What’s On – 16th September 2012
This weekend there is some excellent Motocross events to choose from, contact the clubs for late entries and one day licences (over 18) will be available on the day.
Mid Cheshire @ Norley – Kirsten Rogers – 07518 364166(This event is FULL)
Bridgnorth @ Aston Eyre – Graham Gatt – 01746 714257
Teme Valley @ Boraston –David Morris – 07775 883320
Chipping Sodbury @ Ford – Tania Sellars – 07817 469974
For the latest up to date news on fixtures please visit the AMCA website.
Leigh at Astley
Leigh MCC are running an event on 23rd September at Astley Raceway that will cater for all the usual classes as well as a Twinshock and Vets race. The turnout for the twinshock races was excellent last time out so to avoid missing out call Andy on 07967489366.
Teme Valley at Boraston to host a Vets Race
The Teme Valley motocross club are running an event this Sunday, 16th September at the AMCA owned Boraston race circuit which will once again be superbly prepared by the club.
By popular demand, the club will once again be running a vets race for riders over the age of 40! If you are interested in riding, then day licences are also being accepted for this class, as well as all others.
To book in, or for further information, please phone the event secretary, David Morris on 07775 883320 (under 18’s through the office only).
2-Stroke & Vets conquer Walterstone
Hereford MXC welcomed round 5 of the Vets & 2 Stroke Championship to their re vamped Walterstone circuit, with both classes providing a sun baked crowd to some thrilling racing leaving just 21 points between the top 2 in the 2 strokes and less than 30 points between the first 4 Vets riders heading into the final round at Condover later this month.
The 2 Strokes kicked things off with KTM mounted Joe Wright grabbing an early holeshot before the runaway leaders in the series Adam Harris and Sean Eckersley took control by the end of lap 1. It was Harris who led the way after passing Wright and never looked back as he led all the way to the flag and with it took the lead of the series from Eckersley whom he trailed by a single point going into the day. Thomas Herbert took third from home club favourite Terry Lloyd winning a race long battle between the 2 by just a few seconds, following his super start Wright rounded off the top 5 followed by Stuart West and Scott Donativo.
In race 2 it was the same top 6 straight from the start with the top 2 soon moving through the fast starting West, Truman and Wright before they set about battling out the win as the pair finished over 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. It was Wright who won the 3 way battle for third as he held on despite the attentions of Lloyd in 4th and Herbert in 5th. West repeated his first race 6th while Donativo dropped a place to 8th losing out to Lee Truman with Jack Bas a hard thought 9th having come from the back after hitting the gate.
In the final moto Harris set about his persuit of a maximum with another top 3 start but rival Eckersley was buried in the pack having to charge through on a track that was deteriating and sapping the energy of the riders lap after lap. Bolton man Eckersely gave it everything in pursuit of his rival and narrowly missed out on 2nd with Herbert pipping him following Harris home. Wright came home 4th and Lloyd 5th. Truman topped off an ever improving day by pushing up one more place to 6th, West 7th, Sean Wainwright 8th and Donativo 9th.
Harris;s Walterstone maximum now means the Uley man turns a 1 point deficit into a 21 point lead over Lancastrian Eckersely as the pair head for Condover for the final round. A good way back from the runaway duo Herbert now sits a comfortable 3rd just short of 50 points clear of Sean Wainwright in 4th with West and Lloyd a few points a drift in 5th and 6th.
In the Vets it was top 3 in the standings that took control early on in race 1 with Colin Condiut giving chase to Honda duo Matt Ryder and series leader Brian Staples. Andy Watkins was in 4th on board the EVO 500 Honda with Sean Smith, Rob Prosser, Grahm Nicklin, Paul Kroner and Dave Hopkins all battling inside the top 10. Having battled for the lead with Condiut and Staples a mistake on the penultimate lap slipped Ryder down to 5th as Staples pipped KTM mounted Condiut by less than a second to the first chequered flag of the day followed by Sean Smith who managed to hold off Watkins with Ryder 5th, Nicklin 6th, Kroner 7th Prosser 8th, Steve Baddeley 9th and Hopkins 10th.
The usual suspects were out front off the start of race 2 as Ryder holeshoted followed by Condiut, Smith & Staples with Watkins slotting in to 5th. As Watkins and Smith scrapped it out for 4th it became a 3 way battle for the lead as Condiut twice led and went onto post the fastest lap but it was Ryder who made the pass stick and held off his rivals to make up for his race 1 disappointment to record the win with staples just a couple of seconds behind in second and the hard charging Condiut 3rd. Watkins won the race long battle with Smith for forth with Baddeley 6th, Kroner 7th and Prosser 8th, Nicklin 9th and Simon Bracey rounding off the top 10.
