Despite the changeable weather that tested the Michelin MX Nationals powered by Milwaukee team to the maximum last weekend, round four of the prestigious series went to the soon-to-be-closed Cusses Gorse, just up the road from Stonehenge.
Words: Press Release / Dick Law / Ben Rumbold | Featured Image: Michelin MX Nationals
It started to rain in the early hours of Saturday morning and didn’t stop. One block of racing was run instead of the usual two on Saturday, hoping that Sunday’s drier forecast was correct. As the riders, officials, family, and friends woke up on day two of the event, the sun was out, and the overnight wind had dried the track to put it into ideal racing condition.
The Crendon Fastrack Honda riders topped the Leatt Pro MX1 podium once again as Conrad Mewse took both race wins from teammate Josh Gilbert with Harri Kullas once again having to settle for third on his Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha.
Dylan Walsh, now riding a KTM sponsored by M. Smith Electrical, won both Apico Pro MX2 races from Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna), and Joe Brooks had his first national podium appearance on his GRT Impact KTM in third.
Gilbert got the holeshot at the start of the first combined Pro MX1 and MX2 from Mewse and Kullas, with Tommy Searle (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) fourth and Brooks, the first of the MX2s in fifth place.
For the first half of the race, Mewse stayed with his teammate Gilbert eyeing up any chance of slipping past for the lead. And on lap six, after Gilbert made a small mistake whilst struggling with a front brake issue, he was through and into the lead and, eventually, the race win. Mewse was suffering a little after a big crash in mid-week practice but he gritted his teeth to deliver the result.
Kullas slipped by Gilbert for second three laps later, relegating the Cornishman to third place at the finish flag. Searle spent the entire race in a distant fourth place, while Tristan Purdon (Gabriel SS24 KTM) came from eleventh at the start to fifth place.
Joel Rizzi (Honda) became the leading MX2 rider after passing Brooks on lap two. Still, a fast-moving Walsh passed both of them on his way to fifth on the track only to be relegated two places by MX1 riders as first Purdon powered past him, then Tom Grimshaw (Chambers Gas Gas) slipped by on his way to a sixth-place finish. With Rizzi on his tail, Walsh eventually crossed the finish line in seventh on the track, but he was the first MX2 rider.
Talviku did things the hard way as he gated nineteenth and had to fight past many of the 450s to finish in eleventh place in the race but third MX2.
Once again, it was the same three riders in the lead at the start of race two. Gilbert repeated the holeshot from Mewse and Kullas, with Grimshaw and Purdon heading up the rest. Walsh was proving that he was adapting well to the KTM, in eighth place and was the first MX2 rider.
As the riders disappeared around the second lap, Rizzi limped back into the work area with the front brake caliper hanging off his machine, ending his day and any chance of the overall win.
Searle got caught up in one of the deep ruts and went down. He got going again in twelfth place and finished his race in fifth.
On lap four, Mewse powered past an unsuspecting Gilbert around the outside of the second corner, into the lead, and powered on to his second race win. Gilbert hung onto second for second overall, with Kullas spending all race in third place for third overall. After passing Grimshaw on lap one, Purdon was fourth, with Searle knocking Grimshaw down another place with three laps to go.
Mewse now leads the Leatt MX1 Pro series by ten poitns over Gilbert, with Kullas now 17 points further back. And they head next to Hawkstone Park, one of Conrad’s favourite circuits where he went 1-1 in the Revo series in June!
As for the MX2s, Walsh had an uneventful race and crossed the finish line seventh in the race, but first MX2 rider. If Talviku had a challenging first race, his second was even more difficult. He crashed on the opening lap and came around past timing in twenty-sixth place but crashed again and dropped down to twenty-eighth. He went almost unobserved in the twelve remaining laps to finish eighth on the track but second MX2 for second overall.
In contrast, Brooks had an easier second race as he had a great start and rounded the first turn in eighth place. After being passed by two 450s, he maintained ninth place with only Talviku passing him with a couple of laps to go for tenth in the race, but third MX2 for third overall.
