Round 3 of the National Motocross series was held at Wroxton Motopark in Oxfordshire with approximately 300 riders enjoying a wonderful weekends racing at a professionally prepared circuit.
MX1 opened the programme with Jonathan Pettit having a brilliant weekend wining the first races. A crash with Scott Elderfield well into the last lap of the final moto, leaving both riders on the floor, saw Elderfield remount quickest to take the win. Petit although relegated to third had done enough to secure the overall in an enthralling moto with action right to the flag. Tony Cuddy and Dexter Marks ended equal on points having both scored top 3 finishes during the weekend during their epic battles. Marks started like a rocket in the opener and lead for most of the race until passed by Pettit but was unable to carry his form into day 2. Dominic Foreman secured fourth overall from Dan Johnson and Jake Alsop. Harry McKenna showed his form with a runner up spot in moto 4 but a moto 1 DNF spoilt his overall chances.
Another battle for top spot in MX2 took place as expected with Sebastian Osborne taking the honours from Chuck Davies who just edged out Aaron Jenner for runners up spot. A disaster in moto 3 saw Osborne fighting back from 25th early on to finish 4th. Aaron Pipon took the win in the second day opener after a mixed bag of results on day one. Second in the final moto was enough to secure 5th for Shaun Southgate with Rowan Hill completing the top 6.
125cc Ace Rickie Roderick took maximum points this weekend but was chased hard to the finish by Danny Lanfear and Jordan Bachelor. Danny finishing second overall with some excellent scores. With not a good start to his name all weekend Jordan has to battle back in every race and was constantly closing on the leaders, but in a crash while challenging Lanfear in the final moto cost him valuable time. Kieran Banks spoilt a good weekend with a disaster in moto 4 but had enough points in the bag to secure 4th from Callum Sloman and Jason Wells.
MXY2 pilot Ben Putnam was consistent all weekend with wins in the opening and closing motos giving him the overall in this very competitive group. Daniel Maxey started poorly but a win in moto 3 and a couple of second places did enough to claim second, although tied on points, from Jay Thomas the moto 4 winner. Jordan Carrier had a super weekend and was always in contention. Having to charge through the field to claim some top 3 finishes gave Jack Timms a deserved 5th having just edged out Chris Grindle.
Big Wheel 85cc saw four different moto winners with opening moto winner Tyron Cleaver unable to back up his win meaning he finished well down the order. Josh Coleman claimed the top spot thanks to two gate to flag wins on day 2. Having opened his weekend with a poor score Scooter Webster, despite a moto 2 win, could not make up the points to challenge for the overall but finished well clear of 3rd place Charlie Putnam who by contrast has started with a runner up spot in moto 1. The final race on day 1 was taken by Mitchell Lewis but he was unable to break into the top six. The final top 6 places going to Henry Williams, by one point from, David Keet and Dylan Hogkins.
Small Wheel 85cc riders were very close with just four points separating the top 3 in the overall standings. Henry Siddiqui claimed the overall with three wins including a pass on Dylan Woodcock in the run up to the finish. Dylan catching a rut wrong left half a gap for the determined Siddiqui to squeeze through and with that pass secure the overall win. Albie Wilkie packed in some very consistent rides with two moto wins and the remainder 3rds. Cornish rider Jake Curtis Stevens riding the best I’ve seen holeshotting several races after a poor opening ride was always in contention. Aaron Gordan, Harry Pritchard and Adam hill added to the excitement finishing within a couple of points of each other.
Gary Ashley stamped his authority on the Junior group with wins in the first four motos. Although never taking the holeshot once in front he was never challenged. He was made to work in the final encounter however and had to battle through the pack. The final moto went to Regan Brooks who having gated fantastically was never lower than fourth and took a deserved win. Ryan Tanner looked impressive and finished only a couple of points behind to claim the final podium spot. Ryan Rowlands opened with a poor result but his other rides recorded all top 4 finishes to secure 4th overall. Dominic Lancett, claimed 5th, who was caught inches from the line by Brookes in the final moto finished equal on points with Callum Beeken.
