Moto News Wrap for May 5, 2015 by Darren Smart

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Australasian News

One of South–East Queensland’s largest motorsport projects is reportedly underway. “Loves Speedway and Motorsport Complex”, strategically located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Loves Speedway and motorsport complex is earmarked to host local, national and international events. The vision is to become the hub for automotive based activities including Speedway, 1/8 Mile Street legal drag racing, Burnout competitions, Go-kart and Drift Tracks, Car shows, Monster Trucks, Stunt Shows and Supercross and Motocross events. It will also cater to more than 40 competitive sports and provide a large exhibition area for outdoor shows and events. Fingers crossed it all comes to fruition and doesn’t die a horrible death like so many mooted plans for motorsport precincts.

For the ninth time in his career, KTM racer and former Australian enduro champion Brad Williscroft has won the 44th running of Darwin’s Kamfari by over 15-minutes from defending champion Daniel McGuinness while Chris Warwick managed a solid third place.

Callum Norton, Riley Dukes and Bailey Malkiewics are now part of Husqvarna’s increased racing profile at the Junior level of the Australian Motocross scene. All three are expected to be in contention at the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Nationals (Sept. 26 – Oct 3).

Loves Speedway and Motorsport Complex
Loves Speedway and Motorsport Complex
American News

This is simply ridiculous! James Stewart’s final appeal for his sixteen-month suspension for a positive test for a banned substance following the Seattle Supercross in 2014, has been denied. His suspension will remain in place until August 11, 2015.

“It’s extremely disappointing that my appeal was denied,” Stewart said. “But I’m glad this is over and now I can turn my full attention back to preparing for the few events I’ll be competing in this year and coming back strong for 2016.

“I thank Yoshimura Suzuki, my sponsors and all the fans who have given me a ton of support through all of this. The one thing this time off has done is made me realize how much I miss racing, so it’s going to be a great day for me when I get to see that gate drop again.”

“It was an incredibly frustrating process and disappointing decision, but we’ll have James on board with the team for 2016 and beyond and we look forward to his return,” said team manager Mike Webb in a team statement. “We have a few warm-up events later this year and then we’ll be back in full force for the 2016 Supercross season.”

Stewart is already slated to compete in Australia in November and is also expected to race Red Bull Straight Rhythm later this year and the Monster Energy Cup in October.

Chad Reed was on the gas at Vegas. Chad started the race just inside the top ten but fought his way to be battling with Weston Peick for third place but what was reported to be a mechanical issue saw the living legend slide back to 7th by race end to finish the series in fourth place – here is what he wrote on Twitter: ‘Thankful SX is over One of if not the the most frustrating season of my career Somehow we still finished 4th. Thanks for the support’

Chad Reed on the gas until a mechanical issue slowed his progress
Chad Reed on the gas until a mechanical issue slowed his progress

Here is an interesting stat – of the 47 riders that scored points in the 450SX class over the 17 rounds of the 2015 AMA Supercross Championships, only Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Cole Seely, Blake Baggett and Josh Grant put points on the board at every round.

Jackson Richardson qualified in 17th place in the East/West Shootout while fellow Aussie Taylor Potter managed a credible 26th fastest time. Jackson had a shocker with 12th place in his heat after an early crash then could only manage 5th place in the LCQ while Potter scored 11th in his heat and 10th in the LCQ. Richardson finished the 250 West series in 13th place with 2 x Top Ten finishes and 63 points while Potter finished the 250 East series in 25th overall with 10 points.

Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin missed the final round of Monster Energy Supercross in Las Vegas after sustaining a hand injury mountain bike riding during the week. He is expected to be ready to defend his 250MX Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the season opener on May 16 from Hangtown.

It was clear that many riders had their thoughts on the up-coming AMA Motocross Championships because Cooper Webb and Jason Anderson had crashes during practice at Vegas and sat out the night while Justin Bogle wasn’t even injured but didn’t even turn up to contest the East/West Shootout so that he could do more outdoor testing.

