Victory and Podiums for SJP Moto KTM at Michelin MX National Opener
FatCat Moto Parc provided the venue for the opening round of the Michelin MX Nationals Powered by Milwaukee on a hot and sunny weekend as the SJP Moto KTM team looked to make a strong start to the Championship.
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In the qualifying session, Reece Jones was 2nd fastest in the Small Wheel 85cc class with teammate Billy Askew finished 5th fastest in the Big Wheel class. In the MXY125 class, last years Big Wheel 85cc Champion Charlie Heyman took pole position at his first championship on the bigger bike, while teammate Jayden Haigh was 4th fastest. Going into the races all four riders were feeling confident of producing strong results over the weekend.
On Saturday in the Open 85cc class, Reece and Billy start the season strong with Reece taking 2nd in the opening race in the Small Wheel class, while Billy rode well to claim a 3rd place finish. In the second moto on the Saturday Billy made another good start and battled at the head of the Big Wheel class to claim 3rd place at the flag, while Reece suffered from a bad start and could only recover to 3rd in the Small Wheel class.
In the two races for the MXY125 class on Saturday Charlie and Jayden were looking for good results after their qualifying sessions. In the opening race, both started well, and Charlie was soon battling for the lead but unfortunately had a coming together with another rider that saw him get a handlebar to the ribs as they went off track resulting in him finishing down in 17th. At the front of the pack, Jayden was riding well and claimed a 4th place finish. In the second moto, Charlie returned to the track in discomfort but looking to score points, while Jayden was hoping for a repeat of race one. This time around Jayden finished in 5th with Charlie in 10th place after suffering with the rough track.
Sunday saw all riders have another two races, in the third Open 85cc race of the weekend Billy made a great start and took the early race lead and went on to finish in second, while Reece came through the pack to claim 2nd in his class. The final race of the weekend saw both riders make good starts as Billy went on to claim the race win and overall victory in the Big Wheel class, Reece rode a strong moto to claim 2nd and 2nd overall in the Small Wheel class.
In the two MXY125 races, Charlie was hoping for better luck as Jayden looked to continue his consistent results. In the first race on Sunday Charlie was feeling slightly better and able to handle the smoother track and took the class win with Jayden in 9th place after a first-lap crash. In the final race, Charlie again struggled with the rough track and could only manage to finish in 3rd place ahead of Jayden who rode well for 4th place. At the end of the weekend, Jayden’s consistent results gave him his first MX Nationals podium in 3rd overall with Charlie claiming 5th overall after his first race incident.
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager
“This weekend has been a good weekend for us as a team, we ended up with Billy taking the overall win in the Big Wheels, while Reece and Jayden both finished on the podium overall and Charlie claimed a race win, even after his incident in the first race on Saturday. Billy was in good form all weekend and his final race win claimed the victory for him, while Reece struggled with starts but dug deep to get second overall. Jayden was super consistent all weekend and claimed a well-deserved podium. Charlie showed his pace and it’s just a shame he had such a heavy crash and was struggling when the track got rough afterwards. Overall to get race wins and overall victory and 3 out of 4 riders on the podium it’s been a good start to this Championship for us as a team.”