-- Smarty’s MC News ‘Mega’ Moto Wrap for June 26, 2012
Yeah, I know, we are covering more races in one report than anyone else in the whole world and this week is no different as we take a quick look at the AMA, MX Nationals and World MX standings, check out RC teaching the Poms and go racing at Mammoth Mountain, Canada, West Virginia, Victoria, Queensland, Andorra, Northern Ireland, Belguim and Poland…… So that covers Motocross, Trials, GNCC, WORCS and Speedway……….are YOU ready…..!!!!!!!!
-- America Report
- It looks like Tyla Rattray will be back on the KX450 as the replacement
rider for Ryan Villopoto. Rattray was my pick for an up-set but broke a finger
at the opening round.
2012 AMA Motocross Championship – Points after Round 5
250 Points after Round 4 of 12: 1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 222. 2. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 209. 3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 200. 4. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 200. 5. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 153. 6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 130. 7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M, Suzuki, 106. 8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 102. 9. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 99. 10. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha, 96.
The AMA riders will be back next weekend at Red Bud National in Buchanan, Michigan.
-- Legends Dominate 2012 Mammoth MX
The annual Mammoth Motocross kicked off on Saturday with the Masters Class (50-plus) dominated by moto-legend and multi AMA motocross and supercross champion Jeff Ward who led every lap bar one over his two motos while Doug Dubach did the same in the Senior Expert Class (40-plus) but he was kept honest by former pro Billy Jo Mercier.
The Vet Expert Class (30-plus) was a bit closer with KTM's Mike Sleeter grabbed the early lead in moto one and looked to have the race in the bag until his chain broke (who breaks a chain these days?). Anyway, Nathan Tierney inherited the lead and the eventual win ahead of Ryan Hughes, Tyson Taylor, David Pingree, Lars Lindstrom and Jeff Northrop.
Rusty Holland pulled the holeshot in moto two but was reeled in by Hughes who went on to win the moto and earn the overall on the day. Holland stayed in second and Tierney was third in the moto. The overall top five was Hughes, Tierney, Taylor, Pingree and Lindstrom.
-- 2012 Can-Am GNCC – West Virginia - Round 8
The Snowshoe GNCC is one of the most popular races on the calendar and once again the promoter put the riders through the roughest terrain West Virginia has to offer.
In the tough conditions it is no surprise that New Zealand's Rory Mead
secured his second victory of the season while championship contender Kailub
Russell and championship leader Paul Whibley finished second and third.
Russell made a charge at Mead on the final lap of the three-hour race but fell short at the finish line. "I put in the work during the week to prepare for this race and it really paid off today but Rory rode really well, we have 5 tracks that I really like coming up and hopefully I can get a few more wins." said Russel
Whibley rode consistently for third and now leads the championship by only
one point with five round remaining. Round 9 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National
Cross Country Series heads to Millfield, Ohio July 7 and 8 for the Wiseco John
XC1 Pro Results: Rory Mead (KTM) Kailub Russell (KTM) Paul Whibley (YAM) Nick Fahringer (HSB) Bobby Prochnau (KTM) Jordan Ashburn (YAM) Takeshi Koikeda (KTM) Chris Bach (YAM) Nathan Kanney (HON) Garrett Edmisten (KAW)
XC1 Pro Standings: Paul Whibley (198/2 wins) Kailub Russell (197/4 wins) Rory Mead (156/2 wins) Charlie Mullins (129) Thad DuVall (122) Jordan Ashburn (118) Chris Bach (105) Garrett Edmisten (104) Takeshi Koikeda (90) Nathan Kanney (88)
XC2 Pro Lites Results: Jason Thomas (KTM) Andrew DeLong (HSQ) Steward Baylor (KTM)Jesse Robinson (HSB) Jedediah Haines (YAM) Zach Nolan (KTM) Ryan Echols (KTM) AJ Stewart (YAM) Ryan Lojak (YAM) William Gilleland (YAM)
XC2 Pro Lites Standings: Steward Baylor Jr. (182/5 wins) Jason Thomas (173/1 win) Jesse Robinson (132) Andrew DeLong (123/2 wins) Jedediah Haines (136) Brad Bakken (116) AJ Stewart (93) Cody Gragg (82) Scott Grills (80) Zach Nolan (75)
-- Josh Strang Wins his First 2012 WORCS Race
While Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert continues to be the rider to beat in the 2012 WORCS series our own Josh Strang has come back from injury to finally win his first race for 2012 at the Utah round of the series.