With the nationals just weeks away Justin Bogle, Jeremy Martin, Cooper Webb, Jessy Nelson, Tyler Bowers, Jimmy Decotis, Kyle Cunningham, Tommy Hahn, Chris Alldredge, Arnaud Tonus and Jordan Smith all sat out the East/West Shootout for one reason or another.

Female racer Vicki Golden took advantage of the fact that only 41 riders turned up for the East/West Shootout at Las Vegas and she snuck into the night program and history, for what it is worth, was made.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has named Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger 2015 AMA Supercross Rookies of the Year.

“Cole and Aaron both had exceptional rookie seasons, demonstrating that they have what it takes to compete at the highest levels,” said AMA Supercross Director Kevin Crowther. “We congratulate them for their distinguishing performances in 2015. Their continued dedication and hard work will certainly take them far in the sport of AMA Supercross.”

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OK, 2015 is done and dusted. here is the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule

  • Rd1: January 9 Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA West
  • Rd2: January 16 Petco Park San Diego, CA West
  • Rd3: January 23      Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA West
  • Rd4: January 30 O.co Coliseum Oakland, CA West
  • Rd5: February 6 Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ West
  • Rd6: February 13      Petco Park  San Diego, CA West
  • Rd7: February 20 AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX West
  • Rd8: February 27        Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA East
  • Rd9: March 5 Daytona Daytona, FL East
  • Rd10: March 12         Rogers Centre Toronto, ON East
  • Rd11: March 19 Ford Field Detroit, MI East
  • Rd12: April 2       Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, CA West
  • Rd13: April 9        Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN East
  • Rd14: April 16 Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, MO East
  • Rd15: April 23      Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA East
  • Rd16: April 30           MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ East
  • Rd17: May 7    Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV East/West

 

The final round of the Amsoil Arenacross Series was held in Vegas last weekend and you can read the full report and results below but after seeing the replay of the second main event I can say without fear of contradiction that Jacob Hayes is an absolute dick, and Kyle Regal is the worthy champion.

Over the years I have been known to give a rider a nudge or two to get by, and have copped the same in return but what Hayes did to Regal was straight out dangerous. It wasn’t even a t-bone, is was a complete take out but guess what, the impact put a hole in Hayes’ water pump and he DNF’d the race. Suck Eggs you dickwad!!! If you did that to me you would need a body guard until you retired from racing!!

Kailub Russell continued his winning streak last weekend by winning the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series in Newburg, West Virginia.  Russell took the win ahead of the hard charging duo of Russell Bobbitt and Layne Michael.

Daniel Milner took his maiden win on American soil at a Mid-East Enduro event. Not exactly a top level national competition but still a great confidence boost for Milner.

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Euro News

Controversial American motocrosser Mike Alessi will be racing the MXGP of Great Britain on May 24 at the at Matterley Basin circuit. My prediction – he will get smoked!

Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider Kevin Strijbos took out the overall victory in the ADAC German Motocross Championship round on the weekend. Strijbos dominated the two motos ahead of fellow Suzuki rider Glenn Coldenhoff and local German rider Dennis Ullrich.

Race Reports and Results from last Weekend
  • – AMA Supercross Championships – Round 17 – Las Vegas
  • – Amsoil Arenacross Series – Round 15 – South Point Arena – Las Vegas
  • – GEICO AMA EnduroCross series – Round 3 – Orleans Arena – Las Vegas
  • – Maxxis British motocross Championships – Round 2 – Canada Heights
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 17 – Las Vegas

450SX Race Report: Ryan Dungey and Justin Brayton charged into Sam Boyd Stadium side by side but Eli Tomac soon sliced underneath Brayton to get to second and then tripled off a dragon back to get to the inside of Dungey. That pass didn’t stick but Dungey and Tomac battled side by side through Monster Alley outside the stadium and after two passes Dungey got the lead back.

Tomac looked confident and seemed to have the pace to hound Dungey to the finish line until he washed the front end and crashed. Tomac remounted but the Dunge was long gone and took off for his 9th win of the championship.

