It’s many congratulations to Scott Elderfield,Aaron Lowe and Marc Roe as they wrapped up their respective Pro MX2,Michelin MX1 and Michelin MX2 titles during round six of the Wulfsport British Masters at Hawkstone Park.
Whilst the above lads deservedly enjoyed the spoils of victory,the sport of motocross was also a major winner as a bumper 350 strong entry proved yet again what a popular series the Wulfsport Masters really is by catering for riders of all ages and abilities.And on another weekend of dramatic action,the Kawasaki Masters class saw season long title contender Tom Watts unluckily crash out leaving rival Zac Stealey now requiring just nine points to earn the crown whilst Amateur MX1 leader Matthew Williamson was left just an incredibly narrow three points short of confirming Masters championship glory.
Typical of the great Wulfsport Masters action at Hawkstone,Martin Barr,Brad Anderson and Elliott Banks-Browne produced a classic opening Pro MX2 battle,hotly disputing the lead with Shane Careless,Scott Elderfield and Neville Bradshaw also giving chase.After seven hot laps,Anderson blasted into pole position only to suffer a badly bent brake disc one circuit later which enabled Barr to regain control.However the race was then to be red-flagged due to a fallen rider so the result was counted back to positions on lap seven,thus handing the eventual victory to a surprised Anderson with Barr taking 2nd,Banks-Browne 3rd,Elderfield 4th,Bradshaw 5th and Careless 6th.After encountering problems with a trapped breather pipe on his Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki,Kristian Whatley climbed aboard team mate Lee Dunham’s bike,getting home in 7th after gating 18th.
After grabbing the holeshot,Careless was to disappear on the opening lap of Pro MX2 moto two and it was Banks-Browne who quickly took control.From here onwards,the DB Honda rider controlled all the way to the chequered flag, eventually finishing nearly eleven seconds clear of runner-up Barr.In another successful outing for the PAR Honda boys,Anderson took 3rd with eventual title winner Elderfield in 4th,Whatley back on his own bike 5th and Bradshaw 6th.Currently in fine form,young AMCA rider Jack Taylor stormed from 17th to finish in a fine 8th,one place behind Matthew Moffat,the rider who now sits in 2nd place in the Wulfsport Pro MX2 standings.
In an unpredictable Wulfsport Pro MX1 class,James Noble,Ben LaMay and Scott Elderfield took the podium places after all finishing on 88 points apiece but the Hawkstone moto wins went to Brad Anderson and Gert Krestinov. Anderson was in great form in Pro MX1 race one,leading all the way to take victory nearly 14 seconds ahead of Martin Barr with Elderfield in 3rd.Having his last meeting in the UK before being forced to return to America and reapply for a visa, LaMay was 4th with Proppa Honda riders Noble and Nathan Parker taking 5th and 6th.Earlier in this clash, Krestinov had held 4th before his Kawasaki started to seriously overheat.After quick work by his team technichans,Gert was soon back on track,eventually finishing in 12th spot.
Following that moto one dissapointment,Krestinov quickly passed Elderfield before blasting to a superb victory in the second Pro MX1 clash,finishing nearly 29 seconds ahead of Noble with LaMay in 3rd,Elderfield 4th,Dorren Coutts 5th and Jamie Lewis 6th.With the track at its roughest,Anderson had got up to 5th place before crashing out at the bottom of the main Hawkstone downhill section,retiring from proceedings on lap four.So with Anderson out and Krestinov encountering his earlier moto one problems,it was overall victory to Noble,making that long journey from Whitby well worthwhile.
Due to a lengthy delay following an earlier crash in Pro MX2 and time restrictions,there was only three Proppa.com MXY2 Masters races at Hawkstone with the outstanding clash now to be included into the final round programme at Pontrilas.In the Hawkstone action though,James Dunn took the opener before Luke Norris was first past the flag in the remaining two motos.Making his first appearance of the Masters season,Luke Newman scored consistent 3/4/5 placings to earn the final podium step ahead of title contenders Dan Thornhill and Ryan Williams.The Hawkstone results mean that Suzuki Youth GB riders Thornhill and Dunn will now go head to head in a enthralling four stroke v two stroke battle for the Proppa MXY2 Masters title on the weekend of September 4th/5th.At present,Thornhill holds a 12 point lead over Dunn with Williams and Alexander Hussey waiting to pounce should the Suzuki lads slip up.
