On a knife edge! 2021 AMCA British Motocross Championship Finale – Preview
All roads lead to Penkridge, near Lower Drayton in Staffordshire this weekend, September 4th and 5th as the AMCA stage what promises to be a thrilling and dramatic finale to their British Motocross Championship series. Powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, the campaign will be completed with each rider contesting a total of five moto’s offering a maximum of 250 points. And, every one of those available points could well prove to be crucial with at least five of the seven titles looking like they could very well not be decided until the last moto of the weekend!
Words and Feature Image by Mike Wood
In MX1, the superb Ashley Greedy has led the way right from round one, displaying incredible consistency. Only once in nine rounds as the Kawasaki mounted Welshman failed to make the podium. In 23 moto’s completed, Ashley has also been inside the top five finishers on 22 occasions! Just 13 points behind him at present is another very consistent competitor in Josh Waterman. The Honda pilot is currently also in very red hot form, taking the overall win in three of the last four rounds. Pushing the top two hard at the moment are James Dodd and Luke Hawkins who both could still comfortably overhaul the top two if proceedings at Lower Drayton go in their favour. Mathematically still in contention but with a little more work to do, current Champion Luke Burton holds 5th with Jamie Skuse, Zac Stealey,Will Hughes, Jayden Ashwell and Damon Strydom next up.
With Shane Carless and Nev Bradshaw well clear of Henry Williams in MX2, it would now be a major surprise if neither of the FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna riders does not go onto claim the title. At present, Shane is 15 points clear of Nev but which one of these top class riders will ultimately prove to be victorious? Throughout the series they have pretty much totally dominated proceedings with super speed,class and consistency. Shane has won 14 moto’s earning 8 out of 9 podiums whilst Nev has bagged a full house of podiums and never finished outside the top three places in any moto, truly incredible! With Williams in 3rd and a nice 113 points clear of young Rossi Beard, it’s Josh Coleman, Lee Truman, Lewis Dowdeswell, Rory Jones, Sean Eckersley and Martin Jones completing the top ten.
Taking overall victory last time out, Bradley Tranter leads the race for the 125cc title but is just 12 points clear of Kieran Banks. Despite missing round six, Fantic mounted Banks has worked very hard to fight back and keep himself in Championship contention. So, it’s certainly going to be interesting this weekend as he attempts to overhaul what is sure to be a very determined and fired up Tranter! The top two currently have a 63 point advantage over Matt Ridgeway in 3rd, a rider who has found some super form during the last four rounds and move up the leaderboard. With just Lower Drayton to come, it looks like mathematically that only Joel Fisher and Jordan Wright can now break the dominance of the top three. However also expect Jack Timms, Luke Newman, Clinton Barrs, Tom Fish and co to keep right on the 125cc gas until the final chequered flag drops and thus confirm a possible top ten series finish.
In the Vets class, Phil Mercer has took overall victory in all nine rounds and won 20 out of 23 moto’s, what a record that is! All three of those defeats have been inflicted by Gary Davies who currently holds 2nd and trails Phil by 59 points. With the top two dominating proceedings, defending Champion James Lane holds 3rd in the table but just 20 points clear of the fast starting Paul Burn. Next in the Vets standings is Simon Lane, Sean Smith, Andrew Watkins and Brian Staples. Going into this finale, it’s Watkins also leading the separately scored Vets Over 50’s class, 91 points clear of Staples with Gareth Dunsford in 3rd.
In a superb contest that as raged throughout the season, Oliver Rigby heads Charlie Hucklebridge by just 3 points at the top of the Youth 85cc class. With Rigby recovering from a broken collarbone but still competing, Hucklebridge has took the overall win in the last two rounds and so this one certainly looks set to go all the way to that last moto decider. Despite not having bagged a podium spot, Jack Davis has still been superbly consistent throughout and currently holds 3rd in the standings, 47 points clear of Wyatt McGregor. With Jack Evans 5th, Logan Jay- Powell, Linc Hasted and Rheanna Morgan-Rogers are still chasing hard. Incredibly in the separately scored SW85cc class it’s also just 3 points the gap between the top two riders with Harley Prickett leading the way with Oakley Kettle in 2nd and Harrison Davies 3rd.
So it’s time for the talking to stop and the final battle to commence may the best rider win! Who will that be, well why not get along to the circuit and see for yourself. It’s just off junction 13 of the M6, postcode ST19 5RE.
MX1 1 Ashley Greedy(LHRT Kawasaki) 1347 points 2 Josh Waterman(IDS/Marsh MX Honda) 1334 3 James Dodd(Ultimate Wheels/Thunderrroad Honda) 1307 4 Luke Hawkins(Apex GasGas UK) 1294 5 Luke Burton(FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1216 6 Jamie Skuse(LRT MotoXchange Husqvarna) 1103.
MX2 1 Shane Carless(FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1399 points 2 Neville Bradshaw(FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1384 3 Henry Williams(Apex GasGas UK) 1297 4 Rossi Beard(MDMX FIR Racing KTM) 1184 5 Josh Coleman(Wulfsport/ Meredith MX Suzuki) 1036 6 Lee Truman(IDS/Redelevencreative KTM) 1014.
125cc 1 Bradley Tranter(Six10 Motorsport KTM) 1276 points 2 Kieran Banks(Meredith MX Fantic) 1264 3 Matt Ridgway(Hardcore Racing Yamaha) 1201 4 Joel Fisher(AD Modular/Beer Trading KTM) 1127 5 Jordan Wright(Passion Racing GasGas) 1124 6 Jack Timms(FUS/Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1110.
Vets 1 Phil Mercer(FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1441 points 2 Gary Davies(Cradley Kawasaki) 1382 3 James Lane(LRT MotoXchange Husqvarna) 1268 4 Paul Burn(DBC Motorcycles/BG Motorsport KTM) 1248 5 Simon Lane(LRT MotoXchange Husqvarna) 1200 6 Sean Smith(Wulfsport/Six10 Motorsport KTM) 1122.
Vets Over 50 1 Andrew Watkins(J.W Water Services Honda) 1413 points 2 Brian Staples (Redline KTM) 1322 3 Gareth Dunsford(MX Dreams California KTM) 1300 4 Steve Ferney(Kawasaki) 1106 5 Gary Hurst(Rex Hurst & Sons) 1077 6 Mark Hawkins 994 .
Youth 85cc 1 Oliver Rigby(Edge-One Motocross KTM)1298 points 2 Charlie Hucklebridge(Husqvarna) 1295 3 Jack Davis(Michelin Tyres) 1155 4 Wyatt McGregor 1108 5 Jack Evans(MRE Contracts) 1067 6 Logan Jay-Powell 1002.
Youth SW85cc 1 Harley Prickett (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 1390 points 2 Oakley Kettle(Rikki Priest Accademy) 1387 3 Harrison Davies(Avidety/Aberdare Heating) 1350 4 Oliver Bebb 1216 5 Logan Chinnock(Controlled Climate Ltd) 1148 6 Caiden Bailie(MDMX Racing) 616