“It was a good battle with Eli [Tomac] there,” Dungey told RacerX. “I knew I had to try to stay in front of him or it could be over, then I’m eating his roost. I was really glad I got back around him when he passed me. When he went underneath me he went to get on the gas and it was really loose, so he lost the rear and I almost ran in the back of him. Right when I saw that I kind of went left, but the bike took me left, which was good. I got out of his line and carried the momentum and had the drive to pull a taller gear and get by and then had the inside on that next corner.”

Weston Peick held down third place and that place looked threatened when Cole Seely got around Chad Reed to take fourth. Seely then missed a rhythm lane and Reed passed him back and was all over Peick for a while but Peick managed to put a couple of very fast laps together to pulled away and eventually take third.

Reed appeared to have bike problems late and fell back to seventh while Seely and Josh Grant went past to round out the top five.

250 East /West Shootout: With Cooper Webb knocked out of action via an ankle injury in practice, there wasn’t much of a chance that Marvin Musquin wouldn’t dominate and that is exactly what the likeable Frenchman did.

Once the newly crowned 250 East Champion entered the stadium in the lead is was all over bar the shout but in saying that, Malcolm Stewart gave Musquin a good run for a few laps. Then Marvin pulled away for his first win in Vegas. “It’s like a dream come true tonight,” said Musquin. “I have never won in Las Vegas before and I used to watch this race back in the day when I was a kid, but tonight it’s my turn. To win my very last supercross race on a 250 is awesome.”

Malcolm was second with teammates RJ Hampshire and Matt Bisceglia third and fourth. Aaron Plessinger worked his way through the pack to challenge them, and then Bisceglia put a block pass on Hampshire, which allowed Plessinger to get past, but the Yamaha pilot couldn’t make a run on Bisceglia leaving the podium celebrations to Musquin, Stewart and Bisceglia.

250 East/West Shootout: 1. Marvin Musquin (KTM). 2. Malcolm Stewart (Honda). 3. Matt Bisceglia (Honda). 4. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha). 5. Alex Martin (Yamaha). 6. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna). 7. RJ Hampshire (Honda). 8. Cole Martinez (Yamaha). 9. Shane McElrath (KTM). 10. Kyle Peters (Honda). 11. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha). 12. Zach Bell (Husqvarna). 13. Gannon Audette (Kawasaki). 14. Luke Renzland (Yamaha). 15. AJ Catanzaro (Suzuki). 16. Scott Champion (Yamaha). 17. Justin Starling (Honda). 18. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki). 19. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha). 20. Preston Mull (Yamaha). 21. Nick Desiderio (Yamaha). 22. Justin Hill (KTM).

450 Main Event: 1. Ryan Dungey (KTM). 2. Eli Tomac (Honda). 3. Weston Peick (Yamaha). 4. Cole Seely (Honda). 5. Josh Grant (Kawasaki). 6. Blake Baggett (Suzuki). 7. Chad Reed (Kawasaki). 8. Justin Barcia (Yamaha). 9. Justin Brayton (KTM). 10. Broc Tickle (Suzuki). 11. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki). 12. Nicholas Wey (Kawasaki). 13. Ben Lamay (Husqvarna). 14. Nicholas Schmidt (Suzuki). 15. Thomas Ramette (Kawasaki). 16. Killian Rusk (Yamaha). 17. Tony Archer (Kawasaki). 18. Kyle Partridge (Honda). 19. Michael Akaydin (Honda). 20. Deven Raper (Kawasaki). 21. Dustin Pipes (Suzuki). 22. Travis Bannister (Honda).

450 Final Points Standings: 1. Ryan Dungey 390 (DUNLOP). 2. Eli Tomac 305. 3. Cole Seely 277. 4. Chad Reed 226. 5. Blake Baggett 223. 6. Trey Canard 204. 7. Jason Anderson 200. 8. Broc Tickle 194. 9. Andrew Short 180. 10. Weston Peick 160. 11. Josh Grant 159. 12. Ken Roczen 156. 13. Davi Millsaps 147. 14. Kyle Chisholm 115. 15. Justin Barcia 102. 16. Nicholas Wey 94. 17. Jacob Weimer 74. 18. Justin Brayton 66. 19. Phil Nicoletti 66. 20. Ben Lamay 53.

