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Dan Masters Foxhill finale!

Dan Thornhill on Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha proved the consistency win’s championships as last weekend he won the Bridgestone British Masters for 2021 without winning a race all year.

As Thornhill did his thing in the Pro MX1’s, John Adamson riding a Gabriel KTM clinched the Pro MX2 championship with a race in hand.

But the two Pro races at this fifth and final round of the championship were set alight by the wildcard riders PAR Homes Husqvarna pairing Evgeny Bobryshev and Josh Gilbert as the pair shared the Pro class win’s and second places were in a class of their own.

All the championship classes were hard-fought, with some going to the final lap of the year’s last race. Luckily for the hard-working series organisers, the heavy forecast rain didn’t arrive. Still, some showers overnight made for a somewhat soggy track when the Pro riders lined up for qualifying first thing Sunday, but as the track dried out, it became a bit one liney.

As the gate dropped for the first combined Pro MX1 and MX2 race Gilbert got the holeshot from championship contender Thornhill with Bobryshev in third. But before the end of the lap, Bobryshev was into second, and the two fast PAR Homes riders started to pull further and further away from the rest of the pack, who were disputing the championship win.

For the rest of the eleven-lap race, Bobryshev did all he could to get past his teammate and snatch the win. But, with the drying track and the number of races before the Pro’s went out, passing was a problem.

Josh Spinks found away passed Thornhill for third on lap two as the top four finished in that order.

            Adamson was riding with a damaged knee and is waiting for surgery and was planning to do just enough to clinch the Pro MX2 championship and gated fifth, the first MX2 rider, and spent all race in the position. This result was more than enough to make him this year’s champion, with a race spare. However, he didn’t participate in the day’s second Pro race to save his knee from further damage.

            Thornhill’s main championship rival, Brad Todd (Moto-cycle Yamaha), didn’t get the start he wanted and rounded the first turn in tenth place. He made it up to sixth before a small off dropped him back to eighth at the end of the race, making winning the championship an uphill struggle.

            Sam Nunn (RHR Yamaha) started the race in seventh, but second MX2 rider. He took full advantage of Todd’s crash on lap eight and passed Tom Grimshaw (Chambers Husqvarna) on the last lap for sixth on the track but the second MX2.

            Before the start of the second and last Pro race of the year, all Thornhill needed to do was finish seventh or higher to clinch the Pro MX1 championship, but as the gate fell, Thornhill stalled his Yamaha and put him to the back of the field with a mountain to climb.

            Bobryshev got the holeshot from Gilbert, Spinks and Todd, and that was the order they finished. Mind you, Bobryshev and Gilbert finished over a minute and a quarter in front of Spinks and Todd.

            Thornhill was eighth by the end of the first lap and finished fifth and was chased over the finish line by Grimshaw. But he had done enough for the championship win.

            Nunn was the first of the MX2’s at the start in sixth, but a slip off on the last lap allowed Callum Mitchell, from fourteenth place to eighth on the track, but first MX2 home.

            Overall, in the MX1’s, it was Bobryshev from Gilbert, Spinks and Thornhill, but in the MX2’s, it was Nunn from Yates, Collings and Kessel.

            “It’s been a great year, and it’s nice to get this championship for myself and the team,” said new Pro MX2 champion John Adamson, “They have put a lot of hard work into the team, and it’s nice to give something back. This year I have improved by the team giving me a great bike and the support that goes with it, and on my training side, I have had Dave Dougan helping me. He has really stepped it up for me, both physically and mentally.”

            New Pro MX1 champion Thornhill said, “It’s been a rough couple of years leading up to this. This year is a step in the right direction for me. Last year was OK, but Covid made it an even shorter year. I have not always been the fastest rider out there, but I have always been towards the front, and this has brought about this result. You always have to be in it to win it, so they say”.

The rest

            Only four points separated the first two places at the top of the amateur MX1 class. Race two winner George Clarke took the overall from wildcard rider Corey Hockey second as mistakes robbed other riders from podium places. Mark Young had two wins and a second, but a DNF in race two dropped him down to fifth overall. Likewise, a troubled first race spoilt Tyrone Cleaver challenge for the win as he scored a third, second and ended his weekend with a win for fourth overall.

            Aaron Patstone finished the weekend in eleventh place overall, but that was enough to make him the 2021 amateur MX1 champion.

            The battle for the amateur MX2 was all about the Jones’s. Alfie Jones had three race wins and a second-place for the overall for the last round but, as a result, won the championship, while Rory Jones won the race that Alfie didn’t and chased him over the finish line in two of the other three. But this gave him second in the championship.

