Back in March Foxhill Moto Park kickstarted the 2010 Red Bull Pro Nationals into life with some brilliant racing and now the series heads back there for its penultimate round. The world famous valley circuit will host round eight of the nine round series as it comes down to the sharp end in all three championships to find out who’ll be this year’s Red Bull Pro Nationals, Fuchs-Silkolene 2 Stroke British and Red Bull Elite Youth Cup champions.
It’s not just the racing that makes a Red Bull Pro Nationals weekend so good though, all the usual off track activities that make festival atmosphere which is now synonymous with the series will be in full swing once again.
The FMX Live Tour will no doubt lay on another great show, although this time without Chris Birch who over jumped his first jump last time out at Canada Heights and dislocated his wrist. His fellow freestylers, Kris Brock, Jamie Squibb and Frederik ‘Frog’ Berggren will want to make up for Chris absence with a solid performance though and will no doubt lay on some series style. With the jumbo live feed TV screen, interviews, autograph session, Suzuki MX Try out experience, trade stands, pumping sound system and Saturday night Red Bull Party Foxhill is the place to be on the 4/5th September.
Red Bull Pro Nationals
Brad Anderson (PAR Honda) looks even more of a shoe in to win the MX1 class after a convincing double race win at Canada Heights. With his nearest competitor coming into the previous round – Ben Lamay (Samsung Yamaha) – having to return home to Alaska due to work permit issues Ando has extended his lead out to 86 points. James Noble (Proppa.com Honda) now lies joint second with Lamay but obviously has the opportunity to move into a clear second and keep Anderson honest. Gordon Crockard lies in fourth 43 points off Noble and may struggle with set up at Foxhill after having all of his bikes stolen recently. Jason Dougan (Phoenix Tools/Bike It/Cosworth Yamaha) took second at Canada Heights with a 2-2 and always goes well on hard pack circuits while Gert Krestinov (Maxxis/Henderson/LPE Kawasaki) took a well deserved third and celebrated by signing with the team for 2011. Defending MX1 champion Carl Nunn seems to really be struggling this year but is more than capable of ‘showing up’ and going for the win and Nathan Parker will no doubt busting out some ‘phat whips’ as he tries to challenge for a podium.
Canada Heights also worked in the favour of Anderson’s PAR Honda teammate Martin Barr as he extended his MX2 points lead out to 29 points over Elliott Banks Browne. Barr, who had a niggling thumb injury stayed consistent while Banks-Browne DNF’d the second moto after winning the first when he bailed out and got rode over by James Noble damaging his ankle, but not the same one he’s been struggling with! Kristian Whatley (Maxxis/Henderson/LPE Kawasaki) took his first overall win on the year at Canada Heights after tying on points with Barr but having the stronger second moto and will be full of confidence. As will defending champion Neville Bradshaw (Samsung Yamaha) who returned to racing the series with a podium finish, just one point behind Whatley and Barr. Bryan Mackenzie (Madison Kawasaki) and Scott Elderfield (PAR Honda) sit fourth and fifth respectively and also have every chance of winning. With Stuart Edmonds (TM) and Shane Carless (KTM) also lining up with the rest of the MX2 riders and going at with the MX1 lads it will be intense all the way down the field yet again.
Red Bull Elite Youth Cup
Lewis Trickett (Suzuki) finally got out of the right side of his bed on a Saturday to romp to four out of five race wins at Canada Heights and close in to 22 points on Rookie class series leader Sunny Thompson (Samsung Yamaha). Jake Shipton couldn’t repeat his round six overall win and had to settle for third which is where he sits in the championship. Kelvin Townsend (Albion Honda) and George Baldwin (Eastwood/Wiseco Honda) round out the top five.
James Harrison (Twisted 7 Honda) managed to extend his points lead in the Big Wheeled even though he could only manage fourth overall after bike problems and an on form Liam Garland (Proppa.com Honda). Liam was the real mover as he took the overall and has now moved up to second 105 points back after early leader Ben Howell and Ben Watson both missed Canada Heights. Frazer Viner (Honda) impressed with a second place last time out after missing the two previous rounds while Robert Davidson (Honda) rounded out the podium in this highly competitive class.
Conrad Mewse KTM) clearly wasn’t happy about losing his series leader red plate to Danny Lanfear (Suzuki GB) at Pontrilas and came out swinging at Canada Heights to win emphatically, taking 4 out of five race wins and regain control of the series. Todd Kellett (Suzuki) took second pushing himself to the limit to close in to just seven points behind Lanfear as the battle to be champion shapes up between those three riders. Josh Gilbert (Albion KTM) lost ground last time out after putting a hole in his arm and taking a trip to hospital. The likeable Greg Hyett lies in fifth.
It’s going to take a huge amount of misfortune for Keenan Hird (KTM) not to win the 65cc title after he finally took his first overall win on the year to stretch out his lead to a whooping 107 points. Hird hasn’t finished off the podium all year and doesn’t look to start anytime soon. Taylor Hammal (KTM) sits in second but lost points to Ryan Vickers (Cobra) after finishing third last time out. Vickers, along with Albie Wilkie was launching over the huge tabletops at Foxhill back in March and will looking to do the same this time out to close the 33 point gap to Hammal.
Fuchs Silkolene 2 Stroke British championship
Experience counts for a lot and ‘old boy’ Mark Eastwood (Eastwood/Wiseco Honda) is still showing the younger riders the way as he closes in on expert open title number four – on the bounce! Easty took another podium position at his local Canada Heights track behind Scott Elderfield and only dropped two points in the process as he sits 95 points ahead at the top. James Noble was lying in second until his 500cc Proppa.com Honda was stolen and he didn’t ride the previous round. His teammate Nathan Parker was out on a 250cc at Canada Heights but dropped a bunch of points after he injured his ankle and sat out the rest of the day in preparation for the Red Bull Pro National races the next day. Cory Nemeth took another overall in the junior open class to close in on Jason Kendrick. Shayne Headon took third and lies in third in the series after his classic ‘forgetting where I am’ expletives moment on the podium! Krisrtofer Ayres took second but is way down the leader board.
David Willet (Bladez Yamaha) also extended his lead in the 125 experts with a solid three for three race win performance. Defending champion Jim Davies (TM) is now 47 points behind and will have to find something special to retain his title and stop Willet from claiming the #1 plate. He certainly won’t want Nathan Rooks getting in between them again unless he’s in front of them both. Rooks rode solidly at Canada Heights in his first 125 outing this year to grab second behind Willet. James Dunn was a non starter last time out and has lost a handful of points but still sits in third and will want to come out swinging at his home track. Charles Statt’s four round win streak came to an end at Canada Heights in the junior 125cc class but he still has a huge 138 point lead over Ben Thompson with Cory Nemeth a further 20 points back. Rowan Hill, who just like Rooks was making his first appearance of the year took the honours last time out.
So with just two rounds to go the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Foxhill Moto Park is the place to be on September 4/5th. Gates open at 8.30am on both Saturday and Sunday with the action starting at 9am.
If you don’t where Foxhill is you should!! If not look for the AA road signs from junction 15 of the M4.