250 West Supercross Standings: 1. Cooper Webb 186 (DUNLOP). 2. Shane McElrath 124. 3. Zach Osborne 117. 4. Justin Hill 116. 5. Aaron Plessinger 113. 6. Alex Martin 111. 7. Malcolm Stewart 107. 8. Jessy  Nelson 106. 9. Tyler Bowers 105. 10. Josh Hansen 91.

250 Eest Supercross Standings: 1. Marvin Musquin 194 (DUNLOP). 2. Justin Bogle 171. 3. Jeremy Martin 143. 4. Joey Savatgy 133. 5. R.J. Hampshire 100. 6. Anthony Rodriquez 98. 7. Kyle Peters 91. 8. Jimmy Decotis 87. 9. Kyle Cunningham 72. 10. Martin Davalos 63.

Marvin Musquin, Roger DeCoster and Ryan Dungey
Marvin Musquin, Roger DeCoster and Ryan Dungey
This is as close as any rider got to Marvin all night
This is as close as any rider got to Marvin all night

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Amsoil Arenacross Series – Round 15 – South Point Arena – Las Vegas

The sixth and final round of the Race to the Championship featured a tie atop the point standings coming into the evening between Jacob Hayes and Kyle Regal, making it the closest title fight in history. When all was said and done at the conclusion of two Arenacross Class Main Events, Regal emerged with his first career AMSOIL Arenacross championship. In the inaugural Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout, Preston Plumbing Yamaha’s Ryan Breece took the first win of his career with a wire-to-wire performance.

Arenacross Class Report: The action for the evening got off to an exciting start with stellar competition in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge in which Matt Goerke edged out Regal for the win and pivotal championship bonus point, giving him momentum heading into the Main Events.
As the Arenacross Class field launched out of the gate for the first of two Main Events, a handful of riders got together and went down, including championship contenders Goerke and Gavin Faith. Getting a clean start out front with the holeshot was Chris Blose, with Regal tucked in close behind. Gared Steinke was third, fending off the early advances of Hayes in fourth.

Hayes wasted little time in getting around Steinke and moved into third on lap one. He then slowly closed in on Regal for second and just after the duo crossed the line to start Lap 4, Hayes attempted to make a pass on the inside, only to have Regal close the door. At that point, Regal picked up his pace and pulled away from Hayes while subsequently closing in on Blose.

On Lap 6 Blose bobbled coming out of the whoops and crashed right in front of a hard-charging Regal, taking him to the ground as well. That allowed Hayes to slip past both riders and take control of the Main Event, with Bobby Kiniry moving into second and Regal managing to quickly remount in third. Blose was unable to continue.

Knowing he needed to keep pace with Hayes, Regal put on a charge to pass Kiniry for second on Lap 10 and continued that push over the closing laps to close the deficit to Hayes. The two were just a couple bike lengths apart coming to the white flag and Regal set up a last lap surge through the whoops to get alongside Hayes in the final corner. Regal didn’t have the momentum to make the pass and Hayes took a crucial Main Event win that ensured he would earn a season-ending tiebreaker, if necessary. Regal followed in second with Kiniry third, Steinke fourth and TZR Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell fifth.

Another pileup out of the gate started the second Main Event, which allowed Steinke to claim the holeshot ahead of Faith and Steven Mages. Both Regal and Hayes emerged unscathed as well and were nose to tail as the field settled in.

Before they were even able to begin the first lap, the championship took a major turn as Hayes made heavy contact with Regal in the turn, forcing him to the ground. While Regal was left to pick up his bike and salvage the best finish he could, white smoke billowed out of Hayes’ bike as he crossed the finish line. The Kawasaki rider rode around for a few laps until a broken water pump officially ended his night and his hopes of a championship.

Out front, Steinke had to keep both Faith and Mages at bay as the top three were separated by about a second for much of the early portion of the race. Faith attempted to make an inside pass on Steinke as they came to the line to start Lap 4, but lost traction, allowing Mages to take over second. That slight bobble allowed Steinke to open up some breathing room. Faith put the pressure on Mages over the next lap and was able to get back by Mages for second. Faith kept Steinke honest, but the KTM rider rode a clean and consistent race to earn his second Main Event win of the season. Faith was second, with Mages third. Regal stayed out of trouble and brought home a ninth-place finish, securing the title.