Robert won Saturday’s race one ahead of Robby Bell and RMP/KTM/FMF/Maxxis rider Strang in third but the Aussie won the second race ahead of the championship leader.
“I crashed a few times and went swimming twice,” said Robert. “But it was a good weekend. I really like these pure off-road tracks like this and I was able to extend my points lead for the championship. That’s my main focus this year, to win the WORCS Championship.”
Josh Strang’s 3-1 score for the weekend placed him in second overall, his best finish this season for the former GNCC Champion.
-- 2012 Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 4 – Edmonton
Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke has dominated the Edmonton round of the 2012 Canadian Motocross Championships ahead of yank and former Australian SuperX visitor Bobby Kiniry. Ryan Villopoto’s brother Tyler has a poor day by his standards with 7-12 finishes for 12th overall.
MX1 Overall: 1. Matt Goerke 1-1 Kaw. 2. Bobby Kiniry 2-2 Yam. 3. Tyler Medaglia 5-3 Hon. 4. Colton Facciotti 3-4 KTM. 5. Morgan Burger 9-5 Kaw. 6. Gavin Gracyk 8-6 Kaw. 7. Zeb Dennis 12-7 Yam. 8. Jaromir Romancik 14-8 Kaw. 9. Shawn Maffenbeier 6-9 Yam. 10. George de Graaf 16-10 Kaw. 11. Jason Burke 10-11 Hon. 12. Tyler Villopoto 7-12 Kaw. 13. Brock Hoyer 13-13 Kaw. 14. PJ Stratton 26-14 Hon. 15. Todd Sewell 25-15 Yam.
MX1 Points Standings: Matt Goerke 197pts. Kaw. Bobby Kiniry 169pts. Yam. Colton Facciotti 144pts. KTM. Tyler Medaglia 142pts. Hon. Tyler Villopoto 113pts. Kaw. Dusty Klatt 110pts. KTM. Gavin Gracyk 100pts. Kaw. Morgan Burger 88pts. Kaw. Jason Burke 77pts. Hon. Borck Hoyer 76pts. Kaw.
-- Aussie News
Not long to go until the 2012 Australian MX Nationals kick off again – here are the points as we head into the second half of the season.
MX1 Championship (after 5 of 10 rounds): 1. Josh Coppins 301. 2. Todd Waters 280. 3. Brad Anderson 274. 4. Lawson Bopping 255. 5. Tye Simmonds 234. 6. Cody Cooper 232. 7. Jay Marmont 207. 8. Jake Moss. 9. Daniel McCoy 164. 10. Daniel Reardon 147.
MX2 Championship (after 5 of 10 rounds): 1. Luke Styke 306. 2. Ford Dale 274. 3. Cheyne Boyd 258. 4. Josh Cachia 258. 5. Kade Mosig 233. 6. Kirk Gibbs 229. 7. Adam Monea 215. 8. Justin McDonald 192. 9. Lewis Woods 173. 10. Errol Willis 168.
-- Victorian Motocross Champs Run and Won
The Horsham Motorcycle Club hosted the final round of the 2012 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships last weekend and it was Sam Martin, Joel Milesevic and Kristy Gillespie who came away with the silver-ware.
GYTR Yamaha’s Martin won three out of four motos to finish the series ahead of Kyle McKeddie and Thomas Alexander. “I really enjoy racing the YZ450F and this is a result I’m proud of. I have never won a major championship before, so this is pretty cool,” Martin said excitedly. “I wanted to win today and build lots of momentum for the last half of the MX Nationals, so it was nice to get it done."
JBS Motorsports’ Milesevic won the A Lites title ahead of Lewis Woods and
Dylan Long while in the under 19s class Milesevic finished the series ahead of
Long and Michael Crugnale.
-- WRD’s Hunter Win Sunshine State Title
WRD/ Yamaha’s Wade Hunter has wrapped up the championship win in the Pro Lites class of the Queensland Sunshine State Motocross Series with a round to spare after another podium result in the penultimate round at Leyburn Park last weekend.
“Winning this series was one of the goals I had at the start of the year, so it is good that I can tick this one off and keep moving forward, especially one round early,” Hunter said.
