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.
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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
Excitement levels are reaching fever pitch as the 2017 AMCA British Motocross Championship kicks-off on Sunday, April 9th at Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, and what a series it again promises to be with all classes, MX1, MX2, 2T and Vets stacked full of quality! Not only are new pilots coming into the title chase powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop, but also some of the top stars have changed classes and even switched race teams. If you then throw into the mix the fact that this opening round is on a circuit staging its first ever race meeting, it’s easy to understand why nerves are jangling increasingly loudly and adrenalin pumping hard!
In MX1, reigning Champion Luke Burton (FUS Husqvarna) goes again in defence of his title, “It’s been a very good close season for me this year working with Justin Morris and friends Rhys Meakin and Luke Ursell. Rhys has helped me in his gym, Shreds Fitness, and I can say I am feeling 100% and certainly ready for the new season.” Challenging Burton in what is sure to be a very competitive class are the likes of 2016 top ten finishers, Gary Gibson, James Dodd, Richard Cannings, Ryan Crowder, John May, Luke Meredith and Adam Harris. You can also then throw into the mix pilots such as Shane Carless, Curtis Blamey, Matt Ridgway, Arron Poolman, Ed Briscoe and Andrew Smart amongst others. With some of the fast 2016 MX2 aces, Paul Neale, Zac Stealey and Adam Wells along with 2016 AMCA 2T Champion and former top ACU star Ben Saunders also now starting in MX1, it’s easy to see why this class should be an absolute cracker!
Defending his MX2 crown, Josh Waterman (JD Racing/IDS KTM) is ready for another tough challenge ahead, “Preparation for this season as been a weird one as I picked up a hand injury in September which then took 3 months to heal. Once fit the wet winter weather then stopped me from getting out on the bike so I spent a lot of the time in the gym instead. I feel ready but know that MX2 is definitely going to be as strong and competitive as ever. I now can’t wait to get behind the gate and go racing.” Top three finishers in 2016, Jansen Day and Lewis King both go again but are now teammates racing for TMC Kawasaki. Finishing in last season’s top ten, Bradley Tranter, Cory McShane and James Wainwright will also be out to challenge Waterman again along with fancied runners Ray Rowson, Jack Gardner and Lee Truman. Dropping down from MX1 to try their luck on the 250F machines are 2015 AMCA Champion Luke Dean and Clinton Barrs whilst Jack Cox, a former double MX2 Champion returns to the fray after injury.
With the 2016 2T King, Ben Saunders moving up to MX1 as mentioned, the two-smoker class as again proved its popularity with qualifying required to confirm the Championship entry. 2016 podium finishers James Lane(2nd) and Richard Lloyd(3rd) will be attempting to move on up whilst top ten finishers Rory Jones, Sam Callow, Jamie Powell, Matthew Nash and Jack Waterman all go again. Dropping down from MX1 and swapping their big 450F mounts for a two-smoker are Brad Turner, Scot Bates and Sam Smith. It will certainly be interesting to see how these lads perform!
2016 AMCA Vets Champion Matt Gordon is a non-starter this time around so Simon Lane and Terry House look to be the pre-season favourites to take home the 2017 title! There’s plenty of eager competition though looking to have their own say on the destination of the Vets crown. Making a comeback in this class, watch out for former AMCA Champion James Russell whilst the likes of Brian Staples, Shaun Hayles, Stephen Elford, Martin Atherton, Barry James, Gary Jones, Sean Smith and Stephen Marlow could well be in the final shake-up for honours come September.
So Minchinhampton is certainly the place to be this Sunday with the action, promoted by the Dursley MXC, due to be underway by 11am. The circuit can be found just off the A419 Cirencester to Stroud road, postcode GL6 8HS. Admission prices for the event are £7 and £2 OAP+ Children Under-12. With the organising Dursley MXC also providing Saturday night live music and a bar, there will be overnight camping available for a £5 fee.
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