The next stop on the 2017 Michelin MX Nationals tour heads to Nottinghamshire this coming weekend for Round 4, at the new venue of Sherwood Mx Park found to the north east of Mansfield. The festival of motocross will as ever be contested over 2 days featuring 26 races, & sees us visit the second new venue of this year’s campaign after visiting Lyng for round 2. Yet again we will see riders traveling from all corners of the UK to be part of the series with a large number from both Ireland & Scotland, as well as some from the Isle of Man.
We are both pleased & glad to be working with Barry Dring to bring this venue to the nationals series. This will be the first time the venue has staged a national event featuring Pro racers but Barry & the nationals crew have set to work to ensure a top class venue. It’s great to see Barry’s enthusiasm & drive to ensure a top class circuit, it may not be the longest lap but it will be a fresh challenge for all to take on.
Official, ACU-recognised, British Championship Expert Classes
In the British Championship MX2 Expert class, sponsored by Bell Racing, Jake Sheridan still heads the way after round 3 at Hawkstone but with only a slender 3 point lead over compatriot Glen McCormick. Glen was unstoppable at Hawkstone taking all 4 race wins with Jake taking all four second places. Out to try & stop their dominance will be Josh Coleman & the returning 2016 champion of Henry Williams back from a long injury layoff.
In the British Championship MX1 Expert class, sponsored by Fly Racing, Luke Parker heads the standings with a 19 point lead on second placed Declan Whittle. These 2 couldn’t be separated at the previous round both adding 83 points to their series tally’s. Third in the standings sits Jamie Jackson hot on his tail pipe stands Shaun Southgate after a great round at Hawkstone, look out for young Jed Etchells who is currently only a further 3 points adrift of Shaun in 5th place in the standings.
Elite Clubman Classes
MX1 and MX2
In the Elite Clubman MX2 class, sponsored by RFX, Tony Cadman still holds the red plate & the championship lead. Tony takes a 24 points lead to Sherwood over Ryan King but Brad Thornhill will be out to spoil their party after taking the last events 2nd overall as well as a brace of second place finishes.
The Elite Clubman MX1 class, sponsored by Moto Connection, sees Sean Barnsdale still leading the way after 3 events. 2 race wins on day 1 at the previous round still wasn’t enough to stop Danny Townsend claiming the overall & reducing the championship lead to a 17 points deficit. Aiden Christie continues to sit in third in the series standings after claiming the last podium place at round 3.
MXY1 and MXY2 (Combined)
Youth action comes in the form of our combined MXY1 and MXY2 races, supported by Talon. Lewis Hall continues to dominate the MXY2 250cc class taking the maximum 300 points on his way to an impressive 12 out of 12 wins. Trying to stop Lewis will be Keenan Hird after claiming 3 second places on his way to second overall at the last round & second in the standings. Ben Clark fills the last space in the championship top 3 but with Aaron Lee Hanson just 7 points adrift of Ben there’s still plenty to play for.
After 3 rounds in the MXY1 125cc class, Rossi Beard still leads the way after taking another 3 race wins & further extending his points advantage in the series. Sam Nunn took his first race win of the 2017 championship at Hawkstone & moved up to second in the standings but sits 32 points adrift of Rossi. Joel Rizzi maintains a top 3 championship position & will be out to close the gap on Rossi & Sam following a final Moto mechanical DNF.
85cc Small Wheel and Big Wheel (Combined)
The Gaerne 85cc class sees the UK’s leading young guns take to the track just like their pro idols. The combined small wheel and big wheel races always produce some great action.
Championship leader in the small wheels is Alfie Jones, he took another 3 race wins at the previous event thus extending his championship lead over Oliver Barr to 55 points. Oliver will be looking to claim another podium position & maintain his second in the standings but will have Harvey Cashmore trying to reduce the point’s gap.
In the Big Wheels Dominic Lancett still leads the way but only by a slender 4 points from Kyle McNicol. These two shared the race wins at Hawkstone, but won’t have it all their own way as Lewis Wood & Bobby Bruce will be looking to stop them. These two sit third & fourth in the series standings but are only separated by a 2 point margin heading to Sherwood.
‘Fastest 40’ Pro Races
On Sunday we add our #fastest40 races to the mix, these two Pro races take place at 12.30 & 3.30 pm (Subject to delays). Each race lasts 30 minutes plus two laps just like a Grand Prix race.The Fastest 40 features many of the best UK MX1 and MX2 pro riders racing together in the Prox Racing Parts supported class.
In the Pro MX1 class, 2016 Pro MX1 Champion Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) heads the way after claiming an impressive double race win at round 3. Although he didn’t have it all his own way with Elliott Banks Brown & Martin Barr giving chase. Martin (Buildbase Honda) is still the only rider to have defeated Irwin & will be looking to close the 24 points gap as we head into the second half of the season. Elliott Banks Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) will be looking to maintain his third place in the standings but will sure to have Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda) looking to gain that spot. Gert pushed through the pain barrier in the first Moto at Hawkstone taking a second place even with a dislocated shoulder. Gert will also looking reward his team boss Barry Moore as he has recently resigned for 2018 with Phoenix tools.
In the Pro MX2 class, Mel Pocock (Revo Husqvarna) still heads the championships standings after 3 rounds. A double race win has helped to extend his championship lead over the now second placed Josh Gilbert (Thorpe Off Road Centre Honda). Josh will be looking to claim another race win after his first Pro win at the season’s opener at Preston Docks. Out to stop this pair will be Lewis Tombs after climbing to third in the standings. Liam Knight, Brad Todd & Jake Millward will looking for be looking for 2 good rides and closing the gap on the championship top 3.