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Chatter Box: Lee Webber

Lee Webber on signing Harri Kullas.



Following on from the announcement that Shaun Simpson would be returning to the Maxxis British Championship, it has now been confirmed that Harri Kullas will contest the domestic series with Cab Screens Honda next year. Cab Screens, a relatively-new team, have signed him to a two-year deal. Lee Webber exclusively chats about the huge deal in the MX Vice interview below.

MX Vice: Signing Harri Kullas is obviously a huge step for the team and now makes you contenders for a title in the Maxxis British Championship. Why now? What makes this the right time to make such a big step?

Lee Webber: We feel we have been around long enough now to run a contender. We have done our apprenticeship, if you like, so we have the knowledge and the infrastructure within the team. We have the personnel now. We have been lucky with existing and new sponsors, who all share the same vision. They have stepped up each year to improve deals to help us move forward. There are obviously some teams in the paddock who have stepped straight into being title contenders, because they had the funding, but we have had to build slowly to this point.


Harri Kullas was third in the MX2 Maxxis British Championship in 2016.


Seeing as you are now housing a former Grand Prix podium finisher, will there be any changes to the infrastructure of the team or support that is given from Honda?

Unfortunately (for us), Honda predominantly back Buildbase and rightly so. They do a great job, so our deal is the same as 2018. They are keen to work with us and are really happy with how we go about things. We also work closely with Buildbase Honda, which is the right thing to do. Dave and Ryan Thorpe have been a huge help to us and we do feel like a part of the Honda family. In terms of infrastructure not much will change. We now have a full-time mechanic for Harri, but everything else was already in place to get to this point.

Is the goal with Harri to win a Maxxis British Championship? Would you be happy with a top three or something else?

We have a second-year option with Harri, just to take the pressure off this year. For sure we want to win the Maxxis and Harri certainly has all the attributes to do that, but the goal for 2019 is podiums and we can see where that takes us. I did not want Harri to have that pressure in the first year, with a new team and new bike, so it is good to lift that kind of pressure off his shoulders.

Was it always the plan to sign an international talent like Harri? Have you been following a step-by-step plan that was laid out a couple of years ago?

I would have said a few years ago no, but the team has evolved these last couple of years into what it is now. We certainly have not followed a step-by-step plan as we are largely governed by what sponsorship we can get. We felt the time was right to sign someone like Harri and he is perfect for the team. I had spoke to Mark Chamberlain about him and he gave him a glowing reference; he has also ridden the Maxxis before. It has all fallen into place nicely.


Harri Kullas was sixth overall in the Open category at this year's MXoN.


Is the plan to eventually continue to grow and field two title contenders/race winners? Are you even looking beyond that and hoping to get into MXGP one day in the future?

We are more than happy where we are at the moment. Growing again would need more financial input so we will keep things as they are for now. I think MXGP will always be beyond us, as that would be a huge financial commitment. I am hopeful that one day Youthstream will introduce an EMX450 class – that would be perfect for where we are as a team.

What about the results that the team achieved in 2018? Are you happy with everything? It was obviously a little up and down at points.

It would be fair to say we have not had the best of years. Obviously, James [Harrison] leaving in the middle of the season did not help and our youth rider Josh Peters got injured mid-year so he did not have the year we hoped. Dan [Thornhill], on the other hand, had a pretty decent year in the Maxxis British Championship. He never should have rode at Canada Heights, as he was so ill, but did so and he missed the last round through injury. If he could have taken solid points at those two rounds he would have finished seventh or eighth, which would have been a fantastic finish considering the depth of talent in this year’s MX1 class. We were happy for him to have finished tenth in the end though.

Dan Thornhill has obviously re-signed for 2019. What do you hope he can eventually achieve with the team? Do you feel that learning from Harri will help him?

I honestly believe he has nowhere near reached his potential yet. People think he is older, but he is only twenty-three and still has plenty of time to develop. He is a great lad to work with and he has established himself as a solid top-ten rider in a tough championship; he only saw positives from having Harri on the team and he is keen to learn from him as well. I will make sure that happens and that Harri can help Dan develop into the rider I know he can be.


Harri Kullas (24) and Dan Thornhill will make up Cab Screens Honda.


