The 2012 Husqvarna ACU BSEC series continues at pace as the championship heads to Llangrove, near Monmouth this weekend… welcoming Britain’s best and the return of international stars Taddy Blazusiak and Ricky Dietrich.
Moving away from the sandy, forestry that surrounds Aldershot, the picturesque Llangrove circuit near Monmouth – nestled along the English/Welsh border – will offer a farmland track that’ll be in complete contrast to the 2012 BSEC series opener. But one that again offers the promise of great racing action. Mixing a natural hillside scrambles circuit with technical woodland, the venue will ensure another action packed weekend as the 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship moves on from the sub-zero season opener.
Topping the overall classification at round two Gas Gas UK’s Under 23 sensation Danny McCanney is set to enter the weekend as favourite for top honours in the Under 23 class. By claiming a double victory in Aldershot, the reigning Under 23 champion got his title defence off to the perfect start. Grabbing a commanding victory at round one, the young Manxman fought back in the closing moments of round two to snatch the win on the final test. But will he be able to do the same at rounds three and four?
Although Alex Rockwell was all but certain of winning round two, even recording his own personal best time of the weekend in the final test wasn’t enough to secure victory. For Rockwell, being beaten in the dying moments of the event proved a disappointing end to a near perfect day. But knowing that he is now capable of beating his Manx neighbour, the Husaberg rider will enter Llangrove focused only on winning.
Chasing the duo will be KTM’s Jonny Walker. Matching the pace of the leading two, Walker was unlucky not to sandwich himself between the Manx duo. With crashes during both rounds, he has now learned that only a mistake free ride will allow him to compete for victory. Hoping to get closer to the top three, Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) and Jordan Scott (KTM) and Lewis Belfield (KTM) will be looking to bridge the gap this time out.
At the series opener it was Frenchman Johnny Aubert (KTM) and David Knight (KTM) that shared victory in the Elite class. With Aubert absent this time round, Knight will be keen to continue his winning ways, as well as making sure the younger Manxman Danny McCanney doesn’t top the overall classification once again. Knight will unquestionably arrive in Monmouth determined to re-establish himself at the top of the pecking order.
Finishing second overall at round one, Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) returns to the BSEC eager to improve on his previous result. Continuing to use the series as preparation for his upcoming US Endurocross championship defence in May, the newly crowned SuperEnduro World Champion could face a strong challenge from the vastly improved Electraction TM mounted Jordan Rose.
Leading after the opening two tests at round two, it was a mistake from the former top flight motocross rider that eventually dropped him back to a third place result. Confident now that he has the speed to run up front, Rose may yet again deliver the surprise result in Llangrove.
Now fully recovered from a knee injury sustained prior to round two, Husqvarna’s Ricky Dietrich returns for rounds three and four. Showing speed to challenge the Elite frontrunners at round two, Dietrich will be determined to put his difficult season opener behind him and show his true potential. Mixing in the former Grand Prix motocross star turned enduro rider, Tom Church (KTM) along Si Wakely (Husaberg), Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) and Daryl Bolter (KTM), the Elite category is sure to be another closely fought class.
In the Under 19 category KTM mounted Steve Holcombe got his BSEC series campaign off to a perfect start with a commanding double victory. With confidence now high, Holcombe will be keen to keep his winning streak alive. Joe Jones (KTM) finished runner up to Holcombe on both days in Aldershot to get the better of Aaron Smith (Husaberg) and Joe Wotton (Kawasaki).
Competing in the newly introduced 125 Youth Cup, Husaberg’s Jamie McCanney convincingly won both rounds in Aldershot and remains favourite to do so in Llangrove. Behind him the battle for the remainder of the podium places will be as hot as ever. Josh Gotts (TM), Lee Sealey (KTM), Brad Freeman (KTM) and Jack Staines (Yamaha) are all capable of a top result.
Winning rounds one and two, Richard Ely (KTM) got his participation in the Expert class off to the best possible start and will be looking to keep his winning form alive this time out. However faced with strong challenges from Jack Lee (Gas Gas), Tyson Maytom Jones (Husaberg), James Jackman (Honda) and Oliver Hart (KTM), Ely will have his work cut out this time around.
Jane Daniels (KTM) continues to be the favourite in the Women’s class. With a dominating performance in Aldershot, she’ll be eager to add to her winning tally at rounds three and four.
In Clubman the fight for victory is set to be a four-way battle between Matthew Solan (KTM), Gethin Francombe (TM), Richard Topping (Honda) and round one winner Jamie Jenkins (KTM).
With the 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship already proving to be a fiercely contested series, Llangrove is poised to deliver yet another weekend of exciting racing.
Directions: The start area will be sign posted off the A466 at Welsh Newton, near Monmouth. Entry to the start/finish/paddock area only via the A466.
Postcode: NP25 5RT
Adults £10.00 each. Under 14 year olds free. Overnight camping £10.00
Vehicles will be parked on a generous, flat, grass covered parking area two minutes from the rider’s paddock and start/finish area.
Racing starts at 9.30am both days. A sighting lap (starts 9.00am) and four timed laps will take place during the morning session before a 30-minute break and paddock autograph signing session. A four-lap afternoon session will then take place. On Sunday the event will end with a prize giving ceremony.
Catering and toilet facilities will be available on site.
2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship
Round 1: Saturday, February 11th – Eelmoor, Aldershot, GU11 2HL
Round 2: Sunday, February 12th – Eelmoor, Aldershot, GU11 2HL
Round 3: Saturday, March 10th – Llangrove, Monmouth, NP25 5RT
Round 4: Sunday, March 11th – Llangrove, Monmouth, NP25 5RT
Round 5: Saturday, April 7th – Saints Well, Powys, LD1 6PT
Round 6: Sunday, April 8th – Saints Well, Powys, LD1 6PT
Round 7: Saturday, May 19th – Adstone, Northants, NN12 8DT
Round 8: Sunday, May 20th – Adstone, Northants, NN12 8DT
Round 9: Saturday, June 16 – Canada Heights, Kent, BR8 8DX
Round 10: Sunday, June 17 – Canada Heights, Kent, BR8 8DX