“I now want to make an impression at the MX Nats and after good results here and at the Queensland Motocross Championships I feel I’m ready to challenge the good guys at Hervey Bay next week.”
“But this win couldn’t come without the support from Mike Ward at WRD, Yamaha and all the team sponsors, so thanks to them and also the Queensland motocross sub –committee and the series sponsors for their hard work in running the series.”
Ford Dale and Kade Mosig were the only rider to beat Hunter at the Leyburn Park round.
-- Euro News
MX1 Championship Points: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 345 points 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 298 points 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 292 points 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 289 points 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 237 points 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 212 points 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 211 points 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 207 points 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 169 points 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 168 points.
MX2 Championship Points: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 364 points 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 340 points 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 308 points 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 238 points 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 217 points 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 204 points 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 191 points 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 152 points 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 150 points 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 139 points
The riders are back for the MXGP of Sweden this weekend.
-- RCU in England
Fatcat Motoparc in northern England hosted the Ricky Carmichael University last week and Aussie Speedway superstar Chris Holder was there to learn a few things from the GOAT.
RC flew to England with fellow multi AMA Champions Jeff Stanton and Jeff Emig and they were joined by Britain’s last World Champion Jamie Dobb and the winner of last week’s Belgian GP Tommy Searle.
200 riders got the benefit of Carmichael talking technique and race tactics,
Emig working on starts, Dobb on flowing with the sand, Searle on fast corners
and Stanton on tight turns.
“We wanted to build something that no-one else has done and something for the parents as much as the riders. For me it is more about giving back to the sport. We put a lot of pride, effort and time into it,” Ricky said. “The fans here are definitely 100% behind their guy, whether he’s a fifth place guy or going for the win and I respect that. They are very loyal here in Europe and that’s what I’ve always liked about it.”
“It would have been extremely tough to make it this good without the help of Jamie and his crew and also great sponsors like MonsterEnergy and Fox,” he added. “For the future I think three or four times a year would be good. I’d love to spread the RCU brand for sure and expose it to more kids here in Europe. We won’t do it if we cannot do it right and it needs to be events with this standard.”
“I actually really enjoyed it,” said Searle. “We were lucky with the weather on both days and it was fun. The best part was giving people advice, watching them listen and then doing what you’ve told them and it works out better for them and you can see the improvement.”
-- 2012 World Speedway Championships – Round 6 – Poland
Martin Vaculik has stormed to victory in the FIM Gorzow Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on Saturday night while Aussie Chris Holder took a solid second place in the final well ahead of Jason Crump who scored only 5 points on the night.
Vaculik made a stunning start in the rain-drenched final and triumphed ahead of Chris Holder, wild card sensation Bartosz Zmarzlik and former World Champion Tomasz Gollob.
“This is unbelievable." exclaimed Vaculik, "I think it’s the best feeling in the world. I won my hardest meeting ever. I’m very happy and it’s a cool feeling, I won the Grand Prix and I couldn’t have imagined I’d win before the meeting. I’m very happy and I want to say a big thank you to my team. My motorcycles were very fast and great in the conditions.” he added
Greg Hancock extended his World Championship lead to nine points after
exiting at the semi-final stages while Holder’s 17-point haul puts him level
with Jason Crump in second place on 78 points after the triple world champion
finished on five points.
“Second is awesome. I came here to make the final and get some points. It’s so difficult to get points – even in the heat races." said Holder “After three races, I was on five and I was just trying to scrape into the semi. I got there, took gate four and it paid off.
“The rain probably helped me a bit in the final because I was off gate three and thought the boys would go to the outside. I went to the inside, it worked for a lap, but it wasn’t as good as I thought and I ended up having a good race, I’m just happy to be here. I got a lot of points in the bag. It’s great.” concluded the Australian.
The FIM Speedway Grand Prix series resumes in Gorican on July 28. For now, the world’s top riders turn their attention towards competing for FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup glory.
