So after some rest and some bike cleaning it was back to the track and early start and more importantly the sun shone and conditions were great for racing.
A case of déjà-vu for Charlie Yates in the 15-16 cruiser class with another full set of 5th places following on from Saturday. World no.3 Louise Abbott also repeated Saturday’s performance perfectly with another clean sweep in the female 30+ cruiser class to show she is right at the top of her game.
Definitely not a repeat for Jamie Duffy who decided one lap was enough on the Sunday and withdrew early. The emotions of celebrating his 40th birthday the night before obviously got to him.
So to the guys with the little legs and little bikes. Flyin Flynn Drelincourt was on fire making the main final again and finishing 2nd place. Sure he would have wanted the win but it was enough to take the series title so we will see him rocking the 1 plate next year. Well done little man. Jack Bennett joined in with great laps on his way to the main and a 7th place finish to show his talent and how he can learn tracks quickly.
Another great 5th place finish for Harry Tanner in the 7s showing how well he has taken to expert racing well in his first year. Brilliant again Harry. Sam Tucker put Saturday behind him and got stuck in well to finish 2 places higher in 20th on the Sunday. Great stuff Sam.
Sunday proved to be a tough one for Curtis Sveikutis in the 8s who made the quarter finals but couldn’t make it through, bringing to an end a great run of results. Move on Curtis and get ready for the next one.
Into the 10s and Ethan Duffy again looked super fast as we know he is but again suffered in the semi and had to settle for an awesome B final win.
In the 9-10 girls Kirsten Dillon decided it was not going to be a repeat performance and made the A final with ease and then went one better than Saturday with a 2nd spot on the podium.
The 11 boys was stacked as always and this time Harrison Drelincourt joined in the fun but narrowly missed out on the quarter finals. Again the trio of Sam Bennett, Will Blevins and Saul Jeffrey made it through to battle it out in the quarters but again it was not to be there day with Saul finishing 27th, Will 26th and Sam in 18th after some good motos. Keep going guys the next step is so close.
In the 11-12 girls Katy Cosgrove was on fire in the motos and made the semis but was squeezed out in the semi to race in the B final. After being fired from a cannon in the B final with snap of the day Katy was battling at the front of the pack to claim 3rd place and 11th overall. Izzy Hines slipped under the radar quietly but assuredly making her way through the mtos into the semis and into the A final with a great 5th place.
In the 13 boys Ben Cotton was again battling a big field on his own and was motoed and came home 26th.
It was a very similar day in the 15 boys with Joe Cotton and Charlie Yates both missing the semis in a tough field with Joe picking up 27th and Charlie picking up another 21st place.
A slightly smaller field in the 15-16 girls meant 8 being dropped and 8 going into the main. It was a stretch too far for Zoe Politis who again put in some good motos but missed out on the main and had to settle for 11th.
In the 16 boys Riccardo Addeymellor missed out on the semis by the smallest of margins and had to settle for 17th (pedal to line). Jack Critchlow did make the semis but narrowly missed out on the A final and had to settle for 2nd spot in the B final.
Two guys took to the track in 17-29 men with different results. George Hawker couldn’t find a way through the motos missing out by a small margin. Further up the field Andy Clucas was in contention all day and made it through the motos, the quarters and semis and into the main and amidst the action and chaos came home in a fine 6th spot.
In the vets Phil Critchlow was on his own and got stuck in but in a tight field couldn’t quite find his way to the semis.
On to the last race of the day and with Jacob Roberts’ fall it was Cal Strickland continuing his fine form and making the A final in an anything can happen class. A good ride from Cal was spoilt amidst the close racing heading into the pro section leaving Cal to come home 7th.
Well that was Birmingham and as always healin vibes to those that need it. A big thanks to Birmingham BMX club for hosting, all the officials from BC and all the medical staff for picking up and patching up.
