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The Teams: Britain in 2019

A list of the British teams and riders.

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The off-season is in full swing and therefore attention is turning to next year. This is definitely the case in Britain, especially now that the Dirt Bike Show is in the rear-view mirror and a lot of contracts are finalised. What is actually known about the teams that will contest the 2019 Maxxis British Championship? Confirmed teams for the new season can be found below. Is something missing? Email [email protected] with details about your team and riders, then the list will be immediately updated.

Buildbase Honda

Jake Nicholls

MX1

Josh Gilbert

MX2

Note: There is not expected to be any changes at Buildbase Honda for next year. Josh Gilbert will broaden his horizons a little though, it seems.

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Josh Gilbert will be hoping to acquire his first British title next season.

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Cab Screens Honda

Dan Thornhill

MX1

Harri Kullas

MX1

Note: Cab Screens Honda will become serious threats for a title next season, now that they have confirmed that they fact that they have signed Harri Kullas.

Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki

Gert Krestinov

MX1

Carlton Husband

MX2

Note: The riders may be the same, but a lot is actually going to change under the Phoenix Tools tent. The team have switched manufacturers, of course, and Carlton Husband is set to drop down to MX2.  

Kawasaki Team Green

Tommy Searle

MX1

Lewis Hall

MX2

Note: Tommy Searle will race the Maxxis British Championship, it just has not been confirmed what team he will be on yet. The BOS GP team won’t be travelling across with him.

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Tommy Searle will be chasing his second MX1 title on a BOS Kawasaki.

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Crescent Yamaha

Jake Shipton

MX1

Martin Barr

MX2

Note: Following a year with RFX, Crescent will be an independent team again next year. Martin Barr’s a new signing and should deliver race wins.

MSR Redline Yamaha

Eythor Reynisson

MX2

Josh Spinks

MX2

Luke Smith

MX1

Note: The M. Smith Electrical KTM team have really stepped up for next year, as three guys will be beneath their banner. There is support from Yamaha too!

RHR Yamaha

Ryan Houghton

MX1

Taylor Hammal

MX2

Note: Rob Hooper has now finalised his team’s plans for the new season. Ryan Houghton will return, but Taylor Hammal is a new signing. Both riders will wear FXR.

Gabriel Insulation Yamaha

Brad Todd

MX1

Note: Brad Todd joins a new team, following a horrible year with the JK Yamaha squad, and will have a new look too. He’ll run Thirty4Racing gear.

RFX KTM

Shaun Simpson

MX1

Nathan Dixon

TBC

Note: RFX KTM will have riders in various classes, but the two guys named above will represent them at the very highest level. The class that Nathan Dixon will contest will be announced at a later date.

Hitachi KTM UK

Graeme Irwin

MX1

Conrad Mewse

MX2

Note: No change at Hitachi ASA KTM. There will still be a number one plate sat under the awning, but it’ll just be on a different bike now. There may be another signing announced in January.

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Conrad Mewse will be gunning for his second British title with KTM UK.

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Verde Substance KTM

Brad Anderson

MX1

Liam Knight

MX2

Dominic Lancett

TBC

Note: Brad Anderson will be piloting a two-stroke full-time next year, but still contest the premier class. The class that Dominic Lancett will ride in has not been confirmed.

ASA United KTM

Mel Pocock

MX1

Note: Mel Pocock joins a new team, run by ASA Scaffolding’s Lee Tolan, and will also step into MX1 for the first time. This means that he has had to change his number to nine.

Revo Husqvarna

Alvin Ostlund

MX2

Dylan Walsh

MX2

Note: Revo Husqvarna will have an international team next year and a great shot at a championship. Despite initial reports, Mel Pocock will not return.

Apico Husqvarna

Stuart Edmonds

MX1

Matt Burrows

MX1

Jamie Law

MX1

Note: Apico Husqvarna have now announced their third rider, Jamie Law, so the team will certainly be well-represented in the MX1 class.

