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Simpson and Walsh outfox the opposition! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results
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Simpson and Walsh outfox the opposition! Maxxis British Motocross Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 12, 2019

Round 7 of the 2o19 Maxxis British Motocross Championships took to the valleys of Wiltshire and the legendary Foxhills circuit yesterday, and despite howling winds and rain earlier in the weekend, the track after sticky going in practice held up well.

Feature Image courtesy of Dave Rich

The circuit also had a new layout with early feedback from the riders being positive and the racing dished up certainly backed that up.

Brad Anderson giving his all on the 2-Stroke

Mathematically Tommy Searle rocked up to Foxhill with a chance of claiming the MX1 title, but the reality was a different beast with his title contender Shaun Simpson proving too hot to handle with a blistering qualifying lap time, and double moto wins, meaning the title will go down to the last round at Landrake in September. Searle himself was the walking wounded, riding with broken ribs, but he is a tough old cookie and he knew he had to grit his teeth and grind out the results if the title is going to be heading his way come September.

In moto 1 it was Harri Kullas with the holeshot, beating Jake Millward to the first bend with Searle in third. Simpson was running outside the top 6 but by the midpoint of lap three he had worked his way to the front, which was just as well for the Scottish racer as a Red Flag halted proceedings on Lap 4, and although less that half the race was completed the result was called. So it was Simpson with the win from Kullas, Millward, Mel Pocock, Searle with Jake Shipton rounding out the top 6.

Moto 2 would run the distance, and Searle made his race through the pain much easier by emerging with the Holeshot with his championship rival Simpson behind him. Simpson didn’t waste any time and moved into the lead before the end of the first lap where he would stay for win number two and the overall. Elliott Banks-Browne would move his way past Searle into second, while Searle ground out the third with Pocock a great fourth, with Kullas fifth and Millward sixth. Simpson would be flanked by Kullas and Searle on the podium with Harri claiming his best Maxxis finish in the process.

Mel Pocock

Searle now heads to the final round of the championship with a 35 point cushion and knowing a fifth place or better in the first moto will be enough to win him the title.

The racing in the MX2 class was out of the top drawer and with the title fight looking like it’s going down to the wire every point was going to count and it showed in the intensity of the action.

Josh Gilbert is on the fringes of the title battle but he still harbours hopes that this could be his year and he made his mark on proceedings with the fastest qualifying time, with series new boy Michael Sandor second ahead of the dualling Revo Husqvarna pair of Alvin Ostlund and Dylan Walsh.

Dylan Walsh again took both race wins in the MX2 Championship

With just 6 points splitting the Revo pair with Walsh donning the Red Plate all eyes were on them as they roared from the traps in Moto 1 with New Zealander Walsh in the lead with Ostlund all over him in second. Behind these, though Gilbert was showing his qualifying speed and on lap four he would make the pass on Ostlund for second and much to the delight of the Buildbase Honda team into the lead on lap 7.  Walsh was not going to lie down and let Gilbert have the win, and on the penultimate lap, he would retaliate and take back the lead. Gilbert then seemed to lose his rhythm and on the final lap, Ostlund would relegate him to third and move into second. Behind the lead trio, Martin Barr finished with a solid fourth ahead of Sander in fifth and Ashton Dickinson in sixth.

Martin Barr took third overall in the MX2 Championship

In Moto 2 the Revo pair would dominate with Walsh taking a start to chequered flag win but with Ostlund right up his exhaust pipe all race long with just .332 of a second separating them at the finish. Gilbert’s race would be the complete opposite going down with Ashton Dickinson on the opening lap and having to fight back through the pack to an excellent fourth place given the circumstances. Barr would earn a trip to the podium with third overall behind Walsh and Ostlund, with Walsh now holding a twelve-point lead going into the final round.  Liam Knight would come home in fifth in Moto 2 with Michael Ellis sixth.

Robert Yates took the overall in the MX2 Experts

Joel Rizzi and Ike Carter would continue to trade moto wins in the MXY2 category, with Rizzi taking first blood and the Moto 1 victory, while Carter would fight back to take the Moto 2 chequers, with the overall going the way of Rizzi courtesy of a 1-2 scorecard over Carter’s 3-1. Tom Murphy would put in two superb moto’s going 2-3 for third overall. Rizzi tops the standings by 28 points over Carter as they head to the series finale at Landrake on the 22nd September.