Stand out moments for me were seeing Louise Abbott back at the front, Katy Cosgrove’s first straight in the B final and Izzy Hines mixing it out front. Riders of the weekend though are Ben and Joe Cotton. These two made the step up to expert and national racing giving away a lot of experience and keep battling and progressing and enjoying it. Their enthusiasm will pay off with even better results soon but for now guys keep going and keep smiling. Next round at the indoor so let’s see plenty of you there and no need for camping and hotels.
Ride safe BMXicans.
OK race fans, with the season starting to draw to close MBMX headed down to Perry Park for rounds 8 and 9 of the national series. Some were unsure with a wet practice on Friday and a wet start to Saturday but the sun broke through and the weekend was mainly good.
Sadly we start with a few big healin vibes shouts for Valerie Zebrokova who took a fall in practice and went off to hospital with an arm/wrist injury. Hope it wasn’t too bad Val and we see you back on the bike soon. Big healin vibes too to Jacob Roberts who crashed on Sunday and was carried off. With Jacob’s injury record it caused some concern but it seems it is not as bad as feared and hopefully Jacob will be back on it soon.
First out the gate was Charlie Yates in the 15-16 cruiser and despite battling and getting closer and closer with each moto it was a full set 5th places for Charlie.
Sporting a nice shiny W3 plate Louise Abbott was still on fire taking a clean sweep in the 30+ female cruisers and putting the loss of Derby far behind and showing just why she is W3.
James Tressman had a tough task with one rider being dropped in a tight 30-39 cruiser class and couldn’t make it through to the main on the day.
Jet set Jamie Duffy was up next, fresh from Mexico and sporting a good tan, no surprise then that Jamie was quite at top form and had to settle for the B final but owned it taking the B final win as a warm up for his 40th birthday party celebrations later in the evening.
Flyin Flynn Drelincourt was up next with Jumpin Jack Bennett joining him in the 6 and unders. Flynn continued to show his fearless approach on the way to 2nd place and Jack, relatively new to national racing, made the B final with some great laps and finished 3rd. Great stuff from the little guys.
In the 7s Harry Tanner led the charge building on his worlds experience to make it through to the semis and into the A final and a 5th place finish. Sam Tucker found it a little tougher and was unlucky not to make the semis in a class where so many riders were dropped.
In the 8s both Curtis Sveikutis and James Jackson both made it through to the quarters but neither could progress further with Kurt picking up some great moto results including his first national moto win. These guys just keep getting better and better.
In the 9-10 girls Kirsten Dillon showed why her standing is so high with a solid set of motos and into the A final before yet another podium finish in 3rd place. Great to watch.
In the 10s it just wasn’t Ethan Duffy’s day. After being on fire through the motos and quarters winning all the way an issue at the gate in the semi cost him a place in the main but he showed his class by taking the B final win. B final wins all round then for the Duffys.
Always a strong class for MBMX the 11 boys saw Saul Jeffrey, Sam Bennett and Will Blevins all make it through to the quarters in a big class with some good rides and the odd spill. Saul went closest with a 5th in the quarter final that so close to being a 4th, with Sam picking up a 6th and Will a 7th (I think).
I am sure the 11-12 girls is growing with every round and great to see these girls getting semis. Some great riding from Izzy Hines kept her in contention all day and saw her safely through to semis and the main and a 5th place overall finish. Katy Cosgrove keeps battling her way and moving further through the field and made the semis but had to settle for the B final where she put in a great ride to claim 13th place overall.
In the 13 boys it was only Ben Cotton representing MBMX and despite getting quicker all the time it is a tough task to make the semis with 10 riders being dropped but Ben keeps battling and closing the gap.
Hannah Baker was going solo in the 13-14 girls and fresh from the worlds put in some solid laps but missed out on the main but in class that was dropping half the field it was all going to take something special to make it through.
In the 15-16 girls Zoe Politis had some mixed results but made it through to the semis but missed out on the main. A great ride in the B final saw Zoe take 2nd spot.
