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Catch Up: Nathan Dixon

Nathan Dixon looks ahead.

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The MX2 class in both the Maxxis British Championship and Michelin MX Nationals is in a state of transition, as some of the established stars have vacated the series and there is a bit of a gap for new names to step up. Nathan Dixon could be one of those guys, as the niggling injury that he encountered last year is no longer an issue.

MX Vice: How did your off-season go? Obviously the injury last year carried over a little bit, but are you going to be all good for the first British round?

Nathan Dixon: The off-season so far has gone really well, I’ve hit the gym big style and put on an extra five kilograms of muscle, which I really needed. I was been in France and Spain with the RMJ Pro Academy, so got some good bike fitness and speed out there. I smashed my navicular to bits, yeah, and it took a great surgeon and a lot of metal to fix. I should have had the metal work removed really and got fully fit before returning, but the temptation to give the season a go was too much. You live and learn. The metal work is all out now and Harris & Ross did a great job.

Just go back to last year quickly and explain what it was like to go through such a difficult year with injuries, especially after breaking through the year before.

It was  really hard mentally and physically, as I’d really got myself ready for big results. I could qualify well and set fast laps, so my speed was (and is) great, but without leg strength it was really tough. I really thought I could tough it out, but your legs are such a key factor in racing. It caused problem after problem.

Knowing that you are now at your best and carrying no niggling issues, do you notice a difference in your confidence and how you ride? It must make everything easier.

Yeah, I feel like a different rider and I felt more in control even when I had only been on the bike for a month! I’ve been working hard to gain a lot of whole body strength, which I was really lacking last year, and especially leg strength with RMJ and Stephen Smith. I feel we have made a massive improvement in that area.

Having been with this team from the start, just explain how the whole operation has grown as we enter the new season and how that has had an impact on you.

The team RFX KTM has grown again this year with the seven riders, from young Ashton showing us all how its done on his 65cc up to MX1. Obviously I’ve been on teams with Joel [Rizzi] and Henry [Williams] for years, which is great as we know each other really well. It’s also great to have Ash join with all his experience. I think the team manages to balance professionalism and an awesome setup with a friendly atmosphere, which is perfect. That’s all down to Paul Irwin, James Dixon (my dad) and all the team at RaceFX.

I am guessing that shining in GPs would be a priority, if you could choose, so is your focus solely on that? What do you think you can achieve in Britain?

Yeah, for sure, GPs is the goal and this year I will be competing in seven of them. After doing three last year I know what to expect going into this year and I feel I will be better prepared with being fully fit and healthy. My aim is to start scoring points and see where it goes from there. In the UK the goal is always to win and I feel that this is possible for me, with being healthy and injury free. I’m putting the hours in so let’s see.

Some riders before you have spent as long in EMX250 as possible, so why have you decided to do the opposite and go to MX2 fairly early?

With being twenty-one and the age limit being twenty-three in the MX2 class it just made sense to not waste time in the EMX250 class and bite the bullet and take on the world championship. With the three GPs that I did last year, it was a massive learning curve. I will be taking what I learnt last year and applying it to the GPs that I’m doing this year.

How does being a RMJ coach (with the Rookie Academy) slot into your programme? Will it take you away from your training or give you time to spend at the track and pick things up

Being an RMJ coach fits perfectly around my training programme, as Richy has made sure of that. It’s good for me to be out coaching the rookie academy; it makes you see things about the riding style of a rider and how you can change little aspects to help them go faster. Most of the time I can apply those things to my riding as well, which works well.

Interview: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: RFX KTM

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA

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The promoters for the annual VMXdN Foxhill have announced that former factory HRC, KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha rider Andrew Short will be racing at the legendary Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit over August bank holiday weekend (August 22nd-26th) as part of the American squad.


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Short has had a stellar sixteen-year pro career, during that time, he earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins, he is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. One of his personal highlights was being part of the American Team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state of Colorado. 

After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short then worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Factory Honda HRC before making a big transition to compete in rally racing and take on the ultimate rally race – the Dakar.

After a steep learning curve, he was able to become competitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He raced for the Rockstar Husqvarna team as well as the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rally teams.