The main championship contenders for the MX2 class had torrid weekends all around. Charlie Cole (Blades Bikes Kawasaki) made the best of it, despite a dislodged silencer making him the loudest man on track in race one, with 9-6 finishes giving him an eight-point lead from previous leader Jamie Wainwright (WPH/SBE/Pure/Redline KTM). Neither Wainwright or Phoenix Tools/Even Strokes Kawasaki runner Carlton Husband scored higher than 12th all day, and remain a point apart in the standings. Joe Brokks’ amazing weekend saw him suddenly into the picture, just 11 off the lead and three ahead of Calum Mitchell on the Lexa Husqvarna. It leaves the top five covered by 14 points going to Hawkstone Park.
With a third place and two wins, James Dodd (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) won the RFX Expert MX1 event from race one winner Aaron Patstone (Brenron Gas Gas) with Richard Bird (Allmoto Megabikes Yamaha) third.
With three race wins from three starts, Ashley Greedy (Darjen Contractors Gas Gas) won the RFX Experts MX2s from teammate Mathew Bayliss who chased Greedy over the finish line two out of three times. Ben Mustoe (ASA United Gas Gas) was third, just four points behind Bayliss.
Josh Greedy (Darjen Contractors Kawasaki), with a second place and two race wins, won the Motoverde Amateur MX1s from race one winner Sean Wainwright (Fasteddy Racing Honda) with Luke Mellows (LM Kitchens Honda) third.
Raife Broadley (723 Race Bikes Fantic) was unbeaten in the Motoverde Amateur MX2s by winning all his races. Series leader Ben Clark (Rock Oil Husqvarna) took third on each occasion for the runner-up overall with Dan Brough (Rutzz.co.uk Yamaha) second in race one and Irish visitor Niall Cregan racing Broadley hard but losing out in both motos on Sunday. Jake Curtis-Stevens (Kawasaki) was third overall, with Brough just missing out on a podium position by two points.
It was tight at the top of the Worx Clubman MX1s as six riders finished within eight points of each other. Adam Paxton (Honda) took the overall win by four points as both Danny Webster (Husqvarna) and Billy Saunders (WMS Commercials Honda) finished on the same points in second and third. Tallon Aspden (LA Groundworks KTM) was fourth, just a single point off the podium but keeping his series red plate, with Drew Lane (Lanes Construction Gas Gas) finishing just one point behind him. Luke Oldfield (KTM) was two points further back.
It was a similar story in the Spiral GFX Clubman MX2s, with Aaron Framingham (Fabrican KTM) taking the win by just four points from Matt Tolley (426 Motorsport KTM) and Max Flint (Planet Moto KTM), who were both on the same points.
Billy Askew (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) continued his winning ways by winning all three Fly Racing MXY2 races and has remained unbeaten in this championship so far this year. Bayliss Utting (Trell Contractors Honda) was second, with Harrison Greenough (KTM) third on his 250F debut as Finley Evans (GRT Impact KTM) missed out on a podium position by a single point.
Reece Jones (SJP Moto KTM) won all three of the Fly Racing MXY125 races from Luke Grundy (KTM) and Wesley McGavin (KTM).
A rear wheel issue for Josh Vail (SJP Moto Husqvarna) robbed him of the overall in the Syntol Lubricants Big Wheel 85 class as with a third, a second and a win, Jamie Keith (MBR X&P KTM) snatched the victory away. Vail won the other two races, but rear wheel problems in race one on Sunday cost him dearly. Charlie Richmond (K&A Construction KTM) was third.
Of the small number of Syntol Lubricants Small Wheel 85s taking part, Joel Winstanley-Dawson (Techsource KTM) took the overall win with a couple of wins and a second place from race three winner Lucas Lee (Husqvarna) and Caiden Brand (Husqvarna).
