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Hawkins Takes Championship Lead

Last Sunday the Premier Mx Team hosted round 4 of the Phoenix Tools Premier Motocross Championship at Waggadon Farm, Nr Torrington inNorth Devon. There was a huge entry in all classes with many Wildcards including in the Experts threeBelgium’s in the Shape of Steve Ramon, Yentel Martins (son of Jacky Martins) and Maarten Cremers who were joined by fellow wildcards Kristian Whatley and Josh Waterman. A lot of hard work had been put in to preparing the track with water having to be put down early morning and even though the track was to get hard and stony later in the day it was to produce some top quality racing again.

In the Phoenix Tools Expert Open Championship it was Whatley on the MBO Sport Yamaha who had set the fastest time in qualifying, but his day started off with a tumble in the opening race at the first turn which caused a bit of a blockage as Ramon and Championship leader Shane Carless who was riding with a broken finger were well down the field as well, with Whatley getting away totally last. James Dodd was to set the early pace from Luke Hill who was all over Dodd looking to pass which he did on the opening lap and was on a mission at the front. Wildcard Martins was soon to catch Dodd who he got pass on lap 2 and was soon to have Hill in his sights. Whatley meanwhile was like a bull in a china shop storming his way up through the field and by the end of lap 3 was up in to 8th. Martins was now breathing all over Hill and was soon to take the lead and started to pull away at the front and by the end of lap 5 he had a 5 second cushion over Luke Hawkins who was now in 2nd, but now in 3rd had come Whatley who was to take Hawkins a lap later and was soon to close in on the Belgium, Martins who he caught on lap 8 and was to really pile the pressure on and forced his way to the front passing Martins at the hairpin and from there Whatley cruised to much applause to take a absolutely brilliant win having come through the field from totally last.

In the second moto it was the Oakleaf Kawasaki of Carless this time with the best start from John May with Whatley there in 3rd. Carless was in a real hurry and May was also going well holding off Whatley for several laps, until lap 3 when Whatley got the better drive out of the telegraph corner and moved in to 2nd and was soon all over Carless who he passed on the next lap. Carless was soon to be caught by Hawkins who had got pass May and this was to be a real battle with Hawkins eventually getting pass. Whatley was flying at the front, but was nearly to come off mid race when he got chucked off his bike and was seen running along side holding on to his handlebars and was able to remount and went on to take the win, but in his efforts he was to get a stone in his face in the closing stages which was to cut his face just above his eye.

In the last race Whatley didn’t start as his eye had swelled up and it was Hawkins on the Phoenix Tools Honda with the holeshot in this one who seemed to find another gear as he stormed away at the front and by the end of the opening lap he was 3 seconds clear of Hill and Josh Waterman. Carless was to give his all on lap 2 and passed Waterman and then got the better of Hill a lap later and was now giving chase. Hawkins did seem to tire a bit towards the end of the race, but the deficit was too much to close and Hawkins took the win and with it has taken the lead in the Championship.

In the Over 35 Championship class again there was some really close racing to be seen as it was Championship leader Mark Wilde who had a blistering start in the opening race and showed his intentions early on and was looking good, but as the race progress Wilde seemed to tire and was gradually hauled in and only just held off Gavin Flagg who got the better of Jamie Deadman on the last lap and finished just half a second behind Wilde. In moto 2 again it was Wilde who set the early pace from Martyn Tucker and Flagg with Flagg soon up in to 2nd and giving his all trying to get pass Wilde which went on until 2 laps from the end when they were to tangle and Wilde went down which was to gift the win to Flagg. In the last race Wilde was out to make amends and again led from the off and literally with a clear track in front of him was in cruise mode and took the win and with it increased his Championship lead.

In the Over 40’s Championship class there was no stopping Steve Locke who put up a fine display of riding taking a hat trick of wins, but there were some good tussles behind him between the two Cornish brothers Johnny and Justin Hawkins and also David Ford.

In the Over 50’s Championship class again the day belonged to Championship leader Keith Hanson who had the bit between his teeth and totally blitzed the rest of the field with a hat trick of wins.

In the Tyremarks Junior Championship the battle was on yet again as in the opening race it was young 15 year old Josh Gilbert with the early lead from Championship leader Jay Thomas with yet another 15 year old Todd Kellett there in 3rd and it was Kellett who was on a mission as he passed both Thomas and Gilbert on the opening lap to take the lead. Thomas was all over Gilbert on lap 2 pushing to get through and through he went on lap 2 as Gilbert was to go over his handlebars in a loose berm. Thomas was to give his all in the closing stages and kept the pressure on Kellett, but it was to no avail as Kellett who was holding his hand after being hit by a stone on the last lap took the win. In the second moto Kellett was still in a lot of pain in his hand and was a non starter and it was Gilbert again with the best start and with a clear track in front of him who was to ease away and was to take a comfortable win with Ryan Williams taking 2nd just holding off Thomas. In the last moto it was Gilbert who made it three hole shots out of three, but this time he had wildcard Craig Callow breathing all over him who was to take the lead on the opening lap, but Gilbert didn’t panic and stuck with him for several laps waiting for a opportunity which was to come 4 laps from the end when Callow nearly stalled it on a slow right hander and through went Gilbert who from there went on to take the win

