After two bar banging, no holds barred rounds of racing the 2010 Red Bull Pro Nationals roll into the brilliant Canada Heights Circuit in Kent on the 15/16th May for round three of the championship. So far the series has certainly lived up to the hype as a ‘motocross festival’ in an array of colour, amazing action and value for money with the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup and Fuchs Silkolene 2 Stroke British championship both part of the big weekend of top draw British motocross.
Round two at Landrake was another success for Red Bull Pro Nationals organisers, the MC Federation, as over 4,000 spectators came to the rolling valley circuit just outside Plymouth to watch the best pro, youth and amateur riders battle it out over two contrasting days. Saturday was blessed with blue skies but Sunday wasn’t so forthcoming and heavy showers gave all the riders something to think about and put them to the test as the circuit became tough going – especially for the kids and in particular the little 65cc racers.
The two previous Red Bull Pro Nationals at Canada Heights in 2009 were a huge success for the MC Federation (MCF) with perfect motocross conditions and record crowds and as the word starts to spread out across the surrounding London suburbs they are hoping for much of the same. Once again they’ll be the Live Tour Freestyle Motocross show, the Suzuki MX experience for all new people to the sport to have a go at riding a dirt bike in a safe environment with the correct protective clothing and tuition. Add all that to the regular trade stands, the giant live feed TV screen, the pumping music, the Saturday night Red Bull Party and an awesome 28 race packed schedule and you’ve got one hell of a weekend not to be missed!
Red Bull Pro Nationals
At the front of the pro races PAR Honda rider Brad Anderson continues to lead the way after two rounds but the dream of a perfect series is over after Gordon Crockard (Kawasaki) took the final moto win at Landrake The Ulsterman turned back the years to show why he’s a multiple ex British champion with a slick display in the slick mud to put one over on the ‘Geordie’ Anderson. It wasn’t enough for the overall victory though as Brad extended his points lead at the top of the MX1 class over American Ben Lamay. The Samsung Yamaha rider is now really starting to look at home following his bold move from Alaska to come and race in the UK and he looks like he’s going to be force to reckoned with as the series goes on after rounding up the podium at Landrake. Jason Dougan is also looking right at home back on the team where his pro career started. It looks like a podium place is inevitable for Dougan and his Phoenix Tools/Bike it/Cosworth Yamaha sometime soon as he lies third in the series. Last year’s champion Carl Nunn (MVR-D Suzuki) and runner up James Noble (Proppa.com Honda) seem to be struggling with form at the moment but the pair of them are more than capable of moto wins and can never be ruled out.
The MX2 class continue to put themselves right in the mix with the MX1 racers as they fight their own battles and right now it’s Elliott Banks Browne who is winning the fight as he leads the series on his DB Racing Honda. He’ll have his work cut out at Canada Heights though as a resurgent Martin Barr on his PAR Honda is really showing some speed and form of late and is now only two points behind Elliott at the top after finishing second overall at Landrake. Defending champion Neville Bradshaw took his and Samsung Yamaha’s first overall win of the year down in Cornwall to move up to third in the standings only six points behind Banks Browne as the battle for the lead hots up. Maxxis/Henderson/LPE Kawasaki’s Kristian Whatley is only another six points back from Bradshaw while last year’s Red Bull Elite Youth Cup Rookie champion Luke Hawkins is holding down a very respectable fifth on his PAR Honda in his first year as a pro racer.
Red Bull Elite Youth Cup
The future stars of tomorrow continue to prove that tomorrow is right now! Yet more scintillating racing at Landrake showed that the UK has some great motocross talent emerging through the ranks and racing the same challenging tracks as the pro racers is definitely helping their cause.
In the Rookie class Samsung Yamaha’s Sunny Thompson proved that consistency pays as he took his first overall win after moving up to the Rookie class. Landrake is the closest stop of the tour for Sunny and he proved yet again that it’s track he likes as he repeated on last year’s overall win in the Big Wheeled class to send his friends and fans home happy. He now moves up to third in the series, just five points off the leader Lewis Trickett who could only manage fourth on the day. Bradley Pocock (Bike it/Cosworth Yamaha) ended the day with his second consecutive second overall and that’s where he sits in the series just three points behind Trickett. HM Plant/Red Bull KTM UK’s Nathan Watson rounded off the podium and looks to be getting up to speed. Last year’s Big Wheeled champion is definitely getting to grips with the bigger bike and will no doubt start putting himself in the mix too.
