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Preview: Maxxis British Championship, Round Four

The 2013 Maxxis British Championship will resume on Sunday at Milton Park, Northampton for the fourth round of the series. Admittedly Milton Park is not the most spectacular circuit on the calendar; the riders are not shy when addressing this. But, in the past the facility has provided fans with some great on-track action. It will be intriguing to see how it all plays out at the weekend, as Milton Park will be the first track with a hard-pack surface that the series has visited so far this year.

Elliott Banks Browne is already sat quite comfortably at the top of the series standings after a consistent start to the year. However, in other series this year EBB has run into some bad luck in the form of injuries, crashes and mechanical failures. So it will quite intriguing to see if he can put that behind him going into Milton Park this weekend. Elliott won all of the motos at the venue last year; that will surely boost his confidence going into the weekend. Honestly I think he will have it quite easy, as he will not have to deal with an established wildcard for the first time this year.

However, an unlikely contender is starting to emerge: Nathan Watson currently sits second in the series standings, thirty-one points down on his teammate. Although he has not really shown that he is a contender for race-wins as of yet, he beat Elliott straight up in one moto at Lyng. I am actually quite interested to see if he can build one this performance and begin to uncover some of the potential that he has. I do believe that Milton Park will suit his style, and now that he has landed on the overall podium once he knows that he can do it as well.

After watching Steven Lenoir practice this past weekend, I think a victory could potentially be on the cards for the Evotech Stevens KTM rider on Sunday. Obviously, the hard-pack circuit will suit him much more than the sandy tracks that the series has visited so far; I do think this will be reflected in his confidence going in. In my opinion Graeme Irwin has a lot more to give than he has shown so far this year. The Irishman is buried down in fifth in the series standings following a lackluster showing at Lyng, but I would not be surprised to see him pass Neville Bradshaw in the points this weekend.

Although Tommy Searle is currently sat at the head of the series standings in the MX1 class, Tanel Leok is effectively leading the fight, as Searle will not be contesting the series for the remainder of the season. With this in mind Tanel is in quite a good position at the moment, as he will definitely pass Tommy this weekend (barring a major problem) and he has a quite a comfortable gap over the rider that is sat in third in the series standings, Kristian Whatley. The Estonian [Leok] is actually riding very well at the moment, but he has not got too much recognition for that; I believe that he is the favourite for the MX1 victory going into Sunday.

Although Tommy Searle is currently sat at the head of the series standings in the MX1 class, Tanel Leok is effectively leading the fight, as Searle will not be contesting the series for the remainder of the season. With this in mind Tanel is in quite a good position at the moment, as he will definitely pass Tommy this weekend (barring a major problem) and he has a quite a comfortable gap over the rider that is sat in third in the series standings, Kristian Whatley. The Estonian [Leok] is actually riding very well at the moment, but he has not got too much recognition for that; I believe that he is the favourite for the MX1 victory going into Sunday.

Brad Anderson is another rider that needs to jump on the podium this weekend; a fifth is his best result thus far, however everyone expects more from the past champion. I believe that he has now had a sufficient amount of time aboard the Maxxis Kawasaki by LPE; so if Brad is going to step it up, now is the time to do it. Jonathan Barragan needs to rebound after a bad time at Lyng, also.

Evidently there are plenty of storylines to look out for this weekend at Milton Park. It seems as though whenever has visited the facility, there has been a shakeup in the series standings. Clearly the circuit promotes close racing, so the action this weekend should be exciting as always!

Words by Lewis Phillips

Image courtesy of Elliot Spencer

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