After their opening round trip to Denmark, the lads representing AMCA Team Great Britain in the IMBA MX1 European Championship face another long road trip this weekend as they are off to Dalecin in the Czech Republic. Following round one in Denmark, FUS Moto4 Fro Husqvarna rider Jack Cox is the top Brit holding 8th spot with Ed Briscoe just one place further down in 9th, Sam Smith 15th, Scott Bates 16th and Joshua Scott 21st.
Leading the way at present is Dutch rider Michael Hool on a maximum 180 points. Thankfully for our Brits once they return from the Czech Republic their next IMBA action will be the home round at Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge on July 31st.
It’s time to rise the revs, stretch the throttle wire and drop that clutch as the 2016 AMCA British Motocross Championship powered by Datatag and supported by Dunlop kicks off this coming Sunday, May 1st at Dunston Staffordshire. And, what a series it promises to be with arguably the strongest ever line-up in the AMCA history! Indeed with a talented and exciting depth of quality in both the MX1 and MX2 classes, picking an eventual winner appears to be just about an impossible task!
After claiming the 2015 AMCA MX1 title, Luke Dean will be back to defend his title but just look at some of the opposition! Just for starters there’s the hard charging MX1 regulars, Richard Cannings, Clinton Barrs, Luke Meredith, Scott Bates, Ed Briscoe, Andrew Smart, Ryan Morris and returning from injury the very fast Jack Cox. Moving up from last year’s MX2 to the 450F machines you have reigning AMCA Champion Luke Burton who has already bagged the early season Superclass crown, Matt Ridgeway and young Ryan Crowder whilst four-times AMCA 2T Champion Adam Harris on his fast 250cc Yamaha two-smoker also now takes on the big MX1 boy’s. The main threat though to Dean’s hopes of retaining the crown could well come from the new riders joining the AMCA series which include Shane Carless, John May, James Dodd, Curtis Blamey and Gary Gibson. What a line-up the 2016 AMCA MX1 Championship chase will provide, the racing will surely be ultra-competitive and very red hot!
Over in MX2 it’s Josh Waterman, Lewis King, Zac Stealey, Jack Gardner, Jansen Day, Lewis Meadows, Adam Cook, Cory McShane, James Wainwright, Paul Neale and Bradley Tranter topping the entry list. Joining them after dropping down from MX1 will be the likes of Elliot Barrs, Luke Mellows, Brandon Benjamin and Shaun Pearce. Leading the charge of riders from the MX2 Qualifiers are Adam Wells, Luke Blanchard, Ben Hunt, Josh Broadway, Chris Shallcross and Will Hughes, all looking to join the race for 2016 honours!
On what promises to be a very busy day of top-class action, Sunday’s event also includes the opening round of the AMCA 2T and Veterans Championship along with the final bash in the early season AMCA Youth 85cc/150cc series. There’s definitely going to be new name on the AMCA 2T winner’s trophy in 2016 with Harris having moved into the tough MX1 class but who will it be? Leading the entry is 2014 AMCA MX2 Champion Ben Saunders, his possible closest challenge likely to be provided by the likes of James Lane, Jamie Powell, Jack Waterman, Matthew Bath, Rian Warren and co. Over in the Vets, Simon Lane will be after title number three with all the usual suspects such as Brian Staples, Garry J Williams, Gary Jones, Matt Ryder, Sean Smith, Shaun Hayles and Martin Atherton on duty. Joining the 2016 Vets chase though are a couple of very interesting contenders in former Top 35 ACU runner Matt ‘Flash’ Gordon and Danny Blakeley.
After two completed rounds of the Youth 85cc/150cc title race, James Hanscomb leads the way with a perfect unbeaten score. In all six moto’s contested to date, Lloyd Duggan-Thomas as finished as runner-up behind Hanscomb whilst other riders to look out for include Lewis Glynn, Finn Corbijn, Max Lewis and Ryan Lancelotte.
Sunday’s event is certainly not to be missed so if you’re after top quality, highly competitive racing then get along to Dunston for this AMCA opener, it’s sure to be an absolute cracker! The circuit will be signposted from both Penkridge Town centre and junction 13 of the M6, the closest postcode being ST19 5RE. Admission charges for the event are £5 Adults, £3.00 OAP’s and Children aged 12-16 with Kids under 12 getting in for FREE.
