This weekend sees the beginning of the UK’s 2023 Acerbis Amateur Nationals Series at Fatcat Motoparc near Doncaster. Arran Murphy from the Acerbis Nationals sent us this preview!
Words: Arran Murphy – Press Release | Images: Dialled In Visual/Matthew Rudd Photography
It only feels like last weekend when we rocked up to Fatcat Motoparc for the finale of the 2022 Acerbis Amatuer Nationals series but, all of a sudden, we’re only a few days away from kicking off the 2023 season. Fatcats is back to being the host venue of the opener, followed by a trip over the Scottish border to Duns. The legendary Hawkstone Park hosts round three while Haverigg, Farleigh Castle, Culham and Cusses Gorse round out a 7 round season full of top class racing action.
In the 125cc 2-stroke class, 2022 winner Rob Holyoake has moved onto new ventures leaving the door open for a whole host of contenders. Damon Strydom is top of the list having finished second to Holyoake by a mere three points in 2022 and will be looking to go one step better for 2023. Chris Povey and former champions of the class Ash Harland and Stu Owen will be chomping at the bit to claim the crown. Back that up with newcomer to the class Harry Linton, young guns Ryan Waggott and Jake Walker, plus former Bridgestone masters 125 champ Troy Willerton and you have a recipe for some top notch racing.
If you thought the 125 class was packed full of contenders the 250 Open 2-stroke category is just as competitive starting with runner up in 2022 James Dent. The always upbeat Cumbrian managed to claim 3 moto wins last year and will be looking to overhaul that tally in 2023 aboard a Fantic this time around. Former EMX250 podium finisher Josh Spinks is surely the biggest name in the class for 2023, however the Acerbis Nationals always attracts fast riders and throw into the mix three-time Acerbis champ (2x 125, 1x MX2) Dylan Spencer, flying Scotsman Ryan McLean, Lee Harrison, Rory Jones, James Hanscomb, Keelan Hope, Joe Jones and Liam Gale, and you’ve got another group full of talent fighting for wins and podiums each weekend.
The top 3 from the MX2 class have vacated into different classes and championships leaving the door wide open. Series regular Mitchell Meadows was fourth in the series last year and will be confident on improving on that result in 2023 but will have some serious competition in the form of former AMCA British championship regulars like Cory McShane, Zac Stealey and George Clarke. McShane, Stealey and Clarke all have made appearances as wildcards in the past but signed up for the full series this year and will definitely be in the mix. 2021 Junior Open champ Alfie Calvert made huge strides in 2022 as a rookie and will also be in the hunt for podiums and wins along with Lee Sealey, Joel Fisher, Jake Winnard and Jordan Hearn.
The MX1 category is always mega competitive and 2023 is no different with no less than 7 previous champions entered for the full series. Reigning champion Jack Beniston is looking to defend his title but isn’t going to have it easy as former MX1 champions James Hutchinson, Ed Briscoe, and Andy Wilson will be hot on his heels. Reigning 250 Open 2 stroke champ Corey Hockey has switched both classes and machinery, and will be right up there along with 2014 125 champ Cory Nemeth and former 2 time MX2 champ Scott Hamilton. Throw into the mix the likes of 2022 contender Luke Meredith, Simon Booth, Bradley Flagg, Dan Parry and Glen Phillips plus a gate full of riders looking to jump into the top five and we will have a championship full of exciting racing.
In the Ladies category 2022 was a breakout year for Grace Richards who had a close season-long scrap with Kathryn Booth, Richards eventually coming out on top. Even though Booth isn’t signed up for 2023 it won’t be plain sailing for the Honda pilot as Scottish KTM rider Elaine MacEachern has come back out of retirement and is registered for the year, already showing great speed. She even wildcarded at Pontrilas last year and took an overall victory, proving that she has to be a serious contender for championship honours. Former 2 time champion Nadiya Jones will also be in the hunt while Rebecca Newman, Grace Packman and Taylor Scott will be looking at snatching a win or two throughout the season.
Reigning Vets over 40 champion Lee Martin is signed up for battle once again and will be fired up to defend his title. One of the favourites for stealing to crown has to be former Grand Prix rider Ryan Voase. Voase missed 2 rounds in 2022 but took the most wins in the season and finished 5th at the end of the year giving him a good benchmark to claim back the title he won back in 2021. Danny Tollett will be a podium threat at each round while Alan Pearce moves into the class after being a 125 contender for many years. Neil Griffiths and Craig Chamberlain have been in and around the top five for the past couple of years and can’t be counted out once again in 2023.