RESULTS

Phoenix Tools Expert Open Championship Race 1

1st Kristian Whatley (450f MBO Sport Yamaha) 2nd Yentel Martins (450f Talon Kawasaki) 3rd Luke Hawkins (450f Phoenix Tools Honda) 4th Jamie Skuse (450f Mx-Zone Suzuki) 5th James Dodd (450f TwonineTwo/Burfield Creative/St Blazey Mx Honda) 6th Ross Hill (450f Suzuki)

Race 2

1st Whatley 2nd Hawkins 3rd Shane Carless (450f Oakleaf Kawasaki) 4th Steve Ramon (450f Buildbase Honda) 5th Martins 6th Skuse

Race 3

1st Hawkins 2nd Carless 3rd Josh Waterman (450f IDS/Tillit/County Flat Roofing KTM) 4th Skuse 5th Martins 6th John May (450f St Blazey Honda)

M D Racing Over 35’s Championship Race 1

1st Mark Wilde (450f S J Hodder/D W Racing Suzuki) 2nd Gavin Flagg (450f J A S Building Contractors Suzuki) 3rd Jamie Deadman (450f Compressed Air Systems Honda) 4th Rick Hanson (250 Hansons Garage Suzuki) 5th Jason Fraser (450f Fraser Racing Honda) 6th Rob Lewis (350f Tony Maunders Racing KTM)

Race 2

1st Flagg 2nd Fraser 3rd Wilde 4th Deadman 5th Hanson 6th Mark Owens (????)

Race 3

1st Wilde 2nd Hanson 3rd Flagg 4th Deadman 5th Fraser 6th Lewis

M D Racing Over 40’s Championship Race 1

1st Steve Locke (450f S J Hodder Honda) 2nd Justin Hawkins (450f Hawkins Construction Kawasaki) 3rd David Ford (350f Projuice KTM) 4th Jason Roberts (450f Alan Roberts Garage Honda) 5th Johnny Hawkins (250f Hawkins Motors Kawasaki) 6th Wayne Gill (250f Suzuki)

Race 2

1st Locke 2nd Justin Hawkins 3rd Johnny Hawkins 4th Ford 5th Roberts 6th Shaun Stowell (250 Yamaha)

Race 3

1st Locke 2nd Johnny Hawkins 3rd Ford 4th Gill 5th Alan Packer (250 Simpsons Yamaha) 6th Roberts

M D Racing Over 50’s Championship Race 1

1st Keith Hanson (450f Hansons Garage Honda) 2nd Ian Nott (450f S J Hodder/J R Racing Kawasaki) 3rd Tom Lowe (250f Honda) 4th Tim Hawkins (450f DirtbikeXpress/HPR Honda) 5th Robin Sanders (250f KTM) 6th Paul Huggett (250f Define Lines Husq)

Race 2

1st Hanson 2nd Nott 3rd Lowe 4th Steve Chugg (????) 5th Huggett 6th Sanders

Race 3

1st Hanson 2nd Nott 3rd Lowe 4th Chugg 5th Hawkins 6th Sanders

Tyremarks Junior Championship Race 1

1st Todd Kellett (250 Team Green Kawasaki U K) 2nd Jay Thomas (250f K J Services KTM) 3rd Anthony Milliar (450f A T Motocross Honda) 4th Ryan Williams (450f A T Motocross KTM) 5th Craig Callow (450f KTM) 6th Sam Gabriel (450f Suzuki)

Race 2

1st Josh Gilbert (250f Dave Thorpe Off Road Honda) 2nd Williams 3rd Thomas 4th Callow 5th Gabriel 6th Josh Taylor (250f Gibbs Performance Suzuki)

Race 3

1st Gilbert 2nd Callow 3rd Williams 4th Thomas 5th Milliar 6th Gabriel

Junior B Race 1

1st Jack Waterman 2nd Robert Bassett 3rd Chester Blair Jnr 4th Michael Austin 5th Graham Beale 6th Jason Wells

Race 2

1st Waterman 2nd Bassett 3rd Beale 4th Jay Lewis 5th Austin 6th Lewis Hunt

Race 3

1st Waterman 2nd Bassett 3rd James Teenan 4th Lewis 5th Tony Revell 6thAustin

Junior C Race 1

1st Matt Wells 2nd Andrew Watkins 3rd Graham Hookway 4th Nathan Wells 5th Roy Hooper 6thChester Blair Snr

Race 2

1st Wells 2nd Watkins 3rd Blair 4th Hookway 5th Paul Beale 6th Hooper

Race 3

1st Watkins 2nd Wells 3rd Ryan Parker 4th Callum Mallaber 5th Beale 6th Hooper

ames Teenan 4th Lewis 5th Tony Revell 6thAustin

Junior C Race 1

1st Matt Wells 2nd Andrew Watkins 3rd Graham Hookway 4th Nathan Wells 5th Roy Hooper 6thChester Blair Snr

Race 2

1st Wells 2nd Watkins 3rd Blair 4th Hookway 5th Paul Beale 6th Hooper

Race 3

1st Watkins 2nd Wells 3rd Ryan Parker 4th Callum Mallaber 5th Beale 6th Hooper

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