Only two guys in the 15 boys and big class that saw 11 riders miss out on the semis. Charlie Yates led the challenge with some good motos but missed out on the semis and Joe Cotton, battling against much more experienced riders, getting quicker with each race but it was too many riders being dropped for Joe.
In the 16 boys Riccardo Addeymellor made his way to the semis and was disappointed to miss out in the semis but with a moto win along the way to an 11th place finish he shouldn’t be too hard on himself. A step further for Jack Crithclow who did make the A final but it wasn’t to be and on the day and Jack came home in 8th place.
As always the 17-29 class was full of thrills and spills and both George Hawker and Andy Clucas made it through to the quarters but that was as far as it went for George. Clucas went one better and made the semis but it didn’t go to plan and an 8th place in the B final not the result Andy would have wanted.
Onto Veterans and Phil Critchlow picked up a 22nd place finish but with that wasn’t enough to see him through to the semis. Karl Sanderson did make it through and made the A final after a great semi but a spill left him on the ground and in 8th spot.
A good day in Elite men and as you would expect some of the best racing I have seen. With both Jacob Roberts and Cal Strickland making the A final along with some other big names it was all set to be a great race. With moves a plenty it was Cal who made the best of it and claiming a nice cheque and a 3rd spot on the podium, sadly not so good for Jacob who had to settle for 8th after suffering in the pro section. Brilliant stuff.
So that was Birmingham Saturday, rain, sun and great action. Off to bed after a spot of bike cleaning. See you all in the morning.
After the usual Sunday morning warm up it was straight to the action and the big rigs kicking things off. First up again was Charlie Yates who went one better than Sunday with 2 seventh places and 2 sixth places. Nice one.
Jamie Duffy in the 40-44 also went one better making the main and then picking up a 6th place. Even the old dogs can pick up and learn on these tracks
Sadly reversing the trend was Louise Abbott after a full set of wins and making the A final her incredible record over the last two years came to an end and Louise came home second. I think she has won every lap in nationals and the Brits for the last two years until now. Incredible, now time to start the next run.
With no need for bike cleaning Flyin Flynn Drelincourt repeated his performance on the track making the A final and picking up second spot behind the local lad again.
Another tough day for Sam Tucker narrowly missing out on the semis again but you are improving all the time and the next step is not far away. Harry Tanner went one better too making the semis and this time into the A final on his way to a 6th place finish.
Both guys in the 8s went better too. James Jackson made the quarters after missing out on the Saturday and Curtis Sveikutis but his disappointment behind him and made it through to his first semi, missing out on the main but 6th in the B final and 14th overall
Ethan Duffy in the 10s couldn’t quite repeat the win of yesterday having to settle for 2nd behind local rider Jay Bovill but another awesome performance from Ethan.
It was looking like a full replay for Kirsten Dillon in the 9-10 girls until the final when she managed to take 2nd spot and finish one step higher on the podium than Sunday.
Without club mate Izzy Hines Katy Cosgrove was the sole MBMX rider in the 11-12 girls and she stepped it up making the semis on her way to a 15th place finish, one better than the Saturday.
All four of the guys in the 11 boys made it through to the quarters with Morgan Chidley finishing 26th, Sam Bennett 30th and Saul Jeffrey going close again to the semis but having to settle for 23rd. Will Blevins was the days Moses surviving the carnage in his quarter to make it through to the semis before finally picking up 16th place after an 8th in the B final. Take the luck when you get it, and all these guys deserve the luck they get as the battle so hard week in week out.
Again Lewis Holmes had it tough and didn’t make it to the semis but picked up a whole set of better results and finished 7 places further up the field in 25th.
It was an action replay for Ben Cotton who repeated the results of the Saturday again narrowly missing out on the semis and picking up 19th. Keep battling Ben.
Mason Chidley was still looking super fast in a stacked 14 boys class and again put in some great rides showing his skills on the way to the semis but this time made it through to the main and 6th placel.
