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Wildcard Whatley Wins Premier Round In Cornwall

Last Sunday even though most events across the country had been cancelled due to the bad weather, the Premier Mx team were luckily enough to be able to host round 2 of the Phoenix Tools Premier Motocross Championship on what was a bitterly cold day at Fraddon Moto Parc, nr Newquay in Cornwall and with it had attracted many wildcard entries including MBO Sport Yamaha rider Kristian Whatley. Again a lot of effort had been put in to preparing the track to a high quality with believe it or not, water having to be put down late Saturday evening which was to produce a brilliant days racing in all classes.

In the Phoenix Tools Expert Open Class unfortunately there was no Championship leader in the shape of Alex Snow, who was a non starter after having surgery on a long going shoulder injury, neither was there no third place rider in the standings Darren Shears as he had a nasty tumble whilst practicing prior to the event, but there was plenty of other talent in attendance. In the opening race it was Luke Hill on the DirtbikeXpress/HPR Honda with a blistering start from team-mate Tommy Alba with Luke Hawkins on the Phoenix Tools Honda tucked in 3rd. Whatley had a terrible start and was well back, but was soon on a mission and was absolutely flying through the field. Hawkins had got the better of Alba on the opening lap and was soon breathing all over Hill, but Hill held strong and didn’t give an inch until lap 5 when a slight mistake let Hawkins in to the lead. Whatley was now up in to 3rd and was soon all over Hill who he passed a lap later and was soon to catch Hawkins which turned in to a real tussle for several laps until on lap 8 when Whatley found away pass on a lefthander and hit the front and from there went on to take the win with Hawkins 2nd and coming through to take an excellent 3rd after a battle with Hill for several laps was Jamie Skuse. In the second moto it was Hawkins who had the best start from Oakleaf Kawasaki’s Shane Carless and John May with Whatley there in 4th. Hawkins was in a real hurry in this one and was starting to get away, but up in to 2nd after the opening lap was Whatley who was quick to close down Hawkins lead. These two again as with the opening race were to thrill the spectators with some real fast and furious racing with Hawkins doing his upmost to keep Whatley at bay, but on lap 7 Whatley got the inside line out of a right hander and hit the front. Hawkins did come back, but it wasn’t to be as Whatley took the win, Hawkins 2nd with Carless finishing in 3rd. In the last race this time there was no messing as Whatley hit the front from the start followed by Hill and Hawkins. Whatley had a clear track in front of him and by the end of the third lap had a cushion over Hawkins who was now in 2nd, but the real battle was going on for 3rd between Hill, Jackson Evans, Skuse and Carless who were all over each other. Whatley went on to make a hat trick of wins with Hawkins taking yet another 2nd and coming through to take 3rd in the closing stages was Evans.

In the Over 35 Championship class there was again some top racing to be seen but at the end of the day there was only one winner and that was Mark Wilde on the S J Hodder Suzuki who once he hit the front there was no stopping him. Martyn Tucker was to give his all in the opening race and did lead, but a mistake on lap 2 saw him go down which let Wilde through. Wilde had the holeshot in race 2 and went on untroubled and in the last race again it was Tucker who led the opening couple of laps before yet another mistake was to let Wilde through who went on to notch up a hat trick of wins.

In the Over 40’s Championship class it was all about two Cornish Brothers who were to share the first two race wins, but in the last on it was Johnny Hawkins who took the win after Justin Hawkins had a bad start and was unable to get back in to contention.

In the Over 50’s Championship class the day belonged to Keith Hanson who seemed to get to grips with the conditions from the word go and was to put together a fine display of riding with a hat trick of wins, but there was a good battle for 2nd and 3rd in all 3 races between Ian Nott and Simon Goodfellow who was making his return to racing, but in the end it was Nott who took 2nd overall and Goodfellow 3rd.

In the Tyremarks Junior Championship class again the Championship leader was absent and we were about to have a new Championship leader at the end of the day, but who would it be. Having his first ride in the adults was young 15 year old Josh Gilbert on the 250f Dave Thorpe Off Road Centre Honda  who had started well clocking the fastest time in Qualifying and this was to continue as Gilbert had the holeshot in the opening race and powered away to take a convincing win. In the second moto there were a few fallers at the first bend and one of them was Gilbert who was well back. There early leader was Ryan Williams from Oliver Ford and Anthony Milliar, but it wasn’t long before Milliar on the A T Motocross Honda was up in to 2nd and was closing in on Williams. This battle went on for several laps, but all eyes were on Gilbert who was flying through the field and gain all the time. Milliar was all over Williams looking to get pass, but every time he had a go Williams would shut the door until again as he did at the opening round when leading a race, Williams picked up a rear wheel puncture which in the end was to gift Milliar the win. Williams held on to take 2nd with Craig Callow taking 3rd, but taking a well deserved 4th was Gilbert. In the last race it was Gilbert again with the holeshot from Jay Thomas and Williams. Gilbert was in a real hurry at the front and was starting to get away by the end of the opening lap but up in to 2nd had now come Milliar with Williams in tow. Gilbert was to be gradually hauled in and on lap 5 was forced wide by Milliar who took the lead and Williams also went pass Gilbert on the same lap. Milliar was put under huge pressure from Williams, but Milliar was to hold his nerve to take the win by literally a whisker at the line.


