Last weekend saw the opening round of the 2023 Michelin MX Nationals, powered by Milwaukee. The team was delighted to get the season underway, especially as 2023 marks the 10th year of the prestigious series.
Round One occurred at the brand-new “Oakhanger” venue near Bordon in Hampshire. The circuit culminated in months of discussion and negotiations with the landowners. It incorporated a mountain of paperwork, and that’s all before the track was designed and built. In addition, the original date had to be rescheduled after being dealt a delightful hand of typical British weather from mother nature.
Words: Dick Law/Press Release | Images: Elliot Spencer/Michelin MX Nationals
When the gate finally dropped on round one, what a track it was! Reminiscent of legendary circuits like Markelo and Lierop in the Netherlands, Oakhanger was a welcome addition to the series and to British Motocross. Saturday featured great racing and two blocks for all classes. We even saw the sun poke through on occasion. But mother nature dealt her second blow on the venue. Continual overnight rain created very different riding conditions for the Sunday race schedule, resulting in a delayed start and only one block of racing for all classes except the Fastest 40 Pro riders.
Conrad Mewse, on his Crendon Fastrack Honda, was fastest in qualifying and dominated both Leatt Pro MX1 races with what looked like considerable ease for a maximum score. While in the Apico Pro MX2s, Verde Sports KTM’s Bailey Johnston scored his first national race win in race one. He continued his winning streak in race two to give him his first national overall.
Last year’s champion, Harri Kullas, got the holeshot at the start of the first combined Pro race from Conrad Mewse, Gavin Stevenson, Jamie Carpenter, Josh Gilbert and Martin Barr.
As the two leaders came around to complete the second lap, Mewse had passed Kullas out of view over the back of the course to take the lead. Mewse stretched out more and more of a lead as Kullas slowed with smoke pouring out of the back of his Yamaha, a missing oil filler plug the culprit.
The smaller MX2 bikes struggled in the wet sand, and this became apparent when Johnston, the first of the MX2s, gated thirteenth. He held his own against the MX1s and finished in tenth place on the track, but he was the first MX2 rider home. Callum Mitchell started the race in nine nineteenth place and took full advantage of others crashing out to make his way forward to twelfth but second MX2. Jamie Wainwright was third MX2 home, with Jake Millward fourth.
The track became even more challenging throughout the day. Mewse got the holeshot from Kullas, Gilbert, Barr, John Adamson, Carpenter, and Charlie Putnam in the second Pro race. Apart from Adamson passing Barr at the halfway point, the running order of the top five stayed the same as they became spaced out till the chequered flag. As Putnam slipped down to twelfth place, Grimshaw put on a charge and snatched sixth place from Carpenter.
Once again, Johnston got a strong start in the MX2 side of the race and was only beaten into the first turn by Sam Nunn, but that all changed on the opening lap, and Johnston was first back round. Charlie Cole took the MX2 lead from Bailey on lap three but promptly fell back to twentieth place. Johnston finished his race in ninth on the track but was the first MX2 rider home.
Mitchell was in eighth, with a lap to go but was passed by Stevenson and Johnston, still finishing as the second MX2 rider. Millward didn’t get the start he wanted but went from twenty-first to eleventh place and third MX2.
Mewse took the Leatt Pro MX1 overall win from Kullas and Gilbert, while in the Apico Pro MX2s, Johnston had his first national overall win from Mitchell and Millward.
It was very close at the top of the RFX Expert MX1s, with a single point separating the winner Declan Whittle from James Dodd. Whittle had two wins and a fourth after crashing on the fourth lap of the second race, while Dodd didn’t finish out of the top three in his class and even won race two. Jayden Ashwell was third overall.
Ben Mustoe won all three of the RFX Expert MX2 side of the combined expert races and was the overall class winner, while Uldis Friebergs with two-second places and a fourth was second. Jimmy Margetson was third.
In the Motoverde Amateur MX1 class, Lewis Taylor won all three races as Luke Mellows chased him over the finish line every time. John Kirk took the last step on the podium, with Brad Thornhill just missing out.