The trio in the 15 boys all showed great steps forward but with so many being dropped it was always going to be tough but Joe Cotton finished 27th and Tom Garner 23rd both improving from the Saturday. The biggest Jump was made by Charlie Yates who after an awesome first moto that had commentating legend Rich Eames surprised eventually came home 19th.
After some first corner shenanigans left some on the ground and a DQ in the 15-16 girls Zoe Politis kept a calm head and used her speed to make it through to the main and an 8th place finish going better than yesterday.
Both Jack Critchlow and Riccardo Addeymellor made the semis again in the 16 but again they were unlucky not to make it through. Jack showed his class by taking the B final win and Riccardo styled his way to 6th and 14th place overall.
Definitely not the day Andy Clucas or George Hawker had planned. George missed out on the quarters and Andy couldn’t follow up his win from the day before and missed out on the semis which just shows how tight this class is.
In the vets Karl Sanderson went one better making the main and picking up 8th spot with Phil Critchlow picking up 19th spot after missing out on the semis in a repeat of Saturday.
In the Championship women Valerie Zebrokova was on fire again and again made the podium taking 3rd, really mixing it with some older riders and taking it to them.
Even less luck in the draw for Matt Saunders saw him with a tough set of motos and finishing 12th
In a reverse of Saturday it was Cal Stricklands turn to get squeezed out in the semis and picking up 9th spot. Jacob Roberts found the space he was looking for on Saturday and made it through to the main and then went and made the podium picking up a brilliant 3rd spot.
So that was Derby, long, sunny and great fun. Thanks as always to Rich Eames and Uncle Buck on the commentary and Superfly Ry for some great tunes, thanks to the medical team for looking after everyone, the BC team for running everything and Derby BMX for hosting a great event. With so many riders doing better on the Sunday it was great to see them learning and that Rob Hawkers fitness work has paid off for them all. Hard to choose with some great rides all round but I am plunging for Curtis Sveikutis who has come on leaps and bounds recently and put his disappointment from Saturday behind and made his first semi in fine style. Nice one Curt.
See you all at the next one.
Hello again race fans and apologies for the delay but I have been inconvenienced by work.
Well it didn’t look very promising at a wet Friday practice (well done those who made the early one and stayed dry) and I am sure I am not the only one who suffered from a messy hotel room after some bike cleaning. But after a damp start Saturday turned out to be hot and sunny. With the wet start there was more bike cleaning to be done and all chipped in but none more than flyin Flynn Drelincourt who got stuck in cleaning anyone’s bike he could. Nice one Flynn. Saturday started with practice and the sight of the championship women riding in pink “ride it like a girl” tops. Seeing these girls race that is a compliment for sure and is a great campaign
Before the normal action was the National Championship race. I have to admit I don’t quite get this yet but Matthew Saunders is the new junior men’s champion and Valerie Zebrekova Is the junior womens champion and both have some nice jerseys to show for it. Congratulations both.
So to the action then and with many riders making their Derby first straight debut it was going to be a tough day. First up the big rigs and out of the gate first was Charlie Yates who was learning the track as he went and mixed it well with the older guys in the 15-16s to finish 7th.
Next up Jamie Duffy in the 40-44 which saw some great action on the day. A solid set of results and some good riding saw Jamie through to the main and a 7th place finish
Louise Abbott showed some incredible control while being pushed hard in the final of the 30+ cruiser class and had to fight hard to stay on down the first straight. Amazing to watch and Louise held on to take the win and complete yet another clean sweep.
Onto the pocket rockets and Flyin Flynn the bike cleaner rode some great laps to make it to the main and a great 2nd place behind local rider Myles Wildbore. Not sure how these little duded get round a track this long.
A tough day in the 7s saw Sam Tucker narrowly miss out on the semis and Harry Tanner having to settle for a B final and a 10th place finish.
In the 8s it was a tough day for James Tucker who missed out on the quarters despite some great riding and Curtis Sveikutis was so close to making it to the semis after negotiating the motos but having to settle for a 5th in the quarter, not quite being able to find the space to make his way through. Unlucky Curtis.
