It was a memorable weekend for Barry Moore and Carlton Husband, who earned their first professional titles for the team and rider, respectively. With the Michelin MX Nationals being reduced to just five rounds coming into the weekend, five riders were in a position to win the championship, and it was always going to be down to the wire.
Carlton would become the first Kawasaki Team Green rider to win the Michelin MX Nationals in the ten years the championship has been running, another first.
Husband, Brookes, Wainwright, Mitchell and Cole had one eye on the championship; this year, all five have produced some fantastic battles. First blood went to Carlton Husband in race one, who worked his way up from thirty-second position against the 450 & 250 combined to make the most passes. Carlton kept his composure to claim a fantastic sixth place in the 250’s in front of his best friend and England’s number one, Jordan Pickford. With all Carlton’s championship competitors finishing behind him, this set up Carlton nicely for race two.
State of play!
That sixth place put Carlton one point behind the series leader and Carlton’s 2024 teammate Charlie Cole, with one moto remaining.
Everything to play for in race two Carlton gave team owner Barry Moore a scare when he lost the front whilst in second position. Hearts were pumping, but rival Charlie Cole retired on lap four, putting Carlton in pole position for the title. Now, it was a game of mathematics as the other three riders were still in with a shout of the title, and Joe Brookes was only two points behind. The next fifteen minutes would be the longest of Carton Husband, his family, and his team’s life, but after fourteen laps, Carlton would take the chequered flag and walk away with the Michelin MX Nationals MX2 title for the first time.
For Carlton to win a championship with his family and friends around him was extremely fitting. Like most riders, the family are paramount to the rider’s success and Alan and Barbara, like many parents, have sacrificed so much. For Barry Moore, a dream was achieved, and what made it special was Carlton, who has been on the team for six years.
Whilst the team reflects on winning the Michelin MX Nationals title this week, Carlton will be looking to secure a top-five position in the championship this weekend. In the next few weeks, Carlton will also be looking to secure the Scottish MX2 Motocross title in what could be a memorable year for the rider, team and all the sponsors and partners.
Carlton and Barry would like to single out the work of Chris Talbot, who has built a fantastic race bike this year for the team and kept all the bikes in great shape, not missing a beat.
Barry Moore – Team Owner
I’m so happy for Carlton and his family for winning that first National Championship. It is fantastic for the team, Chris, his mechanic and all the sponsors who help to make this possible. It’s the first Michelin MX Nationals MX2 title for Kawasaki, so I hope this will repay the support Ross Burridge and Kawasaki have shown in the team over the years. I’m buzzing for everyone involved, and it means so much to me with all the time, money and effort I put into the sport I love.
Carlton Husband – 2023 Michelin MX Nationals MX2 Champion
The weekend was such a blur, and I still can’t believe we went into it nine points down and came away as champions. It feels unbelievable. I had to graft in the first race, coming from last to sixth, but the second race was just a whirlwind. I have never been so nervous. I just tried to manage the situation with the help of Chris, my mechanic. When I came across the line and read the pit board message from Chris, the 2023 MX Nationals Champion, it was the best feeling I had had in motocross to date. To deliver for Barry and the team means everything. They have done so much for me; I’m so grateful for what Barry has done for me. I want to thank my sponsors, mam, dad, Leanne and my friends for
MX Nationals announces rebranding as the Fastest 40 Championship for 2024
The team behind the MX Nationals championship series has announced its all-new format for the 2024 season and, along with it, a new name. The team is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated rebranding as the “Fastest 40 Championship” for the upcoming 2024 season. This exciting transformation brings forth a fresh and exhilarating format that is set to redefine British motocross racing as we currently know it.
Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Crendon Fastrack Honda
The Fastest 40 Championship will feature an all-new format, elevating the competition to unprecedented levels and focusing on preparing the nation’s future MX stars for transition into the European and World scene, whilst at the same time providing days racing dedicated to the clubman and amateur classes too. With an exclusive focus on showcasing the sport’s most skilled and talented riders, the Fastest 40 promises an electrifying experience for participants and fans alike over a six-round series.
Key highlights of the Michelin Fastest 40 Championship include:
Pro day – Saturday.
Racing action from the pros will move to Saturday, featuring three classes.
MYX1 – Open/125
MX2 Pro – 250 cc
MX1 Pro – 450 cc
Classes will have 15 minutes of free practice, a 20-minute session of timed practice (40+2 reserves to Qualify), and two blocks of racing. The day will run as close to the current GP style format as possible to prepare and enhance rider experience and progression.
With all Pro racing being designated to a Saturday this will allow MX fans a full day of intense motocross action, witnessing the top riders battle it out for victory.
Amateur day – Sunday
Racing action from the clubman and amateur classes will move to a Sunday, featuring five classes.
Clubman MX2 – ACU Official Clubman championship title
Clubman MX1 – ACU Official Clubman championship title
The all-new – Honda Cup – more on that later!
Classes will have practice/timed qualifying followed by three blocks of racing.