In the relatively dry conditions of Saturday, Luca Pegg notched up two class wins in the Motoverde Amateur MX2 side of the combined amateur MX1 and MX2 race. But, with Sunday’s wetter conditions, he made a bad start, and with another crash on the way could only get up to eighteenth place by the end of the race. Luckily that was just enough to give him the class overall win by just one point from Alex Buchanan. Raife Broadley finished just a single point behind him, as three points separated the top three.
You don’t have to win a race to win an overall, as Tallon Aspden proved in the Worx Sports Insurance Clubman MX1s with his three 2nd places. Race two winner Ryan King was second overall, with race one winner Billy Saunders third.
Matt Tolley (426 Motorsports KTM) won the Spiral Clubman MX2s from Matthew Pocock and Aaron Framingham third.
Three big holeshots and three big race wins did the trick for Billy Askew in the combined Fly Racing Youth MXY2 and MXY125 class. Bayliss, Utting and Jak Taylor were separated by just three points for second and third overall.
It was three from three for Reece Jones in the 125cc side of the race, with Jake Walker second and Wesley McGavin third.
There was no stopping Josh Vail in the Syntol Big Wheel 85s as he took all three race wins. Jamie Keith finished the weekend with two third places and second, placing him second overall, with Charlie Richmond third. Fancied winner Haydon Statt had a disaster of a first race where he finished out of the points, but a second and third meant he ended the day fourth overall.
Joel Winstanley-Dawson, with two wins and a 2nd, won the Syntol Small Wheel 85s from Marty Spires and Lucas Lee.
Top 10 Overall
Leatt Pro MX1:
1 Conrad Mewse (Crendon Fastrack Honda) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha) 22 + 22 = 44
3 Josh Gilbert (Crendon Fastrack Honda) 20 + 20 = 40
4 Martin Barr (Apico Husqvarna) 18 + 16 = 34
5 John Adamson (ASA United Gas Gas) 15 + 18 = 33
6 Tom Grimshaw (Chambers Gas Gas) 16 + 15 = 31
7 Gavin Stevenson (Dixon Racing Honda) 13 + 13 = 26
8 Dan Thornhill (Chambers Gas Gas) 9 + 14 = 23
9 Charlie Putnam (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) 11 + 12 = 23
10 Stuart Edmonds (S Biggs Commercials Honda) 10 + 11 = 21
Apico Pro MX2:
1 Bailey Johnston (Verde Shiloh KTM) 25 + 25 = 50
2 Calum Mitchell (Lexa MX Husqvarna) 22 + 22 = 44
3 Jake Millward (Verde Shiloh KTM) 18 + 20 = 38
4 Jamie Wainwright (WPH / SBE KTM) 20 + 13 = 33
5 Ben Franklin (Chambers Husqvarna) 13 + 16 = 29
6 Carlton Husband (Phoenix Tools Evenstrokes Kawasaki) 15 + 14 = 29
7 Alfie Jones (Chambers Husqvarna) 16 + 12 = 28
8 Charlie Cole (Blades Bikes Kawasaki) 12 + 15 = 27
9 Josh Taylor (Honda) 10 + 11 = 21