“I don’t really feel like it’s sunk in yet,” Regal told RacerX. “I felt like it would be a little bit different, but it’s been a deal where I’ve worked hard all year all long. It was hard work today, and I don’t really feel like it’s settled in yet and really hit me. I’m pumped. The whole team’s been amazing all year long, and I can’t thank them enough. The Husqvarna was something that I was questioning when I first made the decision, and the reason was, when I got the bike from the factory I ran sixty-five pounds of air for the first two days I rode it. As soon as I dropped the air pressure I said this bike will win. I’ve been on a program all year long. It’s hard work during the week, but obviously it pays off when you’re winning races and obviously winning the championship. Doesn’t matter how hard you sweat and how hard it gets; it all pays off now for sure.”

The wild night of action ultimately produced the seventh different overall winner of the 2015 season as Steinke’s 4-1 results garnered him his first career overall victory in AMSOIL Arenacross, capping off a career night. Regal’s 2-9 finishes gave him the runner-up position to go along with his championship, while Mages rounded out the top three (9-3).

Kyle Regal is the 2015 Arenacross Champion
Kyle Regal is the 2015 Arenacross Champion
Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

1.    Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM (4-1)
2.    Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (2-9)
3.    Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (9-3)
4.    Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (8-4)
5.    Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (11-2)
6.    Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (6-6)
7.    Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (5-8)
8.    Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (3-10)
9.    Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (7-7)
10.    Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1-14)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results

1.    Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (2 points)
2.    Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (1 point)
3.    Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (1 point)
4.    Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (1 point)
5.    Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (1 point)
6.    Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (1 point)
7.    Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1 point)
8.    Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (1 point)

Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout Results

1.    Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha
2.    Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
3.    Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
4.    Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
5.    Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
6.    Axell Hodges, Encinitas, Calif., Kawasaki
7.    Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM
8.    RJ Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
9.    Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki
10.    Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

Final Race to the Championship Standings (Race 6 of 6) (R2C Main Even Wins)

1.    Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna – 164 (2)
2.    Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 160 (3)
3.    Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna – 147
4.    Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 146
5.    Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki – 145 (2)
6.    Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki – 140 (3)
7.    Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 131
8.    Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha – 119
9.    Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM – 118 (2)
10.    Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM – 102

GEICO AMA EnduroCross series – Round 3 – Orleans Arena – Las Vegas

Rockstar, Lucas Oil, Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker took an exciting wire to wire win at round three of the 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series inside the Orleans Arena. Although Haaker lead from the start, he withstood steady pressure from Cody Webb on his FMF, RPM Team Maxxis KTM. Geoff Aaron rounded out the podium on his Gas Gas.

Webb set the fast lap time during both the afternoon and night time Hot Lap session to get the bonus point and top gate pick. But Haaker took the Nexen Tire $500 Holeshot award. Fellow Husqvarna rider Mike Brown followed Haaker for a few laps until he made a mistake in the fire wood pit. That allowed Webb to take over second and he pushed Haaker for several laps and even got alongside a couple of times but could never make a pass stick. Both riders lapped the entire field by the last lap and Haaker gained just enough space in the final two laps to take the win by just a few seconds.

“I didn’t get the hot lap but I knew if I could get the holeshot I could control the race from there” said Haaker. “But because of the lappers, the wood pile and it was a difficult track it wasn’t easy”. The win also allowed Haaker to break the tie for the points lead as they head to Austin for the X Games Enduro X, which counts for the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship.

“It was really tough to get around the lappers” said Webb. “I rode really good all night and I caught up to Colton and then I just got hung up in the wood pit a few times and that let him get away”.

Aaron took third to make up for a tough start to the season where he did not qualify for the mains at the opening two rounds. “I have been working really hard this year riding with Colton a lot and felt really prepared but just kept putting myself in the wrong place at the wrong time” Aaron said. “So it was definitely cool to pull off a podium.