The next round will be at the legendary Hawkstone Park in Shropshire on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
Top ten overall
Leatt Pro MX1:
1 Conrad Mewse (Crendon Fastrack Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Josh Gilbert (Crendon Fastrack Honda) 20 + 22 = 42
3 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha) 22 + 20 = 42
4 Tristan Purdon (Gabriel SS24 KTM) 16 + 18 = 34
5 Tommy Searle (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) 18 + 16 = 34
6 Tom Grimshaw (Chambers Gas Gas) 15 + 15 = 30
7 Jason Meara (JM10 Moto-cycle Honda) 14 + 13 = 27
8 Martin Barr (Apico Husqvarna) 10 + 14 = 24
9 Stuart Edmonds (S Biggs Commercials Honda) 11 + 12 = 23
10 Charlie Putnam (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna)) 9 + 11 = 20
Apico Pro MX2:
1 Dylan Walsh (KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) 20 + 22 = 42
3 Joe Brooks (GRT Impact KTM) 16 + 20 = 36
4 Charlie Hayman (Tru7 Honda) 14 + 18 = 32
5 Dylan Woodcock (Verde Shiloh KTM) 18 + 14 = 32
6 Taylor Hammel (Gabriel SS24 KTM) 15 + 16 = 31
7 Charlie Cole (Blade Bikes Kawasaki) 12 + 15 = 27
8 Ollie Colmer (Talk Templant KTM) 13 + 12 = 25
9 Glen McCormick (Chambers Gas Gas) 11 + 13 = 24
10 Joel Rizzi (Honda) 22 + 0 = 22
RFX Expert MX1:
1 James Dodd (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 20 + 25 + 25 = 70
2 Aaron Patstone (Brenron Gas Gas) 25 + 18 + 18 = 61
3 Richard Bird (Allmoto Megabikes Yamaha) 18 + 20 + 16 = 54
4 Sion Talbot (KTM) 14 + 16 + 20 = 50
5 Josh Canton (Concept CCF KTM) 16 + 14 + 15 = 45
6 Corrie Southwood (Langmead Kawasaki) 22 + 0 + 22 = 44
7 Harry Bradley (JB Tuning Kawasaki) 15 + 15 + 14 = 44
8 Josh Taylor (Honda) 13 + 22 + 0 = 35
9 Aidan Bruce (Shirlaws Motorcycles KTM) 0 + 13 + 13 = 26
RFX Expert MX2:
1 Ashley Greedy (Darjen Contractors Gas Gas) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Mathew Bayliss (Darjen Contractors Gas Gas) 22 + 20 + 22 = 64
3 Ben Mustoe (ASA United Gas Gas) 18 + 22 + 20 = 60
4 Josh Coleman (Holeshot MX LRSMX KTM) 15 + 18 + 18 = 51
5 Henry Siddiqui (Apico Husqvarna) 13 + 15 + 15 = 43
6 Tyler Westcott (HJA MC, Planet Moto) 12 + 14 + 16 = 42
7 Tyla Hooley (723 Race Bikes Fantic) 14 + 11 + 13 = 38
8 Callum Murfitt (Southside MMX KTM) 7 + 13 + 14 = 34
9 John Meara (Honda) 20 + 12 + 0 = 32
10 Charlie Hamlet (Kawasaki) 10 + 9 + 12 = 31
Motoverde Amateur MX1:
1 Josh Greedy (Darjen Contractors Kawasaki) 22 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Sean Wainwright (Fasteddy Racing Honda) 25 + 22 + 22 = 69
3 Luke Mellows (LM Kitchens Honda) 20 + 16 + 20 = 56
4 Joshua McCorkell (McCorkell Racing Husqvarna) 18 + 20 + 18 = 56
5 Brad Thornhill (LMC Plant KTM) 14 + 18 + 13 = 45
6 Callum Gordon (MX Revive Gas Gas) 10 + 15 + 16 = 41
7 Ryan Osborn (Evotech KTM) 11 + 14 + 15 = 40
8 Lewis Taylor (Van Care, Teebee MC KTM) 16 + 7 + 14 = 37
9 David Rushton (KTM) 15 + 10 + 9 = 34
10 Henry Partridge (Concept Racing Yamaha) 13 + 11 + 7 = 31
Motoverde Amateur MX2:
1 Raife Broadley (723 Race Bikes Fantic) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Ben Clark (Rock Oil Husqvarna) 20 + 20 + 20 = 60
3 Jake Curtis-Stevens (Kawasaki) 14 + 15 + 18 = 47
4 Dan Brough (Rutzz.co.uk Yamaha) 22 + 9 + 14 = 45
5 Niall Cregan (Husqvarna) 0 + 22 + 22 = 44