Ike Carter second in MXY2

MX1 Overall

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 24 Shaun Simpson 50 25 25
2 151 Harri Kullas 38 22 16
3 100 Tommy Searle 36 16 20
4 9 Mel Pocock 36 18 18
5 44 Elliott Banks Browne 35 13 22
6 303 Jake Millward 35 20 15
7 731 Jake Shipton 29 15 14
8 66 Lewis Tombs 26 14 12
9 60 Brad Anderson 24 11 13
10 25 Jamie Law 23 12 11
11 8 Luke Hawkins 16 8 8
12 49 John Adamson 15 10 5
13 155 Jack Brunnell 14 5 9
14 214 Lewis Trickett 13 6 7
15 162 Stuart Edmonds 12 9 3
16 57 Tony Craig 11 1 10
17 411 Declan whittle 9 3 6
18 301 Shaun Southgate 9 7 2
19 11 Ben Putnam 6 2 4
20 72 Conner Hughes 5 4 1

MX1 Expert Overall

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 303 Jake Millward 50 25 25
2 731 Jake Shipton 44 22 22
3 66 Lewis Tombs 40 20 20
4 49 John Adamson 36 18 18
5 214 Lewis Trickett 30 15 15
6 301 Shaun Southgate 29 16 13
7 155 Jack Brunnell 28 14 14
8 57 Tony Craig 26 10 16
9 411 Declan whittle 24 12 12
10 72 Conner Hughes 24 13 11
11 11 Ben Putnam 21 11 10
12 56 Edward Briscoe 16 7 9
13 63 Oliver Benton 13 5 8
14 311 Aaron McCarroll 13 9 4
15 65 Jacob Joyce 11 4 7
16 302 Brad Woodroffe 9 8 1
17 4 Harry Bradley 8 3 5
18 28 John Robson 8 6 2
19 171 Zac Stealey 7 1 6
20 447 Simon Booth 5 2 3

MX2 Overall

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 53 Dylan Walsh 50 25 25
2 161 Alvin Ostlund 44 22 22
3 50 Martin Barr 38 18 20
4 3 Josh Gilbert 38 20 18
5 766 Michael Sandner 30 16 14
6 10 Michael Ellis 27 12 15
7 61 Tom Grimshaw 26 14 12
8 4 Robert Yates 24 13 11
9 134 Liam Knight 23 7 16
10 337 Glen McCormick 22 9 13
11 19 Tom Neal 21 11 10
12 300 Ben Franklin 19 10 9
13 115 Ashton Dickinson 19 15 4
14 9 Lewis Hall 14 8 6
15 365 Sam Nunn 13 6 7
16 6 Carlton Husband 12 4 8
17 11 Matt Burrows 10 5 5
18 82 Charlie Cole 3 – 3
19 48 Adam Collings 3 1 2
20 13 Aaron Lee Hanson 3 2 1
21 77 Jay Hague 3 3 –

MX2 Expert Overall

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 4 Robert Yates 44 22 22
2 337 Glen McCormick 41 16 25
3 19 Tom Neal 40 20 20
4 115 Ashton Dickinson 37 25 12
5 300 Ben Franklin 36 18 18
6 365 Sam Nunn 29 14 15
7 9 Lewis Hall 29 15 14
8 6 Carlton Husband 28 12 16
9 11 Matt Burrows 26 13 13
10 82 Charlie Cole 19 8 11
11 48 Adam Collings 19 9 10
12 13 Aaron Lee Hanson 19 10 9
13 77 Jay Hague 11 11 –

MXY2 Overall

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 912 Joel Rizzi 47 25 22
2 117 Ike Carter 43 18 25
3 74 Tom Murphy 42 22 20
4 712 Josh Peters 38 20 18
5 150 Aaron Padstone 31 15 16
6 7 Louie Kessell 29 14 15
7 181 Ryan Thomson 26 12 14
8 277 Ben Clark 26 13 13
9 582 Cullen Scott 24 16 8
10 433 Jack Lindsay 20 9 11
11 321 Thomas Hardcastle 20 11 9
12 10 Harvey Cashmore 18 6 12
13 70 Shiaru Honda 18 8 10
14 202 Tyler Westcott 10 10 –
15 242 Joseph Dent 7 7 –