In the final moto it was all to play for in the championship and it was Ryder who led the way once again with the same old faces chasing in the shape of Condiut, Staples, Smith & Watkins. With the top 2 series contenders out front in the shape of honda pilots Ryder and Staples it looked all set for a showdown for the overall and the series lead but disaster struck midway through for staples as he lost the use of the leftside foot peg with it dangling down, forcing him to have to nurse it home on a very technical track that was getting rougher and rougher by the lap. Smith was the first to go through followed by fellow KTM pilot Condiut before Watkins also came through but rather than sinking through the field the experienced staples actually went back past Watkins to claim 4th at the flag behind Ryder Smith and Condiut.
With the overall going to Ryder, Staples ended up 4 points further back in 2nd, incredibly the same points lead he took into the 5th round means the Honda pair are tied on 719 points as they head to Condover a week Sunday. Condiut is just 19 points further back in 3rd and Smith a further 23 points back in 4th.
The traditional old school layout at Walterstone seemed to suit many of the experienced riders in both championship classes and both line ups didn’t disappoint the crowd putting on a superb spectacle with some tense tight racing all day in the tough dry humid conditions. The series finale at Condover looks set to be a thriller, don’t miss it!
In support classes, Stormer Suzuki pilot Scott Williams took an impressive maximum in the MX2 Experts with James Lane following him home with 3 2nd places and Kieran Mulloy collecting a hat trick of 3rds. In the MX1 Experts Simon Lane pipped Craig Badman to the overall with David Jones following them home in 3rd. Sam Danahar topped a competitive MX2 Senior class following a day long tussle with second place Matt Alford with Chad Prosser filling the final podium spot. Richard Caddick topped the MX1 Seniors from Craig Newton with Chris Wainwright rounding out the top 3.
MX2 Juniors was won by Grant Jones, with fellow home club member Harvey Powell in second and George Lovell 3rd. MX1 Juniors were won by Raglan’s Kevin Lewis with Ben Swambo in second and Johnno Williams 3rd.
The Inter Juniors saw an overall win for Kyle Hall with Tom Watson 2nd and Conor Brookes just squeezing out Tom Mumford for 3rd.
Words by Peter Reed
AMCA MX CHAMPIONSHIPS (ROUND 5) AT NORLEY PREVIEW BY MIKE WOOD
The heat is now well and truly on as the 2012 AMCA MX Championships races rapidly towards its conclusion. This coming weekend at Norley, the Mid Cheshire MXC host the penultimate round of what is again proving to be another compelling and thrilling series. Typical of the highly competitive title hunt, just an incredible 2 points separate the top three contenders in MX1 as Lee Payne heads Clinton Barrs and defending Champion Lee Dunham. Over in MX2, Jack Cox in his debut season has been simply superb and currently tops the table, 62 points better off than Paul Neale with Ben Saunders just a single mark further in arrears and holding 3rd.
In the previous outing at the superb Canada Heights, Lee Payne was back to his very rapid best, to bag maximum MX1 points, joined on the podium yet again by Lee Dunham and Clinton Barrs. Indeed the dynamic trio have rather dominated the 2012 series, earning the top three overall placing on the box at each round except the Brookthorpe event when Payne slipped off in both motos one and two! In all four rounds so far completed though, Luke Dean has threatened to break that domination by posting the fastest qualifying time. Surely the Gloucestershire youngster is due to transfer that undoubted speed into race wins and a place at the podium party!
Currently, Dean sits 5th in the Championship table, sandwiched by two very consistent and impressive performers. Round after round Shaun Pearce and Stephen Tillotson are right in the mix and banging on the door, so watch out for the two battling Honda pilots again this weekend at Norley. In his debut Championship campaign, Lewis Belfield on the KTM has also impressed and is occupying 7th in the standings just ahead of Elliot Barrs, Chad Yarranton and Jamie Smith. Other riders who should enjoy the terrain at Norley include Michael Reynolds, Jamie Dobson and Michael Smith.
Having topped the podium during the last three rounds, Jack Cox should be full of confidence as he goes in search of further MX2 glory at Norley. However with 60 points available for each moto win, Jack knows that one disastrous DNF at this stage could let his closest challengers Paul Neale and Ben Saunders right back into the title hunt. You can be also guaranteed that both the fast-starting Neale and the very experienced Saunders, campaigning the little two-stroke KTM have the speed, skill ,determination and belief to take this Championship race right to the final chequered flag of the season!
Currently holding 4th in the standings is reigning MX2 Champion Shane Holmes who will buoyed and ready for Norley after earning consecutive podium placings in the last two rounds at Pontrilas and Canada Heights. Enjoying a very impressive season, young Lancastrian Ryan Crowder has certainly made his mark during 2012 and sits 5th ahead of Carl Benjamin, Sean Frayne, Scott Mathia, Scott Wiliiams and Ryan Jones. The last two tough MX2 rounds have though unfortunately took it’s toll with both Benjamin (broken hand) and Mathia (dislocated shoulder) suffering injury and doubtful starters for the crucial Norley clash.
