Over 230 riders turned up to the popular Cusses Gorse circuit in Salisbury recently, attending the fourth round of the PMXC summer series. Arriving to a perfectly prepped and watered circuit, riders were anticipant as the dust inevitably would play a factor in the later motos. All riders coped remarkably well with the track conditions, however, allowing for a great day of racing.
The Big Wheel class were first to assume centre stage. There was another display of perfection from young Billy Simpson, who romped home comfortably in each moto to snatch all three wins and the overall! A brilliant battle behind him occurred; Jack Milsted really showed his stuff with a confident set of motos (leaving mum a bag of nerves). Milsted bought home a great result, second overall, going 3-2-2. Domonic Newbury fought hard with Milsted from the off, as both riders bagged second and third spots in the opening motos. Newbury had to fight his way into sixth position in the final race, but still finished in a commendable third overall.
The Smaller Wheel 85cc riders were next to face the gate drop. TP Fox holeshot winner, Charlie Nightingale, reigned supreme despite the attempts of a rampaging James O’Mara. Nightingale kept his cool and won the first two motos, taking the overall victory. O’Mara led from the off in the final moto and just did enough to keep his nose ahead of Nightingale, who went 2-2-1 to finish in a comfortable second overall. Oliver Bordessa rode flawlessly, keeping the frontrunners well within his grasp, consistently finishing in third to take home third overall.
The Juniors were up next and it looked as though Charlie Richmond was on for another overall win, following two comfortable wins in the opening races. Disaster in race three saw the reigning Auto club champion have to work from the back of the field on lap one. Amazing skill and speed moved him into fourth place and left him second overall! Visitor Jake Brown certainly put on a show for the crowds. Impressive riding saw him chase down Richmond in the opening motos, then he tasted victory in race three to secure the overall win on the day! Another inspiring performance from young Ben Sullivan who kept a cool head to remain in the top three all day, going 3-3-2 to finish up in third overall.
The Autos seemed totally undaunted by the vast Cusses circuit, tackling it all with ease. It is great to see a few new youngsters enjoying the sport! It could have been anyone’s game, as a number of riders battled for the lead, but Jacob Collins powered ahead into first spot in each moto, staying on the pace until the chequered flag waved to take home the winner’s crown.
Liam Nardiello led race two, despite disappointingly dropping down the field he still managed to bag second overall ahead of Jake Webb. A brilliant start once again from Webb, who looked set for a win in the opening moto. He was forced to settle for second, however, as he just pipped on the last lap. Webb still stacked up some awesome results, going 2-3-4 rewarded his efforts with third overall.
Charlie Razzell was on fire in each moto in the Rookie class. With super-quick pace, he romped home to a straight set of wins to claim the overall. Brandon Hickman and, a previous ‘Shaun Simpson Rider of the Meeting,’ Callum Allison went head-to-head for the runner up spot. Both riders scored a second and a third, but Hickman went one better in the opening race to bag another second and take home second overall. Allison rode superbly well again to claim third.
The veterans of the premier class were next to face the gate drop, but there was no denying the overall winner on the day. Darren King was untouchable and nobody was within a whisker of his back wheel; he romped home to all three race wins in style. Tony Hale was back to his best, trying his hardest to reel in the leader, but comfortably settled into second spot in each moto to take home second overall. Despite not being able to master the rhythm section, shaking his head each time he came through them, the mighty giant Brook Alder put in an impressive performance for third overall.
The last two groups of the day certainly gave the spectators value for money, as the fences were packed to watch some pure skill and supreme speed. In the MX2 class there was a four-way challenge for the lead. Brad Wheeler and Mitch Young stole the show, as they fought tooth and nail to grab the lead. Young breezed through the whoops with ease, despite hitting the gate, and was a pleasure to watch.
Young also tucked each race win away to secure the overall. Wheeler didn’t disappoint the crowds either. He just missed out on a race win, despite the fact that he showed brilliant speed and technique, but still secured second overall. Olivier Cook and Luke Kennett fought it out for the remaining podium spot and each went 3-4 in the opening motos. Cook managed to find the extra speed to keep ahead of Kennett in the closing race to bag a third and third overall.
You can always rely on Cusses to attract some pretty decent names in the motocross world. The club had the pleasure of accommodating a handful of Maxxis British Championship riders in the MX1 class. Nobody was touching James Harrison on the day; his pure finesse, skill and speed was awe-inspiring to watch. It was a true masterclass of how to tackle the circuit. Unsurprisingly, he went 1-1-1 and left as the overall winner on the day.
A great battle behind from two former club members, James Rutter and Josh Coleman. Rutter was hunting Harrison down, with Harrison’s teammate Josh Coleman not too far behind. The action certainly didn’t stop with the leader! Rutter comfortably finished second with three runner-up spots whilst Coleman put in a great set of motos to finish in third.
Words: Kay Kennedy | Lead Image: Click466