            Four wins from four starts for wildcard rider Tallon Aspden in the clubman class, but fifth overall over the weekend, Mark Kinsley won the championship.

            Luke Dean won all four of the 125cc two-stroke races for a maximum, while second overall, Troy Willerton won the championship by fifteen points from Jordan Bachelor.

Youth

            With three wins and a second-place wildcard rider, Bayliss Utting won the MXY2’s from Jack Lindsay and Max Lewis. Ben Clark had a terrible day and finished eleventh overall, but luckily, he had enough points to clinch the 2021 MXY2 championship by a massive hundred and twelve points from Lewis and Kayde Rayns.

            Before the start of the big wheel 85’s, it was tight between Billy Askew and Tyler Hooley for the championship. But Hooley was behind and had to go all out to snatch the win from Askew. Hooley won two of his races and finished second in the other two for the overall. But Askew played it smart and was never out of the top three for second overall, and with it won the championship by fourteen points.

            You must feel sorry for Reece Jones. He was on the perfect championship till race three of the last round. He had won every small wheel 85 race up until then but was beaten by Jamie Keith. However, he won the last race making it 19 wins from 20 starts. Jamie Keith was second on the weekend, with Freddie Gardiner third. Drew Stock was second to Jones in the championship, with Chester Hyde third.

            It was tight at the top of the junior 65’s, but then again, it’s been like that all year as Alfie Geddes-Green and Robbie Daly have been exchanging wins and second places at every round. But, in the end, Geddes-Green, with two wins, a second and a fourth, won the weekends overall from race one and three, winner Daly as the pair finished on level points. But in the championship, Daly won by just twenty-three makes from Geddes-Green. Joel Winstanley-Dawson was third at the weekend and third in the championship.

            And that’s it for another year. Registration is already open for next year, with some classes already almost full.

Top ten overall

Pro MX1:

1 Evgeny Bobryshev (PAR Homes, Stebbings, Husqvarna) 43 + 45 = 88

2 Josh Gilbert (PAR Homes, Stebbings, Husqvarna) 45 + 43 = 88

3 Josh Spinks (Honda) 41 + 41 = 82

4 Dan Thornhill (Cab Screens, Crescent, Yamaha) 39 + 37 = 76

5 Brad Todd (Moto-cycle, Yamaha) 35 + 39 = 74

6 Tom Grimshaw (Chambers, Husqvarna) 37 + 35 = 72

7 Drew Anderson (Destination MX, Husqvarna) 33 + 34 = 67

8 Charlie Putnam (PAR Homes, Stebbings, Husqvarna) 32 + 33 = 65

9 Richard McKeown (RM22 Husqvarna) 34 + 31 = 65

10 Simon Booth (Acerbis KTM) 31 + 30 = 61

Final championship positions:

1 Thornhill 396, 2 Todd 385, 3 Knight 338, 4 Booth 316, 5 McKeown 312, 6 Anderson 267, 7 Putnam 263, 8 Stevenson 248, 9 Spinks 197, 10 Genge 183.

Pro MX2:

1 Sam Nunn (RMR Yamaha) 43 + 43 = 86

2 Robert Yates (IDS Yamaha) 41 + 41 = 82

3 Adam Collings (KTM) 39 + 39 = 78

4 Louie Kessel (JD Racing KTM) 37 + 37 = 74

5 Michael Ellis (ICS Husqvarna) 35 + 35 = 70

6 John Adamson (Gabriel KTM) 45 + 0 = 45

7 Callum Mitchell (PAR Homes, Stebbings, Husqvarna) 0 + 45 = 45

8 Howard Wainwright (RHR Yamaha) 34 + 0 = 34

Final championship positions:

1 Adamson 391, 2 Ellis 351, 3 Yates 322, 4 Hall 274, 5 Kessel 251, 6 Nunn 224, 7 Wainwright 195, 8 Hague 164, 9 Grimshaw 145, 10 Collings 137.

