The Bolton club have had to cancel this weekends scheduled event due to take place at Bleak Hall, riders can transfer to another event this weekend or in the future by calling or emailing the Office. If you do not transfer your entry then refunds will be processed once all the returns have been received from this weekends events.
In what as been a very hectic start to the 2017 AMCA British Motocross Championship, riders go into battle yet again this Sunday, April 30th at round three. And, after two dry, hard tracks in Gloucestershire, conditions will also be very different this weekend on the soft, loamy soil which prevails at Lower Drayton, Penkridge in Staffordshire.
In a top quality MX1 class of this series powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, defending Champion Luke Burton aboard his FUS/FRO/CPS Husqvarna has made a supersonic start. In the six races completed so far, Burton has stylishly won five of the clashes, his only defeat coming during the final moto at Nympsfield when a rear-wheel issue forced him to settle for 3rd behind Gary Gibson and his FUS teammate James Dodd. Currently holding 2nd spot in the standings, Gibson twisted his knee at Nympsfield so could well be a non-starter this weekend. So the door may well be left open for Dodd, Shane Carless and John May, riders already prominent in some terrific racing at the front of the pack, to now move on up, overhaul Gibson and reel in Burton! In his debut MX1 season, Paul Neale on the TMC Kawasaki holds 6th in the Championship table with Ryan Crowder, Ashley Thomas, Andrew Smart and Luke Meredith despite a big, Nympsfield crash rounding out the early top ten. Looking to break into that bracket, there’s Ben Saunders, Adam Harris, Ben Hunt, Matt Ridgway, Dean Swift and Edward Briscoe all waiting to pounce.
After two rounds, just one point currently separates leader Luke Dean (SevenSeven2 Yamaha) and defending Champion Josh Waterman (JD Racing/IDS KTM) at the top of an ultra-competitive MX2 class. So far, Waterman(3), Dean(2) and Ray Rowson have bagged the moto wins but following an injury at Nympsfield, Rowson has slipped down to 10th in the standings and is set to miss this weekend’s action. Hot on the heels of the leading duo are a trio of fast, determined Kawasaki pilots, TMC teamsters Lewis King and Jansen Day along with DK Offroad ace Clinton Barrs. Next best in MX2 at present are Bradley Tranter, Jack Gardner, Luke Mellows and Jack Cox, all riders who are more than capable of claiming moto wins and podium spots themselves. Another threat in MX2 on Sunday could come from James Wainwright, a rider who generally performs very well at Lower Drayton.
Although Brad Turner(AMS IDS KTM) bossed the opening round of the 2T series with maximum points, a rather problematic round two means that he is now sitting in 2nd in the standings behind a very consistent Jason Kendrick. Third in the early table is Nympsfield overall winner Sam Smith. Already the 2T boys have produced full line-ups and plenty of stunning, fast racing. Currently filling the top ten Championship places are Tony Griffiths, Jordan Saunders, Bradley Doyle, Ashley Beniston, Shaun Buchan, Sean Eckersley and 2016 runner-up James Lane.
Making a very impressive start to his campaign, 2004 AMCA Champion James Russell (Premier Bikes KTM) currently leads the 2017 Vets series. After round one, Russell was level at the top on 164 points alongside Simon Lane and Terry House. However during round two, Russell then stamped his authority on proceedings by blasting to a superb maximum score. So going into this weekend’s action, Russell is now 22 points clear of Lane with House a further 4 points in arrears. Completing the Vets top ten after two rounds are Martin Atherton, Richard Chinn, Gary Jones, Stephen Elford, Brian Staples, Richard Vincent and Darren Bennett.
The Lower Drayton circuit can be found at Penkridge which just off junction 13 of the M6, postcode ST19 5RE with the action underway by 10.30am.
