SJP Moto Husqvarna sweep MX Nationals podium
Since the UK Government announced the necessary measures for the country to go into Lockdown to mitigate the risk of Covid-19, the SJP Moto Husqvarna team have had a lengthy lay off from racing, but this weekend saw them return to action at the Opening round of the Michelin MX Nationals at Hawkstone Park with four of the teams riders competing in the both the Small and Big Wheel 85cc Classes.
Images courtesy of Martin Pickard – MLP
During the four-month break from racing all the team riders have been busy, with some riders making the step up to the next class following the announcement of the cancellation of the ACU British Youth Championship.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class at this weekends MX Nationals the team was headed by Charlie Heyman along with James Barker and young Billy Askew who made the jump onto Big Wheel machine during the break, after leading the British Youth Championship in the Small Wheel class earlier in the year.
The Big Wheel class started well for the team in the Saturday Qualifying session with Heyman taking pole by over 5 seconds with James Barker in third and Billy Askew sixth fastest. Going into the two Saturday races Heyman took a 30 second win in the opening race with James Barker joining his team mate on the podium with third, Askew rode well in his first National race on the Big Wheel to claim sixth. The second moto once again saw again saw Heyman take another impressive 42 second race win but this time is was ahead of his team mates Barker and Askew in second and third to finish the opening day with a 1 -2 – 3 finish.
Sunday started with the third Big Wheel race and Heyman continued his dominance with a 30 second race win ahead of young Askew in second who was now feeling comfortable on his new machine, Barker finished the race in 11th place after a small crash while overtaking a backmarker. The final Big Wheel race of the weekend saw the team once again finish the weekend in fine style with the SJP riders running away at the front of the field to see Heyman make it a clean sweep ahead of Askew in second and Barker in third.
Also competing this weekend at the MX Nationals was Lucy Barker contesting the Small Wheel 85cc Class. Lucy start her weekend well by going 14th fastest in the qualifying session before racing to two impressive 13th place finishes in both the Saturday races. On Sunday Lucy started the day with an 18th place finish in the first race before taking her best finish of the weekend in the last moto to claim 12th.
Steve Parkin – Team Owner – This weekend was a great weekend for the team after such a long time away from racing. To finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall in the Big Wheel class was fantastic for the riders. Lucy rode strong in the Small Wheel class all weekend. Charlie was on fire all weekend taking a clean sweep of race wins. Billy was a riding mega at his first racing meeting on the Big Wheel and looked at home on the bike and was really impressive, while it was great to see James healthy and riding well.
Away from the MX Nationals – Rider Updates
Jayden Jones – After leading the British Youth Championship in the 65cc class, Jayden unfortunately damaged his meniscus in his knee and therefore his season is over but when healthy he will make his return to riding and start practicing on a Small Wheel 85cc ready for the 2021 season.
Reece Jones – Reece has been riding a lot during the Lockdown period and will be looking to compete some of the MX Nationals later in the season but Unfortunately must miss Hawkstone due to a pre-arranged family holiday.
Finley Evans – Finley has been suffering from injuries during the lockdown period and has suffered a broken arm followed by a collarbone. Finley hopes to be back riding soon and will be looking to compete in the later rounds of the MX Nationals.
Hudson Roper – Hudson had been riding well during the break but unfortunately suffered a crash last week at FatCat and suffered a broken thumb. When Hudson returns, he will be too big for the 85cc and will be moving up to the 125cc
Jayden Haigh – During the lockdown period Jayden broke his collarbone while riding a mountain bike and although he is back riding, he will be looking to compete in some of the later rounds of the MX Nationals.