Amateur MX1:

1 George Clarke (Artisan Yamaha) 43 + 45 + 33 + 41 = 162

2 Corey Hockey (Husqvarna) 41 + 43 + 39 + 35 = 158

3 Ben Knight (ANSA Yamaha) 35 + 29 + 41 + 37 = 142

4 Tyrone Cleaver (KTM) 9 + 41 + 43 + 45 = 138

5 Mark Young (Honda) 45 + 0 + 45 + 43 = 133

6 James Rutter (Honda) 33 + 34 + 29 + 32 = 128

7 Harry Bradley (Hydrogarden Suzuki) 37 + 19 + 30 + 39 = 125

8 Rob Wood (MI Yamaha) 31 + 37 + 22 + 31 = 121

9 Frazer Gardiner (Husqvarna) 29 + 28 + 34 + 28 = 119

10 Aiden Maloney (Mototek Kawasaki) 34 + 32 + 23 + 27 = 116

Final championship positions:

1 Patstone 806, 2 Clarke 786, 3 Bradley 668, 4 Knight 625, 5 Briscoe 606, 6 Wood 597, 7 Thornhill 576, 8 Millard 544, 9 Maloney 511, 10 Creevy 498.

Amateur MX2:

1 Alfie Jones (KTM) 45 + 43 + 45 + 45 = 178

2 Rory Jones (J4M54 KTM) 43 + 45 + 43 + 39 = 170

3 Aaron Ongley (KTM) 41 + 39 + 41 + 43 = 164

4 Ban Brough (Pinewood Husqvarna) 39 + 41 + 39 + 41 = 160

5 Todd Ritchie (KTM) 34 + 34 + 33 + 37 = 138

6 Luke Kennett (KTM) 37 + 29 + 37 + 34 = 137

7 Thomas Dodsworth (Yamaha) 35 + 33 + 32 + 29 = 129

8 Mitchell Warhurst (KTM) 20 + 35 + 35 + 35 = 125

9 Jesse Wren (Suzuki) 32 + 32 + 34 + 24 = 122

10 Dee Jay Walker (Yamaha) 26 + 30 + 31 + 33 = 120

Final championship positions:

1 A Jones 825, 2 R Jones 812, 3 Brough 747, 4 Burridge 618, 5 Warhurst 607, 6 Betsworth 495, 7 King-London 481, 8 Wren 472, 9 Walker 466, 10 Ritchie 436.

Clubman:

1 Tallon Aspden (KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180

2 Adam Paxton (Honda) 43 + 28 + 41 + 41 = 153

3 James Thompson (Kawasaki) 41 + 32 + 29 + 43 = 145

4 Scott Alymore (Honda) 27 + 43 + 43 + 30 = 143

5 Mark Kinsley (Man Scaffolding Yamaha) 39 + 34 + 39 + 29 = 141

6 Matthew Fuller (KTM) 37 + 39 + 33 + 28 = 137

7 Mitchil Collins (Colwyn Bay KTM) 33 + 37 + 28 + 32 = 130

8 Joe Sargent (Honda) 34 + 35 + 35 + 24 = 128

9 Max Wood (EFC Yamaha) 32 + 29 + 30 + 31 = 122

10 Joshua Lee Young (KTM) 31 + 33 + 21 + 35 = 120

Final championship positions:

1 Kinsley 591, 2 Wood 562, 3 Collins 524, 4 Jones 524, 5 Almore 501, 6 Thompson 483, 7 Sargent 480, 8 Bell 442, 9 Watson-Bailey 406, 10 Carney 403.

125 two-stroke:

1 Luke Dean (KTM) 45 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 180

2 Troy Willerton (TM UK TM) 41 + 43 + 43 + 34 = 161

3 Jordan Bachelor (Bridgestone Yamaha) 39 + 37 + 31 + 41 = 148

4 Rob Barney (KTM) 35 + 35 + 39 + 35 = 144

5 Mckenzie Marshall (Husqvarna) 37 + 32 + 35 + 37 = 141

6 Bradley Doyle (KTM) 34 + 33 + 41 + 33 = 141

7 James Barker (KTM) 30 + 39 + 33 + 32 = 134

8 Joe Brookes (Cab Screens Crescent Yamaha) 43 + 41 + 0 + 43 = 127

9 Arai Elcock (Manchester MX Yamaha) 25 + 28 + 34 + 39 = 126

10 Archie Hicks (TM) 33 + 30 + 30 + 31 = 124

Final championship positions:

1 Willerton 774, 2 Bachelor 759, 3 Doyle 663, 4 Barker 661, 5 Elcock 564, 6 Barney 482, 7 Stevens 440, 8 Jones 437, 9 Deegan 398, 10 Arkell 385.

