The heat was on at Hawkstone Park this weekend for round four of the AMCA Championship, With the historic hill looming in the background, the races consisted of MX1, MX2, 2-Stroke, Youth and the Vets.
After the success at Lower Drayton's IMBA round, the MX1 riders headed down to the start gate. A strong-looking Josh Waterman took the holeshot and an easy lead, shortly followed by a determined-looking Ashley Greedy and James Dodd. A fierce-looking Gary Gibson and Jansen Day also scrapped it out in the first few laps. A newcomer to the notorious Hawkstone Park circuit was the Gear4 KTM rider of Luke Bull, who put in an impressive fourteenth overall at the weekend’s events. Moving onto race two and three, Waterman was on the move and kept his cool despite the thirty-degree heat and proceeded to take all three race wins on the day.
"A perfect day really. I went out for qualifying, put in one fast lap and that was enough for pole position. Holeshot race one and won," said Waterman. "Gated second in race two in and won, gated third in race three and was in the lead by the fifth turn and won. Won the overall and now got the red plate going into next round. Bike was awesome! Big thanks to all family and my sponsors, it would not be possible without them all."
The 2-Stroke class didn't disappoint either with Richard Cannings taking all three race wins with an impressive lead of thirty-eight seconds, shortly followed by Brad Doyle and Sean Eckersley. The three of them eventually took the podium slots at the end of the day.
The MX2 class continued to be dominated by the likes of Luke Burton. Lewis King took the race one holeshot and Bradley Tranter, who put in a fantastic few laps in in the first race, led until Burton passed him to take the race one win.
Burton showed no signs of slowing down moving onto the second race as he gated a little further back, which caused him to push through to the lead in a couple of laps before the race got stopped due to a red flag. That unfortunately caused a race restart.
With Tranter suffering a DNF in race three, this let Burton and King fight it out to the end with Burton taking the overall, King second, and Josh Coleman taking third overall on the day.
"I qualified sixth in the morning, went out for race one and pulled the holeshot," Bradley Tranter told MX Vice exclusively. "I managed to finish fifth. Race two… I had a bad start and came through to ninth position. In race three I was running in eight and just could not cope with the pain in my shoulder, as it has only been two and half weeks since I had my operation."
Vets Championship leader Simon Lane looked fast aboard his JSR Honda, which resulted in him having some great battles with Gary Davies and the Centre Solutions rider of Matt Gordon. Davies took the overall for the weekend just eighteen points ahead of Lane. The Gear4 Ktm rider of Sean Smith, who just missed out on a podium by four points over the whole weekend, also had some brilliant races.
"I had a solid consistent day qualifying fifth," said Smith. "The bike felt loose in the sand, so made a few changes for the first race. Did not get the best of starts off the concrete, but the changes to the bike made it easy to pull back to fourth. Race two I had a bad start again, but pulled up to fifth by lap two. Race three I managed to get a good start at last and slip into second place behind Davies and held second for a bit until Lane got past. I felt good and strong in third, then had a little slip off which put me back to fourth and that is where I stayed."
The youth class almost put the adults to shame around a tough Hawkstone as the day went on, with the track getting rather rough for the kids! Fantastic rides from Charlie Palmer, Joseph Brookes and Joel Fisher. There were plenty of battles between them all throughout Sunday. Brookes took the overall, followed by Palmer and Fisher.
The next round of the AMCA Championship will be taking place at Culham on July 29. See you in the paddock!
Words: Sophie Mcginn | Lead Image: AMCA Events