With the past 2 champions of the Vets Over 50 class, Brian Wheeler and Chris Brown not registering for 2023 there will be a new winner of the class and Cumbrian duo Richard Miller and Ewan Johnston have to be right up there as class favourites. The pair both took the holeshot and led laps in 2022, and not many can say that especially with Wheeler having been in the race too. Paul Willis returns to the series again while Simon Bonsor moves into the class from the over 40s and both contenders are always in and around the top three. Throw into the mix Dave Hopkins, Brian Fraser, Adrian Lewis and Rob Lewis who finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in 2022 and all return for another run at a title, while Adrian Bradley returns to the series after being a contender in the Over 40 class in previous years, meaning the top 5 places are going to be heavily fought for.
With the top five from 2022 being moved out of the class the Junior Open category is always a hotly contested affair with new guys coming in each year and any one of ten guys having a shot at a race victory. This year is no different and with regulars from 2022 signed up once again like Taylor Misslebrook, Stefan Robson, Dale Lyons and James Newby all just outside that top five last year they’ll have a season long fight on their hands to claim the crown. Kane Rumble is no stranger to the series and will be looking to stand on the top step as well as Riley Voase, son of Ryan, who wildcarded the last 2 rounds of 2022 and managed to claim a moto victory at the finale showing he has to be considered a title threat. Mitch Brooks also was a wildcard that claimed a moto win at Hawkstone last year so should be in the mix along with Austin Mowbray and Dan Nevitt both no stranger to the series. As always with a new season there’s a few surprises so you can guarantee the racing will be as frantic as ever.
Round 1 kicks off on Saturday at 9am with practice and then straight into racing at approximately 10am so be sure to get there and to watch some bar banging action.
MX Nationals announces rebranding as the Fastest 40 Championship for 2024
The team behind the MX Nationals championship series has announced its all-new format for the 2024 season and, along with it, a new name. The team is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated rebranding as the “Fastest 40 Championship” for the upcoming 2024 season. This exciting transformation brings forth a fresh and exhilarating format that is set to redefine British motocross racing as we currently know it.
Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Crendon Fastrack Honda
The Fastest 40 Championship will feature an all-new format, elevating the competition to unprecedented levels and focusing on preparing the nation’s future MX stars for transition into the European and World scene, whilst at the same time providing days racing dedicated to the clubman and amateur classes too. With an exclusive focus on showcasing the sport’s most skilled and talented riders, the Fastest 40 promises an electrifying experience for participants and fans alike over a six-round series.
Key highlights of the Michelin Fastest 40 Championship include:
Pro day – Saturday.
Racing action from the pros will move to Saturday, featuring three classes.
MYX1 – Open/125
MX2 Pro – 250 cc
MX1 Pro – 450 cc
Classes will have 15 minutes of free practice, a 20-minute session of timed practice (40+2 reserves to Qualify), and two blocks of racing. The day will run as close to the current GP style format as possible to prepare and enhance rider experience and progression.
With all Pro racing being designated to a Saturday this will allow MX fans a full day of intense motocross action, witnessing the top riders battle it out for victory.
Amateur day – Sunday
Racing action from the clubman and amateur classes will move to a Sunday, featuring five classes.
Clubman MX2 – ACU Official Clubman championship title
Clubman MX1 – ACU Official Clubman championship title
The all-new – Honda Cup – more on that later!
Classes will have practice/timed qualifying followed by three blocks of racing.
Condensing the Clubman/Amateur racing into one day will reduce the expenditure for riders who have currently had their races split over two days, although those wishing to make a weekend of it are welcome to do so.
Get ready for the all-new Honda 250R Cup. Open to all riders of UK Honda CRF250R’s from 2021 onwards and piloting a red machine in this class means serious rewards are on offer.
The winner of the championship for this class wins a new CRF250R
“Power of Dreams” awarded to best clubman in the championship wins a CRF250R
Rider Of The Day at each round wins a res Fly Racing Formula helmet
First 110 CRF250Rs purchased will receive a CRF250R Cup Race Pack consisting of
Honda branded Fly Racing Kinetic race jersey and Fly Racing Kinetic pants (Red/Grey)
RFX Holeshot Device
Motul Care Package
Fly Training School with Dave Thorpe
Open to all UK-Honda CRF250R’s from 2021 onwards *non-UK/imported bikes are not eligible.