Ben Howell (KTM) extended his lead at the top of the Big Wheeled class with another overall win after tying on points with HM Plant/Red Bull KTM UK’s Ben Watson but in the overall standings Howell has a strong 25 point lead and looks in control of the situation. Watson and the rest of the pack will have other ideas though and it could’ve been a different outcome at Landrake. Watson had bike problems in the final moto and Twisted 7 Honda’s James Harrison was terribly unlucky to have a bent gear lever and then no front brake and a rear puncture on the second days racing which ruined his chances of his first overall victory. Instead he had to settle for another third and that’s where he sits in the series ahead of KTM duo Connor Clarke and Tom Neal who round out the top five but could easily step onto the podium at Canada Heights.
2009 65cc Red Bull Elite Youth Cup champion Conrad Mewse (KTM) took his first Small Wheeled overall victory at Landrake to move into second and 21 points behind the smooth series leader Oliver Osmaston (Honda). Osmaston dominated day one at Landrake but didn’t fare so well in the mud and Mewse proved his incredible talent in the tricky conditions with two race wins on a bike that’s still a little too big for him! Danny Lanfear (Suzuki) bagged his second consecutive third overall but is still outside the top three in the series standings behind Josh Gilbert (Albion KTM) who finished just one point behind Lanfear. Todd Kellett was on fire at Landrake and was set for a podium finish until his bike stopped on the very last corner. The consolation for Todd is that he still holds fifth in the series.
Keenan Hird now tops the 65cc class after taking full advantage of Albie Wilkie’s huge third race bail out which left him with a broken collarbone, but he’ll be back for his home race. Hird took another second overall, this time behind Taylor Hammal who definitely produced his best ever performance to take his first ever Red Bull Elite Youth Cup win with some brilliant riding. Drew Warren took the final step on the box and now moves up to third in the series too. Ryan Vickers is Cobra’s top rider sitting fourth in the standings but has the speed to take a win sometime soon. Tom Hume grabbed fifth on the day and in the series and also picked up the Fox Boot Camp award for his efforts. Wilkie drops down to sixth and is a doubt for his home track Canada Heights even though he wanted to ride the next day after breaking his collarbone!
Fuchs-Silkolene 2 Stroke British championship
When are the 2 stroke riders going to produce a boring race? Probably never!! Once again the Fuchs-Silkolene 2 stroke British championship delivered close, intense racing all the way from the front to the back. In the Open class it was Ulsterman Martin Barr (PAR Honda) that had a smile from ear to ear after busting out the 2 Stroke for the first time this year and taking the overall win over veteran and defending champion Mark Eastwood (Wiseco/Eastwood Honda). ‘Easty’ pushed Barr all the way and managed to fend him off to take the final moto win to take second on the day and claw back some points on series leader James Noble on his big 500cc Proppa.com Honda who rounded out the podium. Further down the field in the Juniors series leader Daniel Ward (Suzuki) had a bad day by his standards and had to settle with third on the podium but still extended his lead over Jason Kendrick (Yamaha). Krisrtofer Ayres took a well deserved overall win at Landrake on his KTM to move up to third in the points. Justin Robinson did his championship a power of good coming in second to put his first points of the year on the board.
James Dunn was on fire at Landrake taking his Suzuki to two wins and a second and with it the series leader red plate in the 125 Experts. His lightening starts certainly helped him gap the field leaving the others to squabble over second for the best part of the day. Defending champion Wulfsport TM’s Jim Davies had another consistent day for his second second place overall on the series and that’s the position he holds in the standings just seven points off Dunn. Maxxis/Henderson/LPE Kawasaki rider Luke Remmer had a stonking last moto race win to take third overall on the day and shoot him up to fourth in the points behind David Willett who had his problems with the Landrake ruts as he works himself back to fitness after extensive knee surgery. Terry Lloyd (KTM) took the overall Junior 125cc win after tying on points with Ryan Tompkins with Justin Himpson rounding off the podium. Tompkins has had two second placed overalls this year and holds a 29 point lead over Ashley Crossley (Yamaha) at the top of the table. Round one winner Charles Statt (Kawasaki) is one point behind Crossley in third.
With so much at stake in all the respective championships and with so much going on round three of the Red Bull Pro Nationals look set to be another barn burner at Canada Heights and one not to be missed!
Gates open at 8.30am on both Saturday and Sunday with the action starting at 9am.
The Red Bull Pro Nationals and the Canada Heights circuit will be heavily signposted with the AA road signs from the junction 3 of the M25
Kids under 16 £4
Kids under 16 £6
Camping £10 per night