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The Stat Sheet: MX1 British

Although you can find separate results from the 2014 Maxxis British Championship, there is no place that you can collect end of season stats, so we decided to put our own little sheet together. You’ll find various statistics from the MX1 class at the Maxxis British Championship below and in the coming weeks we’ll put a similar list together for the MX2 class and the MX Nationals too.

Pole Positions:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson

1

1

1

1

Graeme Irwin

1

1

Tommy Searle

1

Laps Led:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson

24

8

21

5

37

15

11

Jake Nicholls

12

20

11

Tommy Searle

27

Elliott Banks-Browne

16

Graeme Irwin

9

6

Kristian Whatley

13

Nathan Watson

5

Unsurprisingly Shaun Simpson leads the way in this category and was the only guy to lead at least one lap at every round. This really shows just how dominant he was, although it also serves as a reminder of how close Jake Nicholls was before his injury. Jake has been on the sidelines since June, so I do think some people have forgotten that he was actually right there with Shaun. Although he only contested three rounds, he still led the second most laps, which says it all really.

Overall Shaun led one hundred and twenty laps, which was more than the rest of the MX1 class combined! His dominant day at FatCat obviously helped him in this area, as he won each moto and didn’t relinquish the lead. Another interesting statistic to draw from this is that the only riders to lead a lap were those that won races. You would think that at least one rider that resides in the lower half of the top ten would take a holeshot and hold on for a lap or two. Perhaps it is a testament to how strong the elite riders were?

Moto Wins:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson

2

1

2

3

2

1

Jake Nicholls

1

1

1

Tommy Searle

3

Elliott Banks-Browne

1

Kristian Whatley:

1

Graeme Irwin:

1

Nathan Watson

1

Again, this chart shows just how untouchable Shaun Simpson was once Jake Nicholls withdrew. Tommy Searle robbed him of a chance to win a moto at every round in his wildcard appearance at Whitby, but Shaun was still the best of the series regulars. Perhaps one of the most surprising things to come from this is that Kristian Whatley, the 2013 champion, won just one single moto and that only came at the penultimate round. Although the other statistics show he was a consistent podium guy, I am certain he would have expected a little more at the beginning of the year.

Overall Podiums:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson

1

1

1

2

1

1

Jake Nicholls

2

2

2

Kristian Whatley

3

3

3

2

Tommy Searle

1

2

Graeme Irwin

3

2

Elliott Banks-Browne

1

Loic Rombaut

3

Nathan Watson

3

Brad Anderson

3

I’ll be honest, I actually forgot that Loic Rombaut finished on the overall podium at Whitby. That round was crazy, with many different storylines and that got overlooked a little bit. Anyway, there are a few stories here. It is quite surprising that Jake Nicholls did not win an overall at the first three rounds, simply because he was clearly fast enough – the cards just didn’t fall his way. Simpson obviously was the one that just inched him out – he astonishingly only lost two overall; one to a wildcard, Tommy Searle, and the other after a bad day at the office at the finale. Perhaps you would have predicted that Nathan Watson and Brad Anderson would have had more than one overall podium, but behind Simpson the field was stacked and they were right there most weeks.

Overall Wins:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson:

1

1

1

1

1

Tommy Searle:

1

Elliott Banks-Browne:

1

Red Plates:

Rider:

Landrake:

Lyng:

Canada Heights:

Whitby:

FatCat:

Cusses Gorse:

Foxhill:

Shaun Simpson

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

I think this is a fitting way to end and the one chart that sums up the season. Shaun was on-form from start to finish and rarely faltered. If he returns next year, and I am certain he will, he is going to be tough to beat.

Words: Lewis Phillips

Image: Elliot Spencer

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