Two Shropshire companies are throwing their weight behind an event that is set to bring many of the world’s top motocross stars to the county next week.

Hawkstone International Motocross, at the famous Hawkstone Park circuit on Sunday 10thFebruary, has attracted its best ever entry of world championship contenders and Grand Prix race teams.

Hawk Plant Hire from Prees Heath and Shrewsbury-based caravan dealership Salop Leisure have agreed to support this important pre-season event, which will be televised and broadcast later on Sky Channel Motors TV UK.

The HIMX team has pulled off a major coup by signing up defending MX2 world champion Jeffrey Herlings for the event. Herlings battled it out all season with British fans’ favourite Tommy Searle to take the overall world championship in 2012.

With Searle moving up to the MX1 class, Herlings will be on board the factory Red Bull KTM team and will be hoping to kick start his 2013 season on a high note. British fans will get a rare chance to see the talented youngster at Hawkstone Park, where he will be joined by his GP team-mate Jordi Tixier, who finished fifth in the overall MX2 championship standings last year and will again race for the factory KTM team in 2013.

The record entry of 120 riders is littered with top Grand Prix riders and the best from the UK, all looking for a good start to the season.

Race secretary Gary Ford said: “We’re delighted that we have managed to sign up so many of the top names and teams for the International and it’s our best ever entry. It will be a great chance for British motocross fans to see these top riders in action and we anticipate a crowd of around 6,000.”

Hawk Plant Hire, which specialises in rentals to the construction and agricultural industries, supplies all the plant for HIMX and has supported the event for more than 20 years.

Salop Leisure will again be providing a touring caravan for use as a check in centre for riders as well as displaying new caravans and motorhome models at the event.

Marketing manager Scott Higgins said the company was delighted to be associated with the HIMX and looked forward to promoting caravanning to thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts.

“Most of the riders either own a touring caravan or motorhome, which they use when competing in different events,” he explained. “The Hawkstone Park event provides a great platform to showcase our products and brand to riders and supporters.”

Practice on the Sunday begins at 9am, with the first international race due to begin at 11.45am.

Admission is £25 for adults and free for children under 14 years. Parking is free and camping is £20 per pitch for a tent, motorhome or caravan. Hawkstone is situated 10 miles north of Shrewsbury off the A49 Shrewsbury to Whitchurch road and the A53 Shrewsbury to Market Drayton road.

For all the information visit the new Hawkstone website –

Rider Line-Up

MX 1 
Tony CraigCarnegie Fuels/MOM Honda
Carlton HusbandJLP Racing KTM
Jonathan BarraganSTR KTM
Ryan StaveleyHonda
Marc de ReuverStabilo Pro Grip KTM
Ross KeyworthRevo Talon Kawasaki
Gautier PaulinKawasaki Racing Team
Kevin StrijbosRockstar Suzuki World MX1
Jilani CambreJDS Racing Team KTM
Clement DesalleRockstar Suzuki World MX1
Alex SnowOakleaf Kawasaki
Wayne GarrettJAR Honda by IFS
Jamie CollinsTVR Racing KTM
Jake GowanD3 KTM
Tanel LeokRoute 77 Energy Honda
Nathan ParkerRevo Talon Kawasaki
Jens GettemanLS Honda
Brad AndersonMaxxis Kawasaki by LPE
Shane CarlessOakleaf Kawasaki
Dorren CouttsMaxxis Kawasaki by LPE
Adam CookConcept Catering KTM
Patrick MajorMJW Kawasaki
Connor WalkleyMaxxis Kawasaki by LPE
Jason DouganRoute 77 Energy Honda
Jeremy Van HorebeekKawasaki Racing Team
Matiss KarroSTR KTM
Tommy SearleCLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
John MearaTMC Moto X Racing Honda
Jake BoyesWulf/Bikesport/Wearside Rewinds Honda
Greg FisherJack Horseman Kawasaki
Xavier BoogIce1Racing KTM
Jamie LawDyer & Butler KTM
Oliver Sandiford SmithMJW Kawasaki
Daniel HutchinsonBikesport KTM
Luke BurtonHeads & All Threads Suzuki
Scott ElderfieldCMP Racewear/Goldentyre Kawasaki
Jamie EllisRSS/Spiral Graphics/RFX KTM
Scott ArdrenNC Groundworks Kawasaki
James LassuMJW Kawasaki
Tom KellyMalin KTM Racing
Ben HuntGreen Lane Recycling Honda
Christy HarnettTMC Moto X Racing Honda
Jarad GoodwinSuzuki
Tommy AlbaDirtbikexpress/HPR Honda
Sam SimmonsMotoward Yamaha
Ashley WildeSandbach Scrap Metal Kawasaki
Gareth PadgettYamaha
Rui GoncalvesIce1Racing KTM
MX 2 
Liam GarlandDyer & Butler KTM
Graeme IrwinHeads & All Threads Suzuki
Bradley WheelerGL12 Racing KTM
Charlie HamletFeehily/Morris/Fox/RFX Suzuki
Mathew CallaghanRSS Suspension/Recognize GFX Honda
James DunnHM Plant KTM UK
Luke NewmanInternational Plywood/Ride Direct Kawasaki
Julien LieberRockstar Suzuki MX2
Elliott Banks-BrowneHM Plant KTM UK
Mike KrasTeam Beursfoon Suzuki
Ceriel Klein KromhofHFS Logistics MX Team KTM
Lewis TombsJAR Honda by IFS
Luke NorrisOct X MNE Kawasaki
Pascal RaucheneckerStanding Construct KTM
Arminas JasikonisRoute 77 Energy Honda
Jeffrey HerlingsRed Bull KTM Factory Racing
John RobsonBikesport Newcastle/ JR Robson KTM
Dan ThornhillRevo Talon Kawasaki
Ben WatsonHM Plant KTM UK
Sam WinterburnD3 Racing KTM
Adam DarbyshireUnderdog Racing Honda
Rob DavidsonMJW Kawasaki
David BlackburnBlackburn Motorbodies Honda
Glenn FletcherCM Engineering/Regent MX/ JWR Honda
Jack CoxJL Cox Cranes/MotoMark Yamaha
Daniel BroughHeatex Racing Kawasaki
Maxime DespreyMonster Energy Bike It Dixon Yamaha
Petar PetrovKemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha
Ludovic BreversKemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha
Zac StealeyV Customs Kawasaki
Damon GraulusStanding Construct KTM
Brent Van DoninckKTM Scott Team
Aaron PiponMartin Racing KTM
Jason MearaTMC MotoX Honda
Arnaud TonusCLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Andre ParkKemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha
Glenn ColdenhoffStanding Construct KTM
Neville BradshawPutoline Honda
Alessandro LupinoCLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Jake MilwardOakleaf Kawasaki
Jack KellyMalin KTM Racing
James CottrellPutoline Honda
Brad ToddPlanet Suspension KTM
Adam SterrySTR KTM
Jordi TixierRed Bull KTM Factory Racing
Kevin ForsKemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha
Nathan WatsonHM Plant KTM UK
Brian BogersStabilo Pro Grip KTM
Axel Van de SandeStabilo Pro Grip KTM

The 2013 Hawkstone International Motocross is supported by


Hawk Plant Hire –


Salop Leisure –


RJS Builders –


Doodson Motorsport –


ISO2 –


CMP Racewear –


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