GORZOW Results: 1 Martin Vaculik 20 Points 2 Chris Holder 17 Points 3 Bartosz Zmarzlik 13 Points 4 Tomasz Gollob 12 Points 5 Greg Hancock 12 Points 6 Fredrik Lindgren 11 Points 7 Emil Sayfutdinov 10 Points 8 Andreas Jonsson 9 Points 9 Peter Ljung 7 Points 10 Nicki Pedersen 7 Points 12 Jason Crump 5 Points
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Greg Hancock 87 Points 2 Jason Crump 78 Points 3 Chris Holder 78 Points 4 Nicki Pedersen 72 Points 5 Tomasz Gollob 64 Points 6 Fredrik Lindgren 63 Points 7 Emil Sayfutdinov 58 Points 8 Andreas Jonsson 47 Points 9 Jaroslaw Hampel 46 Points 10 Antonio Lindback 40 Points
-- Late on Tuesday we got this press release through: Motorcycling Australia has announced the four rider Australian Team for Event 2 of the 2012 FIM Speedway World Cup at Kings Lynn, England on 9 July.
The 2012 Australian Speedway World Cup Team will be captained by three time world champion Jason Crump, who will be joined by fellow Queenslanders, Darcy Ward and David Watt with New South Wales born Chris Holder rounding out the team.
Team Manager Mark Lemon is confident the Australian Team is in with a strong chance to take out the 2012 Championship.
“I’m heading into my first World Cup as a Manager and I couldn’t be in a better position. All four riders are currently on good form, deserving of their place and want to ride for their country,” Lemon said.
“Captain Jason Crump, three times World Champion, and Chris Holder are jointly at number two in the World Championship standings at the halfway stage of the Speedway Grand Prix series.
“David Watt is maturing as a quality world class rider and his league form around Europe has caught everyone’s attention this season, and Darcy Ward is regarded as the hottest prospect in the world of Speedway and also tops the Riders League averages in the United Kingdom,” he continued.
“We have a great blend of riders to call upon and see no reason why we shouldn’t lift the Ove Fundin Trophy in Malilla, Sweden.” Lemon concluded
The four-man team, selected from the ten-strong Australian squad, will go up against rivals Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic in Event 2.
Poland, the reigning World Champion, will meet Russia, Denmark and the United States of America in Event 1 on home soil in Bydgoszcz on July 7.
The second and third placed teams from each Event will progress to a Race-Off in Malilla, Sweden on July 12. The winner of the Race-Off will join the winners of Event 1 and 2, and host team Sweden, in the tournament Final at Malilla on July 14.
Fans will be able to enjoy the 2012 FIM Speedway World Cup as it happens, with SPEED TV broadcasting every round LIVE.
-- 2012 World Trials Championships – Round 5 - Andora
Repsol Montesa HRC Toni Bou and Sherco's Albert Cabestany split wins over the two days of competition in Andorra that marked the fifth round of the 2012 FIM Trial World Championship.
Cabestany brought Bou's winning run to an end by taking victory on day two, but despite missing out on a podium place for the first time this season Bou still holds a forty point lead in the general standings with just two rounds to go.
Jeroni Fajardo aboard his Beta motorcycle was the highest points scorer in Sant Julia De Loria, after he finished runner up on both days. Takahisa Fujinami's - Repsol Montesa weekend ended with a disappointing fifth spot on the second day following his podium appearance twenty four hours earlier.
Andorra has become a familiar stop on the FIM Trial World Championship, with the small principality situated in the eastern Pyrenees mountains having first hosted a round of the series way back in 1992. Since then the steep sided valley that looks over the town of Sant Julia de Loria has been visited on fifteen occasions prior to this weekend?s Trial GP.
Andorra remains the highest Grand Prix in the calendar. The sheer gradient of the rocky terrain coupled with the altitude, almost 2000 metres above sea-level, meant that this venue is always a tough test for man and machines especially if severe heat is added to the mix.
Saturday's test was played out under clear blue skies and sufficient heat for it to be a factor. For once, Bou on his factory Cota 4RT was on the back foot as he failed the fourth section to allow Cabestany to open an early lead as he and Fujinami became the only two riders to pass this zone without taking maximum marks. Section ten proved to be the next defining zone as Bou notched up his second five of the lap whilst Fajardo and James Dabill went clean, and Fujinami recorded a single dab ride.
At the end of lap one Bou found himself tied in second spot on ten marks with Fujinami, and having to play catch up on the mid-point leader Fajardo who had dropped six marks over the same period. With his left thigh strapped over the top of his one piece suit, Bou moved things up a gear losing just one mark for the entire second lap to steal the victory from Fajardo who did enough to hang on to second spot and leave Fujinami as the final podium place finisher. This marked Bou's eighth straight win.
