The battles will be on at the penultimate round of the Judd KTM British Youth Championship – Preview
The hardpack and undulating track of Little Silver in Exeter, Devon awaits the Judd KTM British Youth Championship this weekend (September 7 and 8), for the penultimate round of the Championship in what will be an important event for Britain’s best youth motocross racers.
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The red-soiled hillside of this iconic circuit will make for a different challenge for the riders competing at round five of the series, as the championship switches back to the harder and natural terrain of the Devon track, which contrasts from the previous sandy races. No doubt Britain’s best motocross talent will be putting on a strong show at the southerly circuit as the battles heat up to confirm who will become a champion in 2019.
The hotly contested Auto championship will make for great spectating this weekend, as Robbie Daly has just a one point advantage over second placed Lucas Lee. Daly was incredibly strong in the opening rounds of the series, but third placed Brian Gyles put in a strong performance to dominate round three and Lee won four of the five motos at the last race in Desertmartin. These evenly matched contestants will certainly be looking to battle it out at Little Silver to see who will reign supreme, whilst top three moto finishers such as Malachi Allan and Casey Lister will also be looking to step on the podium.
The championship fight is on in the 65cc class and while Reece Jones is currently leading, Brandon Buckley, winner of the last round in Northern Ireland, is just 26 points behind with a possible 450 points still up for grabs. Freddie Gardiner is third in the series having taken his first moto win of the season last time out, and 105 points separate the top five riders.
In the 85cc Small Wheel category Tyla Hooley leads the way with a fairly comfortable margin of 125 points having enjoyed a strong performance at round four. Shaun Mahoney is second and looking for his first overall of the season, whilst Finley Evans, who was leading the series earlier on in the season, is still out with injury. Mckenzie Marshall and Billy Askew have enjoyed top three moto finishes, and Fin Wilson also enjoyed a podium performance last time out.
Another class that looks like it may go down to the wire is the 85cc Big Wheel Championship. Charlie Heyman has been impressive this season, but Sam Atkinson has battled hard and just a mere 16 points separates the two going into the penultimate round. Heyman has won three overalls to Atkinson’s one, but consistency is the key in this series. Both riders are followed by Ollie Colmer and Charlie Palmer who have enjoyed top three moto results, whilst Bailey Johnston, who had looked to be fighting for a top position, was forced to sit out of the previous round.
In the 125cc championship the fight is on once again. Jack Grayshon and Preston Williams have duelled all season, with Williams currently owning the top spot by 41 points as Grayshon suffered a tough weekend last time out. Louie Kessell took a podium finish at round four, but the ruts and hardpack track are a contrast to the previous two rounds, and all riders will need to adapt to the change in terrain for this weekend. When it comes to the Open class Max Ingham leads Jack Roberts and Dominic Lancett going into round five, however Lancett is out for the remainder of the season with an injury.
In addition to the classes above, the ACU British Rookie Championship series, which recognises those new to each class for that season, continues at Little Silver and so does the SCOTT Holeshot Championship. RHL Activities is looking forward to the Exeter event at a national championship track that’s hosted many prestigious and memorable races in the past.
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