The fourth round of the Michelin MX Nationals British Championship welcomed a record crowd and blazing sunshine to the well-groomed Sherwood MX circuit. Changes at the front of the hard-charging Fastest 40 made for excellent racing, and the fast-flowing track ensured the racing was tight throughout all ten classes.
Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) set out his stall in morning timed qualifying with a time of 1:39.505, edging out racing rival and long-time pal Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda) by just .002 of a second. He then went on to take both Pro MX1 race wins, ahead of Nicholls with two second places and Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda) with two thirds. In the MX2 class, Buildbase Honda’s new recruit Josh Gilbert, was fastest throughout the day, and right in the thick of it with the MX1 riders. He took pole, and two wins with Revo Husqvarna’s Martin Barr and Lewis Tombs (Putoline Planet Racing) behind him in the first race, with Tombs and Brad Todd (JK I-Fly Yamaha) chasing him in the second. Barr struggled with front tyre/mousse issues in the second race and pulled in for safety reasons.
Elsewhere in the action-packed MX Nationals; Jason Meara cleaned up in the Expert MX2 class with pole and another two class wins, whilst his elder brother John took a second and third in the Expert MX1 to finish second overall. Harry Foster and Fabio Rizzi shared the spoils in Clubman MX2 with Foster taking the overall and Rizzi second. Harry Fletcher and Jamie McCarthy won a race each in Clubman MX1 and Fletcher took the overall.
In the Youth ranks, Callum Green reigned supreme with two fine wins and the overall in the MXY2, whilst RFX Crescent Yamaha’s Joel Rizzi smashed out a second and a win to secure the overall in the MXY1 class. Ryan Mawhinney slipped off the podium in the third of the BW85 races, but his performances in the other three were enough to give him the overall. Bailey Johnston and Ollie Colmer continued their intense set of battles in the SW85 category; Bailey won both races today, but Colmer’s storming performance yesterday was enough to gift him a hard-fought overall.
The fifth round of the Michelin MX Nationals heads south east to the challenging Canada Heights circuit in Kent over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of July 2018.
More information and advanced ticket link is available at www.mxnationals.co.uk
Pro MX 1
Race 1. 1. Elliot Banks-Browne, 2. Jake Nicholls, 3. Gert Krestinov, 4. Micky Eccles, 5. Ryan Houghton, 6. Liam Knight
Race 2. 1. Elliot Banks-Browne, 2. Jake Nicholls, 3. Gert Krestinov, 4. Ryan Houghton, 5. Liam Knight, 6. Dan Thornhill
Overall: 1. Banks-Browne 50 points, 2. Nicholls 44, 3. Krestinov 40, 4. Ryan Houghton 34, 5. Liam Knight 31, Dan Thornhill 29
Pro MX 2
Race 1. 1. Josh Gilbert, 2. Martin Barr, 3. Lewis Tombs, 4. Brad Todd, 5. Alexander Brown, 6. Taylor Hammal
Race 2. 1. Josh Gilbert, 2. Lewis Tombs, 3. Brad Todd, 4. Alexander Brown, 5. Robbie Dowson, 6. Taylor Hammal
Overall: 1. Josh Gilbert 50, 2. Lewis Tombs 42, 3. Brad Todd 38, 4. Alexander Brown 34, 5. Taylor Hammal 30, 6. Glenn McCormick 25
Race 3. 1. Harry Foster, 2. Charlie Razzell, 3. Callan Stevenson
Race 4. 1. Fabio Rizzi, 2. Harry Foster, 3. Charlie Razzell
Overall: 1. Harry Foster, 2. Fabio Rizzi, 3. Charlie Razzell
Race 3. 1. Harry Fletcher, 2. Jamie McCarthy, 3. Aiden Christie
Race 4. 1. Jamie McCarthy, 2. Scott Bates, 3. Harry Fletcher
Overall: 1. Fletcher, 2. Guy Prince, 3. McCarthy
Race 3. 1. Jack Grayshon, 2. Charlie Heyman, 3. Ethan Lane
Race 4. 1. Ryan Mawhinney, 2. Jack Grayshon, 3. Ethan Lane
Overall: 1. Mawhinney, 2. Grayshon, 3. Lane
Race 3. 1. Bailey Johnston, 2. Ollie Colmer, 3. Ben Mustoe
Race 4. 1. Bailey Johnston, 2. Ollie Colmer, 3. Boston Gilbert
Overall: 1. Colmer, 2. Johnston, 3. Gilbert
Race 3. 1. Callum Green, 2. Denny Rapson, 3. Kacey Hird
Race 4. 1. Callum Green, 2. Aaron-Lee Hanson, 3. Denny Rapson
Overall: 1. Green, 2. Hanson, 3. Rapson
Race 3. 1. Samuel Nunn, 2. Joel Rizzi, 3. Dominic Lancett
Race 4. 1. Joel Rizzi, 2. Samuel Nunn, 3. Adam Collings
Overall: 1. Rizzi, 2. Nunn, 3. Sam Price
Race 3. 1. Jason Meara, 2. Ben Clark, 3. Joe Cadwallader
Race 4. 1. Jason Meara, 2. Charlie Putnam, 3. Ben Clark
Overall: 1. Meara, 2. Clark, 3. Putnam
Race 3. 1. Brad Cavill, 2. John Meara, 3. Richard Bird
Race 4. 1. Josh Bentley, 2. Brad Cavill, 3. John Meara
Overall: 1. Cavill, 2. Meara, 3. Bird
Pics: Elliott Spencer