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Searle and Walsh clinch titles in Cornwall! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Finale – Report and Results
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Searle and Walsh clinch titles in Cornwall! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Finale – Report and Results

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The Final round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championships took to the Landrake circuit in Cornwall yesterday and was dubbed the Battle of the MX Titles from RHL Activities as the champions in all three class champs were set to be crowned.

Although the track was tough early doors due to overnight rain, the forecasted wet stuff held off and the drying track made for perfect track conditions for the afternoon motos.

Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle had one hand on the trophy entering the weekend, and he made sure of it with fourth in the Opening Moto with his title rival Shaun Simpson taking the race win with Harri Kullas just over a second behind him as they crossed the line. The breakthrough season continued for Jake Millward with an excellent third meaning the series number 3 spot was secured.  Bad luck befell Elliott Banks-Browne with a mechanical issue forcing him out of the race on lap eight. Mel Pocock continued his elevation to the 450 ranks with 5th, ahead of Lewis Tombs, Brad Anderson, Gert Krestinov, Jamie Law and Stuart Edmonds.

Simpson was after more of the same in Race 2 and after settling into an early lead he made a mistake and dropped back to outside of the top ten, eventually pulling it back to third. Banks-Browne was on a mission though, and rode a stunning race to keep the hard chasing Kullas at bay for the Moto win. Anderson had one of his best races of the season finishing in fourth, with Tombs fifth, and Millward sixth. Searle had to work his way up from the back of the pack but with the title firmly in his pocket there was no huge urgency from him and he would finish the race in seventh ahead of Pocock, Jake Shipton ad Krestinov.

Simpson’s 1-3 was enough to see off Kullas for the overall on the day with Millward in third, but the biggest celebration was in the Kawasaki camp where a jubilant Searle partied with his team, family and friends.

The scene was set in MX2 for a two way Revo Husqvarna race off for the title with Dylan Walsh and Alvin Ostlund separated by just 18 points heading into the finale. Walsh was starting like an absolute demon though and snatched the Moto 1 holeshot ahead of the returning Conrad Mewse, with Ostlund on the chase in third. Ostlund would make the move on Mewse on lap 5 and try as he might he couldn’t get the better of his team mate Walsh who would take the win. Mewse kept in touch with the lead duo to finish third with Liam Knight some 40 seconds back in fourth. Martin Barr would finish fifth, ahead of Josh Gilbert, Tom Grimshaw, Ashton Dickinson, Estonian racer Jorgen Mattias Taviku and injury returnee Taylor Hammal.

Walsh was looking for nothing less than perfection and turned in another holeshot to flag performance in race two much to the jubilation of the Revo Husqvarna team who celebrated both the overall and the MX2 title with the New Zealander. Ostlund suffered with a poor start and had serious work to do to make up ground and he would eventually come home in sixth. Gilbert would have a much-improved race eventually overhauling Mewse for second with two laps of the race remaining, which also secured him third in the championship and third on the day. Mewse with a 3-3 scorecard would land second place on the day, a great result considering the amount of time he has been out injured. The fast-starting Taviku would impress with fifth in moto 2 pinning back a tenacious Knight to sixth. Hammal would work his way from an atrocious start to seventh, with Robert Yates in eighth, Lewis Hall in ninth and Grimshaw tenth.

Ike Carter’s slim chance of winning the MX2 Youth title ended in the Start area before a wheel had been turned with oil pouring from his machine. He would have needed a minor miracle to have claimed the title anyway, but it was a sad way to bow out for the talented youngster.  Talking of talent Joel Rizzi has it in abundance and fought his way back from a poor start to win the opening salvo by six seconds over Kyle McNichol, Preston Williams, Tom Murphy, Team Green Debutee Ryan Mawhinney who had his starts dialled in, and local hero Louie Kessell. By taking the race win Rizzi would be crowned the champion in what has been an astonishing season for the young charger.

Carter would use all of his pent up frustration from his moto one DSQ to good effect and in a dual to the end would hold off Rizzi by less than a second at the flag. McNichol would finish third from Kessell, Peters and Tom Murphy. Rizzi would take the overall, flanked on the podium by McNichol in second and a fantastic third for Kessell.

As the curtain closes on another Maxxis season it remains to be seen what format the series will take in 2019, with the double-pronged Youth and Adult British Championships attack promoted by RHL Activities being deemed a success this weekend.

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 24 Shaun Simpson 45 25 20
2 151 Harri Kullas 44 22 22
3 303 Jake Millward 35 20 15
4 60 Brad Anderson 32 14 18
5 100 Tommy Searle 32 18 14
6 66 Lewis Tombs 31 15 16
7 9 Mel Pocock 29 16 13
8 44 Elliott Banks Browne 25 – 25
9 37 Gert Krestinov 24 13 11
10 731 Jake Shipton 22 10 12
11 25 Jamie Law 22 12 10
12 162 Stuart Edmonds 20 11 9
13 17 Luke Smith 17 9 8
14 49 John Adamson 14 7 7
15 57 Tony Craig 13 8 5
16 301 Shaun Southgate 9 5 4
17 160 John Meara 6 – 6
18 31 Robbie Dowson 6 6 –
19 63 Oliver Benton 4 4 –
20 311 Aaron McCarroll 3 – 3
21 333 Josh Greedy 3 3 –
22 28 John Robson 2 – 2
23 447 Simon Booth 2 2 –
24 65 Jacob Joyce 2 1 1

MX2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 53 Dylan Walsh 50 25 25
2 426 Conrad Mewse 40 20 20
3 3 Josh Gilbert 37 15 22
4 161 Alvin Ostlund 37 22 15
5 134 Liam Knight 34 18 16
6 261 Jorgen Mattias Taviku 30 12 18
7 575 Taylor Hammal 25 11 14
8 61 Tom Grimshaw 25 14 11
9 115 Ashton Dickinson 23 13 10
10 9 Lewis Hall 21 9 12
11 4 Robert Yates 19 6 13
12 10 Michael Ellis 19 10 9
13 50 Martin Barr 16 16 –
14 19 Tom Neal 14 7 7
15 123 Rossi Beard 14 8 6
16 337 Glen McCormick 13 5 8
17 122 Jake Sheridan 9 4 5
18 32 Calum Mitchell 6 3 3
19 11 Matt Burrows 5 1 4
20 82 Charlie Cole 4 2 2
21 111 Max Ingham 1 – 1

MXY2

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 912 Joel Rizzi 47 25 22
2 57 Kyle McNicol 42 22 20
3 711 Louie Kessell 33 15 18
4 74 Tom Murphy 33 18 15
5 712 Josh Peters 30 14 16
6 18 Jaydon Murphy 27 13 14
7 117 Ike Carter 25 – 25
8 15 Ryan Mawhinney 24 16 8
9 377 Preston Williams 24 20 4
10 731 Alfie Jones 22 10 12
11 69 James Smith 21 8 13
12 181 Ryan Thomson 21 11 10
13 99 Jack Grayshon 21 12 9
14 101 Jude Morris 20 9 11
15 433 Jack Lindsay 12 6 6
16 3 Ryan Mundell 9 4 5
17 417 Vinnie-Ray Guthrie 9 7 2
18 202 Tyler Westcott 8 1 7
19 22X Jak Taylor 8 5 3
20 440 Shay Arnold 3 3 –
21 321 Thomas Hardcastle 2 2 –
22 10 Harvey Cashmore 1 – 1