The 10s was represented by the one and only Ethan Duffy taking on some tough local opposition and he smashed it. Some good motos saw him progress and then he really brought it in the A final to take the win. Awesome as always Ethan.
Kirsten Dillon showed her class and continued form in the 9-10 girls on the way to a podium and 3rd place being at the front of the pack in every race. Showing some good speed and real consistency Kirsten, brilliant.
In the 11-12 girls it was semis and B final for both Izzy Hines and Katy Cosgrove in a tight class where things could have gone either way. Izzy finishing 12th and Katy 16th.
In the 11 boys the guys were pushing hard and all made it through safely to the quarters but all narrowly missed out with Saul Jeffrey coming closest with a 5th spot in some really tight races. Morgan Chidley finished 32nd overall, Sam Bennett 30th, Will Blevins 21st and Saul Jeffrey in the 18th. Keep keeping the pressure on guys, keep moving up the field.
In a class of 32 it was always going to be tough to get through to the semis and Lewis Holmes battled hard in the 12 boys but was squeezed out and had to settle for 30th spot. A result that looked harsh on his riding. Unlucky Lewis.
In the 13 boys Ben Cotton is battling his way forward but missed out on the semis and having to settle for 19th place. Keep going Ben you are getting better with each race.
Mason Chidley was looking super fast in a stacked 14 boys class and put in some great rides on the way to the semis but missed out on the main and had to settle for 11th overall.
In the 15s it was another tough day. With 14 riders being dropped at the motos the battle was on the Joe Cotton, Tom Garner and Charlie Yates got stuck right in picking up some great results but all missing out on the semis with Joe finishing 29th, Tom in 26th and Charlie in 24th after winning the battle of Manchester in the 3rd moto.
Zoe Politis was the only MBMX rider in the 15-16 girls class and despite battling hard and showing some great first straight speed missed out on the A final after making the semis and had to settle for 11th place on the day.
16 boys saw both Jack Critchlow and Riccardo Addeymellor making the semis but Riccardo got caught up in some last corner chaos after Jack had a coming together and both missing out on the main with Jack taking 10th and Riccardo 14th.
It was a great day for Andy Clucas in the 17-29s. With moves a plenty and incidents and accidents everywhere, Andy steered a path through to take the win in the A final. Not such a good day for George Hawker who after some gate issues had to settle for the quarters. This really is a class where the results swap and change all the time and anything can happen.
In the vets Karl Sanderson led the charge making the semis and eventually finishing 10th with Phil Critchlow picking up 19th spot after missing out on the semis.
Onto the Championship classes and Valerie Zebrokova was on fire through the motos and semi and came home 3rd in the A final in a very competitive race. Awesome stuff from Valerie.
With the Championship men mixed in with the elite it brought some great racing but some tough motos for Matt Saunders who certainly doesn’t look out of place in such company. With the luck of the draw against him Matt had to settle for 10th spot despite his form.
Not Jacob Roberts day who was trying moves but couldn’t through when he wanted and picked up 12th spot. A better day for Cal Strickland who was smooth and cool on his way to the main and in a top class field came home 5th to round out the day.
A good day in the sunshine, great atmosphere and as always all the MBMxicans were supporting each other all the way. Many great performances but Louise’s bike handling in the final, Flynn flying and Ethan stand out. Right early night all, got to do it again tomorrow.
Well it is hard to believe that this was the last regional this year and it is only June. After travelling to the far reaches of the north it was great to be back at home. As usual the club did it’s self proud, hosting a great event in the sunshine (eventually) and with 57 riders out of the 268 coming from MBMX it was a good job we had all our gazebos available for this one.
Before the action two mentions. As always healin vibes to those that need it but in particular today to Aaron Davy who took a heavy one and put the medical team to work. Hope it is not too serious and that you are back soon Aaron. Never good to see but especially when riding so well.