Another very busy weekend ahead as the 2017 IMBA European Ladies series kicks off in Holland, quickly followed just one week later with a trip to Belgium. Representing Team AMCA Great Britain will be Georgia Ithell, Vicky Marriott, Bethany Farmer and Gabrielle Hamlet. Following this opening double there are also rounds to come in Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland. Good luck girls and bring home the glory.
Also starting on Sunday is the 2017 AMCA Sidecar Championship with round one being held at Upavon. Club action this weekend can be found at Thoresway Motoparc, Caistor, Bromyard Motoparc, Ollerton and Hobs Hole.
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It’s certainly a very busy month for the riders competing in the 2017 AMCA British Motocross Championship powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop. Just one week after battling it out in a tough opening round, they have to dust themselves down and find the energy to go again this Sunday, 16th April.
Venue for round 2 is the hillside circuit of Nympsfield in Gloucestershire with the hard working Dursley MXC the hosts. Despite feeling unwell, defending Champion Luke Burton(FUS Husqvarna) has started the new campaign in fantastic form, taking maximum points although the quality of the challengers will certainly again test him to the limit. Joining Burton on the round 1 podium were Shane Carless and James Dodd and you can surely expect them to be right in the frame again along with Gary Gibson, Richard Cannings, John May, Ryan Crowder and Luke Meredith all of whom made strong starts to their respective 2017 title quests. During round one, Paul Neale made his MX1 debut and being a Nympsfield track expert could well be a serious contender this weekend.
During round one, the MX2 title chasers produced some stunning action and they are sure to thrill again at the spectacular Nympsfield track. After the opener, Ray Rowson holds a five point advantage over defending Champion Josh Waterman with also the very fast trio of Jansen Day, Luke Dean and Lewis King looking to move up the early title standings. Just like MX1, this class throws up a whole list of potential moto winners with stylish, high flying pilots such as James Wainwright, Jack Cox, Clinton Barrs, Jack Gardner, Luke Mellows and Bradley Tranter all more than capable of getting on the podium. This class is going to be well worth watching!
After badly breaking his wrist last June, Brad Turner decided to leave the MX1 class and move over to the 2T contest for 2017. And on the evidence of his round one performance, he’s certainly going to be a very difficult rider to beat on his KTM two-smoker after blasting to three untroubled wins. Jason Kendrick, Bradley Doyle, Tony Griffiths, Jordan Saunders, Ashley Beniston, Shaun Buchan and Sean Eckersley fill the next eight places in the early Championship table. Surprisingly, last year’s runner-up James Lane could only manage 10th overall at round one so will be in determined mood come Easter Sunday whilst also look out for young Rory Jones on his 144cc KTM.
In a great Vets contest at round one, the top three of Simon Lane, Terry House and James Russell all finished on a total of 164 points so expect battle to rage again at Nympsfield. Other early contenders could be Martin Atherton, Stephen Elford, Gary Jones, Richard Chinn, Darren Bennett and Brian Staples, Richard Vincent, Sean Smith and Stephen Marlow.
The track can be found on the unclassified road which links Forest Green and Nympsfield village with a postcode of GL10 3UJ. Admission charges for the event are £7 and £2 OAP’s and Children Under 12.
Pete Flowers Summer Championship
Prizes for top 10 in Championship
Full set of tyres for 1st Place
23rd April Pre Championship warm up trial at Shatterford DY12 1TP
R1 - 21st May Acorns Knighton ST20 0QH
R2 - 4th June Penkridge Lower Drayton Farm ST19 4RE
R3 - 11th June Ibex Bracken Rocks DE4 5HF
R4 - 1st July Walsall Hobs Hole Lane WS9 0LR
R5 - 9th July SCTC Howards Wood DY7 5AJ
R6 - 30th July SCTC Shatterford DY12 1TP
R7 - 19th Aug Walsall Hobs Hole Lane WS9 0LR
R8 - 3rd Sept Penkridge Lower Drayton Farm ST19 4RE
R9 - 24th Sept Acorns Knighton ST20 0QH