Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki) could sew up the MX1 title at round seven of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at the world-famous Foxhill circuit on Sunday.
The iconic Foxhill track has received a lot of TLC in the month, the Maxxis hardworking team have brought in a huge amount of soil.
Promoted by the Langrish Motor Cycle Racing Club at the circuit that was the scene of a string of epic ’90s GPs, the penultimate round will see Searle start with a 49-point lead from Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes).
All Tommy has to do is beat the Scottish rider by two clear points and the title will be his, Tommy is currently racing with hand and rib injuries.
Simpson, whose title hopes were dealt a heavy blow with a double DNF following technical problems at round five at Desertmartin – will be determined to carry the title fight into the final round.
Between them the pair have taken every overall this year but it’s by no means a two-horse race and there are some seriously fast men all aiming for a podium finish.
Currently sitting in third, class rookie Jake Millward (Chambers Racing Husqvarna) is still in with a mathematical chance of the title but he’ll be more concerned with getting on the podium for the third time this season and staying ahead of fourth and fifth-placed riders Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) and Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Group Honda).
Jake is back and looking quick
Jake Nicholls is back at top speed incredibly quickly after a long lay-off through injury, he has to be considered a podium threat and Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) – after getting on the box for the first time in his career at round five at Desertmartin – will fancy his chances at what he describes as his favourite track.
It’s too close to call at the top of the MX2 class where REVO Husqvarna UK’s Dylan Walsh and Alvin Ostlund are running 1-2, separated by just 12 points, with Josh Gilbert (Buildbase) Honda in third a further 22 points off the pace.
Dylan Walsh injured his shoulder at last weekend’s MXGP in Belgium but should be fully fit for Foxhill this weekend. Ostlund broke the top 10 in the MX2 world championship for the first time this season at Lommel but neither have raced at Foxhill before so Gilbert will start with a slight advantage.
You can always expect Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) to be in contention and don’t rule out Ashton Dickinson (Craigs Motorcycles KTM) who finished on the podium at Blaxhall.
Watch out for a rider with the potential to shake things up near the front, Austrian Michael Sandner (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee) who was impressive at Lommel in his debut as a fill-in rider for the team.
Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes) leads the MX2 Youth title by 24 points but after winning the first three rounds. He’s challenged by Ike Carter (GL12 Husqvarna) and Kyle McNichol (Manchester Motorcycles Husqvarna) who’ve both now picked up overall wins.