Secondly big mention to Will Blevins for his fundraising efforts with his bands, biscuits and cakes. Very generous and thoughtful of you Will and great to see you raise so much. A credit to yourself, your parents and just what we like to see from MBMX riders.
So, onto the action and the novices. In the 6 and unders it was Oakley Kettle leading the charge at the front taking a moto win on the way to a fine 2nd place in the A final, and backed up well by Kian Houghton who took some good moto results on his way to a 4th spot in the A final. Not to be outdone was the smiling Millie Tanner who didn’t let the boys have it all their own way on her way to the A final and 8th spot, picking up a 3rd place in her 1st moto.
In the 7 year olds it was a great day for Tyler McHugh taking 2 wins out of 3 in the motos before storming to 1st in the A final. Great riding. Meanwhile Declan Cunningham grabbed a moto win on his way to the A final and 4th spot.
A mixed day for Alex Heaven in the 8s who showed fighting spirit after taking a fall in the first moto to take 3 wins in the next races and the win. Cameron Richards-Cooper was battling it out and mixing results before eventually finishing 7th.
Strong turn out in the 9s with three MBMX riders with Taylor Yardley taking a moto win and three 2nd places on his way to 2nd overall, just ahead of Tyler Kendall who took a full set of 3rd places. Backing them up was Kaylen Davies who battled well all day on the way to 5th spot.
In the 10s, 11s and 12s Connor McHugh put in some solid rides on his way 5th spot and Jacob Hickson had a mixed day with an 8th, 3rd, 6th and a fall in the last. Unlucky Jacob but you have shown you have the skills and will bounce back.
To round out the novice classes it was the ridiculously large 18+ novices. Adrian Kendall led the way with a set of 2nd places on his way to the A final and 3rd spot overall. Ian McDowell also made the A on the back of a set of 3rd places before finishing 7th. It was a battle to the line in the B final between Sean Piatt and Adam Yates who duelled all day with Adam hanging on to the line after making an earlier pass, with Sean taking 2nd.
So to the experts and the pocket rockets. First up the 6s and another clean sweep for the fearless flyin Flynn Drelincourt. Awesome. With the youngest of team Bennett Jack taking a moto win on his way to the A final and a 4th spot just ahead of James Criddle who picked up 5th after some solid motos this looks great for the future. Zach Jeffrey was unlucky to miss out on the main but stormed to a great B final win to make up for it.
In the 7s Harry Tanner led the way all day with a clean sweep through the motos and the A final showing what a talent he is. With some great moto results Sam Tucker also made the main and came home in a great 4th spot.
A strong field from MBMX in the 8s and Curtis Sveikutis took a moto win on his way to the A final and 4th place finish. Looking good Curt. Liam Doyle battled hard to fight his way to the A final and picked up 7th while Aaron Davy couldn’t make the most of his great moto rides in the A final after his heavy fall on the first straight. James Jackson showed great determination to take 3rd spot in the B final.
Next up the carnage and excitement of the super cruiser class. Great racing and moves a plenty and this time not too many spills. Sadly none of the MBMX contingent made the A final but Andy Drelincourt took 2nd spot in the B after just missing out in the semis and being on fire all day. Jason Bennett had a bad gate in the quarters after some impressive motos and had to settle for 2nd in the C final which also saw Louise Abbott survive a scare on her way to a 6th spot.
Back to the 20” action and Kirsten Dillon used the home track advantage to storm to a clean sweep in the 9-10 girls and looked untouchable.
In the 10 boys Adam Tattersall improved with every race on his way to 2nd spot in the B final.
It was all set for tough 11 boys class with 14 riders and despite picking up some good moto results Harrison Drelincourt and James McDowell had to settle for the B final where Harrison just got pipped on the line and finished 2nd and the ever improving James coming home 5th. In the A final it didn’t go Sam Bennett’s way after some great riding in the motos and good results he couldn’t find a way through and came home in 8th spot. Will Blevins who went for a quite spectacular slide in the first moto, recovered well to make the A final and battled well on his way to 5th. In a tight class results swapped round at the front and Saul Jeffrey made the A final on the back of a moto win and took a great 2nd place in the final narrowly missing out on the win with a battling race lap.