6 Jonathan Rodrick-Evans (KTM) 15 + 12 + 13 = 40
7 Leon Ongley (723 Fantic) 16 + 11 + 12 = 39
8 Tommi Davis (KTM) 8 + 16 + 11 = 35
9 Shaun Springer (Multitek Gas Gas) 0 + 18 + 16 = 34
10 Ryan Adair (KTM) 18 + 4 + 10 = 32
Worx Sports Insurance Clubman MX1:
1 Adam Paxton (Honda) 22 + 14 + 25 = 61
2 Danny Webster (Husqvarna) 16 + 25 + 16 = 57
3 Billy Saunders (WMS Commercials Honda) 25 + 18 + 14 = 57
4 Tallon Aspden (LA Groundwork KTM) 14 + 20 + 22 = 56
5 Drew Lane (Lanes Construction Gas Gas) 20 + 15 + 20 = 55
6 Luke Oldfield (KTM) 18 + 22 + 12 = 53
7 Thomas White (T White Window Cleaning KTM) 15 + 9 + 9 = 33
8 Darren Manning-Coe (Fabrican KTM) 3 + 11 + 18 = 32
9 Josh Young (KTM) 0 + 16 + 10 = 26
10 Daniel Chapman (KTM) 0 + 10 + 15 = 25
Spiral Clubman MX2:
1 Aaron Framingham (Fabrican Racing KTM) 18 + 25 + 18 = 61
2 Matt Tolley (426 Motorsport KTM) 25 + 9 + 25 = 59
3 Max Flint (Planet Moto KTM) 15 + 22 + 22 = 59
4 Matthew Pocock (MGP Steel KTM) 13 + 14 + 14 = 41
5 Bradley Johnstone (Moto Connection Kawasaki) 10 + 13 + 15 = 38
6 Alex Hamer (KTM) 5 + 15 + 16 = 36
7 Toby Lightbown (Bell RFX KTM) 12 + 10 + 11 = 33
8 Max Fletcher (Mumzie Kawasaki) 16 + 12 + 2 = 30
9 Charlie West (Tim Feeney KTM) 1 + 7 + 20 = 28
10 Matthew Fuller (KTM) 11 + 8 + 8 = 27
1 Billy Askew (GTCI Revo Kawasaki) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Bayliss Utting (Trell Contractors Honda) 15 + 22 + 22 = 59
3 Harrison Greenough (KTM) 20 + 18 + 16 = 54
4 Finlay Evans (GRT Impact KTM) 18 + 20 + 15 = 53
5 Mackenzie Marshall (DK Offroad Yamaha) 16 + 10 + 20 = 46
6 Jak Taylor (Lexa MX Husqvarna) 12 + 11 + 18 = 41
7 Kayde Rayns (Scott Motorsport Yamaha) 11 + 13 + 14 = 38
8 Sid Putnam (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) 13 + 14 + 10 = 37
9 Louis Vincent (RHS MC Honda) 22 + 12 + 0 = 34
10 Fin Wilson (Husqvarna) 0 + 16 + 13 = 29
1 Reece Jones (SJP Moto KTM) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Luke Grundy (KTM) 22 + 20 + 22 = 64
3 Westley McGavin (KTM) 11 + 22 + 20 = 53
4 Jack Meara (Honda) 20 + 16 + 15 = 51
5 Chester Hyde (Matt Pope MC Gas Gas) 12 + 18 + 18 = 48
6 Ollie Bubb (3 Flo Yamaha) 16 + 15 + 16 = 47
7 Jack Brearey (NBE Racing Husqvarna) 18 + 14 + 12 = 44
8 Cody Spacagna (Trevor Pope KTM) 15 + 13 + 14 = 42
9 Wyatt McGegor (KTM) 14 + 12 + 13 = 39
10 Travis Laughton (KTM) 13 + 11 + 11 = 35
Syntol Big Wheel 85:
1 Jamie Keith (MBR X&P KTM) 20 + 25 + 22 = 67
2 Josh Vail (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 25 + 14 + 25 = 64
3 Charlie Richmond (K&A Construction KTM) 22 + 22 + 18 = 62
4 Finlay Pickering (Mr T’s Racing KTM) 12 + 20 + 15 = 47
5 Blake Ward-Clarke (GRT Impact KTM) 18 + 15 + 12 = 45
6 Harry Lee (GRT Impact KTM) 15 + 16 + 13 = 44
7 Alfie Geddes-Green (Matt Pope MC Gas Gas) 13 + 11 + 16 = 40
8 Austin Beasty (Custom MX Husqvarna) 14 + 13 + 11 = 38
9 Zane Stephens (Store 114 Gas Gas) 11 + 12 + 14 = 37
10 Hayden Statt (Manchester MC KTM) 16 + 0 + 20 = 36
Syntol Small Wheel 85:
1 Joel Winstanley-Dawson (Techsource Racing KTM) 25 + 25 + 22 = 72
2 Lucas Lee (Husqvarna) 22 + 22 + 25 = 69
3 Caiden Brand (Husqvarna) 18 + 20 + 20 = 58
4 Chad Prince (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) 20 + 18 + 18 = 56
Has British Motocross turned a corner?
