So after the long drive to Kent (and I mean long) we were treated to some great racing and the sun shone bright. So to the action race fans and after the indoor round it was a full set of races. First up the big rigs.
First points for MBMX came from the ever impressive Louise Abbott taking a clean sweep on the day and the win. James Tresman showing his heart is still in MBMX despite being the new secretary at Bruntwood Park and picking up unlucky 13th in the 30-39 cruiser class. Plenty of action in the 40-44 class with Jamie Duffy taking 6th and Andy Drelincourt taking another unlucky 13th. Great performance in 45+ cruisers by Roger Wilbraham finishing with a good 3rd spot. Awesome performance Roger.
So to the 20” action and Kirsten Dillon put in some good rides to clinch 6th in 9-10 girls. Izzy Hines took a brilliant 4th spot in the 11-12 Girls and was well supported by Katy Cosgrove who just missed out on the semis with a 17th spot. Finishing one place better was Hannah Baker picking up 16th in a tough 13-14 girls class.
With Kerri Turner still recovering and Zoe Politis missing out there were no girls in 15-16 for MBMX but plenty to cheer about in the Championship Female class with Valerie Zebrokova taking 2nd spot and looking fantastic all day.
Next one of the rising stars for MBMX, the ever popular Flynn Drelincourt taking the win in the 6 and unders. Brilliant. Not to be forgotten was Alexander Skjelten picking up a very good 6th place. Looking a strong class for MBMX.
Another rising star Harry Tanner took a solid 10th in the 7 boys class and looked really good through the motos. Backing up Harry was Sam Tucker taking a good 21st place.
10 year old boys was represented by Ethan Duffy who was on it all day but disaster struck in the final when some twitching by other riders caused Ethan to go early and hit the gate. Eventually riding home in 8th.
Onto 11 year old boys and a huge class and well represented by MBMX with Sam Bennett, Will Blevins, Morgan Chidley and Saul Jeffrey all riding well and getting some solid results in the motos to make it through to the Semis but none of them could quite find the way through despite some great rides. Keep the faith guys the breakthrough will come soon, you all have the talent.
In 13 boys Ben Cotton stepped up as the sole rider for Manchester and put in some good rides all day. For someone with less experience than the other riders he is gaining quickly and closing in on the others. A very respectable 28th for Ben.
Mason Chidley was on fine form in the 14 boys, powering his way to the A final and taking 5th spot in a tough class. Great performance Mason.
Another class missing a few riders due to injury was the 15 boys but Joe Cotton got stuck in with some good rides for his first trip to Kent eventually finishing 24th on the day.
It was a tough day all round in the 16 boys with Riccardo Addeymellor not quite making it through the motos and Jack Critchlow having to settle for a B final and a 12th place finish.
So to the action packed 17-29 class with Rob Hawker pulling moves all over the place, George Hawker being brave enough to take out his team manager (could be looking for a new team soon George) and Andy Clucas owning through the rounds. Rob finished in 4th in the B final and George taking 17th overall and Andy Clucas taking 2nd spot in the main after a great race.
James Tresman doubling up on 20” in masters finished with a solid 16th place and Phil Critchlow battling to 12th spot in the vets class. Good work from the less youthful side of MBMX.
So finally onto the real speed merchants and with motos being split with Championship men and Elite there was action a plenty as Matt Saunders rode well all day and picked up a 14th spot and Josh Hanlon picking up another unlucky 13th. While Elite men lacked the ODP guys it was still a quality field with many great riders returning and Jacob Roberts continuing his return. Awesome to see Jacob flying and showing what can be done after serious injuries and to see Cal Strickland back in action after the crash at the indoor and there was no sign of holding back as they rode brilliantly to make it through to the A and finishing with a 2nd for Jacob and a 3rd for Cal behind the British champion Dan McBride. Awesome to watch
So Saturday closed and it was off to bed ready to do it all again, with some hoping for better and some hoping for repeat performances. What will Sunday bring……………..