Geartec Husqvarna

Elliott Banks-Browne

MX1

Luke Burton

MX1

Note: Now Luke Norris is riding a Kawasaki as a privateer, Elliott Banks-Browne will have a new teammate in the form of AMCA champion Luke Burton in 2019.

Chambers Racing Husqvarna

Jake Millward

MX1

Note: Things looked quite bleak for Jake Millward when the off-season began, but he is now found a new home and in a different class too. 2019 will mark his MX1 debut.

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Bickers to supply UK market with Alpinestars

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This is great news for UK motocross dealers, who can now order Alpinestars Boots and Protection for the motocross and enduro community.

Full PR:
Bickers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Alpinestars, from 2024 Bickers will be a
newly appointed distributor of Alpinestars Off-Road range of MX, Enduro and Trials footwear and
protections.

Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established
in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer
of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance
apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research
is achieved under extreme conditions. Their involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World
SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar and more has led to the creation of the most
advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes.

Bickers and Alpinestars will be working together in the UK and Ireland (via Bickers Dornan) to create
an industry leading integrated sales program, reaching the Bickers dealer network; carrying stock in
2 strategic locations in the UK and Ireland to ensure next day delivery on all items.
Stock is in the UK and available now, to see the range visit alpinestars.com or bickers-online.co.uk.

Chris Hillard (Alpinestars Communications Manager)

Alpinestars are pleased to welcome Bickers as a distributor of our MX/Off-Road range in the UK and
Ireland. With their proven record in offering next day service to dealers; we see Bickers as a logical
partner to add to our already strong network of Dealers and Distributors in the region. With focus on
offering keystone hard goods from our range; namely Footwear and Protection. Central to our plan,
inside July/August 2024 Bickers will also become an Official Alpinestars repair and service center for
MX Goods, with the aim of increasing efficiency for our UK/Ireland based racers and customers
moving ahead, and we look forward to developing this partnership.

Derek McMartin (Bickers)
“Bickers are extremely excited to be able to service and sell Alpinestars Range of Off-Road Footwear
and Protection and cannot wait to start offering these great products to our dealers”
To see what Bickers offer, please go to bickers-online.co.uk
You can visit the Full Range at Alpinestars direct alpinestars.com.

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NPC 2024 IS ON! All eyes are on Oakhanger.

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Oakhanger will host the first round of the NPC series this weekend. Gulf Racing Fuels, which will support the series for the next three years, will be in attendance. The line looks impressive, while entry lists are still being worked on. Starting a series from scratch is always hard, but trying to do that in a recession and with industry budgets at an all-time low is even more challenging. The guys behind the NPC have been working around the clock to make this happen.

MX1 and MX2 classes will provide some exciting racing with this at the weekend. MX1 will see Tristan Purdon, Brad Todd, Jamie Carpenter, Carlton Husband, Tom Grimshaw, John Adamson, Dan Thornhill, Chalie Putnam, and Aaron Patstone lining up. MX2 will offer some great racing with Charlie Cole, Charlie Heyman, Ollie Colmer, Ben Mustoe, Glen McCormick, Callum Mitchell, Syd Putnam, Ben Franklin, Harvey Cashmore and Liam Bennet all looking to get some hours in the bank racing.

Justin Barclay and Alfie Smith have produced a stunning track for riders to compete on. As I’m typing this update, more British riders are signing up, and they will be confirmed every day leading up to what will be a historical event. I say historical because I believe this series will go from strength to strength and offer one of the best championships in the UK and, hopefully, Europe.

The Acerbis is cancelled this weekend, so places at the NPC are filling up fast. There are four groups, and wildcards are still available in each group.

Entries for the event can be accessed here: https://nora92.com/event/nora-pro-championship-round-1/#tribe-tickets

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA

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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.

Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and Camping passes are available at https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

Keep up to date with all the VMXdN Foxhill news

www.vmxdnfoxhill.com 

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