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Who’s in for Lyng?

The UK’s top riders along with a smattering of overseas stars head to Lyng in Norfolk on Sunday for the second round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean.

Last years final round MX1 reminder from Lyng.

The old-school sand circuit at Cadders Hill is notoriously tough and will cut up rough as the day progresses, providing a serious test for the riders and their mechanics and for the first time in the history of the series there will be a ladies support class with the country’s fastest females in action.

MX1 should once again be a battle between former champions Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes) and Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki) who took a race win each at the series opener at FatCat last month. The Scot has had the upper hand so far in the world championship and loves the soft stuff so Lyng will suit him but it’s by no means a done deal.

Local hero Lewis Tombs (Buildbase Honda) stepped up to MX1 at FatCat and rode out of his skin on the injured Jake Nicholls’ bike for his first-ever Maxxis podium finish and he’ll be out to show this wasn’t just a one-off. Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) also lives just a stone’s throw away and knows his way around the track as well as anyone.

So who else should we be looking out for? Estonian Harri Kullas (Cab Screens Deos Group Racing Honda) was on the pace at FatCat and is another sand-lover and what about 450 convert Jake Millward (Chambers Racing Husqvarna) who impressed everyone when he came home fourth overall?

In fact, there is no shortage of podium candidates with Ryan Houghton (RHR Yamaha), Brad Todd (Gabriel Insulation Yamaha), Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Apico Kawasaki) and Mel Pocock (ASA United KTM) all likely to be in the mix and Jake Shipton (Crescent Yamaha) heads to Lyng in great form.

GP regulars dominated the MX2 class at FatCat with Bas Vaessen (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee) and his team-mate Conrad Mewse trading wins and second-placed finishes and Alvin Ostlund (REVO Husqvarna UK) and his team-mate Dylan Walsh running third and fourth.

Conrad Mewse championship finale from Lyng 2018

In the world championship it’s the Dutchman who currently has the advantage but it’s too close to call and if Walsh has recovered fully from his Valkenswaard crash expect him to be running up front. We saw last year when he won the opening race at Lyng on his Maxxis debut that he likes the track and he’s definitely got the tools to do the job.

Martin Barr (Crescent Yamaha) is also bound to fancy his chances and so will Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda) if he can stay on two wheels and Liam Knight (Verde Sports KTM) took a debut Maxxis podium at Hawkstone last year and will be looking for a repeat performance.

The Ladies class is also stacked with the country’s top women riders and, off the back of his double win at FatCat, Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes) has to start favourite in the MX2 Youth class although there are some fast young men lining up behind him.

Championship so far:


124Shaun SimpsonMaxxis MX1 20194725222f3b89d3RFX KTM Racing
2100Tommy SearleMaxxis MX1 2019452025dade3ab2BOS Factory Holeshot Kawasaki
366Lewis TombsMaxxis MX1 Ex 20193416182b39b552Buildbase Honda Racing 
4303Jake MillwardMaxxis MX1 Ex 201929920fa9fb2dd“Chambers Racing
5119Ryan HoughtonMaxxis MX1 2019271116dbd79ba1“RHR Racing
6714Brad ToddMaxxis MX1 2019271512bb1cf064Gabriel Insullation seal Moto Yamaha
737Gert KrestinovMaxxis MX1 20192410142e3860f8Phoenix Tolls Apico Kawasaki
895Dan ThornhillMaxxis MX1 201922715243a4b5c“Cab Screens – Deos Group Racing
960Brad AndersonMaxxis MX1 2019221392b3f2a42Verde Sports KTM
10151Harri KullasMaxxis MX1 20192222dfdf4f62“Cab Screen – Deos Group Racing


198Bas VaessenMaxxis MX2 201947222524372ac0Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
2426Conrad MewseMaxxis MX2 2019472522887d9f2aHitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee
3161Alvin OstlundMaxxis MX2 2019402020dcdf3fe3Revo Husqvarna UK
453Dylan WalshMaxxis MX2 2019341618283c7fb8Revo Husqvarna UK
550Martin BarrMaxxis MX2 2019331815283f84d2Crescent Yamaha MX Team
63Josh GilbertMaxxis MX2 2019301416e1c3c37cBuildbase Honda Racing
7134Liam KnightMaxxis MX2 2019241212d9dad88cVerde Sports KTM
841Alexander BrownMaxxis MX2 201923914293e566c“Apico – Putoline – Pro Carbon
9300Ben FranklinMaxxis MX2 Ex 2019231310fa9cab6cHusqvarna
1040Jamie Wainright Maxxis MX2 Ex 2019221111ffb8a1e8Pure Building Services LTD

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