British Motocross is a subject I’m very passionate about. It’s the sole reason MX Vice was created back in 2011. At that time there were a few magazines out there, but not many websites. One defining moment for me was seeing Gordon Crockard sit exhausted in a small setup in Denver at the 2010 Motocross of Nations. Ireland had done their usual B final shenanigans, where Crockard finished second to Martin Davalos, Martin Barr third and Stuart Edmonds fifth in a very hot Denver. It took a colossal effort by them, but most notably by Crockard, who was a little older than the young guns of Barr and Edmonds on the team. Watching from afar I could see that Gordon didn’t leave anything on the track on Sunday September 26th, he was spent.
Words: James Burfield | Lead Image: Supplied
I’d never spoken to Gordon before but I felt I needed to go over and speak to him because the amount of respect I had for him that weekend and the Irish team was on another level. The MXDN has a way of bringing out the passion from the fans just as much as the riders and I was totally wrapped up in it as a fan. The best I could offer was ‘that was an amazing effort’ that probably didn’t mean much at the time (Crockard finished 15th overall in MX Open). He smiled, was super polite and talked to me for five minutes before getting changed.
The next day we were in a shopping mall in Denver, I just bought a coffee for myself, my wife and godson, and lo and behold Gordon was sitting down in the mall. He looked up and said “hey how are you?” So I sat down with Gordon, my godson and we spoke about the previous day, what it took for him to achieve what he did that weekend in the heat and altitude of Denver.
When I got back the next few weeks I scoured the internet and magazines and the little that was covered I felt didn’t give the team and Gordon justice. I had been going to the MXDN since 2006 and tried to get to as many GPs as possible from 2006 to 2010, and after buying a bike back in 2005, my bug was firmly back.
Although I have regressed about why I’m passionate about British Motocross I feel like I need to add some context to how I got there. I approached DBR back in 2010 about MX Vice being a possible motocross website to Sean Lawless, as DBR then didn’t do much online. As you would have figured I was turned down, for good reason. I was just a fan, although I had masses of digital knowledge, it didn’t mean anything to the motocross world back then. Whenever I picked up my monthly copies of MotoMag and DBR the stories were tailored around the stars of the sport. I wanted to hear about the journeymen, the riders that work in the week and the epic stories about making it to the line against the best in Britain.
At that time in the UK, Ashley Wilde, Jake Millward, Alan Keet, Adam Sterry, Luke Norris, Lewis Tombs, Josh Waterman, Ross Rutherford, Matthew Moffat, Ross Hill, Rob Davidson, Jordan Divall and Ross Keyworth were among some of the riders that wouldn’t get any coverage. No one was telling their stories or interviewing them. That’s when I knew MX Vice was needed.
For those that have been on this journey with MX Vice you will know the ins and outs of my love affair with British Motocross. So much has happened in those twelve years. I have seen two ACU chairmen come and go, helped form a championship called the MX Nationals, ran two race teams and spent hundreds of thousands on this sport I love. What I have realised in those twelve years is you have to have tough skin, because if you are going to have an opinion that is not shared by people who have a financial interest, then they will go to whatever level they need to go to to protect that interest. So when I started to ask questions that everyone wanted to know the answers to, you were tarnished with being disruptive and toxic.
The UK is a small community of the same people and if you fuck around in their playground you find out, as pressure is applied to business not to work with you. I have been on this constant journey with British motocross, going round in circles.
The opportunity to go to MXGP in 2015 was a breath of fresh air for MX Vice and myself. We felt welcomed and they appreciated the impact we made online and through our social channels, even when our opinion differed we didn’t get alienated, or advertising pulled from us due to pressure.
Weirdly they welcomed the challenge to be better, in fact they were open to hearing if we saw any opportunities to help them improve. This freaked us out for a while and part of us thought, “what’s the catch?” Going to MXGP felt like we moved from primary school to university and skipped secondary with the way people accepted and worked with us. That credit goes down to David Luongo who came in with new ideas and Samanta Gelli who understood our potential from day one.
