It’s time to go racing again as the Wulfsport British Masters arrives at Skelder Bank,Whitby,North Yorkshire on the weekend of May 8th/9th for round three of the highly competitive 2010 series.PAR Honda rider Scott Elderfield currently leads the chase for a big slice of what is the largest overall motocross prize fund in Europe,topping both the Pro MX1 and Pro MX2 classes.In Pro MX1,Elderfield has already had to fight off the likes of Brad Anderson,Gordon Crockard,Neville Bradshaw,Martin Barr,James Noble,Evgeniy Bobryshev,Gareth Swanepoel and American teenagers Ben LaMay and Zach Osborne.Elderfield’s advantage at present though in Pro MX1 is just one solitary point with Crockard in 2nd,rapidly returning to his very best form and already the victor in two out of the four moto’s completed.Jamie Lewis currently holds 3rd with James Lassu 4th and John May 5th.Top AMCA riders in this class at present are Jim Murro in 7th and Robert Clitheroe in 8th.
Over in Pro MX2,Zach Osborne won both moto’s at round one before missing out at Dean Moor due to GP duty. Taking the win at round two was Brad Anderson who featured in a couple of simply scintillating tussles with fellow PAR rider Martin Barr.However its Elderfield who leads the series,44 points ahead of James Dodd with Luke Mellows 3rd,Richard Bird 4th and top AMCA rider Lee Dunham in a great 5th.Fellow AMCA rider Carl Benjamin is also currently producing strong performances and is inside the top ten overall positions.
In what is a very exciting Proppa.com Youth MX2 class,after eight races completed,Alexander Hussey leads the chase to earn a brand new 250F machine for season 2011,complete with full apparel and paddock gear.Hussey has displayed great consistency to-date,never finishing outside the top eight in each moto whilst James Dunn(4),Christian Taylor(2),Damon Wales and Luke Dean have picked up the race wins.Just a slender seven points currently separates Dan Thornhill,Andrew Smart and Ryan Williams who at present hold 2nd.3rd and 4th places respectively.
Also racing for a brand new 250F in 2011 plus a spares budget are the Kawasaki Masters riders.Zac Stealey holds the advantage in this class,six points ahead of third placed Tom Watts who is just a further two points arrears.Indeed in the eight motos completed so far,Stealey and Watts are matching each other and have recorded four wins each although just a little further down the standings,Daniel Hill,Patrick Collins and Ryan Pottenger are waiting to pounce.
In the Moto-Pro Suspension Mini Masters class,with a whole range of goodies on offer,Sam Winterburn leads the BW85cc group after first round winner Adam Sterry was a non-starter at Dean Moor.Winterburn won three out of four races during round two and currently sits 22 points ahead of Murray Clunie with Adam Darbyshire,Kyle Platt,,
Reece Desoer and Thomas Davies rounding off the top six.Over in the SW85cc class,Casey Connelly has already won five out of the eight motos held and is at present 31 points clear of Charlie Hamlet with Tyron Cleaver close behind in 3rd.
Michelin have joined the long list of Masters sponsors for 2010 and are backing a new Unlimited class for Amateur riders.With a super record of five wins and three runners-up slots,Shaun Scrivens tops the MX1 series from Aaron Lowe and Stephen Tillotson.In the Michelin MX2 class,Scott Smith currently boasts an incredible perfect score of eight moto wins.Marc Roe is at present Smith’s closest challenger,36 points in arrears with Jack Jones holding 3rd.
In the other Amateur classes,Scott Beevers leads MX1 with a very slender two point advantage over Jamie Dobson as Michael Smith sits in 3rd.Daniel Brough is the GSP Race Products Amateur MX2 leader chased by Darren Carter and Aled Bellis.With Charge Clothing and Muk Junkie also throwing in prizes for holeshot awards,clean bikes and top riders in the Amateur classes,Whitby is sure to produce yet more great Wulfsport British Masters action.
So get yourself along there on May 8th/9th .Entry fee for spectators is just £5 for Saturday,£10 for Sunday or if you want to watch the entire weekend’s action it will cost you £10 with OAP’s and children aged 6-15 at £5 and under 5’s free.There is even a chance that you may get to see yourself on TV as the entire series will be filmed by the Blood, Sweat and Gears team for showing on the satellite station ‘Extreme’ which is channel number 413.
WORDS AND PICS BY MIKE WOOD