Four sections were modified ready for Sunday's trial to ensure the correct level of severity now that the riders were familiar with the terrain. Unlike the day before Bou started strongly losing marks only in section four and fourteen on his first lap, to put himself on two marks at the halfway stage and two clear of Cabestany, who had a narrow advantage over Fajarado at this point.
However failures in the same two hazards a lap later would see Bou demoted to fourth come the finish, his five in the penultimate hazard dropping him from being leader to being off the podium in a split second.
Cabestany held his nerve well during the closing lap to edge out Fajardo, and to take a well-deserved and overdue win. A more consistent showing from Adam Raga, earned him the final podium place this time out and after he failed to reach the rostrum on day one.
With Bou now holding a forty point lead, he can potentially clinch the title for the sixth successive season at the next round in Italy in two weeks time.
"It has been a mixed weekend for me." stated Bou, "On Saturday I was pleased with my riding. I made some mistakes on the first lap, but even with the problem with my leg I made an incredible second lap to take the win from Jeroni."
Sunday was another type of story, as in the morning I felt strong and confident, but on last lap again I made some mistakes. I was unlucky to take five in section four for touching the flag, but it was my error in section fourteen that caused the five. I moved too far forward on the bike and lost grip at the wrong moment." he explained.
"With the trial being easy, these errors have really punished me." the Spanish rider added. "It is not a good result for the championship today, but I will be ready to fight again in Italy." Bou concluded.
Despite Bou's winning run coming to an end, he still has a 40 point lead in the championship heading to Italy for the next round. - Credit: Honda Racing
Saturday's Results: 1/ Toni BOU / SPA / MONTESA / 11 2/ Jeroni FAJARDO / SPA / BETA / 14. 3/ Takahisa FUJINAMI / JPN / MONTESA / 20. 4/ Adam RAGA / SPA / GAS GAS / 23. 5/ Albert CABESTANY / SPA / SHERCO / 32. 6/ James DABILL / GBR / BETA / 33. 7/ Michael BROWN / GBR / GAS GAS / 41. 8/ Jack CHALLONER / GBR / BETA / 47. 9/ Matteo GRATTAROLA / ITA / GAS GAS / 54. 10/ Pere BORELLAS / SPA / GAS GAS / 58
Sunday's Resutls: 1/ Albert CABESTANY / SPA / SHERCO / 10. 2/ Jeroni FAJARDO / SPA / BETA / 13. 3/ Adam RAGA / SPA / GAS GAS / 14. 4/ Toni BOU / SPA / MONTESA / 15. 5/ Takahisa FUJINAMI / JPN / MONTESA / 28. 6/ James DABILL / GBR / BETA / 51. 7/ Michael BROWN / GBR / GAS GAS / 53. 8/ Daniel OLIVERAS / SPA / OSSA / 64. 9/ Pere BORELLAS / SPA / GAS GAS / 70. 10/ Matteo GRATTAROLA / ITA / GAS GAS / 72
CHAMPIONSHIP Points: 1 BOU 190 Pts. 2 FAJARDO 150 Pts. 3 CABESTANY 145 Pts. 4 RAGA 142 Pts. 5 FUJINAMI 130 Pts
-- Belgian Motocross Championships – Kester – Round 2
KTM mounted Ken De Dycker has slopped his way through the mud to win the second round of the Belgian Motocross Championship and with his 3-1 results the Red Bull-KTM rider claimed the overall win ahead of fellow KTM star Jeremy Van Horebeek and Jeremy Delincé.
His second consecutive domestic win gives De Dycker an 18-point lead over Tanel Leok in the series. Relentless rain turned the scenic, natural track into a slippery and treacherous affair.
Ken De Dycker had this to say after the race. “It crossed my mind that maybe there would be no second moto. Or that they would prematurely end the first moto... So after my crash early on I pushed to bounce back as well as possible. At a certain point I had to take of my goggles off and then you really didn’t see anything! So all in all my third place was not so bad. Actually, I never got stuck today allthough you had some pretty deep ruts today. (laughs) I have to admit that my long legs come in handy to lift my bike in mudders like these! But racing in these conditions is very difficult regardless. Still I wanted to make the best of it, especially for all those fans who have payed to watch us and for the club who always put tremendous effort into this race. At least we riders have the advantage that we are able to wash ourselves in between the motos that’s something fans cannot do! In itself, I don’t mind riding in the mud athough you always have to be very careful. In terms of riding I was quite satisfied with both motos. In the second race I took the lead from the second corner. After that I could do my own race. I knew I was pretty safe because if you’re right behind someone you don’t see a thing and when you want to make a pass you have to hit even more slippery lines.”