Phoenix Tools Expert Open Championship Race 1

1st Kristian Whatley (450f MBO Sport Yamaha) 2nd Luke Hawkins (450f Phoenix Tools Honda) 3rd Jamie Skuse (450f Mx-Zone Suzuki) 4th Luke Hill (450f DirtbikeXpress/HPR Honda) 5th Shane Carless (450f Oakleaf Kawasaki) 6th Tommy Alba (450f DirtbikeXpress/HPR Honda)

Race 2

1st Whatley 2nd Hawkins 3rd Carless 4th Hill 5th Skuse 6th Jackson Evans (450fPhoenix Tools Honda)

Race 3

1st Whatley 2nd Hawkins 3rd Evans 4th Skuse 5th Carless 6th Hill

M D Racing Over 35’s Championship Race 1

1st Mark Wilde (450f S J Hodder/D W Racing Suzuki) 2nd Jason Fraser (450f Fraser Racing Honda) 3rd Rick Hanson (450f Hansons Garage Yamaha) 4th Martyn Tucker (450f SR75 Molson KTM) 5th Danny Richards (250f Kawasaki) 6th Rob Lewis (350f Tony Maunders Racing KTM)

Race 2

1st Wilde 2nd Fraser 3rd Tucker 4th Hanson 5th Gavin Flagg (450f J A S Building Contractors Suzuki) 6th Jamie Deadman (450f Compressed Air Systems Honda

Race 3

1st Wilde 2nd Flagg 3rd Deadman 4th Fraser 5th Tucker 6th Lewis

M D Racing Over 40’s Championship Race 1

1stJustin Hawkins (450f Hawkins Construction Kawasaki) 2nd Johnny Hawkins (250f Hawkins Motors Kawasaki) 3rd Steve Locke (450f S J Hodder Honda) 4th Mark Roberts (450f Alan Roberts Garage Honda) 5th Steve Lyons (450f Honda) 6th David Ford (350f Projuice KTM)

Race 2

1st Johnny Hawkins 2nd Justin Hawkins 3rd Locke 4th Roberts 5th Simon Hart (450f Citadel Security Products Kawasaki) 6th Ford

Race 3

1st Johnny Hawkins 2nd Locke 3rd Hart 4th Justin Hawkins 5th Roberts 6th Ford

M D Racing Over 50’s Championship Race 1

1st Keith Hanson (450f Hansons Garage Honda) 2nd Simon Goodfellow (????) 3rd Ian Nott (450f J R Racing Kawasaki) 4th Tom Lowe (250f Honda 5th Tim Hawkins (450f DirtbikeXpress Honda) 6th Nicolas Grenney (????)

Race 2

1st Hanson 2nd Nott 3rd Goodfellow 4th Lowe 5th Hawkins 6th Steve Chugg (????)

Race 3

1st Hanson 2nd Nott 3rd Goodfellow 4th Hawkins 5th Lowe 6th Chugg

Tyremarks Junior Championship Race 1

1st Josh Gilbert (250f Dave Thorpe Off Road Honda) 2nd Ryan Williams (????) 3rd Craig Callow (450f KTM) 4th Jay Thomas (250f K J Services KTM) 5th Ty Kellett (450f S J Hodder/Rusty PT Kawasaki) 6th Ashley Bailey (250 KTM)

Race 2

1st Anthony Milliar (450f A T Motocross Honda) 2nd Williams 3rd Callow 4th Gilbert 5th Josh Taylor (250f Gibbs Performance Suzuki) 6th Thomas

Race 3

1st Milliar 2nd Williams 3rd Gilbert 4th Luke Sturgeon (450f Kawasaki) 5th Callow 6th Thomas

Junior B Race 1

1st Grant Bryant 2nd Andy Bushin 3rd Doug Wynne 4th Robin Wilkins 5th Michael Green 6th Richard Grills

Race 2

1st Bryant 2nd Gareth Northam 3rd Joel Worthington 4th Grills 5th Michael Austin 6th Bushin

Race 3

1st Bryant 2nd Northam 3rd Bushin 4th Worthington 5th Wynne 6thAustin

Junior C Race 1

1st Andrew Watkins 2nd Ben Hooper 3rd Luke Wyatt 4th Graham Beale 5th Danny Morrison 6th Jack Hellyar

Race 2

1st Beale 2nd Watkins 3rd Hooper 4th Wyatt 5th Andy Kirk 6th Morrison

Race 3

1st Beale 2nd Watkins 3rd Hooper 4th Wyatt 5th Kirk 6th Morrison

Words and Photo by Dave Rich


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