Portsmouth MXC claim MCF Southern Team Cup title – Race Report
As well as racing for the Southern Team Cup title, the points scored were also added to their clubs MCF Youth League tally which had been accumulated through the season, and with the four southern clubs occupying the top three positions, every point was going to be vital. The League topping club win the coveted Silver Rose Bowl and an Insurance Prize worth £1000’s.
The weather did its best to halt proceedings with rain lashing down all Friday, but with sterling work, by the track crew a delayed Saturday practice managed to get underway, and all five blocks were completed over the weekend.
Coming into this event, South West MXC and South Somerset MXC were holding the top two spots, but Portsmouth MXC was poised and ready in third and having won the League title for the last three years running their steely determination was not to be counted out. The fourth club Ringwood MXC, has also had a good season sitting in fifth place in the table and were out to improve on this in Devon.
Portsmouth MXC stamped their authority in the Auto class taking the class win by an astonishing 379 points from South West, with Ryan Clift and Marley Alder first and second individually for Pompey. South West’s Freddie Richards rode well for third overall, while it was another Portsmouth rider Toby Bond in fourth followed by the Ringwood duo of Riley Northcote and Jayden Neale.
It was closer in the 65cc class, but South West had the top two racers in Isaac Ash and Danny Flude who both put in an awesome shift for their club. Portsmouth kept it closing finishing second in the class with the Mitchell Woodward and Alfie Payne duo in third and fourth, but the South West onslaught continued with Philip Tchorek in fifth. Travis Barnes finished a solid sixth for Ringwood.
South West was back on top in the Small Wheel 85cc group although it would be Ringwood’s Louis Vincent who was the stand out performer winning his class. The South West trio of Archie Hobbs, Harrison Roberts and Benjamin Sullivan filled the next four places, ahead of Portsmouth’s Tyler Kirby and another South West rider Harlow Green in sixth.
Harry Ridgeway put South Somerset on the map in the Big Wheel 85’s aiding his club to second place in the class, the highest they would finish in any category again though South West would be on top with Ben Zeale and William Rowe packing in the remaining podium places for the club, with their teammate Ashton Coleman putting in a good shift for sixth. Jack Dando was another South Somerset Big Wheel star coming home in fourth while Portsmouth’s Oliver Ruddock was fifth.
The crusade for the Rookie win went down to the wire with South West eventually getting the job done by just 28 points over Portsmouth, and it was clear that the race for the title was going to be between these two powerhouse clubs. Cullen Scott was a revelation for Portsmouth winning all but the last of his moto’s when South West’s Ty Westcott put one over on him, and also gaining second overall. Ringwood stalwart Travis Reynolds helped put his club on the class box with third himself, with his teammate Shay Arnold in fifth. South West racers filled the remaining places in the top six with Jason Down in fourth and Nathaniel Coleman in sixth both pitching in with essential points.
South West also edged ahead of Portsmouth in the AMX category. Ross Kersey took the win for the West Country battlers, while his fellow South West war horses Callum Gordon and Ryan Mundell were in fifth and sixth places respectively. Harry Pritchard rode a blinding opening moto, claiming the race victory for Ringwood and second overall, while Bradley Flagg gave South Somerset something to smile about in third. Isle of Wight veteran Luke Kennett took fourth for Portsmouth.
With so many class victories’ in the bag for South West, Portsmouth would need something special from their Open Squad, and they duly delivered, hammering home a 352 point class win with Josh Coleman formidable at the front of the field for the Hampshire club. Ringwood’s Jake Parker gave Coleman a run for his money though, notching up two race wins for second overall. Then came the Portsmouth freight train with George Clarke, Nicky Watts and Reece Martin finishing in third, fourth and fifth with South West’s Bradley Maddever rounding out the top six.
As the dirt had settled on the day, the big question was who would be victorious, and with five class win’s South West were certain to be front runners, but in the end by just 152 points the glory would go the way of Portsmouth with the winning margins racked up by their Auto and Open class teams being the difference. Ringwood would fend off South Somerset for third.
Motocross was the real winner of the weekend though, with a fantastic atmosphere once again making this unique format an enjoyable one all round.
The focus now turns to the Northern Team Cup Event at Route 44 with last year’s team event winners 90 Racing MXC looking to reel in their Southern counterparts in the league standings.