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Michelin MX Nationals

Preview: Preston Docks

It’s time for round one!

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The opening round of the 2017 Michelin MX Nationals had been set to take place on the first weekend in March but, owing to a waterlogged venue and the cancellation of that event, round one will now take place at Preston Docks on April 1st/2nd.

The series’ annual visit to the North-West venue, on the banks of the Ribble river, always produces some great racing. An amazing lineup of riders will put on a brilliant show for you to enjoy across two days of action. Over 280 riders have registered for the series, across seven classes, and the first race of the day gets underway on Saturday with the youngest riders in the combined 85cc class.

The fastest small-wheel rider in qualifying will get first pick on the line, but who will that be? Defending SW85 champion Ike Cater will not defend his crown in 2017, but the new campaign sees a number of debutants in the class. The ones to watch are likely to be Alfie Jones, Harvey Cashmore, Charlie Heyman, Oliver Barr and Ben Kennedy.

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Kristian Whatley will be a favourite in the premier MX1 class.

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Bobby Bruce and Louie Kessell are likely front runners in the BW85 category. These two have spent the winter battling indoors at arenacross, having finished second and third in the series, as well as in our SW85 championship standings in 2016. Kylie McNicol will be looking to move up the standings after his sixth place in last year’s standings.

The combined MXY classes sees the 125cc 2 strokes (MXY1) taking on the 250cc 4 strokes (MXY2). Many riders have moved up from the 85 classes and will race on 125 machines for 2017 – picking a winner is a tall order!

Outgoing BW85 champion Joel Rizzi could be one to watch and has shown good form in the Dutch ONK series. SW85 champion Ike Carter has shown good speed on his 125 in the two events building up to the first round of the nationals.

In MXY2 Lewis Hall is the one to watch. Lewis used the latter part of the 2016 season to acquaint himself with a 250F in readiness for a title challenging year, as proven at the opening round of the British Championship. He certainly won’t have it all his own way with Keenan Hird, Joe Cadwaller and Jake Edney also likely to be near the front of the pack.

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Mel Pocock is arguably the most accomplished rider in MX2.

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2017 sees not one but two elite clubman classes at the nationals, featuring both MX1 and MX2 categories. Both classes will produce some top class action as these guys and gals get to battle it out in four races per class across the weekend. In MX2 keep an eye out for Tony Cadman, Jack Colley, Brad Thornhill and the three female competitors of Gabbi Hamlet, Amie Goodlad and Sophia Levell. In MX1 those to watch are Danny Townsend, Lee Tolan, Darrell Sims and Jamie Aitken.

Both expert classes this season now come with official ACU British Championship status and with some hoping to use the class as a route to racing in the professional classes.

Defending MX2 champion Henry Williams will be out to defend his crown this season, but won’t have it all his own way. Charlie Hamlet showed some good speed at the Hawkstone International and should feature well, but is like to be battling season long with Josh Coleman and Luke Mellows . These three will be hard pushed by Jason Mera, Simon Booth, John Waghorne and Charlie Putnam.

In MX1 Luke Parker returns to defend his title, but will be pushed all the way as the top five from the 2016 standings all return and will be hoping to take his title from him. With Shaun Southgate, Brad Cavill, Ben Cole and Adam Day already looking to push Parker all the way,  could there be a dark horse to look out for? Lewis Trickett will be racing a 250cc 2 stroke in preparation for a full campaign in the new British Championship 2-stroke class.

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Ashley Wilde won a moto last year, so is now looking for more.

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If all that racing wasn’t enough, add something to the mix on a Sunday. With two pro thirty-minute-plus-two-lap motos that are called the ‘Fastest 40’. Defending MX1 Champion Graeme Irwin returns to defend his crown, but sees his Buildbase Honda teammate and defending MX2 champion Marin Barr also on MX1 machinery. Graeme will be looking to keep the momentum going after placing second overall at the opening round of the British Championship, whilst Martin will be looking to have a better day after racing for most of his first moto of the year without goggles.

These guys are joined by 2015 champion Kristian Whatley on his Apico Husqvarna. Jake Shipton, a winner at round five last year, on a Rob Hooper Racing Cresent Yamaha, Gert Krestinov on a Phoenix Tools Honda, 2015 MX2 Champion Steven Lenoir on a Hobbs Racing Kawasaki, Geartec Husqvarna’s Elliott Banks-Browne and Verde Sport Racing’s Brad Anderson will also be gunning for a spot on the box. Ashley Wilde (RFX KTM) and the two Cab Screens Husky boys of Dan Thornhill and James Harrison will be looking for top-five positions, if not better.

