With just three days to go to the next round at Lyng, our Grand Prix contenders had mixed fortunes at the French GP this weekend. Of the seven riders who are currently regularly competing on the world stage, it was once again our current MX2 series leader, Zach Osborne who scored the best at St Jean D’Angely with an overall third position and currently holds sixth position in the championship – just six points adrift of Shaun Simpson who has opted to concentrate solely on the World Championship. There is no doubting the American’s speed, but he makes it difficult after poor qualifying sessions which gives a poor gate choice. Jake Nicholls would have hoped to score better on the wet hardpack French circuit which yielded his lowest points haul of the year, so he will want to close the gap on Osborne in the British series. Other MX2 points scorers in the championship who will appear in Norfolk are Latvian Matiss Karro (16th) and Mel Pocock (34th).
Our current MX1 leader, Evgeny Bobreshev didn’t excel in the wet french conditions, but his eight point haul still keeps him in the top ten in the world standings. However, his CAS team partner, Gareth Swanepoel scored 10-8 to hold fifteenth and will look to carry this form forward into the sand at Cadders Hill.
Of course, in addition to this we have another rider who is holding 6th place in the world and recovering from injury should be riding next weekend. Natalie Kane showed a gritty performance to put two good point scoring rides together and will feature in the MX2 class, which incidentally will be the first to take to the circuit at 9am on Sunday, in the new morning format.
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See if you can pick a podium from these two main classes –
MX1 – Brad Anderson, Josh Coppins, Gordon Crockard, Gareth Swanepoel, James, Noble, Carl Nunn, Tom Church, Jamie Law, Ben Lamay, Alex Snow, Gert Krestinov, Stehen Sword, Jason Dougan, Scott Probert, Ray Rowson, Stuart Edmonds and Evgeny Bobreshev.
MX2- Elliot Banks-Browne, Jake Nicholls, Martin Barr, Alan Keet, Scott Elderfield, Shane Carless, Matiss Karro, Mel Pocock, Bryan MacKenzie, Edward Allingham, Kristian Whatley, Neville Bradshaw, Zach Osborne, Natalie Kane, Graeme Irwin and Josh Waterman.
We make that 33 reasons for making the trip to Norfolk a must this weekend. These riders are supported by another 47 who will be trying to get into the points on the sandy Cadders Hill circuit. In addition to the above there will be 40 of Britain’s top Youth riders providing the best action from our future stars.
Timed Qualifying starts at 9am with the first of eight championship races (3 MX1 – 3 MX2 – 2 MXY2) scheduled for 12.15pm
However, there is an important message for ALL people attending the event – riders, teams and spectators. There will be NO DOGS allowed on circuit following a request from the Landowner. We request that everyone adheres to this notice and the on site Security have instructions to immediately remove anyone who “smuggles” a dog in. We have to respect the wishes of the club and the landowner who have experienced a serious problem in the past.
Once again, the Lyng circuit is in prime condition and with the three race format for both classes (plus two MXY2 races) we can assure fans in the East of England a fantastic day’s racing.
The circuit is easily reached from the A47 Norwich to Dereham trunk road and the first of eight championship races starts at 12.15pm. For early arrivals, all classes will have Free Practice and Timed Qualifying in the morning, backed up with the “Superpole” Q2 for MX1 and MX2.
The Lyng circuit is easily reached from the A47 trunk road and as the series reaches the half way point, this is an event not to be missed.