Round 4 Racing under the roof.
Well that is it, the racing under the roof series comes to end. What a series it has been with great action across all classes, thrills, spills and with the last round selling out quicker than a One Direction tour I am it will be back later in the year. Don’t worry though folks the regionals, nationals and club races are just around the corner.
With a couple of riders missing with injury it was great to see some newcomers riding for MBMX. Hopefully all the admin is sorted out now so a big welcome to our newcomers Matthew Gilston and Emily and Leah Clinch. Healin vibes to Charlie Yates and Olivia Blevins, hope you are all fit for the national.
So to the action and in the 8 and under novices it was an impressive turnout from MBMX not with the numbers but with the quality too. Some great moto results from all the riders with Max and Alesha Allen leading the way with 3 wins each on the way to the A final with great support from Declan Cunningham and Joshua Harris also making their way to the A final. At the lower end of the age group Josh Slater and Lexi Waite really got stuck in and gave a great account of themselves but ultimately missing out on the final. It’s a big track for such little legs so well done guys. It looked set for battle of the Allens but to show what a competitive class it is Max took the win with Joshua Harris taking second spot from Alesha and Declan Cunningham coming home 4th. Great stuff.
Only one MBMX rider in the 9-11 novices and it was good solid riding from Brandon Heselton who took, 4th, 4th, 3rd and then 5th in the last moto. Well done Brandon and very respectable 5th place in the standings to boot.
Two riders in the12-14 novices and they were battling and swapping places all day. Great to see such determination in the novice classes. Eventually it was George Bedford who took 3rd winning the dual with Theo Borzsony who took 4th.
Safe to say there is a bit of a gap in age across the 15+ novice with Luke Pritchard at the lower end picking up a full set of wins on the day with Ged Ratchford a little further up the age group taking a full set of wins. Luke also claimed the series title. Well done Luke.
Into the experts then and first up was Harrison Drelincourt making his cruiser debut and despite giving away a little in age really looked good and gave the older guys a run for their money and picked up a well deserved 4th place and a 3rd to go with his two fifth spots.
Slightly older cruiser riders next then in the super cruiser class. Another large class and lots of action. Sadly John Bentley’s afternoon started with a fall on the first straight in the first moto. In such a competitive class it was always going to be tough to qualify from there and so it proved with John missing out on the semis. Also missing out was Neil Harbour who missed out by two points and Sean Piatt who keeps improving having only recently moved into such a tough class. Going the right the way to final was Jamie Duffy who showed all his practice at the indoor was worth it making some great racing moves on his way to the A final and a 3rd place finish. Nice one Jamie.
I have to admit it is hard to write a report and make it exciting for Louise Abbott who just wins race after race and so it proved again in the female 15+ cruiser class. Another full set of wins from Louise speaks for itself. Brilliant, nuff said.
So to the little dudes. A small field in the male 5-6 but very competitive with places swapping all over the place with Theo Rowles proving this picking up 3rd, 7th, 4th and 5th with some great laps. Nice one Theo.
It was tough on smiling Mille Tanner in the 5 – 8 girls, tied on points with two other riders and missing out by the narrowest of margins on the Final but a hugely commendable performance from one of the younger riders in the class. Unlucky Mille but getting better and better all the time.
In the male 7-8 it was Harry Tanners turn for team turner and it was all looking good with 3 wins in the motos and then a win in the quarter and semi but with probably his worst gate of the day leaving Harry in the pack going into the first berm and moves a plenty going on it was inevitable that there would be some fallers and sadly Harry got caught up in it and ended on the floor before finishing the lap and taking 8th. Meanwhile it was very promising for other 5 MBMX riders in the class all improving and all 5 making it through to the quarters in a tough class. Sadly for James Criddle, Tyler McHugh and Sam Tucker that was as far as they went with all three narrowly missing out on the semis. Going one step further was Gabe Simpson who made it through to the semis along with Flyin Flynn Drelincourt but neither could find a way through to the final.
Wow. 51 riders in the 9-10 boys class and a strong turnout for MBMX. No mean feat to make it through to the quarters in a class this size and for three guys it was a step too far with Curtis Sveikutis, Alex Heaven and Tyler Kendall who gave a great account of themselves and can take great experience from this. Sadly the quarters is as far as the remaining guys went despite some great rides from Aaron Davy, James Jackson, Taylor Yardley and with Liam Doyle looking fantastic through the motos and picking up a win and a 2nd spot it was no surprise that Liam went closest with a 5th place in the quarter. Tough luck guys but great riding and even better results are just round the corner.
Some big names in the 9-10 girls and a really stacked group but Kaylen Davies really gave a good account of herself while giving away a lot in terms of experience and missed out on the final but showed real determination in every moto.
