Maxxis reviews season in motocross
Tyre brand Maxxis is heavily involved in British motocross, with a title sponsorship of the sport’s British Championship and team sponsorships in three separate series. It is, for instance, associated with Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki rider Bryan Mackenzie, who claimed his first British Motocross Championship podium at the final round of the series on 2 October, providing what Maxxis described as “a fitting climax” to the 2011 season.
Having qualified in third in the MX2 class, Mackenzie made the most of some good starts, settling quickly into a rhythm and posting a second and two third place finishes. This netted him second on the day, while his commitment and consistency throughout the eight rounds was rewarded with fourth place in the series standings.
In the MX1 class Mackenzie’s Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team mate Gert Krestinov battled through the field after a couple of poor starts to achieve a set of 5-4-3 results, making him fourth on the day and fifth in the championship at the season’s close. Meanwhile, Steven Clarke of the Maxxis Apico Suzuki team, who was also participating in the MX2 class in the Maxxis British Motocross Championship, achieved a 6-6-10 finish and ended the day in sixth overall. He finished in tenth place on the championship leader board out of a field of some 51 competitors.
“Yet again the teams and riders competing in the Maxxis British Motocross Championship have delighted motocross fans around the UK with their skills and never say die attitude, and the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team has worked incredibly hard all season long to wring every ounce of performance out of their Maxxis tyres, so it was good to see them end the season on a high note,” said Maxxis International UK’s managing director Derek McMartin.
“Bryan saved his best till last, and his well-deserved second place at Hawkstone Park provided a fitting conclusion to the championship for everyone involved with the team.”
The Maxxis British Motocross Championship now takes its winter break and the action recommences in March 2012.
Maxxis celebrates MX titles
Mackenzie’s fourth place in the Maxxis British Championship was augmented by MX2 victory in the British Masters Championship, while Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki’s Lee Dunham emerged as AMCA MX1 British Champion in his maiden season on a 450F machine.
Mackenzie’s second place finish at the penultimate round of the British Masters in Shropshire gave him an unassailable lead in the MX2 class and was enough for him to lift the title, while Clarke’s final round win for the Maxxis Apico Suzuki team saw him end the season in overall fifth place. Mackenzie also competed in MX1 alongside team mate Krestinov and closed out his campaign with another podium to finish second overall.
The AMCA MX1 British Championship went down to the wire and Dunham showed real determination at the final round in Cheshire as he clinched the title from Clinton Barrs by a margin of just seven points. In Meijel, Holland, for the final round of the MX1 IMBA European Championship, Dunham found himself up against a number of Dutch and Belgian sand specialists. Coping well with the heavy, deep sand track, Lee put in another gritty performance to round off a superb effort throughout his debut season and come away with third overall in the series.