So for the riders it’s now time to remain cool, composed and focussed as they attempt to earn a big haul of AMCA Championship points and also one of those crucial Norley podium places? Who will be climbing that box? Well let the action commence where all the answers will soon be resolved!
AMCA MX1 CHAMPIONSHIP(TOP TEN) 1 Lee Payne 619 points, 2 Clinton Barrs 618, 3 Lee Dunham 617, 4 Shaun Pearce 510, 5 Luke Dean 455, 6 Stephen Tillotson 443, 7 Lewis Belfield 438, 8 Elliot Barrs 436, 9 Chad Yarranton 386, 10 Jamie Smith 379.
AMCA MX2 CHAMPIONSHIP(TOP TEN) 1 Jack Cox 630 points, 2 Paul Neale 568, 3 Ben Saunders 567, 4 Shane Holmes 502, 5 Ryan Crowder 492, 6 Carl Benjamin 458, 7 Sean Frayne 444, 8 Scott Mathia 420, 9 Scott Williams 377, 10 Ryan Jones 375.
IMBA – MX1 – Dunham just missed podium
What a weekend it proved to be for Team AMCA Great Britain during the latest IMBA MX1 European Championship action held at Bailleul in Northern France. Before the event had even started there was problems for Lee Dunham though as the family race transporter broke-down on the approaches to Dover Port! Following frantic telephone calls, Dave Meakin, father of AMCA Championship rider Rich Meakin then very kindly came to the rescue by offering to recover the stricken Dunhams vehicle. Three hours later, and following more numerous calls, a hire van had been arranged from Ashford, Kent so the cross-channel journey to Bailleul was back on!
On arrival at the French venue, the British team found a very narrow, one-line, tight and extremely dry circuit which was to make over-taking almost impossible and the need for a good start absolutely imperative! With the organisers then deciding to heavily water before the start of moto one, the going also now became an absolute skating rink! Making a mockery though of the conditions was Lee Dunham who finished top Brit with a simply superb performance, bagging a very strong hat-trick of 4th placing’s.
For the remaining Brits of Lee Payne, Michael Reynolds and Luke Meredith it generally proved to be just one of those crazy day’s when they did not receive a fair points return for their gallant efforts! Picking themselves up after falling, the trio would work overtime to climb up the leader board only to then be baulked by backmarkers!
Payne’s best finish was 10th in moto one despite crashing on the opening turn. Meredith despite feeling unwell from a bout of suspected food poisoning also bagged his best finish in race one with a 14th place. Reynolds highest points scoring position was a strong 10th in moto two. In the overall standing, Dunham was 4th, Payne 10th, Reynolds 11th and Meredith 23rd. The last IMBA MX1 European Championship round of 2012 takes place at Amriswil, Switzerland on September 23rd.
Sad passing of Gary Powell
The AMCA got some sad news this week in that former Middlewich club stalwart sadly passed away last week after a long illness. His funeral will be held at Whitegate near Middlewich on Friday at 11:00am.
AMCA launch rider incentive scheme – GO FOR GOLD and reap the rewards!
Free Dirt Bike Show tickets
Beach Race entry for £23!!
The AMCA has launched an incentive scheme to benefit it’s riders who ride at the most motocross events.
The organising body has for many years had a gold / silver / bronze scheme in place which categorises riders by the number of mx events they rode at in the previous year.
For 2012 the AMCA have added a number of benefits to give real value to the scheme.
To achieve gold status riders will have had to take part in 27 events in the 2012 season, when they apply for a licence the following year it will be a ‘gold’ licence.
Despite the recent heavy rain there are still plenty of opportunities to enter AMCA events and make sure you qualify for these great offers.
This year to encourage you to strive for gold AMCA are offering all riders who achieve Gold status this season by 14th October a FREE ticket to the 2012 Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh!
In addition, they can also enter the fabulous SKEGNESS Beach Race on 17th / 18th November for the standard AMCA entry fee of £23!! A massive potential saving of £77!!
TWO EXCELLENT REASONS for entering as many events as possible between now and 14th October!
To achieve gold status you need to have competed at 27 motocross events between the 1st February and 14th October 2012, all AMCA authorised MX events qualify.
Gold status riders also benefit the following season by receiving preferential entry into oversubscribed events or classes.
On the 15th October we will contact via text and email all those who have qualified with details of how they can claim the above offers.
The AMCA Chairman Terry King said ‘we want to reward our most loyal riders and these two benefits offer significant savings for those riders who take part in the most events’.
In the meantime, good luck and enjoy the rest of the 2012 AMCA season – Go for Gold!!
Get your Videos in!
The AMCA has launched its own YouTube channel and would like for our members to send in their video’s or headcam footage of AMCA events on DVD, or via email so they can be edited and uploaded to the site.
Please send them in with a brief covering letter giving details of the event, the date, and other info such as the race class or more and take pleasure in watching the views tot up!
AMCA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
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