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Chatter Box: Barry Moore

A chat with Phoenix Tools Honda.

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Whilst most focus on the Grand Prix stars ahead of the upcoming Maxxis British Championship, the Phoenix Tools Honda outfit have adopted the role of an underdog. Is that deserved? Perhaps, but the team fought for race victories on many occasions just a year ago. Barry Moore, the head honcho, is eager to see Gert Krestinov and Carlton Husband jump into action once again, so it seemed like appropriate to catch up with him and look forward.

MX Vice: The Phoenix Tools Honda team has been around for quite some time. What it is that drives you to keep turning up each year? Has there been a point where you have thought about walking away?

Barry Moore: Yeah, we have been around the British circuit for over ten years now and I still get the same buzz now as I did then. I think that for a majority of people within our sport it is not easy to walk away and I can honestly say I have never thought about walking away.

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Gert Krestinov put Phoenix Tools Honda on the top step back at Canada Heights.

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The team has obviously picked up a new title sponsor this year in the form of Apico. How does that change things for you? 

Teaming up with Apico has been a very positive step for me and the team, Dylan and Scott have been very supportive and you can see their passionate about the sport. We all get on very well and normally speak daily. Being involved with Apico will not change the way I run things, but it opens us up to a great range of products that will undoubtedly benefit the team.

Does running a team benefit you away from the racetrack? Do you notice an increase in business and exposure? 

It is very difficult to calculate benefits from running a British Championship team, if any. My team undoubtedly costs me money to run, but I never go into a season with any illusions. I am sure there are some teams that can make money but it is not mine.

The team obviously made huge steps forward last year and reached a point that you wanted to get to. Did being a contender for race wins in the British series bring a new level of stress that you were not expecting?

 Last year was a fantastic year with Gert [Krestinov], Carlton [Husband] and Kathryn [Booth]. Winning races at the top level is something I dreamed about at the beginning of this journey! When it happened, I remember grabbing Karl (the mechanic for Krestinov) and throwing him up in the air. It was an unbelievable feeling and that will always stay with me. I want that feeling again and, with both Gert and Carlton, I am confident we can achieve race wins again this year. Being classed as a contender for the MX1 title did not bring any extra pressure.

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Gert Krestinov ended the Maxxis British Championship in second last year.

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The MX1 class will be much deeper this year, does that cause you to shift expectations slightly? Is the goal still for Gert Krestinov to claim the MX1 title?

The MX1 class is definitely much stronger this year. There are some big names in there, but we will go into this season the same as the last. Our goals have not changed – we want to win the MX1 title. I believe Carton can have a very strong season, as he has got his first season under his belt and had some outstanding rides. He will be better prepared for this season.

Based on the rules that have been released, it seems as though Carlton Husband will be eligible for the MX1 Expert class. Thoughts on that class, even if he is not involved?

I have seen the new rules, but this will not involve Carlton as he has had top-five finishes in MX1 and also raced EMX250 so no change for us. I can see some benefits of running an Expert class – time will tell. If it works, it’s something different. 

You have seen it all in Britain, so what are your thoughts on the current state of the sport? Are there things that you feel would help teams significantly?

So many people have different opinions on how to make the sport better. It’s not easy and there is no quick fix. I don’t think it’s in a bad way, but I’m just concentrating on getting the most exposure for my sponsors and trying to keep them happy.

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA

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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 https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

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www.vmxdnfoxhill.com 

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Injury Update: Tommy Searle

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Dirt Store Kawasaki star Tommy Searle has disappointingly been ruled out of the Belfast Arenacross due to a thumb injury suffered in the first round in Manchester. Here’s the post below.

More to follow. But in the meantime, we wish him all the best for his recovery.

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Apico Veterans are seeing red for VMXdN Foxhill 2024

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With the annual VMXdN Foxhill firmly entrenched as being the “must attend” meeting of the year, it’s no surprise that we are already getting news of team entries! The annual event takes place at the iconic Wiltshire GP circuit on the August bank holiday weekend (22nd-26th). 


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The first team to be announced in the Wright Engineering National Team Race is the Apico Veterans Squad, these guys are back in force and plan on building on their 2023 success. Now on Honda’s in their assault on the British Championships, we have heard they are building a few 2002 CR 250s as we speak in preparation for the event! 

Returning to the squad is Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr. Having raced all around the globe in an illustrious career which has so far spanned three decades. Barr has raced for world-leading manufacturers Husqvarna, KTM, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha since turning pro after leaving school at 16, having already won the British 85cc Supercross Championship in 2001. The victories and podium finishes have continued throughout Barr’s career with a win and second-place finish in the Red Bull Pro Nationals championships, a second and third place in the MX1 British Championship and 2nd in the MX1 Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship over the years. Barr has also represented Ireland 14 consecutive times at the MXON. A top geezer and first-class MX rider.

Jamie Law also returns to the Apico Veterans Team. JLaw, as he’s known around the paddock, is one of the most experienced riders at British championship level and a two-stroke advocate. After 20 years as a professional MX racer, JLaw took his first-ever British championship podium in 2022 at the series opener. He is still competing and training like he always did. 

The new boy on the squad is youngster Tom Grimshaw who raced in the 2022 and 2023 event but is now on the Apico Honda squad for his “day job”. After a successful youth career racing British, EMX & World Championships, Tom moved into the adults ranks again racing British Championships, EMX & World Championship events, proving due to his size he’s more of an open class guy as he can certainly ride one properly and his aggressive style will be a thing to watch on a 250 2-stroke in the natural valleys of the Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit. This team is packed full of talent and experience to boot, and they will take it to the line when the gate drops.

Dylan Brown will take the role of team manager. “I know the guys very well and for the most part the riders are Vets’ age. We’ve always had a family vibe at the racing with Martin & Jamie for many years and Tom fits right into our program. It’s a brilliant weekend to have the guys together with their families for a weekend of fun once again (though it does get serious when race time comes around lol). Again, we plan on raising money for the Air Ambulance, so please swing by the pits to view some special bikes on display under the Apico tent.”

“Team entries are coming in thick and fast and some of the names already signed up will be keeping our marketing department busy in the coming months.” Dave King – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill

With the increasing attendance in its first two years of the VMXdN Foxhill festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend has advised that they must cap the quantity of camping slots available due to space and safety limitations, and they are anticipating that all camping passes will be sold prior to the event opening. 

“Last year we were almost at capacity and with the increase already we are expecting to sale out prior to the gates opening on August 22nd” explained DocWob – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill. “We expect the 2024 event to be ticket only, so it’s advisable to pre book to guarantee your place, you certainly don’t want to miss this one.”

Tickets for the four day festival are available from: https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

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