Maxxis reviews British Motocross Championship third leg
Tyre brand Maxxis is the current title sponsor of the ACU British Motocross Championship – in addition to sponsoring several teams individually – and has pronounced itself delighted to see more close racing when the third round of the Championship took place at the sandy Cadders Hill circuit in in Lyng, Norfolk on 17 April. Maxxis also said its sponsored teams put in “a strong showing to deliver some solid top ten finishes”.
In the MX1 class, two wins and a third place enabled PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson to take victory ahead of Stephen Sword (Buildbase CCM-Racing) and Kristian Whatley of Samsung Yamaha, giving him a 12 point lead over Whatley going into round four.
The opening moto saw Gert Krestinov, riding for the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team, make a strong start and move into fourth place but then a crash on lap two saw him go off with a dislocated shoulder. After icing the injury Gert returned to post another top five start and move quickly into third place, settling into a good rhythm and eventually finishing the race in fifth. In the third moto Gert made a strong start and came into his own at the halfway point, moving up to finish in seventh at the flag. He ended the day in overall 10th and is currently lying ninth in the standings.
Zach Osborne of Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf took over the lead of the MX2 class with a 1-1-2 tally for the day, with DB Racing’s Elliot Banks Browne finishing second and Ray Rowson of Samsung Yamaha rounding out the podium. Osborne now takes a slender three point lead over team mate Arnaud Tonus into the next round.
A superb performance by Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki’s Bryan Mackenzie saw him finish in fourth overall and move into fifth in the championship table. In the opening MX2 race Bryan made a lightening start to take third and then rode well to move up to second when Tonus went out, but he lost a place to Banks Browne in the closing laps. After another good start in the second moto Bryan was riding in fourth until he suffered a rear tyre puncture which relegated him to a sixth place finish and in the final race he struggled to get a good jump but pushed hard, working his way through the pack to finish in sixth.
Connor Walkley’s return to racing after a six-week lay-off with broken fingers meant the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team was able to contest this round with a full line up, and there were encouraging signs for the rest of the season, ending up in overall 23rd position.
Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team manager Steve James commented: “It’s been fantastic. We enjoyed a really good day as a team. Everyone has worked so hard and I hope that it can continue at Milton Park for the next round.”
Steven Clarke was the sole rider for the Maxxis-sponsored Hooper Maxxis Suzuki team, as Visa issues continue to delay Kayne Lamont joining the team, and he had a great ride in the sand, scoring in all three motos. After a strong start in the opening MX2 race Steven was up to fifth before arm-pump forced him to slow and finish in eighth and he followed this up with a 12th place finish in the second race. A solid ride in the final moto saw Steven end the day in overall seventh, a good performance which puts him in overall 10th in the championship standings.
Lyng provided the motocross stars of tomorrow with an opportunity to display their talents and in the MXY2 class it was James Dunn (JCS, Apex, Doodson) with a 2-1 tally who emerged the overall winner, ahead of Adam Sterry (RMJ Academy) with Jordan Divall of Evo-Tech in third. Divall’s third and fourth place finishes were enough for him to take the lead in the five-round series by a seven point margin from Ryan Houghton on the HM Plant Red Bull KTM.
The fourth round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship takes place at Milton Park near Northampton on Sunday, 1 May, when the MXY2 youth series will once again support the MX1 and MX2 classes.