The Autos completed the weekend with Louie Kessell and Toby Potter taking two wins each. Kessell scored well enough after winning the opening two motos to claim the overall despite Potter claiming wins in the final two outings. A consistent ride from Alfie Rickwood was rewarded with the final spot on the podium. An inconsistent weekend from Bobby Bruce, despite a win in moto 3, saw him claim 4th from Charlie Heyman and Jack Grayshon who finished level on points.
The BSMA Management would like to thank everyone for making this event so enjoyable, all our sponsors, first aid, track management, competitors and their teams. Special thanks to Paul Hardy for his assistance with the commentary and his enthusiasm kept the meeting buzzing.
The next round is at Cwmythig Hill, Rhayader on the 16th and 17th June. (A rescheduling of Round 2 which was postponed due to the inclement weather)
1: Louie Kessell 209 KTM 1: Garry Ashley 221 KTM
2: Toby Potter 204 KTM 2: Regan Brooks 209 KTM
3: Alfie Rickwood 199 KTM 3: Ryan Tanner 207 KTM
4: Bobby Bruce 192 KTM 4: Ryan Rowlands 183 KTM
5: Charlie Heyman 189 KTM 5: Dominic Lancett 177 KTM
6: Jack Grayshon 189 KTM 6: Callum Beeken 177 KTM
7: Harvey James 171 KTM 7: James Hyett 172 Husky
8: Bryn Brookes 159 KTM 8: Ryan Mundell 168 KTM
9: Billy Duke 158 KTM 9: Ike Carter 156
10: Connor Jago 148 KTM 10: William Wheeler 147
Small Wheel 85 Big Wheel 85
1: Henry Siddiqui 217 CRF 1: Josh Coleman 207 KTM
2: Dylan Woodcock 215 TM 2: Scooter Webster 198 KTM
3: Albie Wilkie 213 CRF 3: Charlie Putnam 180 CRF
4: Jake Curtis Stevens 175 KTM 4: Henry Williams 177 KTM
5: Aaron Gordon 172 KTM 5: David Keet 176 KTM
6: Harry Pritchard 170 6: Dylan Hogkins 162 KTM
7: Adam Hill 170 KTM 7: Lewis Dowdeswell 159 CRF
8: Harry Winchman 163 YZ 8: Michael Ellis 157 CRF
9: Ethan Winchester 154 CRF 9: Camlann MacDonald 154 CRF
10: Callum Green 153 KTM 10: Tyron Cleaver 151 RM
1: Rickie Roderick 225 KTM 1: Ben Putnam 209 YZF
2: Danny Lanfear 201 KTM 2: Daniel Maxey 202 KXF
3: Jordan Bachelor 194 YZ 3: Jay Thomas 202 KTM
4: Kieran Banks 185 KTM 4: Jordan Carrier 186 KXF
5: Callum Sloman 176 KTM 5: Jack Tims 176 KTM
6: Jason Wells 152 KTM 6: Chris Grindle 174 KXF
7: Tom Johnson 150 KTM 7: Mitchel Bligh 153 KXF
8: Ryan Butler 149 YZ 8: Karl Haycock 147 RMZ
9: Lee Truman 149 RM 9: Ryan Fellows 146 KXF
10: Jordan King 148 KTM 10: Toby Harkness 144 KTM
1: Seb Osborne 174 YZF 1: Jonathan Pettit 176 YZF
2: Chuck Davies 162 CRF 2: Tony Cuddy 152 CRF
3: Aaron Jenner 160 CRF 3: Dexter Marks 152 CRF
4: Aaron Ripon 149 CRF 4: Dominic Foreman 146 KTM
5: Shaun Southgate 138 CRF 5: Dan Johnson 141 KXF
6: Rowan Hill 133 CRF 6: Jake Alsop 140 KTM
7: Matt Allen 130 KTM 7: Mark Young 139 KXF
8: Piers Skinner 128 CRF 8: Dan Latham 128 KXF
9: Alex Davies 124 9: Mathew Thomas 125 YZ
10: Jamie Austin Carter 121 CRF 10: Max Trannah 119 KTM