If that wasn’t enough then the MX2 class is just as stacked. With Marin Barr now racing MX1, the other two guys on the 2016 championship podium will be hoping to take his crown. Lewis Tombs, of the Lings Husqvarna team, and Liam Knight, on a Hobbs Racing Kawasaki, sure won’t have it all their own way as the other young guns will be out to claim a step on the podium. Mel Pocock (Revo Husqvarna), Jake Millward (Verde Sports Racing), Josh Gilbert (Dave Thorpe Off Road), Nathan Dixon (RFX KTM), Dylan Woodcock (Team Green Kawasaki), Jamie Carpenter (Revo Husqvarna) and more will all be in the mix.

Why not head out to the first round of the Michelin MX Nationals, held at Preston Docks, this weekend? Racing gets underway on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 9.30am. Sunday’s ‘Fastest 40’ races are scheduled for 12pm and 3pm. Weekend Tickets are priced at £10 per adult (over twelve years of age) and children under twelve are free. Tickets can be purchased on the day or via the website.

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British MX Nationals

£100,000 Reasons to race British Motocross with Nora Pro Championship

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Following the first few press releases, we are pleased to announce the upcoming payouts and prize money for the new series. We believe that the riders who risk everything to compete in what is arguably the World’s most exciting sport, deserve to earn as much as possible.

We are pleased to announce that the Nora Pro Championship will have a £94,500 payout over the six rounds for the riders and a further £4,200 in payouts for teams, giving the overall Championship a purse of £98,700.

Prize money for riders will be paid out per race, with two MX2 races, two MX1 races and one Superpole. Plenty of opportunities for riders to get rewarded.

Position Prize Money Per Race (5 races) Team Overall on the day
1st £500 £400
2nd £400 £200
3rd £320 £100
4th £260
5th £220
6th £200
7th £180
8th £160
9th £140
10th £120
11th £110
12th £100
13th £90
14th £80
15th £70
16th £60
17th £50
18th £40
19th £30
20th £20

The prize fund per event is £15,750 for riders and £700 for teams.

The total Prize fund for the six-round series will be an incredible £98,700 paid out to riders and teams in 2024.

The prize fund and the format we have chosen will make the event one of the most exciting series in the UK next year and attract some good riders from Europe to battle it out with the British riders. The racing should be fantastic to watch with riders receiving good financial rewards that will make the live streaming exciting for those at home watching these fun action-packed 20-minute plus 2-lap races.

News on title sponsor, tracks, teams, riders, entries and partners will be released as a priority.

The interest in the series so far from teams, riders and the industry has been staggering. For media and sponsorship please direct all contact to James Burfield – [email protected]

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The All-New Kawasaki KX450

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The KX legacy has created a long line of champions and Kawasaki’s drive to produce more has never faltered.

This year Kawasaki celebrate 50 years of Dirt Domination with the KX brand, so it’s no surprise to see a characteristically “full gas” approach to the 2024 MX season, with the much-anticipated announcement of the 2024 models.

Leading the 450 cm3 class charge is the awesome KX450 enjoying its first full-model change in five years, innovatively introducing features never seen before on a KX machine.

The all-new flagship race machine, the KX450 off road motorcycle, offers next level engineering and power to dominate the track. The 2024 KX450 benefits from a new frame and bodywork plus increased engine performance thanks to a symmetrically aligned intake and exhaust. Handling performance has also improved, with greater front-end feel contributing to improved cornering performance to complement the KX450’s acclaimed light, nimble handling and legendary straight-line ability. Aggressive new green bodywork offers improved ergonomics due to a slim, and smoother rider interface while upgrades for the coming season include premium Brembo brake components and ODI Lock-on grips.

In terms of tech highlights, the 2024 KX450 features for the very first time Power Modes and Kawasaki Traction Control, both easily selectable from switches at the left handlebar. Riders can quickly select from two levels (Weak, Strong) of traction control to suit conditions and preference. Riders may also elect to turn the system off. Using the Mode (M) button on the left handlebar, it is also possible to switch between two engine maps (Normal, Mild response) provided in the ECU.

Additionally, smartphone connectivity allows riders to connect with their machine to adjust engine mapping directly from their smartphones using the application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP KX” to adjust engine maps including fuel and ignition timing while maintenance logs are also available.

Adding new features, plus carefully selected electronic rider aids, has taken the KX450 to the next level and Kawasaki hopes that 2024 season riders will accelerate ahead of the chasing pack towards well deserved podium results.

With innovative and evolving features over the decades, we’ve learned what it takes to win and stay on top and the KX450 embodies this legacy to the fullest. The new 2023 model is available from December 2023, contact your local dealer today or visit kawasaki.co.uk to find out more.

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British MX Nationals

Carlton Husband and Phoenix Even Strokes Kawasaki take their first National Championship.

Carlton Husband wins the Michelin MX Nationals

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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

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