 27 3 7 4 13
15 911 Ben Hayward 23 6 5 5 7
16 300 Charlie Hamlet 22 4 4 6 8
17 817 George Turner 18 9 – 9 –
18 957 Jake Preston 16 7 9 – –
19 19 Rheis Morter 13 2 2 3 6
20 12 Adam Hayward 8 – 3 – 5
21 268 Paul Atkinson 6 – – 2 4
22 777 Luke Robinson 3 – – – 3
23 169 Matt Lomas 2 – 1 1 –
24 46 Stuart Nesbit 1 1 – – –

Expert MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 123 Finley Rossi Beard 100 25 25 25 25
2 661 Josh Coleman 82 18 20 22 22
3 6 Jansen Day 76 20 18 20 18
4 91 Charlie Putnam 66 16 16 14 20
5 13 Aaron-Lee Hanson 60 14 13 18 15
6 313 Jordan Keogh 59 6 22 15 16
7 333 Josh Greedy 59 22 12 13 12
8 79 George Clarke 55 15 15 12 13
9 712 Josh Peters 44 3 11 16 14
10 22 Ben Burridge 40 13 10 6 11
11 15a Ross Kersey 40 11 9 11 9
12 119 Mitch Young 33 10 6 7 10
13 52 Stephen Kelly 33 8 8 9 8
14 95 Dylan Stynes 33 9 7 10 7
15 74 Troy Willerton 26 12 14 – –
16 208 Kieran Yorke 21 7 – 8 6
17 57 Carl Hayward 16 2 4 5 5
18 23 Tom Armstrong 9 4 5 – –
19 110 Scott Hamilton 5 5 – – –
20 7a Daniel Silvester 3 – 3 – –

Clubman MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 77 Luke Oldfield 89 20 22 25 22
2 25 Stephen Kelly 87 15 25 22 25
3 49 Luke Coker 78 22 20 18 18
4 212 Keith Noble 67 13 14 20 20
5 951 Bradley Maddever 62 12 18 16 16
6 240 Alex Christopher 46 5 12 14 15
7 313 Danny Townsend 43 16 15 – 12
8 75 Ben Butler 38 18 6 – 14
9 158 Dan Holiday 37 3 11 12 11
10 72 Jez Bailey 34 8 7 15 4
11 901a Ashley Watt 32 6 8 8 10
12 19 Bobby Irwin 31 7 10 9 5
13 52 Harry Foster 28 1 4 10 13
14 5 Callan Stevenson 27 11 16 – –
15 44 Harley Rysdale 27 14 13 – –
16 195 Kris Rea 27 – 5 13 9
17 475 Perry Galloway 25 25 – – –
18 24 Lee Tolan 24 9 – 7 8
19 92 Carl Robson 23 4 2 11 6
20 18 Ronan Potterton 19 10 9 – –
21 977 Sam Morcom 13 – – 6 7
22 893 Billy Middleton 9 – 1 5 3
23 42 Ashley Senior 7 2 3 – 2
24 520 Ben Lightbrown 4 – – 4 –
25 56 Matt Bowen 3 – – 2 1
26 461 Luke Nolan 3 – – 3 –
27 50 Charlie Sutton 1 – – 1 –

Clubman MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 95a Brad Thornhill 91 22 25 22 22
2 290 Fabio Rizzi 90 20 20 25 25
3 17 Harry Fletcher 80 25 22 18 15
4 74a Lewis King London 76 18 18 20 20
5 157 Tommy Lee Morris 56 15 11 16 14
6 86 Elliot Cook 55 14 14 11 16
7 771 Toby Lightbown 55 16 16 15 8
8 37 Oliver Cook 41 – 15 8 18
9 323 Adam Pearce 41 12 13 5 11
10 108 Michael McAlister 40 13 8 7 12
11 132 Ben Thomson 39 10 6 10 13
12 171 Tallon Aspden 37 11 7 12 7
13 90 Alex Hamer 34 6 12 6 10
14 414 Elliott Pugh 30 3 4 14 9
15 792 Jack Colley 29 8 2 13 6
16 141 Guy Prince 24 – 10 9 5
17 2 Jamie Bevin 20 9 3 4 4
18 78 Max Fletcher 15 4 9 – 2
19 562 Thomas Higgins 8 7 – – 1
20 41a Thibaut Raffaillac 6 – 1 2 3
21 33 Mathew Verbeeten 5 – 5 – –
22 217 James Benson 5 5 – – –
23 184 Harry McDonald 3 – – 3 –
24 741 Jordan Ambler 3 2 – 1 –
25 110 Jake Wotherspoon 1 1 – – –