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SMX Federation NATIONALS FIRST ROUND - TAIN, SUTHERLAND 17TH/18TH MARCH 2012

16:44 21st March 2012 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy
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After huge anticipation it finally arrived! – The inauguration of the Scottish MC Federation Nationals!

Hosted by Highland MXC, what an event it was! Arguably the most difficult track in Scotland, the deep sand of Tain proved a real testing ground for the fitness of the 170 plus riders who lined up on the start gates over the weekend.

Although under the banner of a new federation, the same experienced and dedicated organisers decided to keep the very successful format from previous years, with Youths running over two days, Adult MX2 on Saturday along with the youths, and the National Class, Semi Expert and Clubman taking the stage on Sunday with the youths also completing their final two races.

Hats off to the riders of the 50cc autos and 65cc class who were first out. They raced through the same deep soft sand as everyone else:- The lad on form in the Autos was Jay Clark with a clean sweep of 5 wins over the weekend. Logan Hendry and Reace Dawson swapped places regularly in each race but Hendry got the upper hand, eventually taking second with Dawson not far behind in third.

Troy Anderson was the man to beat in the junior 65s; Andrew Pohlen chased him down in every race, taking one win from him, but Anderson won through in the end due to a dnf with bike problems by Pohlen. Kyle McNicol was consistent all weekend finishing second ahead of a solid ride from Daniel Chisolm in third.

A great turnout of 85cc riders, both big and small wheel made for some excellent racing in the combined class. Alexander Brown, having just moved to a Small Wheel 85 showed a clean pair of heels to his nearest challenger, taking 4 out of 5 wins. Rod McKenzie was consistent all weekend, taking all the second spots plus the one top spot when Brown had a difficult final race. Dylan Carnegie had a great weekend taking third spot.

The Big Wheel 85class saw a constant battle throughout the weekend between Ben Edwards, Reece Wilson and Keiron Hunter. All capable of winning, and none prepared to give an inch! In the end local boy Edwards came out on top with 5 wins, ahead of Wilson, and Hunter had to settle for third.

The well supported Rookie Class saw some exciting racing too, with the Moto-One Youth Team throwing down the gauntlet to the other championship contenders. Fast and furious racing in the top six, saw Ben Howell take the final honours. Ian Findlay and Fraser  Pohlen battled all weekend with Findlay eventually getting second spot ahead of Pohlen by a narrow margin. Jay Lamb was super fast too, but the desert like sand got the better of him in race 5 as he dropped it several times and eventually failed to finish. One to watch for the next round though!

MX2 was better supported than in the past, with some fantastic racing. Shane Carless gave Bryan McKenzie a run for his money in all races but then a big dismount from McKenzie and subsequent dnf saw Carless take the overall. A great ride from Mark Perfect saw him take second with an on form Angus Tosh only two points adrift in third.

The dry sunny conditions along with the baltic north wind continued on Sunday as a big field of adult riders joined the fun. Fantastic racing was anticipated with an impressive line up of the very best Scottish contenders out to get as many points as possible at this series opener.

And it has to be said, they did not disappoint!

The National Class was fast and furious from the drop of the gates. Almost full gates meant that the first lap or two was a real dust fest, with Bryan McKenzie, Shane Carless, Ross Rutherford and Tony Craig emerging as the front runners. Not far behind were some superb performances too from Peter Mitchell, Ryan McLean, Mark Perfect and Scott Findlay. An early tumble for Rutherford left him having to battle through the field in the first moto, but the first scores on the doors went to McKenzie, Carless and Craig. Race two saw McKenzie out front again being chased hard by Rutherford and Craig taking third again. Third moto of the day on a mega rough track saw consistent riding from McKenzie to take the overall, Rutherford had done enough to maintain second with Craig holding off Carless  for the last podium place.

The semi expert class was similarly well supported, and had determined riding throughout the field. At the end of an energy sapping three races, John Kirk took top spot, with Grant Guest and Les Winthrop taking second and third respectively.

The clubman riders were, I think glad to see the back of the deep sand with  the win going to Amos McMullen, with Ian Soutar second and Ruaraidh McArthur third.

The next round of this exciting new National Championship takes places at the premier Duns Motopark, at Langton Lees in the Scottish Borders, on 7th and 8th April.

Get yourself along either to compete or to spectate!!

Results


AUTO

1 Jay Clark

2 Logan Hendry

3 Reace Dawson

4 Kieran MacDonald

5 Cody Taylor

6 Conner Stewart

65 JUNIOR

1 Troy Anderson

2 Kyle McNicol

3 Daniel Chisolm

4 James Haddow

199 Adam Scott

6 Owen Hendry

85cc SMALL WHEEL

1 Alexander Brown

2 Rod McKenzie

3 Dylan Carnegie

4 Aaron MacDonald

5 Finlay Retson

6 Brett Baillie

85cc BIG WHEEL

1 Ben Edwards

2 Reece Wilson

3 Keiron Hunter

4 Owen MacDonald

5 Lee Perfect

6 Elaine McEachern

ROOKIES

1 Ben Howell

2 Ian Findlay

3 Fraser Pohlen

4 Jack Taylor

5 Kieran McCarroll

6 Ewan Arthur

Report by Vicky Smith

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