The Amazing Blue Tent travelled to Yeadon for the Leeds round of the North Region BMX Summer Series. The track was a fast one, with nothing too technical to challenge riders, the pace of the racing was high. The first berm caught many riders out, including yours truely, as 8 riders hitting a 90 degree turn with no grip causes problems.
Kyle Evans from the BC Talent Team slammed very hard but got up and left the track under his own steam. Everyone from Manchester hopes to see him fully recovered and back at Platt Fields making it look easy soon! Our own Daz Bovill was another victim of the gremlins in the first corner, going down in some style in Old School.
In 6 and Under Boys, our very own pocket rocket Harrison Drelincourt looked relaxed as ever getting 8th after a good performance at the Peterborough Nationals. Rumours that he races for Haribo Test Team are unconfirmed.
Another victim of the crashing bug (it was a theme for the day) was our Superstar in Training Val Zebrokova. She is indestructable though and had done enough in motos to ensure another fine victory. In the 4 rounds of the series, Valerie has 4 wins. Her 200 points gives her a 14 point lead over her closest challenger in 10-12 Girls. Get her autograph now before she starts charging for it.
Riccardo “The Rocket” Addymellor and Brandan Nolan gave it their all in 11 Boys, but coming out on top of the MCR posse was Spence McLeod with an excellent 3rd on the day.
Matthew “Mr. Smooth” Saunders was up to his customary tricks, making the racing look like another practice session. After dominating his motos he got 2nd on the day, which is enough to give him a 1 point lead in the series in 13 Boys. I think his new monochrome race kit was the secret, as he took his “factory” look seriously and showed the rest of us how it’s done.
Jacob Roberts bagged 1st in 15 Boys, handing series leader Michael Hawker his first defeat of the series.
Josh Nicolas’ 6th place sees him in third spot for the series so far in 16 Boys.
In Masters, I managed another stunning win, which now sees me hold a 95 point lead over my closest rival in the series so far. The fact that I was the only Masters rider (as I was at Crewe) should in no way diminish the quality of my victory, testament to the superb form I’m demonstrating in leading the series in my first season. I actually raced with the 40+ Cruiser boys and they went round the track like angry grizzlies in a corridor…Manchester’s money man, Neil “Matthew’s Dad” Saunders put the hammer down and earned 6th spot on the day good enough to see him in an excellent 2nd place in the series. He’s actually in the 45+ Crowzer category, so is technically leading that by some margin.
matthewglynn.co.uk (he’s got his own domain, now that’s flash) put in another good ride in 16-29 Cruiser for 3rd on the day and second in the series. I’m not sure if Matty actually belongs to MCR but hey, we’re claiming him.
30-39 Cruiser was missing Roy “Sutty” Sutton due to injury (rest man!) but was still, as is always the case, stacked. In it for us was Andy “Dynamite” Drelincourt on his superlight steed, Neil “Hitman” Harbour fully factory on his Dialled and the BC Bullet himself, Roger Wilbraham on his 4X Beast (more than one gear? Suspension? It’s just plain wrong!). Motos packed with bumping, banging and lots of overtaking saw all three of our guys through to the final, with bragging rights in this round going to Andy in 5th, with Roger in 6th and Neil in 8th.
Roger sits in 5th place in the series, with a 5 point lead over Andy in 6th. Roy is in 8th with a 3 point lead over Neil in 9th. Stacked!
The next round is in Bradford on Sunday June 21st.