CALLING ALL AMCA VETERAN RIDERS OVER 50!!!!!!
SOUTH SHROPSHIRE GROUP OVER 50's VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP
The South Shropshire Group are running an 8 round Veterans Championship for over 50 year old riders, which will be open to all AMCA riders who are eligible. This will only be open to Senior and Junior level riders, no Experts.
6 rounds to count - Over 50's Junior and Senior, no Experts - OPEN TO ALL AMCA RIDERS.
Nick Clarke (Depty Co-ordinator) has generously offered to sponsor the Trophies.
Dates are provisional subject to change.
Round 1 - HEREFORD AT BORASTON - SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016
Round 2 - CRESSAGE AT SHAWBURY - SUNDAY 22ND MAY 2016
Round 3 - WREKIN AT CONDOVER - SUNDAY 19TH JUNE 2016
Round 4 - WORFIELD AT HAZELEY GRANGE - SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2016
Round 5 - WARLEY AT CLIFTON AT TEME - SUNDAY 14TH AUGUST 2016
Round 6 - HEREFORD AT TBA - SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2016
Round 7 - WREKIN AT THE GRANGE - SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2016
Round 8 - TEME VALLEY AT BORASTON - SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2016
ALL EVENTS BELOW CAN BE ENTERED VIA THE FOLLOWING LINK:- http://www.amca.uk.com/south-shropshire
Sunday, April 17th saw the opening IMBA European Championship action of 2016 for both the riders in MX1 and Sidecar Classes. Whilst the two-wheeled solo boy’s made the long trip to tackle the Danish sand at Grenaa, the three-wheeled warriors travelled to the superb circuit of Wohlen in Switzerland. As usual all of the lads representing AMCA Team Great Britain gave it their all, returning home with a rather mixed bag of results.
In MX1, Jack Cox making his debut for FUS Moto4 Fro Husqvarna was the highest finisher in Denmark with a 8th place overall finish. Jack certainly endured a rather eventful day in the sand, grabbing the holeshot in moto one before crashing then losing all of his engine oil when the plastic filler cap broke!. Bouncing back in style, the Midlander bagged 5th in moto two then grabbed the final race holeshot and led until three laps from home. Unfortunately severe arm-pump then kicked in dropping him down to a 5th place finish yet again.
Of the other Brits on duty, Edward Briscoe was 9th, Sam Smith on his IMBA debut a very impressive 15th, Scott Bates 16th and Joshua Scott 21st. Next up for the MX1 pilots in another long haul to Dalecin in the Czech Republic on May 8th.
After finishing a very impressive 4th overall in the 2015 IMBA European Sidecar series, Jack Etheridge/Scott Grahame started the new campaign with another strong performance. On the Wohlen circuit in Switzerland, Etheridge was 4th whilst the pairing of David Keane/Paul Horton blasted to a strong 9th overall. Also competing in Switzerland was the battling British crews of George Kinge/Zac Snell, Michael Hodges/Liam Hodges and Dan Foden/Joshua Haynes finishing in 15th, 17th and 26th places respectively. The chairs next IMBA action will be on 12th June at Baguer Pican in France.
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Over in the IMBA Sidecar opener, five very determined AMCA teams will go into combat at the superb Wohlen circuit in Switzerland. Leading the British challenge will be Jack Etheridge/Scott Grahame who finished a fantastic 4th in the 2015 standings, winning a couple of rounds along the way. David Keane/Paul Horton, a strong 9th in the 2015 IMBA series also go again and will be joined on the European jaunts by George Kinge/Zac Snell, Dan Foden/Joshua Haynes and Michael Hodges/Liam Hodges.
The IMBA Ladies are next in action during the British round at Lower Drayton on 31st July with further events to come in Germany and Switzerland.
AMCA are sad to report that Johnny Richardson died last weekend following a serious illness.
His funeral is on Friday 15th April at 12.45pm at the Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley, near Stourbridge, DY8 5RU.
John was a true AMCA ‘clubman’ who rode scrambles from 1963 riding in the televised winter events and several early Internationals, home and abroad, as a member of the Crusader Club. In the winter of 1972-73 he won the AMCA Trials Championship and also served on the AMCA Executive Committee for three and a half years representing trials. A sad loss to the sport as he was still actively riding at classic events up until a few months ago.
Our thoughts are with Johnny’s family and friends at their time of loss.