10 Joe Brooks (Yamaha) 11 + 10 = 21
RFX Expert MX1:
1 Declan White (Lings Gas Gas) 25 + 18 + 25 = 68
2 James Dobb (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 22 + 25 + 20 = 67
3 Jayden Ashwell (AJP Geartec Husqvarna) 20 + 22 + 15 = 57
4 Corrie Southwood (Langmead Kawasaki) 16 + 15 + 22 = 53
5 Richard Bird (Allmoto Megabikes Yamaha) 15 + 20 + 16 = 51
6 Sion Talbot (KTM) 18 + 14 + 18 = 50
7 Harry Bradley (JB Tuning Kawasaki) 14 + 16 + 14 = 44
8 Josh Canton (Concept CCF KTM) 13 + 13 + 0 = 26
9 Josh Peters (Jim Aim KTM) 0 + 12 + 0 = 12
RFX Expert MX2:
1 Ben Mustoe (ASA United Gas Gas) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Uldis Freibergs (Lexa MX Husqvarna) 22 + 18 + 22 = 62
3 Jimmy Margetson (Husqvarna) 20 + 22 + 16 = 58
4 Henry Siddiqui (Husqvarna) 11 + 20 + 18 = 49
5 Shane Carless (FUS Husqvarna) 18 + 15 + 15 = 48
6 Callum Murfitt (Team PP Sport KTM) 13 + 16 + 14 = 43
7 Josh Colman (Holeshot MX KTM) 15 + 14 + 12 = 41
8 Mathew Bayliss (Darien Contractors Gas Gas) 14 + 9 + 13 = 36
9 Harvey Cushmore (Chambers Gas Gas) 12 + 11 + 11 = 34
10 Aaron Ongley (723 Racebikes Gas Gas) 16 + 10 + 7 = 33
Motoverde amateur MX1:
1 Lewis Taylor (Van Care Gas Gas) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Luke Mellows (Forty Four Honda) 22 + 22 + 22 = 66
3 John Kirk (Honda) 20 + 20 + 18 = 58
4 Brad Thornhill (LMC Plant KTM) 15 + 14 + 20 = 49
5 Joshua McCorkell (McCorkell Racing Husqvarna) 12 + 18 + 16 = 46
6 Sean Wainwright (Fasteddy Racing Honda) 16 + 11 + 13 = 40
7 Kieren Yorke (MX Revive Honda) 18 + 15 + 0 = 33
8 Josh Greedy (Darien Contractors Kawasaki) 14 + 3 + 15 = 32
9 Jamie Dixon (P&S Yamaha) 11 + 13 + 8 = 32
10 Callum Gordon (MX Revive Gas Gas) 2 + 16 + 12 = 30
Motoverde amateur MX2:
1 Luca Pegg (Motoverde Yamaha) 25 + 25 + 15 = 65
2 Alex Buchanan (Mace Tech Tuning KTM) 22 + 20 + 22 = 64
3 Raife Broadley (723 Race Bikes Gas Gas) 16 + 22 + 25 = 63
4 Ben Clark (Gas Gas) 20 + 18 + 20 = 58
5 Dan Brough (Rutzz Yamaha) 14 + 14 + 16 = 44
6 Charlie Palmer (Apex Gas Gas) 13 + 15 + 14 = 42
7 Tommi Davies (Windows at Creative KTM) 8 + 13 + 18 = 39
8 Ben White (White Transport Honda) 12 + 12 + 13 = 37
9 Jude Turton (MJW KTM) 18 + 16 + 0 = 34
10 Grant Martin (GM Tattooer Honda) 7 + 11 + 11 = 29
Worx Sports Insurance Clubman MX1:
1 Tallon Aspden (LA Groundwork KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 = 66
2 Ryan King (KTM) 20 + 25 + 20 = 65
3 Billy Saunders (WMS Commercials Honda) 25 + 20 + 18 = 63
4 Darren Manning-Coe (Fabrican KTM) 14 + 18 + 25 = 57
5 James Thompson (Thompson Flooring Kawasaki) 16 + 12 + 16 = 44
6 Ben Lightbown (CCM Motorcycles KTM) 15 + 14 + 12 = 41
7 Richard Evans (1SIX4 Racing KTM) 13 + 13 + 11 = 37
