AMCA Preview: Hawkstone

Round five of the 2017 AMCA British Motocross Championship (powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop) will pose a totally different challenge to the riders. This coming Sunday, it is sand tyres at the ready as they travel to the grand old former Grand Prix track of Hawkstone Park. Even for the fittest of riders, the unforgiving Shropshire circuit can be very daunting. Throw into the mix the fact that several leading contenders are either currently carrying or returning from recent injuries then another intriguing AMCA event looks to be in store!

In MX1 though, defending champion Luke Burton is still very much on course for yet another title. Having never finished lower than third spot in any of the eleven completed motos, Burton is currently a big one hundred and forty-three points clear of his FUS teammate James Dodd. At present Dodd, Gary Gibson, Shane Carless and Ryan Crowder have been in that injured bracket so the likes of Paul Neale, John May, Ben Saunders, Ashley Thomas and Luke Meredith will be looking to possibly take advantage and thus improve their own ranking. Just outside that top ten there’s also the likes of Andrew Smart, Richard Cannings and Ed Briscoe. They all certainly enjoy the sandy going!

After a massive recent crash, MX2 leader Luke Dean looks likely to be a non-starter at Hawkstone. Luke holds a fifty-two-point advantage ahead of Ray Rowson, with defending champion Josh Waterman a further thirteen points in arrears. Despite suffering from a slight knee niggle, Rowson is a proven sand track expert and will certainly fancy his chances of taking control of the MX2 standings come Sunday evening. Also definitely looking forward to the sandy Hawkstone challenge are Jack Cox, currently in sixth, and James Wainwright in eighth. Completing the MX2 championship top ten are Clinton Barrs (fourth), Bradley Tranter (fifth), Lewis King (seventh), Jansen Day (ninth) and Luke Mellows (tenth). After suffering a nasty elbow injury and missing round four at Bevercotes, TMC Kawasaki ace King will be hoping to return to action this weekend and climb back up the standings.

In what has been a thoroughly exciting 2T title chase so far; Brad Turner (seven), Sam Smith (two), Jordan Saunders and Jason Kenderick have all recorded moto wins. Hampered by a couple of punctures and crashes, Turner at present leads the standings forty-three points clear of Bradley Doyle with Smith in third and Bevercotes overall winner Saunders in fourth. In a class full of quality James Lane, Tony Griffiths, Sean Eckersley, Ashley Beniston and Shaun Buchan round off the top ten. There are also plenty of other riders more than capable of earning a podium slot. In the separately scored 2T MX2 class, Nathan Bache leads the way from Jamie Comley and Rob Jones.

Four rounds down of the Vets Championship and it has been the same old three riders dominating the podium on each occasion; James Russell, Simon Lane and Terry House. So far Russell, the series leader, has bagged nine out of eleven moto wins and holds a sixty-point advantage over Lane. Richard Chinn is ninety-five points behind House with Gary Jones, Brian Staples, Darren Bennett, Sean Smith, Martin Atherton and Stephen Marlow completing the top ten. In the separately scored Over 50 Vets class, it is House from Brian Staples and John Heath.

The Hawkstone Park circuit will be signposted off the A49 Shrewsbury to Whitchurch, A53 Shrewsbury to Market Drayton and A442 Telford to Whitchurch road with the local postcode being SY4 4NA. The action should be underway by 10.30am, so get yourself there for a great day of AMCA Championship action.

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