SRT Racing-backed Cory Graffunder took a solid fourth position on his KTM. Ty Tremaine took a personal best of fifth on his FMF, RPM Team Maxxis KTM. Kevin Rookstook finished sixth on his Suzuki. Max Gerston took seventh on a Beta. Nick Thompson was eighth on a KTM. Mike Brown dropped to ninth after getting a piece of wood stuck in his wheel. Kyle Redmond rounded out the top ten on a Beta.

Jamie Lanza, finished eleventh on a KTM ahead of Destry Abbott on a Kawasaki and Noah Kepple was thirteenth in the main.

Main Event Results: 1. Colton Haaker. 2. Cody Webb. 3. Geoff Aaron. 4. Cory Graffunder. 5. Ty Tremaine. 6. Kevin Rookstool. 7. Max Gerston. 8. Nick Thompson. 9. Mike Brown. 10. Kyle Redmond.

Colton Haaker took his first Endurocross win for 2015
Colton Haaker took his first Endurocross win for 2015

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Maxxis British motocross Championships – Round 2 – Canada Heights

Max Anstie (Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki) and Shaun Simpson (Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK) were both virtually unchallenged in their respective three motos each at Canada Heights today.

There were no surprises in the qualifying sessions this morning at the re-vamped Canada Heights circuit with Shaun Simpson (Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM UK) and Max Anstie (Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki) taking their respective class poles, but the worry for the remaining riders is the margin by which they took them, with both lapping nearly two seconds a lap faster than their other rivals.

Buildbase Honda Racing Team’s Kristian Whatley joined Simpson with an early fast lap whilst third qualifier, Tanel Leok (LPE Racing Kawasaki) set his fastest lap towards the end of the session. Jake Nicholls (Wilvo Forkrent KTM) was also on the pace looking strong and determined to qualify fourth ahead of Gert Krestinov on the second Buildbase Honda.

Anstie’s MX2 pole left Steven Lenoir (Dyer and Butler KTM) heading the chasing pack with Petar Petrov (Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM UK) posting his best qualifying of the season, less than three hundredth of a second adrift. Likewise, Adam Sterry (Wilvo Forkrent KTM) and Bryan MacKenzie (Pendrich Height Services Kawasaki) were also on the pace, just fractions of a second behind Petrov, but nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Whilst Anstie missed the opening round in mid March due to injury he is now just sixteen points behind new series leader Steven Lenoir (Dyer and Butler KTM) after the red plate holder going into the event, Ben Watson (Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM UK) had a torrid day salvaging just twenty points from a possible seventy five. Meanwhile Simpson maintains his 100% MX1 win record as the series takes a five week break before the action resumes at Hawkstone Park in June.

In the MX2 class Lenoir was delighted to be taking the red plate to round four after pumping out 3-2-3 finishes with Harri Kullas (Heads and All Threads Suzuki) finding the form – and better starts – to which he is capable of and his 2-4-6 finishes put him on the lower step of the podium at the end of the day.

Simpson’s maximum now means he is forty points clear of his nearest rival Tanel Leok (LPE Racing Kawasaki) who admitted to not being able to push at the sandy Kent circuit due to feeling unwell, whilst fellow countryman Gert Krestinov (Buildbase Honda Racing Team) took his first podium of the current campaign with 3-2-4 finishes compared to the 2-4-2 of Leok. Krestinov now takes over third in the series edging his team mate Kristian Whatley down to fourth who posted 7-5-3 finishes.

MX1 Overall: 1. Shaun Simpson. 2. Tanel Leok. 3. Gert Krestinov. 4. Brad Anderson.  5. Kristian Whatley. 6. Jake Nicholls. 7. Graeme Irwin. 8. Ashley Wilde. 9. Josh Spinks. 10. Alfie Smith.

MX2 Overall: 1. Max Anstie. 2. Steven Lenoir. 3. Harri Kullas. 4. Petar Petrov. 5. Lewis Trickett. 6. Bryan Mackenzie. 7. Matiss Karro. 8. Liam Knight. 9. Carlton Husband. 10. Adam Sterry.