When you look back to 2008 to 2014 and see the amount of GP riders that were regulars in the British Championship, maybe we were spoiled? Maybe it skewed our vision, but it just wasn’t just us, GP riders and fans were interested in the British scene. What has happened since that time is that the Dutch, German, French, Italian and Spanish championships have evolved, their federations have invested and been very successful with their programs.
Again this has not helped with the perception when looking at British Motocross. Since 2014 I feel there has been glimpses of effort, but in comparison we have become complacent. When you are complacent then other people will see an opportunity, just like MX Vice did with MotoMag and DBR in 2011. Those two juggernauts at the time possibly looked and laughed at the thought of someone like MX Vice passing them.
I want those days back when you were excited to see riders like Arnaud Tonus, Zach Osborne and Christophe Pourcel in MX2 and Matiss Karro, Kevin Strijbos, Shaun Simpson, Stephen Sword, Marc de Reuver in MX1 and you would travel the length of the UK on a Sunday not to miss a round.
Yes we have had COVID, Brexit and now we are in a recession, it’s a difficult time for everyone. The British championship is doing its best given the resources they have along with the MX Nationals. Tracks are charging in the region of £15,000 – £20,000, and gone are the days of volunteer marshalls. The cost to run a national event is around £30,000 to £40,000 per round. Add in to this the industry is spending less on events and marketing to promote their products, services and business, and you can recognise the struggle.
Both championships are run under the ACU, who are the leading federation in the UK, and that won’t possibly change in our lifetime. So as much as people want to moan about what they are not doing, then remember they are not going anywhere either. As the federation for both championships, they are always going to be the target for those people who feel disenfranchised with how the sport is going and it doesn’t help when people perceive other countries are progressing and new organisations like Nora92 are investing back into the sport with an incredible youth program and reduced licence and riding fees.
I believe that the ACU have recognised that things need to change and have understood that the licence fee subscribers are the life force behind their business. The appointment of Tim Lightfoot as chair of the ACU has been a positive one, someone who seems to truly understand that a united British motocross is beneficial to the ACU.
There are some great people within UK motocross who all believe that they know what it needs and when they are not listened to they then decide to adopt the mantra of I’ll just go and do it myself. Tim Lightfoot has the biggest job in motocross right now, and everything to play for.
With the right foresight and understanding what is required from key stakeholders that are jaded he could unite the British motocross scene, skyrocket ACU licences and drive the industry forward. A lot of pressure for one person, but if he can unite the rest of the ACU behind him, then things will change. So a glimmer of hope has happened for the ACU and the national championship, but there will be many who would have heard this all before.
But the hook that got me engaged with British motocross once more was when I heard of the possibility of a new Championship being started for 2024, but with two rounds being run in Europe. As an outsider looking in I would one hundred percent be that guy to say, “Jesus yet another championship” – just what the UK needs. That would have been the general sentiment towards someone starting another championship in the UK. So I needed to know more to understand if this would be a success or not.
Clinton Putnam is the guy who is looking to challenge British motocross to be better, to set a new bar in the hope it will shake it up and take it forward. Clinton was behind the very successful GT Cup and came onboard the MX National series supporting with tracks, infrastructure and vehicles. The same guy who has been behind the explosion of quality new motocross tracks in the UK over the past two years, something that the UK is in dire need of. I spoke to Clinton initially to understand more about the series and what his approach to media would be and see if I could help in any way. His vision is to offer a championship that feels like a GP when you arrive, an emphasis on the pros, along with world class tracks for them to ride on.
A few months ago this was made even more impressive by the fact that Clinton would be running with or without support from the industry, luckily for Clinton there are people, businesses and brands that also share and welcome that vision.
For the past eighteen months I have stayed out of the UK scene thanks to having COVID for five months, which kicked my ass, and then focussing on MXGP to fulfil our contracts. With Arenacross offering £140,000, NPC £98,700, MX Nationals and the British Championship there is finally some good money for pros to earn in 2024 when the economy is struggling! So is this the wind of change that we needed?
Since the new Nora Pro Championship (NPC) was announced it seems to have lifted the industry, federations have upped their game, other championships have got a second wind and the purse strings are a little looser from brands and manufacturers. Who knows where British motocross will be by the end of 2024?
