The fourth round of this years BYMX Championship series proved to be a happy hunting ground for Alexander Brown, Conrad Mewse, Brad Todd and Adam Sterry as they all won their respective sections with outstanding individual performances. The meeting held at Dean Moor – hosted by the excellent West Cumbria club.
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In the 65’s Scotland’s Alexander Brown riding the Motone KTM claimed four heat wins plus one second place finish to record a resounding overall win that now gives him a 10 point advantage in the championship table. Ireland’s Callum Meara finished second overall impressively carding his best result of the year thus far – highlighted by his race three win. Jed Etchells went into the meeting on level championship points with Brown but the young Manxman had to settle for third overall following a disappointing day two by his high standards. Positions four five six and seven were taken by Harry Kimber, Adam Dunn, Harry Wichman and Colin Scott with just three points covering all four riders at the close of play.
Conrad Mewse once again as in the previous round totally dominated the Small Wheel 85cc section carding five immaculate race wins. Mewse never put a foot wrong and apart from a strong challenge in the early stages of races one and two coming from Duhram lad Jay Hague it was plain sailing for the Somerset youngster. Hague proved to be less effective on day two but non the less a fighting performance gave him second overall. Will Keogh took third overall with a polished eye catching display that finished with a real flourish as he went 2-2. Jamie Carpenter was another rider to post his best result of the year as he claimed fourth overall with a brace of third place finishes as his standout highlights. ACU academy pilot Taylor Hammal claimed fifth with Aaron Piper giving a good account in sixth.
Ben Watson aboard the HM Plant Red Bull KTM and competing on a non points scoring basis was the undoubted star turn in the Big Wheel division with four of the race wins to his name. In the final race of the weekend however Watson had to settle for third, beaten by Brad Todd and championship leader Liam Knight. Todd and Knight consistently performed brilliantly over both days crossing swords with Watson in what proved to be the best racing section of the weekend. In the tussle for the overall championship honours there was little to choose between both boys but Todd finished the stronger – his 2-1-6-1-1 card good enough for his first extremely well deserved national win. Second overall Knight claimed the first maximum points score and increased his overall championship lead as Jack Gardener took third with a consistent and solid weekends work. The missing heat win went the way of supercharged Josh Gilbert when he crossed the championship line first in heat three. Fine performances also from John Adamson, Jason Meara and Matthew Callaghan as they filled out positions four five and six overall.
At just fourteen years old Adam Sterry racing the Evo Tech Honda wrote a little piece of BYMX history when became the youngest winner of a youth open class race. That was heat one and he finished in front of Ryan Houghton – Sterry wasn’t finished there however as he went on to record a magnificent 1-4-3-1-1 overall win. Jamie Mc Canney rode the wheels off his KTM to grab the heat two win but constantly coming from the back he worked a minor miracle to place second overall as both Nathan Watson and Ryan Houghton hit trouble. Watson suffered a mechanical failure in heat one and that dropped him down to third overall although he took a clear race win third time out. Houghton finished second again in race two but it all went downhill following that. Houghton crashed out of race three and a broken gearbox in heat four saw him retire from the meeting. Scott Hamilton on the Relentless Suzuki claimed fourth overall with a third place finish in heat one as his best highlight. Elsewhere in the section strong shows from Mark Perfect and Jake Millward rewarded them with fifth and sixth overall. Damon Brooks was totally out of luck but entertained non the less with his fast gating and overall speed that deserved far more than his ninth place overall finish.
In the Sunday two stroke adult championship races Stuart Edmunds on the TM claimed a fine 2-1 win over Graham Riley. Ben Magee took third overall in the 250 section as Luke Remmer won the 125’s going 1-1-2.
Images and words by Mike Gurney