8 Kalem Hicks (British Army MX Team Husqvarna) 10 + 16 + 10 = 36
9 Jordon Andrews (KTM) 3 + 15 + 15 = 33
10 Ashley Senior (Honda) 9 + 4 + 13 = 26
Spiral Clubman MX2:
1 Matt Tolley (426 Motorsport KTM) 25 + 22 + 18 = 65
2 Matthew Pocock (MGP Steel KTM) 11 + 25 + 22 = 58
3 Aaron Framingham (Fabrican KTM) 18 + 18 + 20 = 56
4 Bradley Johnstone (Moto Connection Kawasaki) 10 + 20 + 25 = 55
5 George Boyce (Design Scaffolding KTM) 16 + 15 + 16 = 47
6 Jamie Collins (723 Racebikes Yamaha) 20 + 12 + 5 = 37
7 Toby Lightbown (Bell Helmets KTM) 22 + 14 + 0 = 36
8 Mitchil Collins (Work and Welfare KTM) 13 + 16 + 4 = 33
9 Max Fletcher (Mumzie Racing Gas Gas) 14 + 9 + 8 = 31
10 Jordan Meredith (Meredith Motocross Fantic) 9 + 7 + 13 = 29
Fly Racing MXY2:
1 Billy Askew (GTCi Revo Kawasaki) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Bayliss Utting (Trell Contractors Honda) 22 + 18 + 22 = 62
3 Jak Taylor (Lexa MX Husqvarna) 20 + 20 + 18 = 58
4 Liam Bennett (Apico GMR Husqvarna) 18 + 14 + 20 = 52
5 Mckenzie Marshall (DK Offroad Yamaha) 15 + 16 + 16 = 47
6 Kayde Rayns (Scott Motorsport Yamaha) 11 + 15 + 15 = 41
7 Lennox Dickinson (Apico Husqvarna) 16 + 22 + 0 = 38
8 Hudson Roper (3 Flo Yamaha) 13 + 13 + 11 = 37
9 Lee Cameron (Dyce Carrier KTM) 10 + 11 + 14 = 35
10 Sid Putnam (SC Sporthomes Husqvarna) 9 + 12 + 13 = 34
Fly Racing MXY125:
1 Reece Jones (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Jake Walker (Mr T Racing KTM) 22 + 22 + 22 = 66
3 Wesley McGavin (KTM) 20 + 20 + 18 = 58
4 Chester Hyde (Matt Pope MC Gas Gas) 18 + 15 + 20 = 53
5 Ollie Bubb (3 Flo Yamaha) 16 + 18 + 15 = 49
6 Gus Mustoe (Matt Gardiner MC KTM) 14 + 11 + 14 = 39
7 Levi Saunders (KTM) 12 + 12 + 13 = 37
8 Tyler Jones (KTM) 15 + 10 + 10 = 35
9 Jack Bearey (NBE Racing Gas Gas) 0 + 16 + 12 = 28
10 Harrison Greenough (Simpson KTM) 0 + 9 + 16 = 25
Syntol Big Wheel 85:
1 Josh Vail (SJP Moto Husqvarna) 25 + 25 + 25 = 75
2 Jamie Keith (MBR X&P KTM) 20 + 20 + 22 = 62
3 Charlie Richmond (KTM) 22 + 18 + 18 = 58
4 Hayden Statt (Manchester MC KTM) 0 + 22 + 20 = 42
5 Drew Stock (Madison Mad 4 MX Gas Gas) 18 + 9 + 15 = 42
6 Sonny Rooney (Husqvarna) 14 + 10 + 16 = 40
7 Lewis Spratt (KTM) 11 + 15 + 12 = 38
8 Zane Stephens (Store 114 KTM) 16 + 8 + 13 = 37
9 Blake Ward-Clarke (GRT Impact KTM) 12 + 16 + 9 = 37
10 Owen Kenningley (Thinkbikegear KTM) 9 + 11 + 14 = 34
Syntol Small Wheel 85:
1 Joel Winstanley-Dawson (Techsource Racing KTM) 25 + 22 + 25 = 72
2 Marty Spires (MJW Specialists Yamaha) 22 + 25 + 22 = 69
3 Lucas Lee (Husqvarna) 18 + 20 + 20 = 58
4 Authur Moore (3 Flo Yamaha) 16 + 18 + 18 = 52
5 Olly Waters (Matt Gardner MX KTM) 20 + 0 + 0 = 20
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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