Foxhill, Swindon, Wiltshire.
With a large break before the next Maxxis British Championship, MX2 rider, Graeme Irwin, and MXY2 Rookie, Olly Townsend, headed to Foxhill motocross track, one the most revered tracks in the UK, for round two of the AMCA British Masters.
Not doing things by halves, Irwin opted to enter into both the MX1 and MX2 Pro classes in which he showed good pace, posting third and sixth fastest respectively during qualifying on the Saturday.
Race one in the MX1 Pro class, and Irwin got a great start in third, and battled hard with British Championship rival, Neville Bradshaw (who had also double entered), for second behind Kristian Whatley. The loose stone covered, hard pack track was causing Irwin to be pelted from Bradshaw and it took it’s toll, so toward the end of the race, Irwin settled to finish in third.
Race two got under way and Irwin gated just inside the top ten. Fighting hard to gain positions on a track that’s quite difficult to make passes allowed the top three to gap the rest of the field. Despite his efforts the distance to third was a little too much, and Irwin crossed the line in a comfortable fourth behind Bradshaw, Brad Anderson and Whatley, giving Irwin a well deserved third overall for the weekend.
Race one of the MX2 Pro class and Irwin launched off of the gate into second behind the championship leader, Bryan Mackenzie. He made short work of Mackenzie and moved into first after a few laps. Putting the hammer down, he started to pull away and got himself some breathing space. He further extended his lead as Bradshaw and Mackenzie battled for second. Bradshaw took second, but couldn’t close the gap, and Irwin crossed the line nine seconds clear.
Going into race two, Irwin rounded the first corner in the top four. A little tussle with Bryan Mackenzie and Nathan Watson (DNF in race one) over second allowed Bradshaw to open a small gap in front. As Irwin started closing in on Bradshaw he made a small mistake which pushed him back to fourth again. Unfortunately, bad luck struck in the back section of the track, and his RM-Z250 suffered an electrical issue ending his race, and dropping him to fourteenth overall.
Olly Townsend had a good weekend in MXY2. On Saturday, He qualified just outside of the top ten in twelfth. Race one didn’t go exactly to plan when he came off, and damaged his clutch perch causing a DNF, but the weekend got steadily better.
He struggled off the start in race two, but made passes to move from twentieth to sixteenth by lap two. By lap five he had climbed into twelfth but lost out to Nathan Dixon in the last two laps to finish in thirteenth.
Race three and four were held on Sunday, and a fresh Olly improved his starts and got of the gate at the sharp end. He started in eleventh, and quickly moved into tenth. Battling with Loukas Maggio for most of the race, he finally found a way past on the last lap and took ninth.
Another improved start in race four saw Olly round the first corner in sixth, but a charging Jamie Ellis took the position away in the late stages of the race and Olly crossed the line in seventh.
Despite his bad luck in race one, some good riding and steady improvement over the weekend gave Olly fourteenth overall.
The next Maxxis British Championship round is on the 12th of May at Milton MX Park, Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire.
The Red Bull Pro Nationals second round is on the 18th-19th of May at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.