The Honda Cup is in partnership with Honda, Fly Racing, RFX and Motul.
The team (led by Neil and Paul Irwin) behind the former MX Nationals have always pushed the boundaries and progression of British Motocross, let’s not forget they were the first to use Mesh Start Gates, ran during Covid and Live Stream British Motocross action, so it’s no surprise that they would continue to push the boundaries in switching Pro Day to a Saturday.
The Fastest 40 Championship represents the team’s commitment to continuously innovate and offer a groundbreaking experience to the sport. By combining innovation, progression and a community-driven approach, this rebranding aims to elevate the sport in the UK to new heights and captivate the hearts of fans.
The Fastest 40 invites fans, riders, and sponsors to join in the excitement and participate in this thrilling journey.
Any rider wishing to register their interest can do so by emailing [email protected]
Stay tuned for more updates as the Fastest 40 Championship gears up to redefine British motocross racing in 2024!
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Carlton Husband and Phoenix Even Strokes Kawasaki take their first National Championship.
Carlton Husband wins the Michelin MX Nationals
It was a memorable weekend for Barry Moore and Carlton Husband, who earned their first professional titles for the team and rider, respectively. With the Michelin MX Nationals being reduced to just five rounds coming into the weekend, five riders were in a position to win the championship, and it was always going to be down to the wire.
Carlton would become the first Kawasaki Team Green rider to win the Michelin MX Nationals in the ten years the championship has been running, another first.
Husband, Brookes, Wainwright, Mitchell and Cole had one eye on the championship; this year, all five have produced some fantastic battles. First blood went to Carlton Husband in race one, who worked his way up from thirty-second position against the 450 & 250 combined to make the most passes. Carlton kept his composure to claim a fantastic sixth place in the 250’s in front of his best friend and England’s number one, Jordan Pickford. With all Carlton’s championship competitors finishing behind him, this set up Carlton nicely for race two.
State of play!
That sixth place put Carlton one point behind the series leader and Carlton’s 2024 teammate Charlie Cole, with one moto remaining.
Everything to play for in race two Carlton gave team owner Barry Moore a scare when he lost the front whilst in second position. Hearts were pumping, but rival Charlie Cole retired on lap four, putting Carlton in pole position for the title. Now, it was a game of mathematics as the other three riders were still in with a shout of the title, and Joe Brookes was only two points behind. The next fifteen minutes would be the longest of Carton Husband, his family, and his team’s life, but after fourteen laps, Carlton would take the chequered flag and walk away with the Michelin MX Nationals MX2 title for the first time.
For Carlton to win a championship with his family and friends around him was extremely fitting. Like most riders, the family are paramount to the rider’s success and Alan and Barbara, like many parents, have sacrificed so much. For Barry Moore, a dream was achieved, and what made it special was Carlton, who has been on the team for six years.
Whilst the team reflects on winning the Michelin MX Nationals title this week, Carlton will be looking to secure a top-five position in the championship this weekend. In the next few weeks, Carlton will also be looking to secure the Scottish MX2 Motocross title in what could be a memorable year for the rider, team and all the sponsors and partners.
Carlton and Barry would like to single out the work of Chris Talbot, who has built a fantastic race bike this year for the team and kept all the bikes in great shape, not missing a beat.
Barry Moore – Team Owner
I’m so happy for Carlton and his family for winning that first National Championship. It is fantastic for the team, Chris, his mechanic and all the sponsors who help to make this possible. It’s the first Michelin MX Nationals MX2 title for Kawasaki, so I hope this will repay the support Ross Burridge and Kawasaki have shown in the team over the years. I’m buzzing for everyone involved, and it means so much to me with all the time, money and effort I put into the sport I love.
Carlton Husband – 2023 Michelin MX Nationals MX2 Champion
The weekend was such a blur, and I still can’t believe we went into it nine points down and came away as champions. It feels unbelievable. I had to graft in the first race, coming from last to sixth, but the second race was just a whirlwind. I have never been so nervous. I just tried to manage the situation with the help of Chris, my mechanic. When I came across the line and read the pit board message from Chris, the 2023 MX Nationals Champion, it was the best feeling I had had in motocross to date. To deliver for Barry and the team means everything. They have done so much for me; I’m so grateful for what Barry has done for me. I want to thank my sponsors, mam, dad, Leanne and my friends for
Results: Michelin MX Nationals – Hawkstone
Find all the results from the Michelin MX Nationals at Hawkstone below.
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Lead Image: Crendon Fastrack Honda
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