Male 11-12 is always well represented and so it was again with guys taking to the track. Another large and competitive class saw Connor McHugh miss out on the quarter finals. Some good riding from Adam Tattersall saw him make it through to the quarters and a 6th place. Some solid and consistent riding from Will Blevins saw him through to the semis but narrowly missed out with a 6th place. Making it through were new boy and Euro 3 Matthew Gilston and Ethan Duffy. The pair had some good battles through the day and so it was in the Final with Matthew finishing 5th and Ethan 4th in an exciting final.
3 girls did battle in the 11-12 female class with another newcomer Emily Clinch joining Sophie Piatt and Katy Cosgrove. Sophie, gaining experience and improving all the time but still giving away plenty in terms of experience really got stuck in but was unlucky to miss out on the final. Some good results in a topsy turvy class for Emily and Katy make it through with Katy taking 7th and Emily taking 6th. Great stuff
Despite almost living at the indoor Ben Cotton made it his first winter series race this year and with two brilliant motos put himself right in contention for the semis but sadly missed out finishing tied on points but in the 17th spot in 13-14 male. Nice one Ben
A small but incredibly stacked 13-14 female class saw Leanne Henshall taking some of the country’s best and looked right at home picking some off and chasing hard. Tough day but tough battling from Leanne.
With a few riders missing out on the entry MBMX was still strongly represented in the 15+ female class and with a mix of newer riders and some with good experience behind them it brought some mixed results for the girls. It didn’t quite go Courtney Heaney’s way with the draw giving her a tough job to make it through and despite some great riding and determination it was Courtney who missed out on the final by a single point. Maisie Kendal did go through and again showed how she is improving all the time picking up 8th spot. Meanwhile Kerri-Anne Turner continued her return nicely picking up some moto wins on her way through to the final and having some great battles with Leah Clinch, both girls not giving an inch and duelling all the way round with Kerri getting the upper hand in the motos. In the final Leah flew out of the gate and was chased down hard just taking 3rd spot on the line from Kerri who despite the 4th place in the final still claimed a great 2nd spot in the series.
3 guys in the 15-16 male and a tough tough class. Tom Garner made a good start but then took a bit of aleft turn in the first moto and onto the green stuff that he couldn’t recover from. Despite some good laps Tom couldn’t make it through, next time stay on the track Tom. Brilliant performance from Joe Cotton making the semis for the first time, showing hard work does pay off. Also through to the semis was Mason Chidley who put on a good show but sadly it was as far as both could go with Joe finishing 8th and Mason 7th in the semi.
Into the masters and with the nationals just round the corner it was stacked with looking for a bit of a practice. 3 guys with differing levels of experience took to the track and in a tough class it was the ever improving Adam Yates who missed out on the final. Meanwhile the slightly more experienced Andy Drelincourt rocking the OS20 made it through to the final with some great motos including a win. Andy was joined in the final by Trev Woods who made light of his lack of experience to take some 3rd places on his to the final. With the gate stacked it was going to be a tough one with Trev eventually finishing 7th and Andy right in the mix with a 5th place.
17-29 male saw another strong field and 5 very good MBMX riders battling it out with the rest. In a class where results swap and change and anything can happen it was not to be for Nathan Turner who missed out on the semi finals. Jack Critchlow, Mike Hawker and Ricardo Addeymellor all made it through but it was as far as Ricardo was to go with a 7th place. Into the final and amid the chaos it was Mike who found a way through to 5th with Jack having to settle for 8th. Ahead of all the chaos all day was Cal Strickland who showed his class by taking 3 moto wins, a win in the semi and then final to complete the clean sweep. Awesome display from an awesome rider.
So that’s it. Racing under the roof finished some time to start braving the weather again. Thanks as always to our good friends at four4 events for putting the series on, all the grey coats for doing what they do, the medical crew for looking after everyone and the legend that is Rich Eames for rocking the mic. Another welcome to the new guys racing for MBMX great to have you on board.
A few notable mentions, Trev Woods who I am convinced is some sort of BMX ninja of the past, Max and Alesha Allen, Cal Strickland and Louise Abbott but I am picking out three riders in particular this week, Harrison Drelincourt who rode in 13-16 cruisers while being in the 12s class and ran them close making a very promising start to cruiser racing. A good year ahead I think Harrison. Liam Doyle who was on fire in the motos, showing all the practice and Rob’s coaching pays off and Ben Cotton who looked great in the first two motos. One more place in the last moto Ben.
Right that’s it from me, hope you all enjoyed it and onto the next one. Congrats to those who picked up podium places and series trophies.
See you all soon race fans.