Ethan Duffy led the charge in the 12s, despite riding up 2 categories, and took two moto wins on his way to the A final and a 2nd place. As always, brilliant to watch Ethan. Some good consistent racing from the ever improving Lewis Holmes took him to the A final but in a tough class Lewis had to settle for 8th spot.
Good to see a big turnout in the 11-12 girls and Izzy Hines was battling at the front of the field into the A final before a spill on the 2nd straight left her to pick up 8th spot. Katy Cosgrove showed her knowledge of the track and pulled out some great results in the motos including a 2nd place on her way to the A final and a strong 5th spot. Sophie Piatt showed the kind of never say die spirit you need in BMX. After battling against older and more experienced riders in the motos she had to settle for a B final and despite trailing kept going and took the win after a mistake by the leader showing that you should never give up until you cross that line. Well done Sophie.
Hannah Baker showed some guts in the 13-14 girls to make it through to the A final after a heavy spill in the first moto and some serios bandage work on an elbow. With some good results in the last two motos before a 4th spot in the A final. Two newcomers to the expert scene are Leanne Henshall and Nicole Whyne who have acquitted themselves well this year and both picked up very creditable 3rd places in the motos and made the A final in a very tough class beating some much more experienced riders with Leanne coming home 7th and Nicole 8th. In the B final it was another new comer to expert racing, Courtney Heaney who finished 2nd, again after some promising moto laps.
As if 13 year old boys wasn’t a tough enough class to start your expert racing in it was mixed with the 14 year olds but undaunted Ben Cotton was the sole representative from MBMX and took on and beat some much more experienced riders on his way to the semi final but couldn’t find his way to the A final and finished 7th in the B final.
22 riders took to the gate in the mixed 15-16 boys class with a large MBMX contingent. A not quite fully fit Joe Cotton missed out on the semis but made up for it with a C final win. Max Walker made it through to semis but had to settle for a B final and lost with a spill to leave him with 8th, and Tom Garner and Joe Saunders battled it out in before Tom picked up 3rd and Joe 4th in a tight B final. In the main event Riccardo Addeymellor and Charlie Yates showed style on the way to the A final with Riccardo picking up some impressive moto wins and Charlie consistently near the front against some quality riders. The final was stacked but Riccardo took 5th place and Charlie battling hard to finish 8th.
In the Championship and 15-16 female class Zoe Politis used the home track advantage to get back top form and after a 2nd place in the first moto then took 3 wins to take first spot. Maisie Kendall again mixed it well with some more experienced riders and did herself proud and took a very creditable 5th spot.
A mixed mens class of masters, vets and 17-19 saw some great action. Matt Saunders was on fire with 2 moto wins but was taken out in the 2nd moto before taking a semi-final win on his way to the A final where he was joined by Jack Critchlow and Josh Nicholas who also took some moto wins, and George Hawker. Phil Crithclow took 6th spot in the B final and led the way for the vets with Kieran Marsh having to settle for a C final. In the main it was action packed with Jack Critchlow came out best of the MBMX riders with a 2nd place meanwhile Josh Nicholas took 4th spot, Matt Saunders pulled off some great moves to recover to 5th and after some close action in the 2nd berm George Hawker took 7th.
So that was Manchester and your regional’s for this year. Great to end it with a bang and a great turn out. With so many new names, young and old, and many making the step up to expert from novices as well as some great performances from the more established riders it has been great to watch the action. More importantly the atmosphere and support everyone has shown to everyone else has been brilliant with many highlights. As for today, well too many great performances to mention and I’m sure you’ve all got your own riders of the day. As always thanks to the medical team, Simon for the Commentary and the team in the grey tops for running the event. Huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped out today and made it work. Again, big big healin vibes to Aaron Davy and a huge thank you to all of you at MBMX for making it such a great day.
See you all soon race fans.