MXY2:

1 Bayliss Utting (Husqvarna) 43 + 45 + 45 + 45 = 178

2 Jack Lindsay (Apico Husqvarna) 45 + 43 + 41 + 41 = 170

3 Max Lewis (Husqvarna) 41 + 41 + 43 + 39 = 164

4 Luke Southern (KTM) 37 + 39 + 37 + 43 = 156

5 Liam Bennett (LYM) 34 + 33 + 33 + 31 = 131

6 Leon Ongley (Yamaha) 33 + 32 + 31 + 33 = 129

7 Ralfe Broadley (KTM) 39 + 37 + 9 + 37 = 122

8 Josh Bassett (Husqvarna) 31 + 28 + 34 + 29 = 122

9 Jack Dando (KTM) 32 + 30 + 32 + 28 = 122

10 Eric Lynch (Husqvarna) 29 + 21 + 29 + 32 = 111

Final championship positions:

1 Clark 787, 2 Lewis 675, 3 Rayns 659, 4 Turton 633, 5 Smith 622, 6 Bassett 533, 7 Lindsay 514, 8 Gibson 430, 9 Collins 420, 10 McCaul 408.

BW85:

1 Tyla Hooley (DVS Gas Gas) 43 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 176

2 Billy Askew (SJP KTM) 41 + 41 + 37 + 43 = 162

3 Jack Walker (Husqvarna) 37 + 39 + 41 + 41 = 158

4 Josh Vail (RFX Husqvarna) 39 + 37 + 34 + 39 = 149

5 Ryan Waggott (Husqvarna) 35 + 31 + 39 + 35 = 140

6 Will Haddock (KTM) 31 + 34 + 35 + 37 = 137

7 Kyron Carron (KTM) 34 + 35 + 33 + 33 = 135

8 Finley Evans (GRT KTM) 45 + 43 + 45 + 0 = 133

9 Isaac Ash (KTM) 33 + 33 + 32 + 34 = 132

10 Lucy Barker (Husqvarna) 29 + 25 + 30 + 29 = 113

Final championship positions:

1 Askew 864, 2 Hooley 793, 3 Evans 757, 4 Vail 723, 5 Walker 689, 6 Haddock 653, 7 Carron 626, 8 Meaney 544, 9 Waggott 542, 10 Barker 503.

SW85:

1 Reece Jones (SJP KTM) 45 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 178

2 Jamie Keith (KTM) 43 + 43 + 45 + 43 = 174

3 Freddie Gardiner (KTM) 41 + 41 + 41 + 41 = 164

4 Drew Stock (Husqvarna) 39 + 39 + 39 + 39 = 156

5 Blake Ward-Clarke (Blackrock KTM) 37 + 37 + 35 + 37 = 146

6 Chester Hyde (Matt Pope Gas Gas) 34 + 35 + 37 + 35 = 141

7 Oakley Kettle (KTM) 35 + 34 + 33 + 33 = 135

8 Hayden Statt (Husqvarna) 33 + 33 + 28 + 34 = 128

9 Lucas Lee (Husqvarna) 30 + 31 + 34 + 32 = 127

10 Zane Sibley-Deakin (LBC KTM) 32 + 32 + 31 + 31 = 126

Final championship positions:

1 Jones 898, 2 Stock 777, 3 Hyde 762, 4 Ward-Clarke 725, 5 Keith 722, 6 Statt 681, 7 Bell 578, 8 Sidley-Deakin 565, 9 Haswell 507, 10 Chatburn 506.

Junior 65:

1 Alfie Geddes-Green (KTM) 39 + 45 + 43 + 45 = 172

2 Robbie Daly (KTM) 45 + 39 + 45 + 43 = 172

3 Joel Winstanley-Dawson (Fasthouse Yamaha) 43 + 43 + 41 + 41 = 168

4 Olly Waters (KTM) 41 + 41 + 39 + 39 = 160

5 Jack Leese (Max MX KTM) 37 + 37 + 37 + 31 = 142

6 Finley Pickering (Yamaha) 35 + 35 + 32 + 37 = 139

7 Olivia Raynolds (KTM) 30 + 34 + 35 + 35 = 134

8 Williams Evans (KTM) 34 + 32 + 31 + 33 = 130

9 Leo Wilson (KTM) 29 + 30 + 34 + 34 = 127

10 Arthur Moore (Husqvarna) 32 + 29 + 33 + 28 = 122

Final championship positions:

1 Daly 854, 2 Geddes-Green 831, 3 Winstanley-Dawson 760, 4 Waters 730, 5 Leese 706, 6 Pickering 703, 7 Reynolds 669, 8 Siebert 553, 9 Panter 546, 10 Evans 544.

Words and photos by Dick Law.

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