The British Youth Nationals are organised by RHL Activities, the company also responsible for the madness that is the Weston Beach Race. RHL took on the management of the series in 2012 after it had been in the doldrums for a number of years, with the goal of returning it into a breeding ground for future World Championship stars.
The competition is a series of two-day events staged from April to August, raced at some of the best motocross tracks the country has to offer. It is the premier youth motocross championship in the United Kingdom and the only one run under the auspices of the ACU, with the winner of each class named as the British champion.
For 2014, the series was given an extra fillip by the news that it would be supported by top brands including Dunlop, KTM and Madison UK, as well as MOTO Magazine which would lend its name to the 65cc Junior class. Over 200 riders were expected to compete in the series, which was scheduled to visit Fat Cat, Milton Malsor, Culham and Brookthorpe, before concluding at Leuchars.
The season kicked off in fine style on a tough sand track at Fat Cat, where Mickey Eccles secured the overall win in the British under-23 championship. The second round at Milton Malsor was postponed because of bad weather, but the action resumed in Culham, and this time it was the turn of Scott Elderfield to lead the way in the under-23 competition, taking all three races in style.