Comments on Conrad Mewse’s Foxhill penalty, no protest submitted by rival team.
The 2022 Revo ACU British Motocross Championship, fuelled by Gulf Race Fuels, has received more attention than in recent years, just for all of the wrong reasons. There was even more controversy surrounding the results at the second round, Foxhill, on Sunday, April 18, as 426 Motorsports’ Conrad Mewse was docked ten positions for making an aggressive move on Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Isak Gifting. Gifting hit the ground, yes, but in the opinion of this writer, it was nothing more than a pass that occurs at professional races across the globe.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX
Mewse was protested at the first round, Culham, for jumping on a waved yellow flag, but there was no further action. Similarly, that incident was captured on film and the common consensus was that it did deserve a penalty. Did the race directors feel pressure to act rather than look the other way again? Perhaps, but there was no protest to consider this time around. Multiple conversations and research has confirmed that Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee did not protest Mewse at Foxhill, despite everyone claiming that’s the case on social media.
“No protest or complaint was made by any of the personnel of Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee regarding any incident in the second MX2 moto.” – Roger Magee (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team Owner)
RHL Activities’ Gareth Hockey, the man at the head of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship, fuelled by Gulf Race Fuels, confirmed this in his own statement, which can be read below. The Race Director witnessed the move on the live stream and acted on his own accord.
“I would like to make it crystal clear that no teams or riders were involved in today’s issues of the last MX2 race today at Foxhill. It was witnessed by the Race Director and the decision was made by the race direction who viewed the footage.
“I appreciate everyone’s views and lots of peoples emotions are running high however threats towards anyone is not acceptable and will be dealt with by the UK police. It saddens me a sport I love and after a fantastic event at Foxhill it comes to this. Please do not ask for rules to be implemented and then think threats of violence can get it over turned.” – Gareth Hockey (RHL Activities)
Seeing as the decision was made by the Race Director, rather than forced by a protest from a competing team, it is extremely unlikely that the penalty is going to be overturned, as it would seem like a result of online backlash. In addition, the ACU rulebook simply states that the Race Director may penalise any rider based on his opinion. There is no need to address or consult anyone else on the matter. Crucially, there is no need for anyone to make a formal protest either.
“The Clerk of the Course may penalise any rider who, in his opinion, is guilty of unfair, foul or dangerous riding.” – ACU Motocross Standing Regulations
To further complicate this, round three of the domestic series clashes with the seventh round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship. It’s unknown where either team will compete at this stage.
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