In what as proved to be a title defining moment,Tom Watts crash on lap four of the opening Kawasaki Masters clash at Hawkstone and it now means that barring disaster his season long rival Zac Stealey will be crowned champion..With Watts unable to compete in the remaining races,Stealey banged in four big,stylish wins,the result being that he now requires just nine points at Pontrilas to bag that lovely 2011 Kawasaki 250F.Joining Zac on the Hawkstone podium was Edward Briscoe and Kawasaki Masters debutant William Orritt.The weekend results also see Briscoe jump above Watts in the title standings.
There was double joy in the Michelin Masters at Hawkstone as both Aaron Lowe and Marc Roe accumulated enough points to confirm their respective MX1 and MX2 titles.In MX1,Lowe got home in style by also earning the overall win being joined on the podium by Sam Kirby and Jamie Simpson.However,Aaron certainly had to work hard for that glory,sharing the weekend moto wins with Darren Fowden, Simpson and Chris Neesam.Over in Michelin MX2,Sam Smith(2),Scott Smith and Ben Mycock recorded the race wins and the ultimate podium places.Top slot was to go to Sam with Ben in 2nd and Scott 3rd.Championship winner Roe had to be content with 4th overall at Hawkstone,producing 3/2/4/4 results.
Having their first rides in the 2010 Masters series,Stephen Wade and Luke Meredith took the top two places in the Amateur MX1 class at Hawkstone.After three races,Meredith was the firm favourite to take home the overall winners prizes by boasting a perfect maximum points score but could then only manage 8th in the final clash of the weekend. With Wade being first past the post in that last moto,he was also to snatch away the victors spoils.Taking the final podium slot was George Purchase leaving series leader Matthew Williamson to settle for 4th.However young Williamson only requires three points to earn the Amateur MX1 crown at Pontrilas,surely it will be another mission accomplished!!.
Whilst Williamson has his title almost in the bag,in direct opposite,nerves will certainly be jangling in the GSP Race Products Amateur MX2 class at Pontrilas as just a narrow eleven points separate leader Daniel Brough and Darren Carter in the race for the title.However at Hawkstone both lads were to be defeated by the very much in-form Aled Bellis.After chasing home Jake Preston in the opener,Bellis then took total control,reeling off three moto wins to thus earn the overall victory.Joining Aled on the podium was Brough and Preston with Carter 4th,Ricky Lethaby 5th and Gregory Fisher 6th.
Earning his fifth overall victory of the Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc series, Adam Sterry was again in great form at Hawkstone.However,Sterry did not compete at Dean Moor during round two and as a result still finds himself 73 points behind series leader Sam Winterburn.During the latest action,Winterburn finished 4th overall behind Jack Kelly and Ben Howell who were both having their first Masters outings of 2010.Mathematically, Sterry,Murray Clunie and Thomas Davies could all still snatch the title should Winterburn suffer a Pontrilas nightmare!!.
Over in Moto-Pro Suspension SW85cc,just four points separated leader Casey Connelly and Tyron Cleaver going into the Hawkstone event.However its now all change as Connelly’s advantage is now 25 points with Charlie Hamlet jumping above Cleaver and up into 2nd place.Taking the Hawkstone win though was Jay Hague with a very impressive 1/3/1/2 scorecard with Connelly the runner-up and Hamlet earning the final podium step.Cleaver eventually finished 6th overall behind Jack Naylor and Henry Siddiqui.
Completing the bumper Hawkstone action,James Griffiths won the opening three Amateur Non-Quaulifiers races on his way to overall success ,with moto victory in the last clash going to Jamie Ashbrook.So its now onto Pontrilas on September 4th/5th,for another great Wulfsport Masters weekend and the conclusion of what as been a truly thrilling 2010 series.
Russian Gert Krestinov had this to say after taking his maiden moto win in the UK, “This weekend has been good, the morning qualification went ok as I spent most of the time learning the track and end the session in third and it could have been better. The first race I had an ok start and passed a few guys and started fighting for 3rd spot when suddenly my radiator cap came off so tired to close it but couldn’t, so I had to pit to top up the coolant and borrow a cap. For the rest of the race I put in some hard laps and finished in 9th which was unlucky. The second race I got an even better start and I was up into second and then passed Elderfield for the lead. I then made some good laps to open a little gap and then from that point the race felt easy, I even made a small mistake and stalled but was still able to win. The track was really nice and bumpy the way I like it. It felt good after the race to have won a race in England and it was nice for the team as well.”
Words by Mike Wood
Image by Rick Blyth