Condensing the Clubman/Amateur racing into one day will reduce the expenditure for riders who have currently had their races split over two days, although those wishing to make a weekend of it are welcome to do so.
Get ready for the all-new Honda 250R Cup. Open to all riders of UK Honda CRF250R’s from 2021 onwards and piloting a red machine in this class means serious rewards are on offer.
The winner of the championship for this class wins a new CRF250R
“Power of Dreams” awarded to best clubman in the championship wins a CRF250R
Rider Of The Day at each round wins a res Fly Racing Formula helmet
First 110 CRF250Rs purchased will receive a CRF250R Cup Race Pack consisting of
Honda branded Fly Racing Kinetic race jersey and Fly Racing Kinetic pants (Red/Grey)
RFX Holeshot Device
Motul Care Package
Fly Training School with Dave Thorpe
Open to all UK-Honda CRF250R’s from 2021 onwards *non-UK/imported bikes are not eligible.
The Honda Cup is in partnership with Honda, Fly Racing, RFX and Motul.
The team (led by Neil and Paul Irwin) behind the former MX Nationals have always pushed the boundaries and progression of British Motocross, let’s not forget they were the first to use Mesh Start Gates, ran during Covid and Live Stream British Motocross action, so it’s no surprise that they would continue to push the boundaries in switching Pro Day to a Saturday.
The Fastest 40 Championship represents the team’s commitment to continuously innovate and offer a groundbreaking experience to the sport. By combining innovation, progression and a community-driven approach, this rebranding aims to elevate the sport in the UK to new heights and captivate the hearts of fans.
The Fastest 40 invites fans, riders, and sponsors to join in the excitement and participate in this thrilling journey.
Any rider wishing to register their interest can do so by emailing [email protected]
Stay tuned for more updates as the Fastest 40 Championship gears up to redefine British motocross racing in 2024!
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Results: Michelin MX Nationals – Hawkstone
Find all the results from the Michelin MX Nationals at Hawkstone below.
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Lead Image: Crendon Fastrack Honda
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British news: 2023 Michelin MX Nationals to finish at Hawkstone
Round five to be the last of the year
The Michelin MX Nationals series for this season will be concluded at the next round, the fifth one, at Hawkstone Park on the 2nd & 3rd of September.
Words: Ben Rumbold & Press Release | Image: GTCI Revo Kawasaki / Elliot Spencer
This means that GTCI Revo Kawasaki’s Billy Askew is already the champion in the Fly Futures MXY2 class, after an unbeaten 14-moto run he lies 102 points ahead of his closest challenger, meaning that he can’t be caught even if he misses Hawkstone entirely! The Pro Championships are close, with Conrad Mewse enjoying a 10-point lead in the Leatt Pro MX1 class over his teammate at Crendon Fastrack Honda, Josh Gilbert.
In the Apico Pro MX2 category, five riders are covered by just 14 points! So it’s a real showdown between Charlie Cole of Blades Bikes Kawasaki, Jamie Wainwright of WPH/SBE/Pure/Redline KTM, Carlton Husband of Phoenix Tools/Even Strokes Kawasaki, Joe Brooks of GRT Impact KTM, and Calum Mitchell of Lexa MX.
Outside of the racing, however, the press release from the Michelin MX Nationals crew does raise some question marks over the future of the series at the end of its tenth year. The Revo ACU British Championships also lost a round with the cancellation of Canada Heights this year, making for a very scribbled British calendar!
We will watch this space for further developments, but here is the full story from the team themselves:
Round Five will be the last round of the 2023 Michelin MX Nationals Championship.
The MX Nationals team regrets announcing that the final round of the 2023 championship will be round five at Hawkstone Park on September 2nd and 3rd. Originally planned as a six-round championship, unforeseen challenges arising from the persistent British weather, the closure of secure tracks mid-season, and a heavily packed MX calendar during September and October have necessitated calling the championship to an end at round five.
As a result, the upcoming round five at Hawkstone Park on September 2nd & 3rd will now serve as the final round of the 2023 Championship.
“While we understand the disappointment this news may bring, we firmly believe that it is the right decision for MX Nationals, Pro teams and riders in mind. With the dwindling registered riders’ entries and the increased number of wildcards each round, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the series, and it questions what the future of the championship and British Motocross looks like. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants, teams, sponsors, and fans who have shown unwavering support and enthusiasm for the Michelin MX Nationals series over ten years.”
Neil Irwin – MX Nationals Director, continued, “Your dedication and encouragement have been instrumental in driving the championship’s success over the years. However, now is the time for change, and we look forward to doing something new in the future. This is the end of MX Nationals Championship as you know it.”
Paul Irwin – Race Director, added, “We invite you all to join us at Hawkstone as we celebrate the victories and the end of the season in style. The final round promises to be a thrilling event where the best of the best will showcase their skills and compete for the coveted championship titles. Let us come together to honour the riders’ accomplishments and witness the crowning of the 2023 MX Nationals champions.”
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