What the Riders had to say! AMCA British Motocross Championships Round 2
Here’s what some of the riders had to say after a great round 2 of the AMCA British Motocross Championship held at Long Lane, near Telford on Sunday.
Interviews and Images by Mike Wood
Luke Burton (Geartec Honda) MX1 winner
Pretty sweet day, race one and two I got the holeshot, rode a steady race and brought it home on top. Race three I spun up on the gate and didn’t get a very good start, I managed to pick them off pretty quick on a knarly Long Lane! Big thank you to team Geartec Honda. They are putting a lot of time and effort into me to make me comfortable on big red. LB.
Adam Chatfield (Wulfsport/Meredith MX Suzuki) MX1 runner-up
The weekend went a lot better for me, I don’t really like sand too much and haven’t raced that kind of dirt in years so I was happy with my results, Had bad starts and had to come from the back and kept moving forward so I was pleased with that , shame I crashed in the last race and lost some time, I will get better each week with more time on the bike and the team is working hard to get the bike set up for me.
Josh Coleman (Wulfsport/Meredith MX Suzuki) MX2 runner-up
It was a brilliant days racing. After a mediocre round one, I knew I had plenty more to give and I made sure that happened today. Hats off to the club for their hard work in making the track and racing great. I had awesome battles throughout the day, especially with Luke Dean in the final lap of moto two. We exchanged positions four times throughout the lap and he eventually got the better of me – he rode great!
I’m really happy for my 2nd overall which has bumped me up into 2nd in the Championship. Let’s keep the ball rolling and a big thank you to everyone behind me who makes it happen, really appreciate the great support!
Ryan Crowder (Hazport/Sandiford/ACE Suspension KTM) 5TH MX2
I had another good consistent point scoring day with 5th Overall going 6/6/2. Still leaving me 3rd overall in the MX2. My starts really made my weekend a challenge and after always being known for being a good starter it’s frustrating going around the first corner near the back of the pack. Making the move to the 2-stroke this season after not riding one since back in the 85cc days is just taking a little getting used to out of the gate but if I can master it we will be good to push for some moto wins. First race I got off to a bad start and pushed up to 5th then made a little silly mistake in a rut with 2 laps to go leaving me to settle for 6th. Second race I got off to a mid- pack start to collide with a few riders in the 3rd corner and crash of the side of track leaving me nearly half a lap behind but kept pushing right to the flag to get another solid 6th. Saving best till last I got off to a slightly better start around 6/7th and managed to pick my way up to 2nd which I was very happy with.
My speed and fitness feels great and I know I can run top 3 just need to put it all together. It’s going to be tough to beat Wainwright as he is on fire this year but if it’s going to happen I need to get out that gate before he disappears! Looking forward to the next round and really enjoying my racing this year with no pressure just out there having fun. Big thanks to everyone that supports me.
Damon Strydom (Apex KTM UK) 3RD in 125cc
The day started off well with me qualifying 6th but from first to sixth there was 0.6 of a second in it so I knew I would have somewhat a decent gate pick.
The first race I managed to get a good start and was around 4th or 5th and settled in for a few laps, Then made my way to the front with some decent passes and managed to win the first race.
The second race I came into the start and as I went into the corner somehow a rider managed to wheel into me causing me to go down, I got up and came from last making my way through the pack riding a bit tight and ended up 8th.
The third race again hooking with another rider in the start and dragging his bike with me gave me not a great start and made it hard on myself to come through the pack which I was doing alright until 3 or so laps to go I came together with another rider causing me to go down pretty hard but I got up quick enough to only lose one position and end up 6th.
Overall I managed to secure 3rd for the day which was surprising from the results I had but I was glad to be on the podium, it was definitely a testing day but this thing is not over until the last chequered so we will give it all we have.
A big thank you to my team Apex KTM UK, along with all of our amazing sponsors, my Dad, My wife and just every person who is in my corner keeping me on track, see you all next weekend at the next round Damo.
Jimmy Margetson (Wulfsport Maico) 2nd in 125cc
It was a hard day for me, started off well going P1 in qualifying but unfortunately had bad start in race one followed by a couple of silly crashes. Race two got off in 2nd but again another crash on the first lap made it hard work for the remainder of the race. Last race I rode like I know I can, picking good lines it was a dash to the finish but hats off to Shane, he rode well, and had the better of me.
Paul Burn 3rd in the Vets
Coming into round 2 I was not sure if I would be riding after picking up an injury from round 1. So starting the day sitting in pole was fantastic and giving me confidence for a good day. Race 1 started off well with a holeshot and sprinting off early. The Lane lads caught me up then I dropped to 3rd but a lap latter I was back upfront. Yet again I then went back to 3rd two laps from the end . Race 2 : got into the lead after the 1st lap. Sat there for a bit then slipped to 3rd by the end . Endurance was improving. Race 3: not a good start but pulled up to second but crashed on the 1st lap and making it hard work to get back to 4th.
In all, happy to be on the podium and challenging for 1st position. Now 3rd in the series and looking forward to the next round. Well done to the organisers and track team.