After a nasty injury while riding at home, he is now back to full fitness and bang up for the challenge that is Foxhill, the greatest 2-stroke event in the world. Short will race a 2002 YZ 250 built and maintained by the crew at DocWob. Team USA won the inaugural event in 2022 and finished 3rd behind Team GB and Team Northern Ireland in 2023. 

The race is already creating a huge buzz with new and returning legends being announced weekly, it really is a whos’ who of the sport through the golden heydays of the 90’s and 00’s era.

Labelled by RacerX magazine as “the Woodstock of two strokes” the event simply goes from strength to strength.

With ticket sales up year on year, the promoters have been blown away at the response to the event and are urging spectators to purchase tickets asap. Could this be the first outdoor motocross event in the UK to be ticket only? Camping passes will be capped at last year’s numbers as simply putting it – it was full!

Ensure your place at the most anticipated event on the British MX calendar by booking early.

Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and Camping passes are available at https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

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Injury Update: Tommy Searle

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Dirt Store Kawasaki star Tommy Searle has disappointingly been ruled out of the Belfast Arenacross due to a thumb injury suffered in the first round in Manchester. Here’s the post below.

More to follow. But in the meantime, we wish him all the best for his recovery.

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Apico Veterans are seeing red for VMXdN Foxhill 2024

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With the annual VMXdN Foxhill firmly entrenched as being the “must attend” meeting of the year, it’s no surprise that we are already getting news of team entries! The annual event takes place at the iconic Wiltshire GP circuit on the August bank holiday weekend (22nd-26th). 


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The first team to be announced in the Wright Engineering National Team Race is the Apico Veterans Squad, these guys are back in force and plan on building on their 2023 success. Now on Honda’s in their assault on the British Championships, we have heard they are building a few 2002 CR 250s as we speak in preparation for the event! 

Returning to the squad is Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr. Having raced all around the globe in an illustrious career which has so far spanned three decades. Barr has raced for world-leading manufacturers Husqvarna, KTM, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha since turning pro after leaving school at 16, having already won the British 85cc Supercross Championship in 2001. The victories and podium finishes have continued throughout Barr’s career with a win and second-place finish in the Red Bull Pro Nationals championships, a second and third place in the MX1 British Championship and 2nd in the MX1 Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship over the years. Barr has also represented Ireland 14 consecutive times at the MXON. A top geezer and first-class MX rider.

Jamie Law also returns to the Apico Veterans Team. JLaw, as he’s known around the paddock, is one of the most experienced riders at British championship level and a two-stroke advocate. After 20 years as a professional MX racer, JLaw took his first-ever British championship podium in 2022 at the series opener. He is still competing and training like he always did. 

The new boy on the squad is youngster Tom Grimshaw who raced in the 2022 and 2023 event but is now on the Apico Honda squad for his “day job”. After a successful youth career racing British, EMX & World Championships, Tom moved into the adults ranks again racing British Championships, EMX & World Championship events, proving due to his size he’s more of an open class guy as he can certainly ride one properly and his aggressive style will be a thing to watch on a 250 2-stroke in the natural valleys of the Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit. This team is packed full of talent and experience to boot, and they will take it to the line when the gate drops.

Dylan Brown will take the role of team manager. “I know the guys very well and for the most part the riders are Vets’ age. We’ve always had a family vibe at the racing with Martin & Jamie for many years and Tom fits right into our program. It’s a brilliant weekend to have the guys together with their families for a weekend of fun once again (though it does get serious when race time comes around lol). Again, we plan on raising money for the Air Ambulance, so please swing by the pits to view some special bikes on display under the Apico tent.”

“Team entries are coming in thick and fast and some of the names already signed up will be keeping our marketing department busy in the coming months.” Dave King – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill

With the increasing attendance in its first two years of the VMXdN Foxhill festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend has advised that they must cap the quantity of camping slots available due to space and safety limitations, and they are anticipating that all camping passes will be sold prior to the event opening. 

“Last year we were almost at capacity and with the increase already we are expecting to sale out prior to the gates opening on August 22nd” explained DocWob – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill. “We expect the 2024 event to be ticket only, so it’s advisable to pre book to guarantee your place, you certainly don’t want to miss this one.”

Tickets for the four day festival are available from: https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

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