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Report: Hitachi KTM

Watson retains red plate.



Hitachi KTM MX2 riders Ben Watson and Josiah Natzke both made it to the podium at round three of the British Motocross Championship at Canada Heights in Kent on Sunday 30th April.

With Hitachi KTM’s MX1 rider, Jake Nicholls, out for the foreseeable future after dislocating his hip in a freak accident at a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, it was down to the team’s two MX2 riders (Ben Watson and Josiah Natzke) to get the results. While Josiah set the second-fastest qualifying time behind Mel Pocock, Ben struggled with the track conditions and could only manage eighth place.

Harri Kullas got the holeshot at the start of the first MX2 moto from Natzke, Pocock, Todd Kellett and Martin Barr. Ben did not get the start that he wanted, so was down in tenth place with a lot of work to do. Towards the end of the second lap, Pocock found a way around Natzke and pushed the young New Zealander down to second place. Watson, meanwhile, had already passed three riders and was up to seventh place on the hard track that had very little opportunities for overtaking.

With three laps to go Watson passed Barr, who was suffering with a mechanical problem on his Honda, and moved into fifth place; the position he would end the race. Kullas won by just under eight seconds from Pocock with Natzke third, Kellett fourth and Watson fifth after making the best he could from his bad start.

The second MX2 race started much better for the two young riders. Natzke followed race leader Barr around turn one and took the lead before the end of the first lap. Watson gated fourth, which made things a lot easier for himself. By lap five, and with Natzke still in the lead, Watson was up to second place and closing on his teammate. Kullas was in fourth place, however, and pushing on hard and fast. At half distance Natzke began to struggle, letting Watson through and into the lead, while a lap later Barr and Kullas pushed him down two further places to fourth place.

Watson crossed the finish line first, just under three seconds clear of Kullas, with Barr third. Natzke hung onto fourth place ahead of Michael Eccles, Josh Gilbert and Liam Knight. Overall it was Kullas, with Ben and Josiah filling the next two steps on the podium. Watson is still the leader in the championship standings, but with a smaller margin.

The Hitachi KTM team’s next event is round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championship at Kegums in Latvia next weekend.

Ben Watson: “The day has turned out okay in the end, but in race one I got a really bad start and that was my race done. The track was so hard, because of the lack of rain, and it was very fast with just one racing line. With a lot of the riders going at the same pace, it was very difficult to make a pass. Things were much better in race two, as I was about fifth going out of turn one and managed to work my way through for the win. The track was a bit rougher, which helped with passing a lot, and I am still in the lead of the championship, so still have the leader’s red plate going onto the next round.”

Josiah Natzke: “I am happy with today, as my starts were good and it always helps when you get good starts. I had a good first moto, but tightened up a little bit halfway through. It all came back to me for the latter part of the race for third. In the second I was leading until I got really bad arm pump and faded back to fourth place. It’s great to get my first podium, so I have to be happy.”

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA



The promoters for the annual VMXdN Foxhill have announced that former factory HRC, KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha rider Andrew Short will be racing at the legendary Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit over August bank holiday weekend (August 22nd-26th) as part of the American squad.

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Short has had a stellar sixteen-year pro career, during that time, he earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins, he is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. One of his personal highlights was being part of the American Team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state of Colorado. 

After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short then worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Factory Honda HRC before making a big transition to compete in rally racing and take on the ultimate rally race – the Dakar.

After a steep learning curve, he was able to become competitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He raced for the Rockstar Husqvarna team as well as the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rally teams.

After a nasty injury while riding at home, he is now back to full fitness and bang up for the challenge that is Foxhill, the greatest 2-stroke event in the world. Short will race a 2002 YZ 250 built and maintained by the crew at DocWob. Team USA won the inaugural event in 2022 and finished 3rd behind Team GB and Team Northern Ireland in 2023. 

The race is already creating a huge buzz with new and returning legends being announced weekly, it really is a whos’ who of the sport through the golden heydays of the 90’s and 00’s era.

Labelled by RacerX magazine as “the Woodstock of two strokes” the event simply goes from strength to strength.

With ticket sales up year on year, the promoters have been blown away at the response to the event and are urging spectators to purchase tickets asap. Could this be the first outdoor motocross event in the UK to be ticket only? Camping passes will be capped at last year’s numbers as simply putting it – it was full!

Ensure your place at the most anticipated event on the British MX calendar by booking early.

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Injury Update: Tommy Searle

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Dirt Store Kawasaki star Tommy Searle has disappointingly been ruled out of the Belfast Arenacross due to a thumb injury suffered in the first round in Manchester. Here’s the post below.

More to follow. But in the meantime, we wish him all the best for his recovery.

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Apico Veterans are seeing red for VMXdN Foxhill 2024

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With the annual VMXdN Foxhill firmly entrenched as being the “must attend” meeting of the year, it’s no surprise that we are already getting news of team entries! The annual event takes place at the iconic Wiltshire GP circuit on the August bank holiday weekend (22nd-26th). 

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The first team to be announced in the Wright Engineering National Team Race is the Apico Veterans Squad, these guys are back in force and plan on building on their 2023 success. Now on Honda’s in their assault on the British Championships, we have heard they are building a few 2002 CR 250s as we speak in preparation for the event! 

Returning to the squad is Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr. Having raced all around the globe in an illustrious career which has so far spanned three decades. Barr has raced for world-leading manufacturers Husqvarna, KTM, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha since turning pro after leaving school at 16, having already won the British 85cc Supercross Championship in 2001. The victories and podium finishes have continued throughout Barr’s career with a win and second-place finish in the Red Bull Pro Nationals championships, a second and third place in the MX1 British Championship and 2nd in the MX1 Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship over the years. Barr has also represented Ireland 14 consecutive times at the MXON. A top geezer and first-class MX rider.

Jamie Law also returns to the Apico Veterans Team. JLaw, as he’s known around the paddock, is one of the most experienced riders at British championship level and a two-stroke advocate. After 20 years as a professional MX racer, JLaw took his first-ever British championship podium in 2022 at the series opener. He is still competing and training like he always did. 

The new boy on the squad is youngster Tom Grimshaw who raced in the 2022 and 2023 event but is now on the Apico Honda squad for his “day job”. After a successful youth career racing British, EMX & World Championships, Tom moved into the adults ranks again racing British Championships, EMX & World Championship events, proving due to his size he’s more of an open class guy as he can certainly ride one properly and his aggressive style will be a thing to watch on a 250 2-stroke in the natural valleys of the Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit. This team is packed full of talent and experience to boot, and they will take it to the line when the gate drops.

Dylan Brown will take the role of team manager. “I know the guys very well and for the most part the riders are Vets’ age. We’ve always had a family vibe at the racing with Martin & Jamie for many years and Tom fits right into our program. It’s a brilliant weekend to have the guys together with their families for a weekend of fun once again (though it does get serious when race time comes around lol). Again, we plan on raising money for the Air Ambulance, so please swing by the pits to view some special bikes on display under the Apico tent.”

“Team entries are coming in thick and fast and some of the names already signed up will be keeping our marketing department busy in the coming months.” Dave King – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill

With the increasing attendance in its first two years of the VMXdN Foxhill festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend has advised that they must cap the quantity of camping slots available due to space and safety limitations, and they are anticipating that all camping passes will be sold prior to the event opening. 

“Last year we were almost at capacity and with the increase already we are expecting to sale out prior to the gates opening on August 22nd” explained DocWob – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill. “We expect the 2024 event to be ticket only, so it’s advisable to pre book to guarantee your place, you certainly don’t want to miss this one.”

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