There have been a handful of theories about the Maxxis British Championship recently, as always, but how do you feel about the way things were run and the crowds this year?

We have a very good relationship with Stuart Drummond and Rob Francis, two good guys who work their butts off to make the weekends happen. There is obviously room for improvement within the championship though. Crowds have been sparse at a couple of rounds, which is strange considering the level of riders we have now. I think we need to have team-manager meetings with the ACU to bounce ideas about. I personally cannot stand the whole rider selection process that still seems to happen for the Maxxis British Championship. It is okay for us now, as our two boys will be there, but for riders in the lower ranks they will not know until mid-January if they have got in or not.

How is a rider supposed to go and chase sponsorships if he does not know what championship he is riding in? There is certainly room for improvement. Perhaps the top twenty should automatically get in for next year and then there can be a qualifying programme, so that you get the fastest riders on the line every time and not just a rider who was loyal to the championship and is getting lapped after three laps? I would love to also see the British Youth Nationals become a part of the Maxxis. It is clear that the BYN is not getting the riders and perhaps running at the same venue on the same weekend would give it some kudos, along with team managers actually being able to watch some new talent.

Interview: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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Bickers to supply UK market with Alpinestars



This is great news for UK motocross dealers, who can now order Alpinestars Boots and Protection for the motocross and enduro community.

Full PR:
Bickers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Alpinestars, from 2024 Bickers will be a
newly appointed distributor of Alpinestars Off-Road range of MX, Enduro and Trials footwear and

Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established
in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer
of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance
apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research
is achieved under extreme conditions. Their involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World
SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar and more has led to the creation of the most
advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes.

Bickers and Alpinestars will be working together in the UK and Ireland (via Bickers Dornan) to create
an industry leading integrated sales program, reaching the Bickers dealer network; carrying stock in
2 strategic locations in the UK and Ireland to ensure next day delivery on all items.
Stock is in the UK and available now, to see the range visit or

Chris Hillard (Alpinestars Communications Manager)

Alpinestars are pleased to welcome Bickers as a distributor of our MX/Off-Road range in the UK and
Ireland. With their proven record in offering next day service to dealers; we see Bickers as a logical
partner to add to our already strong network of Dealers and Distributors in the region. With focus on
offering keystone hard goods from our range; namely Footwear and Protection. Central to our plan,
inside July/August 2024 Bickers will also become an Official Alpinestars repair and service center for
MX Goods, with the aim of increasing efficiency for our UK/Ireland based racers and customers
moving ahead, and we look forward to developing this partnership.

Derek McMartin (Bickers)
“Bickers are extremely excited to be able to service and sell Alpinestars Range of Off-Road Footwear
and Protection and cannot wait to start offering these great products to our dealers”
To see what Bickers offer, please go to
You can visit the Full Range at Alpinestars direct

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NPC 2024 IS ON! All eyes are on Oakhanger.



Oakhanger will host the first round of the NPC series this weekend. Gulf Racing Fuels, which will support the series for the next three years, will be in attendance. The line looks impressive, while entry lists are still being worked on. Starting a series from scratch is always hard, but trying to do that in a recession and with industry budgets at an all-time low is even more challenging. The guys behind the NPC have been working around the clock to make this happen.

MX1 and MX2 classes will provide some exciting racing with this at the weekend. MX1 will see Tristan Purdon, Brad Todd, Jamie Carpenter, Carlton Husband, Tom Grimshaw, John Adamson, Dan Thornhill, Chalie Putnam, and Aaron Patstone lining up. MX2 will offer some great racing with Charlie Cole, Charlie Heyman, Ollie Colmer, Ben Mustoe, Glen McCormick, Callum Mitchell, Syd Putnam, Ben Franklin, Harvey Cashmore and Liam Bennet all looking to get some hours in the bank racing.

Justin Barclay and Alfie Smith have produced a stunning track for riders to compete on. As I’m typing this update, more British riders are signing up, and they will be confirmed every day leading up to what will be a historical event. I say historical because I believe this series will go from strength to strength and offer one of the best championships in the UK and, hopefully, Europe.

The Acerbis is cancelled this weekend, so places at the NPC are filling up fast. There are four groups, and wildcards are still available in each group.

Entries for the event can be accessed here:

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA



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

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