Saturday night saw the opening round of the British ACU Supercross Championship take place at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. The Maxxis Henderson L.P.E. Kawasaki team headed to the event with high expectations from their sole rider Ashley Greedy. During the afternoon Ashley used the numerous practice sessions to become familiar with the track and setting a number of fast lap times in the process.
Following successful practice sessions Ashley went into the evening program with high hopes which was rewarded with strong finishes in the opening heats. The first race of the night was the heat race for the SX Lites class and Ashley made a strong start but was bumped on the first corner and battled his way through the pack for a well earned 2nd place and automatic transfer to the final.
In the heat race for the SX Class Ashley proved his worth with a lightning start and quickly set about with running away for the race win which saw him automatically transfer to the final. Before the two finals were set to take place it was time for the excitement of the head to head finals and Ashley came up against Carl Brogden in the first leg. The drama started on the first corner with Brogden taking Ashley into the tuff blocks and out of the running.
The first final of the night for the SX Lites class would see Ashley struggle off the start and have to battle through slower traffic to make his way up to 5th place. once in 5th place Ashley was unable to advance any further due to the leaders already having opened up a sizable gap.
In the SX final Ashley struggled with a series of small crashes and mistakes which would leave him a lap down on the leaders and finishing in a lowly 10th position. The second round the British Supercross series moves to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on 19th November where Ashley will be hoping to make up ground in the championship.
I had a bit of a bad night with half decent starts but there was a bit of dirty riding going on and people aiming for me but I expected it. Hopefully in the next round people will keep it clean like I did this evening and I can get some better results.
We went to Sheffield knowing it was going to be a tough night as both the Pro Classes this year was stacked with good riders and just to get into both finals was going to be hard. Ashley was flying the LPE flag alone tonight and did a good job for us, 5th in the Lites Final was good enough to get the Championship off to a good start, but unfortunately he hurt his foot in the Head to Head which hampered his progress in the Open Final, I thought the racing tonight was fantastic in every class and it was so good to see all classes full. The track was technical, but safe and provided some great racing. Connor Walkley has been ill all week so wasn’t well enough to compete but we will have a three man team at the next round, as Connor will be joining Ashley in Belfast and it will be Martin Barr’s first ride on a Kawasaki as he joins the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki team. This is great news and hopefully we can have some green bikes running up the front.