We could be looking back five years from now saying where we would be without Clinton Putnam starting the NPC, and it being a driving force for not only the UK and six rounds in the UK and six rounds in Europe.
One thing is for sure, British motocross is a lot like the political landscape. There is a lot of talk about requiring people to work together, but it will always be difficult when egos and money get in the way of progress. Hawkstone International and VMXDN Foxhills have shown that if the product is what people want then they will support it, the challenge is to offer that level six times a year, not just the once.
Strap in because we have a lot to look forward to over the next thirty six months.
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BREAKING NEWS: Nora Pro Championship dates released
Just in. The dates have been selected for the new Nora Pro Championship for 2024. Whilst there are no surprises that there were going to be clashing it still allows riders to race on a Saturday and a Sunday if they want to ride two championships. The good news we hear is the prize fund is substantial and if facts are correct the biggest prize fund in European Motocross. More information will be released this week. PR Below.
We are pleased to announce the dates agreed for the 2024 championship. As you can imagine this was extremely difficult and we had to take some time to deliberate because we didn’t want to clash with the Bridgestone Championship as this will act as the feeder series to the Pro Championship, the Dirtstore British Championship, the Nora British Cup, and some European EMX races. Whilst taking all these into account it didn’t leave many dates available, and unfortunately, there will be clashes with other series including the Fastest 40. However, with the Fastest 40 running their Pro group on a Saturday and the Nora Pro Championship on Sunday only, we hope this helps.
The dates will be as follows:
24th March 2024 – UK
21st April 2024 – UK
12th May 2024 – Europe
28th July 2024 – UK
25th August – Europe
8th September – UK
Tracks will be released over the next two weeks as contracts are completed. The UK tracks have been agreed and as mentioned in a previous release there will be a brand new UK motocross track that no one has used, a great step in the right direction when so many tracks are being closed.
A huge thank you for the support and feedback that we have received already and we are taking that into account. We believe in open communication so we will explain every decision openly to offer clarity.
We are working very hard behind the scenes and are implementing everything to make this championship one of the most professional in Europe. Our only goal is to raise the bar of British motocross.
New website, title sponsor, tracks, European races, partners, features, teams and riders will be released over the coming weeks.
The All-New Kawasaki KX450
The KX legacy has created a long line of champions and Kawasaki’s drive to produce more has never faltered.
This year Kawasaki celebrate 50 years of Dirt Domination with the KX brand, so it’s no surprise to see a characteristically “full gas” approach to the 2024 MX season, with the much-anticipated announcement of the 2024 models.
Leading the 450 cm3 class charge is the awesome KX450 enjoying its first full-model change in five years, innovatively introducing features never seen before on a KX machine.
The all-new flagship race machine, the KX450 off road motorcycle, offers next level engineering and power to dominate the track. The 2024 KX450 benefits from a new frame and bodywork plus increased engine performance thanks to a symmetrically aligned intake and exhaust. Handling performance has also improved, with greater front-end feel contributing to improved cornering performance to complement the KX450’s acclaimed light, nimble handling and legendary straight-line ability. Aggressive new green bodywork offers improved ergonomics due to a slim, and smoother rider interface while upgrades for the coming season include premium Brembo brake components and ODI Lock-on grips.
In terms of tech highlights, the 2024 KX450 features for the very first time Power Modes and Kawasaki Traction Control, both easily selectable from switches at the left handlebar. Riders can quickly select from two levels (Weak, Strong) of traction control to suit conditions and preference. Riders may also elect to turn the system off. Using the Mode (M) button on the left handlebar, it is also possible to switch between two engine maps (Normal, Mild response) provided in the ECU.
Additionally, smartphone connectivity allows riders to connect with their machine to adjust engine mapping directly from their smartphones using the application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP KX” to adjust engine maps including fuel and ignition timing while maintenance logs are also available.
Adding new features, plus carefully selected electronic rider aids, has taken the KX450 to the next level and Kawasaki hopes that 2024 season riders will accelerate ahead of the chasing pack towards well deserved podium results.
With innovative and evolving features over the decades, we’ve learned what it takes to win and stay on top and the KX450 embodies this legacy to the fullest. The new 2023 model is available from December 2023, contact your local dealer today or visit kawasaki.co.uk to find out more.
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