Last Sunday round 5 of the Phoenix Tools Premier Motocross Championship took place at Tiverton Moto Parc in Devon where Jamie Skuse who was only having his second ride on the Apico Suzuki took the overall win and with it has narrowed the gap in the Championship to just 4 points at the halfway stage. Rain was to fall on Saturday evening which was to make things a bit slushy to begin with, but things were soon to dry and it was to produce some top quality racing.
In the Expert Open Championship it was wildcard entry young 17 year old Luke Dean on the Timberland.com Honda who had set the fastest time in qualification, but it was Championship leader Luke Hill on the HPR/DirtbikeXpress Honda who was suffering with a back injury who set the pace in the first race. Dean who was all over Hill on the opening lap and on lap 2 he was to hit the front passing Hill on a fast right hander. Skuse was now in 3rd and was looking to get pass Hill which he eventually did on lap 5, but by this time Dean had a comfortable lead and took a convincing win with Luke Mellows on the Meredith Suzuki passing Hill on the last lap to take 3rd.
In the second moto it was the RFX/Emberson Yamaha of Jake Shipton who emerged as the early leader from Hill and Skuse. Shipton was soon in to a rhythm and was to start to pull away, Skuse had moved up in to 2nd and Dean was now 3rd after the opening lap, but neither of them was on the same pace as Shipton as he was powering away at the front. Dean was to get the better of Skuse on lap 3 and had set his sights on Shipton, but it was a big ask until on lap 8 when Shipton was to hit a post on a lefthander which gave Dean the lead, but a mistake from Dean on the penultimate lap was to gift the lead to Skuse who was to take the win with Darren Shears on the PCMP Yamaha passing Shipton on the last lap taking 2nd.
In the last moto again it was Shipton with the early lead and he was to set off at a blistering pace. Hill was in 2nd, but breathing all over him was Skuse who eventually found away pass on lap 3 and soon up in to 3rd was the Phoenix Tools Honda of Jackson Evans as Hill had gone down. Skuse was lapping at some pace and was closing in on Shipton all the time and by the time the last lap flag was shown there was just over 2 seconds between them which led to a nail biting finish with Shipton just taking it from Skuse by less than a second with Dean taking 3rd.
In the Over 35 Championship class there was also some really fast and furious racing. Jon Lock on the Albion Kawasaki was to win the first race in fine style from Championship leader Jason Fraser on the 250 Gibbs Performance KTM with wildcard Adrian Deeley taking 3rd. Lock was to win race 2 as well, but it wasn’t the best of races for Fraser as he went down on the opening lap. Mark Wilde on the S J Hodder Kawasaki had a better race in this one and was a close 2nd with Deeley again taking 3rd. In the last moto it was Deeley who set the pace from Lock and Wilde, but a mistake from Lock on lap 2 let both Wilde and Fraser through who were giving chase. Fraser did get pass Wilde and close on Deeley, but it was to no avail as Deeley took the win with Fraser a close 2nd and Wilde 3rd.
In the Over 40’s class it was Alan Packer who took the honours in the opening race with Wayne Gill taking the wins in the other two races, but overall the day belonged to Kevin Edwards who took the overall.
In the Over 50’s class there was a hattrick of wins for Tom Lowe who put together three consistant rides.
In the Tyremarks Junior a class the day belonged to wildcard entries as it was Ryan Allen who was to win the opening two races with start to finish wins, but Allen was denied the hat trick in the last race after a mistake on the last lap which gifted the win to Ryan Redwood.
Full Results on MYLAPS
Words and Image by Dave Rich