Inters Open Race 1 1. Delincé, 2. Van Horebeek, 3. Ken De Dycker (Red Bull-KTM), 4. Brakke, 5. Leok, 6. Herlings, 7. Priem, 8. Bobryshev, 9. Gonçalves, 10. Van Nooten, 11. Guarneri, 12. Janvier, 13. Martens, 14. Coppins, 15. Van Daele, 16. Vanderstraeten, 17. Lieber, 18. Verstrepen, 19. Hubin, 20. Lahousse
Inters Open Race 2 1. Ken De Dycker (Red Bull-KTM), 2. Van Horebeek, 3. Leok, 4. Bobryshev, 5. Brakke, 6. Guarneri, 7. Herlings, 8. Van Daele, 9. Delincé, 10. Van Nooten, 11. Cociu, 12. Segers, 13. Van Beveren 14. Vanderstraeten, 15. Govaert, 16. Ghysels, 17. Renkens, 18. Lieber
Final classification Kester 1. Ken De Dycker (Red Bull-KTM), 45, 2. Van
Horebeek 44, 3. Delincé 37, 4. Leok 36, 5. Brakke 34, 6. Bobryshev 31, 7.
Herlings 29, 8. Guarneri 25, 9. Van Nooten 22, 10. Van Daele 19, 11. PRiem 14,
12. Vanderstraeten 12, 13. Gonçalves 12, 14. Cocio 10, 15. Segers 9, 16. Janvier
9, 17. Van Beveren 8, 18. Martens 8, 19. Lieber 7, 20. Coppins 7
Ken De Dycker will race the 9th round of the Motocross World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden next weekend
-- 2012 British Motocross Championships – Round 5 –– Desertmartin, Northern Ireland.
Steven Lenoir (Emberson Yamaha) and Kevin Strijbos (HM Plant KTM UK) dominated their respective classes in both qualifying sessions at sunny Desertmartin. In the narrowest of margins, Lenoir squeezed the Q1 top position by a second from Mel Pocock (Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha) in the which he extended to nearly half a second over Graeme Irwin on the second Emberson Yamaha in the all-important Superpole. Nicolas Aubin (Buildbase Honda) took two consistent third places whilst the surprise to many was James Cottrell (DB Racing Honda) who lept from 9th in Q1 to a brilliant fourth to score his best Superpole result to date.
After losing the Red Plate at the previous round, Strijbos was in no mood to be beaten and headed both Q1 and Q2 by approx one second from current red plate holder Matiss Karro (Team STR KTM).
Originally local favourite Martin Barr (Tyco Suzuki by TAS) was credited with third spot in Q1, but he was penalised one minute for allegedly stopping on the circuit. This demoted the fans favourite to a lowly 29th gate choice for the three motos. In the end it was Shaun Simpson on the bigger version of the Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha who gained with a 3rd position, but nearly three seconds adrift of Strijbos.
In the MX1 class Keven Strijbos (HM Plant KTM UK) was a class act and was unchallenged all day, taking both qualifying sessions and three moto wins to wrestle the red plate back from Matiss Karro (Team STR KTM) with just three rounds remaining.
Strijbos domination earned him fifteen more points than Karro as we head to another sand circuit, Hawkstone Park in five weeks time.
Stribjos now heads Karro by five points, but it was local favourite Martin Barr (Tyco Suzuki by Relentless) who kept the partisan crowd on their toes with a brilliant second overall. Having to start from the outside of the grid after his qualifying misjudgement, Barr returned 2-2-3 results for second on the day, behind Strijbos.
Karro took a well-earned third after giving his all and his task was made easier after Shaun Simpson (Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha) scored an unusual DNF in the final race.
At one stage it looked like Elliot Banks Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) was going to dominate the MX2 class, but with two laps to run in the final moto the deeep sand spatt him off and he done well to cruire round for a sixth place finish, in a lot of discomfort.
This allowed Mel Pocock on the quarter litre version of Steve Dixon Yamaha to claw back a vital eleven points over his rival in the championship chase. After dominating the qualifying sessions, Steven Lenoir (Emberson Yamaha) made the lower step of the podium with 4-3-3 finishes.
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